How much space do you have and are you interested in DCC?
What would you like to see in your layout, e.g. stations or industrial scenes, city or country?
You probably want to think about what your eventual aim is and to buy stuff which will help you get there. You've got a fair bit of money there and probably want to have a good think about what it is you want from your layout. Don't let it burn a hole in your pocket and buy something on the spur of the moment.
Look at track plans books and get some ideas about bigger layouts if you have space or better uses of space if you don't have much. If your interested in DCC, one of the new Hornby DCC starter sets would be worth thinking about.
Yes. Both lines of products can be found in all good hobby shops and they do broadly offer complementary products rather than identical products. Hornby have a larger number of stockists and a long history of supplying the UK. Bachmann UK have been around since 1989.
Jack i really dont want to sound rude, but asking questions like "what is DCC" is really a waste of our time. if you go to any search engine on the web and type "what is DCC" you would get plenty of answers for all levels of technical knowlage from beginners the hornby site will be usefull and for advanced people try looking thropugh the NMRA specifications.
Asking "what DCC is Best" is a bit like asking whats the best car. it totally depends on what you want it for. if you want to go fast then buy a fererri but if you have 7 kids and loads of shopping then you are going to look a bit stupid. can i recommend that you avail yourself of as many magazines as you can and go throuh many catalouges (they are all on the web) and teke a look at the specifications and compare them yourself and if you dont understand something then look it up.
All too often forums are full of threads asking things that they could find out in seconds by simply putting the question into a search engine. this is something that MRF has managed to avoid most of the time.
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