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From what I have read here and on other fora about the Lionel large scale set is that it is pretty much toy train quality. It is a smaller scale (1:32 or smaller) than most large scale. if you are looking for a decent quailty starter set I would suggest a Bachmann Big Hauler set (though the track is for indoor use and the power supply is weak at best), or a set by AristoCraft (Eggliner, Lil' Critter, 0-4-0, or Rodgers sets) or LGB. Though finding these sets right after the holidays could be difficult. Starter sets come with 4 foot diameter track, the minimum size. If you are going to be laying track out in the garden, you will probably want to use a larger diameter. It may serve you better in the long run to skip a starter set and buy your train, track and power supply separately.

-Brian
 
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