Back when I was modeling HO (Think 70's) That was all I bought was Athearn kits. My thinking was if was prebuilt it was "Cheaply" made. If I could find them now for $7.00 I would have them just to build. I have N scale now to save on space.
your right old hobo I took them out of the box and looked at them, there’s a few with joiners on them but they look new,or in near new.anyway for what I paid I figured it was worth it. I think a new piece of flex track was 5.99 and I was only going to buy 2.