Hello, newbie here,
My wife and I have a son and this year will be his 2nd xmas (he's 1 and a half right now).
I grew up roman catholic, and my wife jewish, but we no longer practice. however, we love the traditions and the holidays despite any religious affiliation. to each their own.
i grew up with my dad having a platform under a tree. a large piece of wood with 4 feet at each corner so it raised up off the ground a little. he would tack track down and he had an electric set but the individual train sections (engine, caboose, etc.) were heavy in your hand. they weren't HUGE and they weren't TINY. i'm not sure what scale they were but i'd say the engine was about 8 inches long or thereabouts.
anyway, he still has it but it doesnt work. and no longer has the track either. he was going to give it to us to pass down to our son, but i'm thinking of getting something new.
i'm not sure what kind of set to get. i don't want a tiny one. i plan to get the usual 6-7' xmas tree with a typical girth of about oh... 4' i guess.
i'm thinking of getting this train set (not necessarily from this company):
Or should I go for a "traditional" train set that's not holiday themed?
Finally, is there a place recommended to buy train sets from? Is lionel still respected?
Thanks a lot for any answers ya'll can provide.