Thanks guys, I tried to come back and reply to your advice but I had login problems. Problems are solved so let me tell you what I did, half good and half bad.
After reading your posts I made a decision to go with roadbed track. I used ebay to price out a set versus individual components and ended up with an Athearn Warbonnet, which seems like a decent set. I bought it new in box on ebay for $64 with shipping, decent price.
But after I bought the unit I decided to bolt it down on plywood for the boy, it was then that I noticed that the derailer was on a curve instead of the straight. I thought it would be better for the boy to have the rerailer on the straight so i started calling around for an 9" ez track rerailer. It;s then I found out that this model train was a model made for Wally World and the track was Life-Like and not Athearn. The man came to this conclusion because the roadbed is black and the rerailer is on the curve. Does anybody agree or disagree?
The problem is that I'm not 100% sure what track I have and since the nearest Hobby shop is more than an hour away I can't be sure what brands interchange with what I have. Do ya'll have any ideas as Christmas is approaching quick.