Ok I'm totally new to the model train world. Granted I had a pretty big collection of Lionel O-scale stuff when I was a kid and I remember it very vividly. Pretty much ran that system in to the trash heap!
Now, 30 years later I have a family of my own and this season I decided (on a whim) to add a train under the tree. So I snagged this cheap plastic battery operated set at my local big box retailer. Something exactly like this: https://www.amazon.com/Eztec-37260-S.../dp/B0064IQ1BY
. It was only about 40 bux and heck, it's fun. My little boy LOVES it!
But...now that I've been playing with this thing I've been googling all sorts of other train sets. I've decided I really want a "good quality" set for next year! I'm pretty convinced G-Scale is the way to go. I love the size for under the tree. I researched several Bachmann sets and they seem quite nice! However, I keep coming back to the LGB sets (LGB 72302 to be exact). I've never ran one, or even seen one run in person, but to me those LGB trains seem like the way to go. Am I right? They just look like a quality, well built product.
So I have a couple questions...are there other startup sets I should consider that would be better quality for the same price range? Also, I assume I could add some of the cheapo plastic cars (rolling stock) from my bargain basement system to a LGB set (such as the boxcar or caboose). Correct? And lastly price.. Do these things come down in price during the non Christmas season? I'm seeing them in the 350 range right now. Is there a chance they would go much lower?
I decided to come here and ask the experts!