When I was 10 years old, my father bought two American Flyer train sets for my sister and I (although I think he bought them for himself, too, since he liked to play with them as much as we did). We mounted the trains on a 4'X 8' plywood board. My father even made legs for it so we could play with it standing up. We made a whole little village on the board with the two sets of train tracks running around the village. We even had a little train station with people that actually moved!
When we got older, the train village was put away in the crawl space under the house, and I pretty much forgot about it.
When my youngest son was 7, though, he became interested in trains, and my father got out the old train board. My son and my father had a great time cleaning, repairing, and playing with the trains.
My father died last summer, and I decided to ship the train set to my house to save until my son, who's expecting his first child in June, has a home of his own with space for the trains. My father lived in NJ. I live in CA.
I was very concerned about shipping these things - they're now over 50 years old. We had removed everything from the mounting board - all the little plastic houses, a church that plays Silent Night, the train station and its little people, an ice cream stand, plastic telephone poles. I packed them carefully in boxes, but they're fragile, and the board itself is somewhat awkward. My father had painted streets, lawns, a gravel traintrack bed, etc, onto the board and I was afraid it would be damaged in some way during shipment.
I listed my shipment on UShip, and accepted the bid from Royal Moving and Storage. They picked up the items in NJ the day after Christmas. Two weeks later, the items were delivered with no damage whatsoever. Everything's in fine shape. I'm very grateful to Royal Moving and Storage for the care they took shipping these things, and I'm looking forward to watching my son and my grandchild enjoy my father's trains.