After a 54 year absence from my model train hobby, I am returning to it, to build a very basic, simple but interesting, iron-clad indestructible layout for my three 5 year old grandsons to get started on. All of my prior experience was with the HO gauge, but I have decided to go O-27 with this one. I like the size and simplicity of the stock.
But, knowing nothing about the gauge, I will be bothering you guys with very simple questions for the next few weeks. I am buying all track, equipment and stock in used, VG condition, piecemeal.
Here is my first question. When I was a kid, around 1965, my cousin had an O-gauge train set, from Marx Toys. It had 0-27 gauge track, and came in a set with the locomotive engine and cars. But, no matter what he did, the front weels of that darned engine would not stay on the tracks in the turns unless you went at a creep speed, and sometimes not even that.
Can someone recommend to me a relatively small, Lionel, O-27 locomotive engine, maybe 1945 to 1955, cast iron, that will definitely stay on the tracks? Is an 0-2-0 the best bet? If not, then what please? A locomotive that constantly derails in tight turns is no fun.
Thanks for all replies.