Still loving life in s-gauge and interested in adding some passenger trains to the mix. From an operator perspective, which would you recommend? I realize the Gilbert Alcos have the wear issue with the chassis that eventually requires the installation of bushings, but the few operators that I have run pretty smoothly without issue. Finding good cosmetic examples is a challenge, especially chrome models without massive wear (not sure if these can be restored or not?)
I've not run a Lionel remake of these engines, so not sure what to expect? Are the motors just as smooth? Do they have the same axle wear issue with the chassis? Any difference between the sets produced in the 90s, 2000s, and current?
Would appreciate some input from folks that have run both before I commit the $$$s.