I couldn't resist starting this thread this weekend.
Although I suspect there will be fewer posts here than on Trains with Dad now running strong, I expect we will also get a few posts here.
In my case, my mother bought a lot more trains for me than my dad during the 1950s and early 1960s, although both of my parents loved Lionel trains. That is because in my family, my mom did almost all the shopping.
My mom particularly loved this Animated News Stand:
and the 1954 Greenball Express freight set led by this 2065 Hudson steam engine:
What appealed to her was cuteness (can't get much cuter than the dog circling the hydrant on the Animated News Stand) and play value (my mother believed that a freight train headed by a whistling, smoking steamer had more play value than passenger trains led by diesel).
Later, I will share some more of my mom's favorite Lionel trains and accessories, but in the meantime, show us what trains are among your mom's favorites.