I like the Lionel starter sets a lot seeing as how I don't have much. Right now I am just looking for something to run under the tree for Christmas only. I don't really like any of the intellectual property-based sets (Like Disney, Polar Express, etc), but I like the idea of a Starter set.
OK - here are my 3 questions...
1. How much FasTrack would I need to build the standard 40/60 that comes in most sets?
2. What transformer would be best for this Lionchief Plus engine and track? (I don’t plan on a huge system. Just a nice train to set up under the tree during Christmas only). No big layouts.
3. I have a set of old postwar Lionel O gauge passenger trains I inherited from my great grandfather (The sleek, silver ones that say, “Lionel Lines” on a badge). Could these work as my passenger cars or would the transformer have issues lighting them? Would the L+ electro-coupler work with them? I like the idea of a shiny new engine for my kids but also using pieces from their great-great-grandfather's set.