I have been watching this forum for a few months and I am becoming more knowledgeable due to the helpful info I have picked up here. I have been into trains since January, so I still consider myself relatively new to trains, but not to the hobby. I was in RC for 20+ years and still fly helis, but decided to try trains. I bought these so far: Proto 2000 GP-38 UP DCC/SND Athearn Genesis SF SD45-2 DCC/SND Athearn Genesis SF F3 A&B unit DCC/SND Athearn BB CSX 9-44W Dash DCC Athearn Genesis UP SD70 DCC Kato AC4400W UP DCC/SND Bachmann Spectrum UP DCC Atlas SF Warbonnet Dash DCC/SND Atlas CSX 9-44W Dash DCC/SND Atlas FEC GP40 DCC Proto 2000 SF GP38 high-nose DCC/SND Atheran Genesis 2-8-8-2 Big Boy DCC/SND I use Bachmann EZ track at this point as I like to change lay-outs every so often and it allows me to do so. I bought the crossovers,turn-outs and bridges to help give the lay-outs some pep. I stopped counting at 50 rolling stock, so hopefully I have that covered. My question and the reason for this thread is this, how do you guys keep the hobby fresh to you? I was trying to get out to the local clubs, but they meet at times that are hard for me to get there. That is why I try and change my lay-out every few weeks or so. I started off with DCC for the multiple trains and sound. I try and swing by the hobby shop once a week and atleast buy a car or something new. Are there any ideas/suggestions? I really want to do a permanent layout, but that is a few months off after we move. Thanks for the replies and any advise that you can provide.