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This is gonna start a "BIG ONE!!!!!!!!!!!

IMO, it is not rational for anyone to place a tag of GOOD, BETTER, BEST. The rating system, though applicable, can only begin a flame war. Not good.

The answer to your question is best answered thus, it depends on your taste, desire and pocketbook.

I think that you will find here that we do not judge, but we tend to have our opinions and model to that end.

I will say that the top of the line model would be brass................and we descend from there.

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just starting out myself and have found that the best you can afford is the way to go. That said the most expensive may not be the best for your skill level or planed project.
read alot and ask specific questions about specific things.
 

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This is gonna start a "BIG ONE!!!!!!!!!!!

IMO, it is not rational for anyone to place a tag of GOOD, BETTER, BEST. The rating system, though applicable, can only begin a flame war. Not good.

The answer to your question is best answered thus, it depends on your taste, desire and pocketbook.

I think that you will find here that we do not judge, but we tend to have our opinions and model to that end.

I will say that the top of the line model would be brass................and we descend from there.

Bob
My, I sound like a diplomat......more like one of our Congressmen.....Gads that sucks!!!

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As Stationmaster has stated we don't wish to start flaming on any companies here; however being new to the hobby I will name a few of the available companies out there and once investigated the differences should be obvious to you.
Brass- Overland Imports, Oriental Limited to name a couple
Other popular brands are; Atlas, Gold, Silver, & Trainman; Stewart; Kato: Athearn; Bachmann, Spectrum, Plus, and regular Bachmann;Walthers/Lifelike; Model Power.
The companies listed above are the ones that I have experience with and are not listed by Quality of product. They can all be found by a simple Google search and
There are no compiled reviews as with N scale that is fortunate enough to have Marks, Spookshow.

Everyone will have there Favs and don't wish to violate forum policies so I'll leave it at that. I will add this though; Brass looks the best but most often aren't DCC ready meaning there are the most difficult to add a Decoder to.
Overland's most recent additions have done there best to add a Decoder harness but in general will have to be wired in.
The other manufacturers have made their locomotives DCC Ready meaning a Plug and Play situation(most desirable)
Steam locomotives are the easiest to add both DCC & sound to due to the extra room in the following Tenders.

Hope that information helps you in your decision making, and leads to much enjoyment in the new hobby you have choosen:thumbsup:
 

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Different opinions are what a forums are all about; but I'm the Newbie here so when someone whom has 600+ post says they don't want direct opinions then I figure that must be close to the law of the land here and tried to place a factual post and not opinionated one instead.
Politically correct if you will.
And allow the reader to do gather their own opinion after further research.
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Subwayaz, opinions are what makes the discussion interesting---600+ postings simply means the guy just gabs a lot. Like me. *L*
 

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Subwayaz, opinions are what makes the discussion interesting---600+ postings simply means the guy just gabs a lot. Like me. *L*
Reckers I couldn't agree more;) I will update my post and answer the Gentlemen's question
Thanks
Without the political red-rick:)

Roger it does depend quite a bit on the $$$ your willing to spend as with anything else but; here are my preferences which will vary for each of us.
I Love Brass Overland Import Models thes seem to be the best for the buck and do come DCC ready. With that said the price reflects that avg. $900 New but this site has used and New cheaper than anywhere I have found yet
http://www.thecaboose.com/

Then the others are
KAto for six axel Diesel locos
Stewart Executive line again for large locos
Atlas Gold Series Great Bang for the Buck
Bachmann Spectrum or Plus line; stay away from plain Bachmann they are kinda like toys
Athearn Genesis, not regular Athearn
That should give you a good start.
But keep in mind this is my opinion and no reflection on this Web Forum ;)
"Enjoy your new Hobby it's built rite in."
 

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I have seen expensive locomotives run kinda so-so, and I have seen cheap locomotives run pretty nice. If you only own one or two locomotives, you might want to go for the higher end ones. I like to own lots of different locomotives, so I tend to buy more of the cheaper models...so far, I have had pretty good luck with all kinds.
 

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Same here. The only guy I know with the money to run the high-price stuff is Shaygetz.:D
 

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Subwayaz, opinions are what makes the discussion interesting---600+ postings simply means the guy just gabs a lot. Like me. *L*



Your up to 691 posts all ready?

man that's a lot of hot air in a short time.:laugh:
You should own one of those hot air balloons.:laugh:



Are you going for the record?
 

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*ROTFLMAO!!!!* I was wondering how long it would take for someone to notice!
 

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Yep, some people don't realize it's not the quantity, that just means you don't have a life, but the quality. lol

An example would be, it's not how many beers you can drink, but how loud you can BELCH, or, in some cases, fa........ I'd better let it go at that. lol

Bob
 
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