First off I would like to say hello to everyone. I just started getting back into model trains for the first time since I was around twelve. I pretty much have my track plan down for my first layout and I have the materials I need to start everything. The problem I have is that I can not decide on what loco I want to get. I have it narrowed down to three..... I think.... Lol. I am in the northern kentucky/ohio area and I would like to stick with b and o, norfolk and western, and chesapeak and ohio trains. I really like the 4-8-4 steam engines, the class j norfolk and western, and the proto 2000 baltimore and ohio retro style diesel. I know this is basically just personal preference and what time frame I am working with, so I guess my real question is about manufacturers. Who is good and who should I stay away from. I am running a dcc system and want a loco with dcc and sound on board. I have seen a lot of two different brands in the trains I like: bachmann and mth. Now I know mth is really meants for dcs and is more expensive, but is it a better train? Would I be better off getting a mth train over a bachmann? I just really want a high quality engine. Thoughts? Experiences? Any information would be greatly appreciated.