Dear OGR forums;
Christopher here from New Orleans. I'm new to the forums and new to the hobby. I hope I can give back in the future.
I have a 4 year old son that is obsessed with trains. Every day after school we watch train videos. He picks out trains while we drive to school. I find parked locomotives and talk the conductors into letting us "get close" and take pics.
My son absolutely hates steam engines. I learned this after I bought a Lionel Thomas the Train set and a Pennsylvania Flyer which are sitting in the closet. So we won't make that mistake again.
I took my son on the Sunset Limited from New Orleans to LA. He was up for the full 48 hour ride. So his heart is set on an Amtrak superliner set.
He is also incredibly enamored with the F3/F7 santa fe warbonnet style with cars.
My plan was to work with the community and buy him two sets. Something like the El Capitan Warbonnet Santa Fe set and an Amtrak superliner set.
I ran into a railroader that has an MTH amtrak passenget set with engine for $500. It's in pretty good shape and currently PS2.
I still have not found an El Capitan Warbonnet Santa Fe set although I see them around on Ebay. I'd rather not deal with an Ebay experience starting up this hobby, and without knowing what i'm talking about.
Here's my goal.
I'd like to buy him two sets for Christmas. 1. A santa fe warbonnet style ABA with 4-5 passenger cars. 2. An amtrak set with superliner dual level passenger cars.
I do not have track that will support these large cars. Someone on the internet recommended "Gargraves" track (I have no idea what that is) so I will need an oval with a sufficient radius.
I do not have a transformer. The cheap wall wart transformers that came with the Lionel Kits burned out. Someone Recommended a "Z-1000"?
I understand the MTH PS1's are undesirable from a reliability standpoint.
Thanks in advance for listening to my headache, I know the folks here are experts and I am not, so I would be very thankful for getting your input.
Also, for his birthday I want to get him a union pacific freight set. I don't know exactly which rolling stock cars to get but for some reason he extremely dislikes hopper cars.
He's a very good boy and speaks three languages and can count to 100 in them. He's earned this and I will get it for him.
Thank you all,