In a different thread (http://www.freerails.com/view_topic.php?id=1221&forum_id=45&page=122) Si posted a list of good RC components at at very good prices. For transmitter, receiver, ESC, and battery it's costing me about $25.00. Should go together easily in my On30 shay that's being modified for 35n2, and the RC equipment should hold up to any abuses I might throw at it.
It has to be easy and reasonably price for us 'electrically challenged' folks to try to tackle putting RC into locomotives.
Nye, Inyo & Esmeralda Railroad