@Training Wheels posted:
I have a 1954 Lionel catalog, so I looked up your set. It's #1519WS ("The Green Ball Express") on pages 12-13.
I recently inherited my late father's entire collection. As I opened box after box, I recognized some of the pieces as being those that I enjoyed as a young child. I hadn't seen them in more than 50 years. Thank you for starting this thread. It's nice to see how many other folks have kept/reconnected with their first set.
Thanks so much, Bill, for that information about my first set. I just checked it out. So much was included in it: track, switches, remote control track section, smoke pellets, etc., in addition to the locomotive, tender and 5 cars. Also, I never knew that it was known as the Greenball Express, which I think is a neat name.
Our first sets had as huge impact on us, kind of like a first love. For many of us, our first train set was, indeed, our first love, before that first girl we fell in love with. Arnold