Are there any 'jump-start' packages for sale in the model rail business for a newbie?
By that I mean something to get started with track layouts/benchwork/etc. It's easy to get trains/scenery etc. All the books I read say I need this magical stuff called 'homosote'. Tried three nearby lumber yards - nobody has heard of it. Online search says the nearest supplier is 33 miles from me. Not really interested in renting a truck just for this. I've seen Woodland Scenic benchwork but it looks to small and I'm not sure how sturdy it can be for that low price. However the scenery to go on top seems expensive for a bunch of foam and I'm not sure if it has the appropriate plywood/homasote substrate.
I'm interested in building a modular layout where I can swap out say a forest section for a desert section, etc. Each module would have common entry/exit points for the track.
Anything like this out there?