Needing a few pieces of Atlas sectional track and some rail joiners, plus running low on some of my styrene sizes, I decided to get out and make the 15 mile trek one way trip to the only hobby shop left in the area, reasonably close that carries those things. I get there to only discover that the store is now empty with a lease sign in the window. No indication on the web site so the trip was just a frustrating drive in traffic and construction zones expecting a store to be still there. So other than an exploratory phone call later today to another one to see if they have close to what I want, and I already know they don't carry styrene plastics, I am about reduced down to traveling to west of Baltimore or internet only and the occasional local train show which seems to be down to about once a year in this area now. So for an area that has a large population I seem to be down to one store that is at least an hour drive that has a wide selection of the items I use and best of all a realtime inventory that lets me know that something is actually in stock before I make the trip or order. Nothing more frustrating than to see that a store carries a product and get there or order and find they don't have it, or a clue as to when they will get it. Recently made a rare departure from my regular vender to order some decals I needed from another vender, that were out of stock with my regular folks. Web site stated in stock. Two weeks later half of the order turns out to be not in stock and unavailable, and the rest is going on almost fours weeks and no sign of progress. Based on that result I will not revisit that vendor again, and lesson learned, either order from the tried and true or directed from the manufacturer. It is a shame but probably a good indicator of the changing times that this area has gone from having close to twenty stores, all in a 30 minute driving distance, to less than three with a very limited supply of N scale or anything else for that matter. Ahh rant over now back to the regularly scheduled subjects.