I'm trying to decide which I would rather get once we get our tax refund. I can go for either a Lionel Penn Flyer set and a small switcher engine on the side or go with the new Marx set from AmeriTrains. Or I could get several Beeps I guess. However, the two options I'm really interested in are the Lionel or Marx choices. Lionel Pros: Get two engines Get track and accessories with the set I have always wanted a diecast Lionel Lionel Cons: Developing a reputation for being unreliable Made in China Marx Pros: Cool retro tinplate model Metal cars as well as the engine Made in USA Marx Cons: Set would cost more than the Penn Flyer set and the extra switcher combined Couplers are the old hook style not compatible with other sets. Engine is only an 0-4-0 (But could possibly be converted to a 2-4-2 with extra parts) No track with the set So you see whrere I'm at. Help me, O gaugers!