The 5741 set was in the middle of the price range, not an inexpensive set, yet big enough to offer an operating car and a larger locomotive. It should also be noted that my father, a research chemist by trade, was also probably a model train fan, but one who could not publicly reveal that fact. One indication: instead of buying the 5741 right off the shelf, Dad had the train dealer substitute a more powerful power supply instead of the one which came with the set. Dad was good that way.
I would let this set get away from me in a moment of youthful unsentimentality. Fortunately, there is an active resale market, and I now have the elements of this set back in my collection. Along with more than a few other pieces, too. Well, a lot of pieces. I’ve tended to confine myself to the Lionel H0 of the early 1960’s.
While Lionel H0 has been well covered, both online and in the Greenberg books on the subject, for some reason, the different train sets (Lionel called the “outfits” have never been detailed. So, most of these pages are devoted to Lionel H0 train sets for the period between 1957 and 1966.