So I have two little boys, and my father-in-law just sent two full classic Lionel train sets for us to explore. I suspect I'm not alone in this hobby space...
The more recent one is a 1947-48 #2065 steam engine and tender with hopper, milk car, auto transport, and caboose, plus a ton of accessories... this was his childhood trainset from the 1950s. The other is a post-1933 prewar set with a 262 locomotive and tender, Pullman passenger cars, and a selection of freight cars, which was apparently HIS father's train set... my boys' great-grandfather's trains! Both work pretty well, although there's some rehab needed, especially on the accessories. Everything needs to be rewired, new light bulbs, maintenance, etc., and the track needs to be cleaned up. But it was a fun unboxing!
Anyway, Dakka, you are my hobby people... is there a subforum here or a model railroad forum elsewhere you'd recommend? I was going to post a list of both kits and some photos in Painting & Modeling, but there may be a better place. I'd love to talk shop and get some guidance on the project. Thanks!