Well, I'm new to model railroading. I mean I had a Lionel as a kid and HO later on but now I want a winter hobby. I belong to a car chat just like this becouse in the summer I have a muscle car that I play with. Anyway, I've found that chat to vary helpful amd I hope I've helped other people with my experiance. I'm sure this chat will do the same for me and as I get more experiance, I hope to do the same for others. But, I can't believe there are that many problems with the new stuff out there. The first thing I bought was a Lionel CW 80 transformer I got new on E-Bay that I paid $44.99 for. I thought I got a good price. Man, did I make a mistake? I'm looking at bidding on a Lionel 6-28028 2-6-6-6 Alleghany that looks just great. I've seen a real one in person and am still ah struck. With all I've read about Lionel I'm shocked there're still in business. They can't be that bad. I don't want to start out gun shy. I'm an eternal optimist. Tell me something good!