Hi all, Thought I would intro my self and start bending ears...or key boards. I just recieved my first train set in...32 years(yikes) yesterday. I bid and bought on a lionel ho deisel(1974) and cars...I think cox with track and transformer on ebay. Wanted my son to start enjoying trains early...I am too early in the intro, he is only twenty months. But I figure by the time he is old enough dad will be pretty good at this train stuff and hopefully there will be an model rr in the basement that will be "cool"!:thumb: Had some trouble getting the deisel, either an alco or gp-9 to work, had to get babtized by going in and reattaching the drive shaft to the motor. The set came with a decent amount of track, much of it still in original packaging, and a girder bridge, two transformers, one cox and one lionel, the train runs much better on the lionel. So I have the official bug, want to replace the couplers from the old hook type, I hope that is possible, have to also replace a truck on one of the box cars. I have already bought the Walthers catalog and have an idea for my first rr. Just can't decide about benchwork, and the grade, but that is what I am here for...and the best part about this is that no one is demanding that I get this done, in 2 weeks!! Well thanks for letting me ramble, talk/type at you soon.