Just to be on the safe side: You might possibly be one of many who have not followed BMann since they had a poor reputation..If so, they reversed their quality and tend to have great stuff now.
I prefer steam, but have a BMann L&N RS3. I think I paid about $115, w/sound on board.. It has been a delight: running, lights, sound.
Since you want DCC/no sound, there are tons of switchers by every maker, on ebay, and will run about $40-80, if even that much..All brands seem to be pretty good these days.
If you're talking little to no main line, just yard work (+-), I like S4s.
Happy new decade, M
The most recent Bachman locomotives that I have seen are well built. I would trust one to the kiddies to play with on the floor and not do to much damage to it. Nice heavy sturdy hand rails. Side trucks with very little fine detail and nice bright colors that kids like.
I run N scale and have Kato and Bachmann engines. I like both brands, they just run nice. I paid, I think, $60 for the BMann RS3, DCC without sound, and it's amazing how slowly it will creep. The 4-6-0 by BMann is good too. My Kato PA-1s are awesome!
So true, so true the HG quote above... I'll never understand how certain people can go out and cause trouble, harm, and death to other Americans with all the great gifts they're afforded, living in this land of plenty...The word 'hobby' is not even a word in all but a couple dozen western countries' languages..
The undercurrent of American life is: Live and Let Live..But, sadly, too many just never get it ! M