Many years ago (well before I was married) I had a fairly basic Hornby train set that my Dad bought me for Christmas. I've recently been to various model railway events and have finally decided now is the time to get back into things. Initial discussions with wife have not been a definite "no", so I am hopeful.
I still have that old Hornby set, but I have no idea what condition it is in. And as I now live in New Zealand and the train set is boxed up in a garage in England, its probably not worth shipping it all here. So my question is... if I am starting from scratch, and assuming that its too hard / not worth shipping my old stuff from England, what brands should I be looking at for building a good layout (HO gauge I suspect)?
I imagine that the tracks are the starting point, but can I mix and match different brands of track, engines, etc?
I want to build alot of this myself (buildings, etc) so not too worried about brands for that. Its really just the track, locos, etc that I want to buy.
Any help in pointing me in the right direction, suggestions of good websites, etc all gratefully received!