We had a discussion in the European forum and as usual, it was an education for me. Now that I'm probably going to stay with this forum and presumably a different bunch of folks, I would be interested in hearing what brands you prefer and why. I currently have my LGB starter set little green Stanz loco, a new (Santa brought) Aristo Rogers 2-4-2, and a Bachmann 4-6-0. The little green LGB will out pull both of the others and the big Bachman seems to be the weakest and has traction issues(to be fair, it came out of a barn and was very dirty and not in the best condition). What kind of load am I pulling you ask? Approx 11 assorted cars on a flat layout. I find the typical German quality in the LGB line appealing but their price seems a bit excessive and some of their stuff lacks in scale detail (they claim to build toys not models). My Bachmann loco is a little "junky" (too much plastic), but I really like my Bachman passenger cars. My Aristo Rogers is a nice new loco that looks good, plenty of scale detail at a very reasonable price. On the other hand, the Aristo passenger cars are quite a bit more $$ than the Bachmanns and I'm wondering if they are worth it? I don't know anything about USA or the other brands and would appreciate any and all enlightenment.