I'm in the process of cataloging my dad's Lionel collection. He didn't keep train sets together (at least, not the ones he acquired at garage sales or flea markets - the newer ones like the Bicentennial Lionel are still in their original boxes, though), and when we go to sell off his collection we hope to be able to sell full/complete sets.
My question is this: Does anyone know of a database that has all of the engines listed with the cars they came with (as sets), or will I have to thumb through all his Lionel catalogs and enter all this data into a spreadsheet or database on my own?
Also, does anyone know of a definitive source for identifying cars from different eras? I understand that Lionel would change certain characteristics on the various cars depending upon which year it was made. (e.g. the design of the trucks on a 6465 Sunoco Tank car would be different from one year to the next).
Oh... regarding the database, I would prefer a photo database that had photos showing the minor differences among the cars with the same numbers.
Thanks for your help!