I'm getting confused over the issue of turnouts. When I was a kid, a turnout was a turnout. Now a days there's a new wrinkle, "DCC friendly" - and a big price tag to go with it. I've been looking over some track plans with rail yards lately and thinking to myself: how can the average Joe, without deep pockets or a really wealthy wife, afford to build a complex layout anymore? At $40 - $50 a pop even a modest track plan can drain your wallet. What's the best way to deal with this? What brand of turnout will give the best bang for the buck? Should different brands and or types of turnouts be use for different locations? For example, should a DCC friendly turnout be reserved for mainline to mainline use only and plain old turnouts for sidings and rail yards?