I love mechanical things, but I never got into trains because of the expense and the need for space. However, I love setting up Thomas sets with my son, and I love that he’s eight, so he’s into to the remote control ones now, and not so much just pushing the wooden ones around. But yeah, just watching something go around and around on a track is boring. It has to have switches and things so it can go different ways, and if I were into Lionel trains, I’d set the train up to trigger things in the background, and to have different paths it could follow. I love taking my on to train shows.
But I love all kinds of mechanical things. I once restored an old Ford Falcon, but I sold it when I had a baby, because I couldn’t keep up the word, and there was no place for a car seat. I hope some day to work on an old car with my son.
When I was a kid, I loved building Rube Goldberg machines, and I just started doing this with my son.
I’ve also bought some non-working things off eBay, fixed them, and resold them. I’ve done several vintage pachinko machines, for example. And I can fix a computer. If I can’t fix it from the keyboard, I can find the bad part (the video card, RAM stick, or whatever) replace it, and get going again.
My favorite toys as a kid were always building toys, like Tinker toys and Erector sets, Legos, whatever.
One of the best things about having a kid is being able to play with toys again.