A big thanks to everyone who suggested that I attend a train show/swap meet to find engines and rolling stock for my layout. I didn't expect it to be very good due to the area and I never expected so much stuff to be for sale. The wife and I had a great time and after we left she almost talked me into returning.....but I figured I had spent enough with this being Christmas season and still have shopping to do. I attended a one day show in St Cloud Mn yesterday. I spent less than $200. I walked away with an Atlas GP38, BN, DCC equipped NIB, and 3 Atearn engines, 2 F-7s (+ 2 extra shells) and a SW1500 that I needed for parts. 5 Roadhouse car hits NIB, 3 covered gondolas, a 50' box bar and a 2 pack ore car set. I also got a couple of detailed and weathered cars to help my self learn about those things plus some vehicles. Again thanks for the great advice! Rick, in west MN and waiting for the ST Paul show!