You must admit, those brass engines host a lot of detail. I bought one to see what all the ballyhoo was about them. My first curiosity was to compare its performance against those die cast clunkers. Second, is the detail applied neatly? Third, Is it worth the extra money over reworking one of my clunkers? The answer is yes. What disappointed me was it makes the sound of an electric train and not a steam engine. Even with sound injected into the atmosphere, you hear the mechanical noise that would be ok if it were a diesel. Accept the fact it’s a good toy and enjoy it. The fact that its brass, I’ll use it for a “favorite train” and pull the “company special” with the first-class varnish and a couple of private cars if it whims me.