Waiting for the rolling stock, track & accessories I found myself under the thrall of mechanical trains.
My very first train was a Marx wind up, nothing fancy, probably the bottom of the line set for it's day.
Didn't matter to me. I wasn't aware of the various grades of sets, what was important was that I had a train. Was it the looks of Tin Plate Trains, or just nostalgia? I don't know, but I've purchased some.
A Marx Vanderbilt, originally purchased to send to my Great Grand Nephew. Now that I have it in my possession, I believe that it's not a good choice for a 5 year old. I've purchased a newer plastic locomotive and plastic cars to give to him, and will keep the Vanderbilt for myself. Now I really need to reconsider what type of layout to build, since it will be running both electric & mechanical trains.