Started and stayed with track power. Always admired G gauge from back in the time when it was called K gauge, but with HO and Lionel layouts using up all the train budget, I never pushed to start extending our train hobby into the back yard. Then, Bachman came out with a Shay locomotive. I love geared locos. Cass, WV is one of my favorite places. So, I had to have it and naturally, I had to have a railroad to run it on. My family has been very supportive and generous and I have a lot of fun with my little world, but budgetary considerations dictate we stay the course.