Hi everyone, recently got into O-gauge trains, with my daughters, and one of them said "we should get some passenger cars!" since she loves purple, I looked around and found some beautiful Atlantic Coast Line cars in a set of 4 - with magnetic couplers.
After doing some searching, I've found some things called "coil couplers" but can't tell if that's the same thing or not. I'm hesitant to pick a set of cars (though they are pretty!) if the magnetic couplers are a) more trouble than they're worth (saw that in a few places) or b) require a controller/computer/switch thingy we don't have to make them work.
The kids are 10, and I'm a bit of a simpleton when it comes to our collective train hobby - I want to put trains on the track, push a lever/button or pull something to make it open the knuckle, and then *click* it stays that way so we can go WHOO WHOO around the track for a few hours. all of our rolling stock is MPC-era or later stuff, though I've been having fun upgrading dirt-cheap or free.99 cars with $20 couplers I found also cheap, and now they ride great. We have some Weaver stuff with MTC trucks, and we have one Menards Lifesaver Tank car my other daughter thought was "the coolest thing ever".
I tell you all this seemingly useless info because we're not looking (at this point) to create an elaborate setup with switches and bus bars and a flux capacitor. So if the lionel 6-39169 Aluminum cars with mag couplers are not a good fit for us, please tell me. I just don't have any way to try them out and mess with them before I buy them, which means I'll likely err on the side of not buying them.
Can you help me out, folks? Also, thanks!