Personally, I won't run another Bachmann steamer on my tracks unless it's a Spectrum. I've had too many bad experiences with their "standard" steamers. They are just not up to par. I had a really nice Spectrum 2-6-2 that I let go way too cheap awhile back. It ran like a striped ape but for...
I really liked the one with the Acela. I would love to ride in the engine of that bad boy just once.
The episode that featured Horseshoe curve wasn't too bad. I was less impressed with the train as I was with the Curve it's self.
Sorry to bump an old thread but, I strongly encourage everyone to check out Fifer Hobby if you haven't.
I got several items from them for my new layout a few months back and the service was excellent. (The prices were pretty darned good too!)
OK... I see what you're getting at now.
Still seems like a lot of bother to me. I'd just put down the plastic roadbed and be done with it. Of course, If I had any real modeling talent, I'd be using flex track. :D
Bachmann & Model Power are both fairly common. I don't like the molded roadbed myself. It looks cheap and fake. If I had to use it, I don't think one is really better than the other and they connect to each other. There are a couple of other brands out there as well but those two are the...