This is something I genuinely want to know - what is the great attraction of 3 rail ?? Some of you may have read a previous thread by me, but just as a way of a "hello" I am a Brit modeller, and have been railway modelling for years (in excess of 40 but I won't divulge the exact number - mainly because I can't remember ) I strive for realism, which is why I have no idea what attracts people to 3 rail. The awful track (not just the 3rd rail, but the track profile) and the wheels that look like something from a 1940's toy train. Perhaps that's the attraction ? The only plus point I see for 3 rail is that the major manufacturers (Atlas excluded) still insist on making 3 rail in quantity, and denying their models to those of us who model in 2 rail - unless, of course, you are prepared to pre-order. I do wish that the manufacturers would make 2 rail models easier to buy - my pension fund can't support many more brass locos (and my Bank Manager has a BIG stick ) (so does the wife, for that matter ) So please, try not to backbite 2 railers against 3 railers and vice versa - all I want to know is why people find 3 rail so attractive ?