I’d like to buy a steam engine, but I don’t know anything about them. My main focus is on first generation diesel switchers and road switchers, but I would like to have a steam engine on my transition era layout. I don’t want to spend too much on this steam engine, which leads me to the IHC 2-10-2 Santa Fe or Bachmann 4-8-4 Northern announced for October. What can I expect of these engines, are they good looking and good running engines or only a waste of money? Can I get a decent steam engine for about 150 $ or do I have to spend at least 300 bucks to get a good one? Are any steam guys around here to give me some advice?