I finally found a completed 5 car set with the 4449 off of fleabay. I'll be pulling it with the re-released BLI Reading T1. Thank you for sharing your experiences with the Lionel cars. I have already ordered new trucks and I finally figured out how to get the roof off. I will be trying to model the whole 26 cars but for now, I'm going to get the 5 I have up to standard and then start ordering the Bethlem Car Works kits. There's a lot of good info and galleries of others that have done this at http://www.freedomtrain.org/main.htm I look forward to your posts and updates on your progress.