It aint much, but these are my little pieces of Postwar Paradise.
I first got into Postwar Lionel when I volunteered at a train show (needed hours for school) in San Antonio in 2016? I think. I met a guy selling postwar and I helped sell some stuff to local patrons including a Bucyrus Erie, a scout starter set and a few other things. At the end of the day I got my first Postwar from him, a 1949 6465 Tank car along with the original box. The next two PWs were eBay purchases, a 6468-1 B&O Double-Door and a 6356 NYC Stock car. My next purchase would not happen until April of 2018, when my family and I traveled to Vegas for Spring Break. I managed to visit a train store (shoutout to Westside Trains Las Vegas if ya'll are here!) and leave with a 681/2046 PRR and a 6357 Lighted SP Caboose. The train runs well and the light in the caboose shines bright as ever! My next purchase were also ebay, fall 2018; a Gray Lehigh Valley 6456 with a crack in the shell. The last one would be the grandest purchase yet, a B&M 6464. This was bought off ebay in January I think.
I've stopped collecting Lionel for a bit because the ever-so-apparent problem of space is now making an occurrence. That, and now im looking into HO Trains as well. However, with the holidays around the corner I will be prepping my O-Gauge stuff for the layout under my bed and eventually under the tree.
I also have a few PW-Celebration and PW inspired cars. I have two 6464 stand-ins (A Central of Georgia Boxcar with a box labeled Southern for some reason and the MPC #9420 B&O Sentinel boxcar), the PWC #6561 Flatcar W/ Cables, a 1990's "2460" Bucyrus-Erie Crane Car and the four Great Lakes Express Passenger 027 coaches. Every now and then I also toss in one of my #84722 N&W Hoppers as a stand-in for the coal-dumping N&W hopper.
I myself don't have a layout, nor will I for quite some time. However, when I rest my head on the living room floor and watch the little 681 whiz by it takes me to my own little paradise. One where the problems of life are non-existent and I am at the controls of one of the greatest models to have ever been made.
So true. For me the post-war simplicity is so relaxing. As a carpenter, I am and always was a stickler for detail and preciseness. The simplicity of post-war Lionel trains takes me into my own little world. Away from the stress of dealing with clients and $$$$$