Hi everyone! I wanted to provide everyone with a status update on where we are on our journey to get the Lionel 2025 engine running! First off - thank you everyone SO much for all your input and great advice on things to consider. I am in general, following the steps that JD2035RR (name?) laid out in his post. I connected with Bill aka RRTRAINCOLLECTOR who has been so gracious with his time and also with his resources. He did provide me with another Lionel passenger train for the cost of shipping - - to get my young son started on his path to O gauge heaven! Hopefully Bill doesn't get too sick of my questions.
After heading to Balboa Park in San Diego and getting to connect with the Three Railer's Club, I've been working to collect some tubular track. I'm going to take the route of seeing how much my son gets involved before buying the Fastrack. RRTRAINCOLLECTOR was also super helpful in offering up some gondola cars for sale to add to the Lionel 2025 that I KNOW my son will love filling up with goodies! The Three Railer's Club also has a monthly Kids meetup that starts up again in January - - what a find!
I also connected with Mike Mottler in the group and got some really helpful feedback on how his grandson's help him out w/his setup. (And also how he designed his setup!!) I think a number of people echoed Mike's comments that helping build out the track design, being involved with connecting (or at least directing if he can't do it himself) and just having him be the 'Junior Engineer' is important.
Santa is close to delivering! I still have yet to get the right Transformer. I am looking around and watching prices / watts... Will head to our local hobby shop in a couple weeks to see what they have as well.
More to come. THANK YOU!!!