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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on March 22, 2013
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We bought our older children each an electric train for Christmas. But, we knew the little one would feel left out not to get one too, but, we didn't want to spend too much on it, so, this one looked like an inexpensive way to make him happy. If you are old enough to put it together and not mess with it, it works okay. But, it is not a very sturdy product, and my little guy can't just watch things he has to touch, so, he seems to have another piece of it broken every week and doesn't play with it much anymore because of all the broken parts.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on September 19, 2014
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If you want to get your child a nice present, then stay away from this train! !!!
You may ask why, because:
1. Train tracks dont lock in well together
2.Wagons don't connect well together and constantly disconnect.
3. Hard to position the train on the tracks, it keeps coming off.
4. Very poor quality and not user friendly.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on May 22, 2013
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I liked the over all product, but the track is very delicate.It broke and could not be fixed. If track is made strong, excellent toy for kids.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on May 21, 2013
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It's good for a child's first train set, but the train cars are hard to stay on the track and when you want the train to change direction on the "train track split" it will keep going straight or fall off the track. It should be worth a little less than 20 bucks.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on December 20, 2014
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Nice to look at when still. Yes, the materials used are flimsy and cheap, reflecting the price sold.
Once you install the two batteries (and make sure they are in right order or otherwise the train will go backwards, but there is no clear instructions so you will have to try your luck to be right the first time, in this case it is 50/50 odds...there comes the problems:

Trains often derail after a short ride...short in this case, means one or less loop.
The tracks are not finished well so there are many gaps between pieces, adding to the instability. I tried adding some double sided tape but doesn't help much...also,, as seen on picture I tried taking one car off to add to stability...doesn't add much...still falls off track.
In the picture you see five cars total, but in reality there are only four and don't match the sales picture.
The train does have a red light and makes some variety of noises, which is good and fun for kids...
The train wheels still had stubs of unfinished plastics which one might try to clip with a nail clipper to make it smoother.

Basically, this train set is better suited as a mock up model to be left alone...without turning it ON.
If you want an actual working train set, I suggest looking elsewhere as this is a disappointment in one way or more.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on March 9, 2014
This thing is cheap plastic, and easily breakable, but I never even put batteries in it. For wargaming, in my case, Great Rail Wars, this train is the right size, nice and cheap, and easily painted.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on January 12, 2013
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Purchased the train set for a four year old. Needed a toy that was easy to put together, interesting enough to hold his attention and safe. The Continental Express Toy Train set met this requirement. Four year old continues to play and enjoy this gift.. Would recommend.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on January 2, 2013
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My son loves this train. He wanted a train for christmas, however, all the more expensive trains or profesional versions are expensive and I was afraid with his short attention span that he would end up breaking them. However, He loved this train and is easy enough for him to put together and take care of. Great Train for a great price.
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on December 26, 2014
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So, this thing is a piece of junk. HOWEVER, I knew that by the reviews before I bought it. My son is 2 1/2 and he wanted a choo choo for christmas. He is too young to keep up with little parts so track type things usually get jumbled up fairly quickly. So, we set this up for christmas this year (2014). It served its purpose for that and for $20, I could feel good about this as a one time use. So here is the good and bad:

GOOD
--Looks like a real train and not cartoon-y or baby-ish.
--moves around the track and won't derail unless you hit the train or bump the track
--very easy to set up but there is a feel to connecting the tracks. At first you will think there is a gap between track pieces but that is just cause the track is new. be careful with connecting the track pieces. track is cheap and you could break a connection off.
--makes train noises as it goes around the track
--only takes 2 AA batteries
--IT WAS INEXPENSIVE for my purposes

BAD
--the engine needed repairs right out of box. only plastic fixes, the engine ran fine. Make sure you have some crazy glue on hand.
--Some of the train car wheels are error in production but it didn't affect my set though.
--after my son picked up the train a couple times, the car connectors started breaking. Again, I got the trusty super glue out.
--the track is not a perfect oval so one connection is always trying to unsnap. There is a sweet spot so you can make it work, just a slight pain.
--Most of the bad is just how junky the item is. looks cheap, is cheap, stuff breaks often, etc. BUT.........you get what you pay for!

Consider this train only if you want a cheap looking train set that nobody touches or if for an eventually disposable reason like I stated above. It seems like every set is like a snowflake, no 2 are alike.....in that it is russian roulette as to which issues you will be dealing with. Also, the picture is definitely not the train cars that comes with it and there is an engine car and 3 other train cars.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on June 23, 2014
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One of the track switches broke in pieces the first time our grandclildren used it. They were actually being careful since they wanted it to work and to last for the rest of their visit.
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