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Bachmann Trains Thunder Valley Ready-to-Run N Scale Train Set

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  • EMD GP40 diesel locomotive with operating headlight
  • 2 Freight cars and wide-vision caboose
  • 24" circle of nickel silver E-Z Track
  • Power pack and speed controller
  • The speed controller that comes with the set has a directional button. To reverse the direction we need to slide the direction button; Illustrated instruction manual
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Bachmann Trains Thunder Valley Ready-to-Run N Scale Train Set + Bachmann 5 Inch Straight Track (6/Card) - N Scale + Bachmann 11.25" Radius Curved Track (6/Card) - N Scale
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WARNING:
CHOKING HAZARD -- Small parts. Not for children under 3 yrs.

Product Specifications

Skill Level 2
Assembly Time 2 minutes
Scale1:24
Model Number24013
Assembly RequiredYes

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 3 x 9 x 14 inches ; 2 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
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  • ASIN: B000BFQ4Z4
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  • Item model number: 24013
  • Manufacturer recommended age: 14 - 15 years
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #15,080 in Toys & Games (See Top 100 in Toys & Games)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
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Product Description

24013 Features: -Steel reefer. -Three dome tank car. -Wide vision caboose. -24'' circle of nickel silver E-Z track. Use: -Toy. Product Type: -Train Sets. Scale: -N Scale. Power: -Electric. Age Range: -8 - 12 Years. Age Range: -12 Years And Up. Gender: -Boy. Color: -Multi-Colored. Generic Specifications: -Including 11 pieces curved track and 1 curved plug in terminal. Dimensions: Overall Width - Side to Side: -24 Inches. Overall Depth - Front to Back: -24 Inches. Overall Product Weight: -5 Pounds.

From the Manufacturer

The rails rumble and the engine roars as the mighty Thunder Valley rounds the bend, hauling freight to destinations far and wide.

Customer Reviews

Makes me feel like a kid again.
david wiley
It can easily handle a 4% grade with a full consist, and runs smoothly.
EarhornJones
Purchased this for our Grandsons for Christmas, they were thrilled!
Chuck Zendner

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

51 of 54 people found the following review helpful By EarhornJones on December 4, 2008
The Bachmann Thunder Valley train set makes a nice entry-level set for anyone looking at getting into N-scale model railroading. Keep in mind that N-scale is approximately 1:160 scale, so this train is SMALL. That makes it ideal for people with limited space, but less appropriate for the very young.

I purchased a few Bachmann sets to get a small stable of trains for the layout I'm building, and this one, while cheapest, is also my favorite. The engine is strong, and not as tempermental as some of the steam locomotive models from Bachmann. It can easily handle a 4% grade with a full consist, and runs smoothly.

This set only comes with a circle of EZ Track, so you'll be needing more. I initially wasn't thrilled with the idea of EZ Track (which has the trackbed permanently attached) but it actually works very nicely, and is far superior for use as a temporary tabletop or floor setup than traditional track would be.

The electrical components of the set are also solid, if somewhat simplistic.

This is a solid set for anyone getting started with N-Scale model railroading, and given the price, it would be hard to beat.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Vista Bill Raley VINE VOICE on August 29, 2011
This handsome set is a perfect choice for your first N scale train set. Led by a colorful Santa Fe EMD Diesel locomotive, it'll grow with you. Bachmann is a leader in model and toy trains and there is a limited lifetime warranty on this. The locomotive is quite capable of pulling many cars. Add a few sections of straight track, a couple more freight cars and you'll have a really great beginning to your railroad empire. Highly recommended!
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Janice C. Hodge on January 26, 2011
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My eleven yr old nephew was thrilled to get what he wanted-a train! He was able to quickly assemble the train to Mom's pleasant surprise. He does state that the train will stop
1/10 of the time for unknown reasons. It must be noted that the Bachmann Trains Thunder Valley Ready-to-Run N Scale Train Set is still highly valued a month after he rec'd it for his Christmas gift.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By G1yp4.1337 on February 3, 2014
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I have been messing around with toy trains since i was 4, and im now in my mid thirties. I read some of the posts on these train sets and i was a bit concerned when i purchased, but knowing the simpliciy of the build i was not too concerned.

Out of the box, everything was great. Packaged well, seperated well, and the documentation was what i expected, not that i read it. The New EZ track has its advantages, such as being able to run this on a carpet without having lint buildup on the wheels and trucks like on the open track styles. A distinct disadvantage is the incompatability with existing track types out of the box. It is possible, especially if you are handy with a saw and can cut wedges to gently ease the track down from the "fake trackbed" to the layout level like i did.

Installation was easy, just like all other train sets that are out there. Took me about 20 minutes at a moderate pace. The speed controller uses a 1/4 inch jack to power the rails and a "wall wart" (on wall transformer) style power pack instead of placing the transformer in the control module. These made this a easy install to test it out on the kitchen table.

As far as operation goes, i had no problems getting it on the track or getting it to function properly, without any real issues. I will say this. i have about 3 hours of operation on it at about 50 percent power. The Manual does state that these engines require a break in period before you can expect top performance, and i would imagine, the best longevity. Mine seemed like it functioned without strain after 20 minutes of continous run in one direction, and then again in reverse.

I would have to say, if you slow down and come to a stop before changing direction, operate at a moderate speed (not fully open), and dont "rev" the engine speed like a motorcycle, i would assume one would have years of fun with this model.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By MPL023 VINE VOICE on December 26, 2008
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Good price and buy, they are under our Christmas tree and the grand kids got a big kick out of them. Will shop again.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Kevin G Carleton on July 10, 2013
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Not a bad set for the money. The only reason i bought this set was for a comparison of N scale to my existing HO scale as i have the same locomotive in HO scale. runs good out of the box and easy to set up with Bachmanns ez track. In the end i decided that N scale was too small for me to work with as i like to do mods to the locomotives and rolling stock so this set will go to the kids.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jerry H. Davis on October 26, 2013
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This is a very we'll made train set. Small scale but works very well. Not for very young but my 11 year old grandson can assemble and operate it.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mag on January 7, 2014
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I, a retired woman, have enjoyed my train set, although I had to figure out some things at first, being totally unfamiliar with model trains. Getting the cars on the track was a touchy task at first, but I kept taking "patience" breaks and finally nailed the knack. I had to use a pair of tweezers to get two cars to couple, but it worked. Patience is required. This is good practice for when I want to expand this new-found hobby. I've always wanted trains, and now I have them. N-scale is a little pesky to work with, since the cars are small, but I like the fact that they take up so much less room than bigger units. More women should take up this hobby -- it's not just for kids and old men!
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