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Good for a starter set but not really suitable for serious hobbyists.
on October 23, 2013
This set is a good starter set for kids or maybe even old timers who want to set something up on a table in the family room. However, I was ordering this to integrate it into my much larger layout. I was disappointed in several items. The locomotives are very lightweight compared to my others from Athern and Likelike, and therefore had much less pulling power because they start slipping under a large load. For visual realism, the A and B units should be pretty closely coupled, but when these units are coupled together, they are about an inch apart (which you can see in the photos). That just doesn't look very realistic at all. The regular coach car was OK, but it has the wrong trucks on it for a 1960's vintage car. I think Bachmann (to save money, no doubt) just used the trucks that they also put on their 2010 era commuter rail cars, which look nothing like the ones that were on the real Great Northern coaches from the 50's and 60's. The Budd extended dome car is pretty cool looking, but when it ran, at least one of the wheels was a bit unbalanced so that the coach would rock back and forth. That was very noticeable at higher speeds. I think this was also the reason that it kept uncoupling from the coach directly behind it. So, to recap, this would be a perfect set for a adolescent or young teen who is into trains. It is a very nice starter set and doesn't look at all like the cheap Tyco sets that we all had as kids. But for the serious enthusiasts, I would recommend buying all the items separately.