I imagine this has been discussed before. It seems like finding a nice switcher in N scale is a hard thing to do, mostly because there simply aren't that many to choose from. I've read a few reviews, and some of the so-called "best" aren't even made anymore. Is there a transition era switcher that stands out from the pack? I'm interested in discussing "actual" switchers, not road switchers like the RS-1. STEAM Bachmann Spectrum 2-8-0 - Mixed reviews. Questionable quality control. - Not really a switcher. Model Power 4-4-0 American - Mixed reviews. - All metal frame has nice weight to it for such a small engine. - Not really a switcher. DIESEL Rivarossi ALCo S-2 - All metal body. - Most owners like this engine, but all agree that it is noisy compared to others. - Good luck finding one. Atlas Fairbanks-Morse VO-1000 - DC and DCC options. - Comes in two body styles (w/ and w/o step guards). LifeLike EMD SW-8 - Mixed reviews. - Seems like a quirky break-in process makes or breaks its performance. LifeLike EMD SW-1200 - Most seem to think it outperforms the SW-8. - Very reasonably priced. There are others that are often mentioned as well, I wasn't trying to make a complete listing...just ones that stood out in my mind. I definitely want to purchase a switcher, but performance is key. My layout is small, and it would have to do its job well. I think if I were buying one today, I'd be leaning towards the LifeLike SW-1200, just based off what I've read about them. What are your experiences?