I wanted to start an N scale set while not messing with HO, and asked my model train shop about ordering me a Bachmann locomotive. He said he usually doesn't stock Bachmann for quality concerns, but they're alright for the price. I've had a few Bachmanns start to die on me, but they're a little over 15 years old. However, I do want something that will last. What are your opinions on Bachmann workmanship? Also, what other manufacturers would you recommend?