This was one of Lego's more unusual trains and while I'm not keen on the color scheme or the little engine unit, the overall idea is very creative and had great playability. This futuristic train was designed with modular cargo and passenger sections that could be slid into and out of the train.
There were 4 mini-cargo pods with fold-down legs that slid into the ends of the cars: fuel with hose and reel, safe for transporting money, baggage pod, mail pod. There were 4 larger passenger units that can be dropped into the mid-section of the cars: 2 sit-down passenger units and 2 sleeping units (with bunk beds). There was a nifty lift-truck that could slide the mini-cargo pods into the train as well as hook into the larger passenger units.
The small engine unit acts like a tractor for the car behind it. They don't share a bogey so much as the car rests on the engine just like a truck trailer. Indeed, the car even had landing gear (legs that supported the end of the train car, like a truck trailer).
The set included 7 mini-figures, a track-side ramp, an oval of track and a speed controller.
As this set is now rare and long out of production, it commands a very high price. The main secondary market for Lego is on Bricklink.com, so be sure to include that in your search. Also, Lego discontinued the 9V train system in 2007, and with 9V track and motors becoming increasingly scarce and expensive, the set is primarily of interest to collectors. The new train system (PF) uses non-metallic track, batteries, and infrared control. The track is the same gauge (so PF trains can run on 9V track, but not the other way around). Lego has also redesigned the magnetic couplers on the train cars in order to be more child safe. Click through my name and choose the "Guides" tab in order to see my guide on Lego trains (with current offerings, etc.).
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