I am brand new to this hobby. I have ZERO knowledge of anything train related, but I want to learn.
I started out with a Polar Express o gauge set, which was fun, but I want something a little more "real world". I have lived in Central California most of my life and would like to recreate a train that would have run in this area during the steam era. The Southern Pacific LionChief Plus 4-6-2 Pacific looks like a good place to start. From what I can tell, locomotives such as this would have run through central san joaquin valley. What cars would a train like this pull? Is it a passenger train or a freight train, or both? Can anyone suggest some cars that would go with this theme?