Most of the train dealers around here suck. They have squat for tinplate and charge outrageous prices.
I do miss the days when a dealer or even a manager in a department store was a trusted confidant; willing to make suggestions on the big and little stuff. Most train dealers carry the big money items; motive power.
I hope they take a page out of Lionel's old playbook. I know it sounds kind of silly but what does Apple sell more of off season? $200 iPods or $1800 computers? The accessory will always be strong!