Even here in the 4th largest city in the US, LGB track is hard to find locally, and when it is found, it's waaaaay too expensive. Likewise for Pico, Aristocraft, and other gauge 1 rails. eBay is the reasonable alternative (especially if you can use R1 curves and 300mm straights). I've recently scored a box (12 pieces) of R2 curves for $75.
"It is one of the happiest characteristics
of this glorious country that official utterances are invariably
regarded as unanswerable."
-Sir Joseph Porter, First Lord of the Admiralty (HMS Pinafore)