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Bachmann Trains Empire Builder Ready - To - Run N Scale Train Set

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  • Northern 4-8-4 steam locomotive and tender with operating headlight
  • 7 Freight cars and off-center caboose
  • 44" x 24" oval of nickel silver E-Z Track
  • Power pack and speed controller
  • Illustrated instruction manual
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WARNING:
CHOKING HAZARD -- Small parts. Not for children under 3 yrs.

Product Specifications

ScaleNo
Model Number24009
ColorMulti

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 3 x 18 x 20 inches ; 3.2 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
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  • ASIN: B0006KQHLA
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  • Item model number: 24009
  • Manufacturer recommended age: 14 - 15 years
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #193,289 in Toys & Games (See Top 100 in Toys & Games)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
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Product Description

From the Manufacturer

American railroads helped build great fortunes and the wealth of the Nation.

Product Description

N ATSF EMPIRE BLDR SET


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Customer Reviews

Overall, this is a very nice train.
BobR
My experience was so bad, I was about to abandon getting back into the hobby until I came across models from other manufacturers.
Jim H
It doesn't stay on the track, no matter the speed.
Jaspurr2008

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

49 of 50 people found the following review helpful By Bill Raley VINE VOICE on March 9, 2005
The Bachmann Empire Builder Set is not only a beauty, it's a real workhorse! The big Santa Fe "Northern" 4-8-4 with it's 16-wheel oil tender (the tender alone is 52') easily handles the eight freight cars that are included in the set. In fact, this engine will pull more than 40 freight cars. The set is well constructed and includes telephone poles, railroad and street signs, 44"x24" oval of Bachmann nickel silver E-Z track, power pack, speed controller, and instruction manual is included. There is a lifetime limited warranty on the locomotive.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Jaded on October 24, 2008
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Nice all in one box train set. If you want a train to set up at Christmas under the tree this set is just right for you. It has all the components you need. Another plus is that the one box should be easy to store when Christmas is over. That being said you should know that this train is tiny. If you have bad eyesight or big hands be prepared to struggle setting it up and getting the cars on the track.
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful By John Loovis on May 8, 2011
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Bachmann has been making model trains since 1952 (The company was founded in 1833 but didn't make trains back then). I've owned this particular train set for about 4 months now and by now I can draw a conclusion.

The Bachmann "Empire Builder" train set comes in a windowed cardboard box with a white Styrofoam slotted insert that firmly holds the locomotive, cars, track and power pack. It's just like the ones I got in the late 60's or early 70's when I was a kid. Oh the memories!

However, there are some differences. First, the power pack is now 2 pieces...a small gray plastic box with the throttle knob connected to a "wall wart" (Those humongous black transformers that take up all the other outlets on your powerstrip) which I find really annoying. Second is the "E-Z Track" which has the track and roadbed integrated in one piece. The sections interlock with each other, avoiding the tracks from pulling apart during operation. I was skeptical of the new style track at first, but it really works great! There are a lot less derailments and a lot more fun.

The centerpiece of the set, the Santa Fe 4-8-4 Northern locomotive, has a couple of issues. The detailing is not up today's "model grade" standards...it looks like a 70's train set loco, with all of the piping and valves are just part of the shell, no separately applied detail parts. The electrical pickup is not that good either. If the track and wheels are not kept perfectly clean, it will run erratically. I have Kato, Life-Like and Model Power locos that still run silky smooth on slightly dirty track. There is also a small copper metal contact between the pilot truck (the 4 front small wheels) and the body. If this metal contact comes loose and/or dirty the loco will run very herky-jerky.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By mike on January 13, 2011
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Bachmann Trains Empire Builder Ready - To - Run N Scale Train Set I like bachmann trains because they are a quality product and authentically detailed. They also have a lifetime warranty and an excellent track record for all over performance and product longevity. I highly recomend and will continue to to purchase Bachmann products
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By R. Ferman Wardell on December 1, 2011
I've had my Empire Builder about a week now. It has performed dependably - at top speed, this little train really zooms around the track. I like the N-gauge size - perfect for a tabletop set-up. For the price it's actually a well-designed and built set - China, of course. The locomotive and cars are not as detailed as those expensive N and HO gauge trains, but, hey, for the price it's actually very good. Bachman gives the locomotive a lifetime (of the owner) limited warranty - good. The N-gauge set is small - a plus and a minus, but overall a plus. The set-up is extremely easy with all connections nicely-designed and clearly described. The "Snap Track" works well. I added two turnouts ("switches" to me) with a partial inside loop, which has worked just OK as the turnouts add another complexity to a simple set-up. I'll probably not use them but just keep the train on the original oval. The only problem I've had is the locomotive front four wheel truck, which tends to jump off the track, but it gets right back on when on the re-railer track. It appears loosely connected and not weighted, which could be the problem. So, overall, I'm happy with the set, which I'll use as my "Christmas Train" on a 24" x 48" board which I put on a table with a small Christmas tree in the center of the layout. Again, for the price, hard to beat!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on January 15, 2011
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This is a fine little train, beautifully detailed and fun to watch. Putting the track together requires a firm, careful touch but is not difficult. The only problem I had was in getting the cars to join together but I soon learned that a firm push, holding both of them on the track, would do the trick. Otherwise it is quite easy to assemble and a joy to own.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By training in n scale on January 11, 2011
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Train set was everything as described. The description was short and concise.Bachman makes great train sets. This was my first n scale after years of HO trains. This set is a great value. It helped that I had done my research beforehand. The order process was easy and the shipping quick. I had been charged for shipping by mistake and Amazon took care of it before I could complain.
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