For the avid modeler, I highly recommend Vic's. the atmosphere is wonderful, and the pace is relaxed. the depth of experience, and knowledge of the people working there is unsurpassed. this is a true hobby shop. they have a passion for the hobby, and will always take care of any problem you might have, and can get anything you want. It is true in some cases you can get things cheaper elsewhere, but my hobby isn't a bottom- line driven shopping contest. I am in this for the sheer enjoyment of messing about with trains, and I will gladly pay a small premium to be in the company of like-minded enthusiasts. If this describes you as well, then go to Vic's and wander around and look at all the amazing stuff. I think you will truly enjoy it.