I went out and got a few things to get me started. I got enough code 80 track to make a decent size oval. I also picked up an Atlas engine and 2 cars, although one is going back. It was a life-like, and built cheap, to my standards anyway. I used an old power pack from my HO set for now, but will be watching ebay. The engine I got was an Atlas SD-35 for $45. Is that decent? As for layout, I would love to set up 2 seperate tracks which cross at some point. I would like them to cross so that my son and I can get a train going each, but still need to stop and go to let each others train pass. My question is, are the 90 degree crosses wired for only one track, or can one track cross the vertical, and the other track cross the horizontal? If they cant, any info on how to get them to cross would be much appreciated. Now I am off to Home Depot to build my table.