Greetings everyone! I’m planning a large layout in the Pacific Northwest (WA) this summer. After designing the layout on SCARM and working thru power needs (I’ll be running track power for the most part, but i do have a few battery powered locos), I was looking for some experience and expertise with the various track brands available now to help me with the building of my layout. I need 1000’ of track, and as much as I would like to go stainless steel, it’s pretty scarce in availability and pricey. I bought some items from a dealer who told me USAT brass track is the best. Not sure about that, that’s why I’m doing my homework. I joined a local club, but all of the members use battery power and were not able to shed any light as most of them use code 250 Sunset Valley or something very similar. My plan is to use a rail bender (Train-Li) and make large radius curves to minimize the number of joints / connection between sections. Thanks to Greg Elmassian’s website, I feel pretty comfortable with my plan and have done a few things to make sure I don’t have any major regrets. I model more modern era (1980’s and more recent) trains and use RailPro in all of my locos. I’m not looking for the most prototypical tracks, but I need something sturdy and weather proof. I’ll deal with cleaning brass for now, and may eventually switch completely over to battery power, but one thing at time for now. If you have any recommendations for brass track, i would really appreciate reading your experiences. Thanks in advance for your assistance.