Wayne, thanks for the info. I'll have to contact Athearn and find out if the Ernst gearing is lower than factory gearing (if they even know). I'll a;so stop by the LHS and see what they can tell me. The first photo of #53 is really good. Very realistic. Something about the lighting makes it look like it was taken outdoors, the shadows look real. Last night I added weight to 34 more boxcars, taking them up to 6 ounces each. I am happy with the way the trains run with the extra weight. As for controlling the throttle for smooth, slow starting, it only takes a little practice and it becomes second nature.