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Hi, I'm new to the forum and new to model trains. My son have been a train freak all his short life, and graduated from the Thomas "Brio" set to a Lionel set a few weeks ago. I must admit this is fun and pretty engaging for the whole family. We bought the Pennsylvania Flayer kit with the 4-4-2 engine and the CW80 transformer. It also comes with Fastrack rails and is set on a 4x8 home-built table (as recommended by the guy at the shop), and we are looking to expand. My son loves to shunt and switch cars which is pretty difficult with just an oval set-up. I was looking at the track expansion kits for Fastrack (add-on kits) but the prices were not something I was too happy with. Don't get me wrong, I new this hobby was not going to be cheap. But then looking around I realized that I can get a complete O-27 track set with switches for around the same price of an Add-On Fastrack set. My newbie question then is: Should I make the change to O-27 (or any other track) and away from the Fastrack, or am I missing something here? I know Fastrack is easier to set up and looks more realistic but other than that I would not know what would the advantage over O27 or O31. Is it more durable? Do I need to buy extra stuff to make it work with what I have? Will I be able to find parts in the future compared to Fastrack? As I said, this layout will be "permanently" set in a 4x8 table and whether with Fastrack or any other O-gauge, we will be expanding in the future, is just that with the cheaper we will be expanding sooner and adding more. I am open to any suggestions.