Yeah, go Athearn big boy! I have one of these myself. It was the first big ticket locomotives I bought. Mine doesn't have smoke and it's not weathered. It has a tsunami decoder in it though. I bought it just for the sound it made alone; that and how muscular it looked moving slowly down my test track. Oh, you could buy a more expensive big boy, like a Trex, but they didn't offer much more than the Athearn. I have a MTH on my roster now and it's a far better loco in all respects, but I'll never give up my Athearn big boy.