I've gone ahead and purchased some really old (terrible) HO stuff from a retiree and I'm now in the process of getting rid of it. I'm definitely going N scale. While getting rid of it I've built a bench that's 9'4"x32" on one wall and 9'4"x36" on the adjacent wall forming an L shaped bench.
Now I need to find some N scale gear. I've been reading about DCC and I'm definitely going to go that route but I don't want to get ahead of myself here. I made that mistake already with the HO stuff and I think building a bench is as ahead of myself as I want to get right now.
Usually the best advice is to go into a shop and have a look and talk to someone about it. I don't really have that option as far as I know. I live in the Kootenay mountains of British Columbia. I'm in Canada but very close to the US border. The closest major cities to me are Kelowna and Spokane but they are each 4 hours away. What would be the recommended way to obtain N scale stuff? Are there recommended dealers in Spokane or Kelowna that anyone knows about? I've read a little bit about Sunset Junction in spokane but it appears that they don't carry N scale stuff.
I'm kind of paralyzed with rural-buyers fear now. I don't want to go nuts on eBay without knowing what to buy but I want to buy something to get started. Maybe I could do the layout on the outside main line or something and go from there. I'm totally comfortable buying on eBay generally but now I'm worried I'm going to purchase the wrong stuff.
The kinds of things I'd like to get now to get started is:
- NCE Power Cab
- Canadian National or Canadian Pacific locomotives w/ DCC equipped
- Remote turnouts (I can use them manually until I figure out how to put decoders or whatever on them).
If anyone knows of a good (and up to date) book/guide I should get acquainted with first that might help me. Other then that what kinds of up-to-date things should I be looking for? I'm a technically oriented person so a lot of the fun will be the details in layout and wiring but I need some materials to play with. :-D
Any advice for a total *noob* modeler with no where even reasonably local to buy stuff would be appreciated. Anyway, thanks for reading!