Heya! I'm El, and I've been collecting and repairing vintage toy trains since my first Lionel set arrived when I was 12, in the form of a junked 1971 Lionel MPC "Yardmaster" set that was left at the town dump. I've come a long way since then, and now my collection has expanded to include prewar and postwar equipment from a variety of the notable train manufacturers of the day, including Lionel, American Flyer, Marx, and Ives. I'm self taught in the art of toy train repairs, and I do my own servicing and repairs on all my equipment. Favorites motive power in my collection includes (but are not limited to) my 646 Hudson, 2353 ATSF F3 A-A, 623 ATSF switcher, Marx M10005, and American Flyer 343.My dream? Someday open a repair business, especially for fixing trains.Further notes:-Very much a cat person. Currently living with twin sisters, both of whom enjoy watching my trains but prefer to stay at a "safe distance"-In addition to train repair, I have a hobby of taking home and fixing other things, including vintage kitchen appliances.-I watched our "I Love Toy Trains" DVD (TM Books & Video) so many times as a kid that my big brother got sick of it and refused to be in the room any time we put it on. I loved that DVD so much!