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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
on July 18, 2012
I consider this merely an adequate train set. I purchased it to get an idea of the size of N scale locomotives and rolling stock, and I was debating between building an HO or N scale layout, and I've always used HO in the past. For that purpose, this set certainly satisfied my yearning to size up N scale.

The set comes packaged very neatly, and the power pack is quite clever compared with the HO sets I grew up with. It uses an external power pack "wall wart" that plugs into the throttle. While this would be useless for a layout, it is a great match for a portable train set like this, and it is important to keep in mind that this is a toy, really. The throttle unit has accessory connections, and plugs into a rerailer/power track via a flat connector. The connector is prone to coming loose without provocation. If you have power issues, check this connection. I've had this style of connector in the past on HO sets for Christmas tree use, and they exhibited similar issues, so this is not isolated to this set. The locomotive is a cute 0-6-0 locomotive, with reasonably good front and side detail. Despite the complaints of one reviewer as to the lack of wheels under the cab...an 0-6-0 should not have wheels there, and this is accurate to the prototype. The headlamp is not lighted. The motor sticks out the back of the cap, leaving an unsightly metal bulge. Really distracts from the otherwise decent realism. The tender is wired for power on the front wheel set, helping to avoid stalls. The locomotive runs reasonably well, and I was able to get it to climb mild inclines with all three cars and a few coins. Low speed operation is mixed...it doesn't start well, but it will run at low speed reasonably well if you decrease speed gradually. The cars consist of a boxcar (door does not open), gondola, and caboose. The detail on the cars is acceptable, other than the fixed boxcar door. The cars run a little noisy, although I suspect the EZ track might be partially to blame. It snapped together reasonably well, only one do-over was required. A circle is a little boring, so ideally they should update this to a slightly larger oval.

In summary...a decent toy with a few minor flaws. Those flaws are excusable at this excellent price.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on January 11, 2011
This was a gift to my son and I have seen it running. The track system seems to work well and the train set performed as advertised. I like Bachmann products and this lived up to my expectations. A thumbs up, but not a small child's toy.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on August 26, 2011
It's a nice little train.Still good so far, at least. Just received it today.However,my opinion will probably change in about a few weeks. It has a Santa Fe 0-6-0 no.3283,Southern Railway open hopperr no.352450,Green Bay And Western boxcar no.60, A.T.S.F caboose no.999628, a circle of e-z track,and the speed controller.The locomotive runs smoothly and the cars roll smoothly, too. Overall, a great train set with all you need to get started.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on January 30, 2013
I bought this set out of curiosity. The little 0-6-0 switcher suprised me as to how well it performed. Operationaly, it does well in switching.
It does not stall in turnouts. It takes tight curves well. My major concern was that the little slope back tender would derail backing up or pulling cars.
I was pleased that the 0-6-0 did all the yard duties well, without problems that I have had with HO locos. I love it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on January 6, 2012
I bought this train set to replace an "N" guage Bachman set I purchased many years ago and find it to be every bit as good a product as the original.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on September 3, 2014
Bachmann's ready-to-run starter train sets are an excellent way to discover if you really want to be a model railroader. The detail is very good even in N-scale. The locomotives are not the best on the market; however, Bachmann offers free replacement in the first year so you won't be burned if you get a lemon. The EZ Track works OK on carpet, but I would suggest mounting the track on plywood. Connecting and disconnecting the rail joiners repeatedly will damage them and that can interrupt the electric circuit. After mounting, tightly crimp the rail joiners with needle nose pliers or better yet, solder them. PLEASE NOTE: jerky performance of the locomotive is usually due to dirty track. It is easily cleaned with a pencil eraser. Also, the locomotive's motor bearing needs lubrication. Bachmann has several videos on YouTube showing you how. This is a fantastic hobby and a real treat for children. Though it is not intended for under 14 years old, I have supervised my young grand children for hundreds of joyous hours.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on December 7, 2012
This came in quick and with no issues. This is a great starter set and good for kids or for people without room for a larger scale.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on January 8, 2014
As a Christmas present, a really excited little boy couldn't figure out why we had to box it back up. The engine would barley move and acted as if something was in a bind inside the motor. I was concerned for the HO scale being a little small for a 4 year old, but was a little ticked that it wouldn't work straight out of the packaging. Amazon was great as usual on accepting it back and providing a refund.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on April 5, 2014
I ordered this as a Christmas and it was a big hit with my son. He loves trains and this is a great addition to his collection.
Worked great. Would recommend to anyone that loves trains.
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on October 11, 2014
I ordered this train to be a part of a larger layout that I am building. It ran around the track, that came with it, three times in a jerky kind of way then it just quit and would never run again. I sent it back for a refund. The construction of this train set was bad even by Bachman's standards. I would not recommend this product.
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