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I'm pleasantly surprised with the quality of this entry-level train set
on December 21, 2007
After a few seasons of nervously running my HO-scale model trains around our Christmas tree, I picked up this set (at a local mass retailer for a price much lower than what Amazon.com charges, BTW) for my 4 year-old son. I haven't owned a model train set in over 25 years and remember the horrors of track segments coming apart and locomotives breaking down after a few hours of running. Thankfully, the Annie & Clarabel coaches are heavy and are quite durable; along with the Thomas engine, all three are handsomely painted and well-detailed for an entry-level train set.
EZ-Track is among the greatest inventions in model railroading history - you can assemble the simple circle of track included in this train set in a few minutes and more importantly, the track stays together on carpeting or hard floors and can even be moved slightly without any separation. Plenty of additional track pieces are available on Amazon.com or your local hobby shop if you wish to expand Thomas's branch line.
We have been running this train for several days without incident. My son has been remarkably responsible with this set, and it has been a useful transition for him from the durable wooden trains to scale model railroading.