For those with small children or grandchildren who are interested in the Brio or Thomas The Tank wooden trains...there is a company in St Louis, MO that makes really good looking wooden trains, compatable with the wooden or plastic track from Brio and Thomas. These trains are of great quality and are of American RRs featuring up to date cars and engines. I bought several for my kids and they look as good today as the day I bought them. The prices are similiar to Brio/Thomas. Here's the website... www.woodentrain.com They are introducing a C 44 9W in March to go with their GP's in various lines. The magnets are stronger than other wooden trains on the market, and the wheel trucks they use are a lot better too. You can't find them in too many stores so you'll need to order directly. Service is prompt. Here's a picture of a set.