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A great starter set for the price.
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.