Thank you both for your input! i'll try to find a DCC ready Intercity...
Since i have not purchased the power track piece yet, i will just buy the R8241. Is that the only piece i need to make the track DCC compatible? All the other track can be normal stock, right?
Regading accessories, i wanted to do powered switches. I assume i cannot connect them to the Bachmann system? So i would need seperate power for those? I'm really not looking for anything too complex, so the sounds and more than 9 locos are definitely no big deal for me, also the layout will be 4'x8' so pretty small.
And thanks for the newbie tip Chris, much appreciated!
Thanks again for all your help!