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Life-Like Trains HO Scale Diesel Driver Electric Train Set

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  • Giant 65 x 47 Over & Under Double Oval Track Features Life-Like's Exclusive Power-Loc Track System with Molded Roadbed for Fast 'N Easy Set-Up.
  • Two Operating Accessories: Dual Crossing Gate - arms lower and raise as train passes!Operating Log Dump Station with Dump Car
  • Scenic Accessories Include: Realistic Trees, Cars, Truck, Figures, Mountain Paper, Utility Poles with Transformers and Signs
  • Three Small Building Kits Included
  • Set Includes Power-Loc Terminal Rerailer Power Track for Easy Alignment of Locomotive and Freight Car Wheels
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WARNING:
CHOKING HAZARD -- Small parts. Not for children under 3 yrs.

Product Specifications

ScaleHO
Model Number433-8852

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 18 x 22 x 5 inches ; 5 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 6.8 pounds
  • Domestic Shipping: Item can be shipped within U.S.
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  • Shipping Advisory: This item must be shipped separately from other items in your order. Additional shipping charges will not apply.
  • ASIN: B0024XJX90
  • Item model number: 433-8852
  • Our recommended age: 8 years and up
  • Manufacturer recommended age: 8 years and up
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #321,350 in Toys & Games (See Top 100 in Toys & Games)
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
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Product Description

A Union Pacific GP38-2 diesel locomotive with working headlight pulls a wood-braced boxcar, 2-bay hopper, steel door boxcar, stock car, log dump car with logs and matching 8-wheel caboose (rolling stock fitted with horn-hook couplers) around a 65" x 47" (1.65 x 1.19m) Power-Loc track layout.

Accessories include an 18-piece bridge and pier set, 3 trackside shanty building kits, operating log dump, operating crossing gate 2 switch tracks, 3 trees, 2 cars, 1 truck, figures, mountain paper, 19 railroad signs, 6 utility poles with transformers and call boxes plus a pair of extra couplers, illustrated instructions and a copy of "Beginner's Guide to Model Railroading".

Sets also include a UL-listed power pack with forward and reverse and a terminal rerailer.

Life-Like's Power-Loc track, is a unique side-locking track system that clicks together instantly and locks track securely in place. There's no need for rail joiners, so setup is quick and easy. The solid roadbed base offers durability and support on any surface, even carpet, eliminating the need for boards, nails, screws or tools.

From the Manufacturer

Start Off Your Railroad Right with Life-Like Trains! This colorful 7-unit HO scale train set features GP38-2 diesel locomotive with working headlight, wood brace box car, 2-bay hopper car, steel door box car, stock car, log dump car with logs, matching 8-wheel caboose, 65” x 47” (1.65 x 1.19m) Power-Loc track layout, 18-piece bridge & pier set, 3 trackside shanty building kits, operating log dump, operating crossing gate 2 switch tracks, 3 trees, 2 cars, 1 truck, figures, mountain paper, 19 railroad signs, 6 utility poles with transformers and call boxes, pair of extra couplers, illustrated instructions and a copy of "Beginner's Guide to Model Railroading". Sets also include a UL-listed power pack with forward and reverse and a terminal rerailer. Set Up Size: 65" x 47" For fast and easy operation on any surface, sets feature Life-Like's unique Power-Loc snap-together track. There's no need for special boards, nails or tools - and there are NO fussy metal rail joiners to align - simply click each section to the next and you'll be ready to roll in minutes. Best of all, the built-in roadbed base means you can run your train on any surface, including a rug! There's also a handy rerailer that makes getting the cars and engine on the track easy, with simple plug-in wiring connections to speed assembly.


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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By JATO457 on December 18, 2010
This was a purchase for my 6 year old son to "upgrade" from thomas the train. He immediatly loved it from the start.
The track went togehter in seconds, the buildings needed some hobby cement, but they were easy to assemble. The switches were manual, but they were great. In a past version of this set I had bought for my nephew, the train would always derail, but the company has improved it so it wouldn't derail as much. The headlight had to be rewired when we got it, but it was nothing duct tape couldn't fix. It also came with a cool little guide on how to get started in model railroading as a hobby. Great tips on everything. Some things that could have been better, The switches could have been remote, the crossing would have operated a bit better, the power pack could have been a bit easier to set up. Trees came with the set, an operating log car, and a bunch of other goodies. We hope to buy more track so my son and I can build a table for him to play on.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By wile_e2005 on December 3, 2012
This is pretty much Life-Like's older Life Like Railroad Empire HO Scale Train Set, but they changed the name to "Diesel Driver" and replaced the Santa Fe locomotive and caboose with Union Pacific-branded equivalents.
Even with the name and railroad change, it's still a great semi-elaborate starter set, with a relatively unique over/under double-oval track setup, the classic log dump and railroad crossing "action" accessories, trackside shanty building kits, and many scenic accessories (autos, figures, trees, tunnel, signs and utility poles.)
Though I am still a bit confused on why Life-Like still offers their sets with horn-hook couplers. Most of Life-Like's locomotives and rolling stock hasn't changed much since they came out in the 1970s. They still do perform well, but I'm surprised they haven't switched to knuckle couplers yet! Although horn-hooks are backwards compatible with knuckle couplers, this is just a friendly heads-up.
The Power-Loc track is great for starting out with, but you may eventually want to upgrade to a more semi-professional track, like Atlas's Code-83 snap track (it uses nickel silver instead of steel rails!)

Besides that, if you set up this train set on a piece of plywood with some kind of "grass" material on it (either green ground cover or a grass mat), and add more building kits and track and other accessories, you would pretty much have a real "Railroad Empire!" (It still lives up to its original name!)
(The name change could be likely so it isn't too similar to another similar "top of the line" train set Life-Like has offered since the 1990s, Life-Like HO Scale Train Set Freightline USA, which still retains the Santa Fe road name on the locomotive and caboose!)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Christina on December 28, 2011
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I'll start by saying that my seven year old son and I really love this train....now. Assembly was a pain and there was one vital piece of track (the switch track) which was missing from the box and was hugely disappointing. All set to return it to Amazon when I was able to find the piece at a local hobby shop. The power-loc track is not as easy to snap together as they describe it. Did I mention it was a pain? Although the track "snaps" together it is still a bit delicate because the small metal connectors can easily bend if mishandled. I'm baffled that the manufacturer says you can hang the track on the wall for storage because I think it would break after the first or second time. We have it laid out on plywood and it is a perfect sturdy base. All in all it's a great starter train and if you treat it with TLC I think you could really really enjoy it. I am looking forward to working with my son to build a nice town and landscape around it.

In terms of age...I would not recommend it for anyone under 7. The wheels on the train are very small and you have to use the re-railer piece quite often but once you master that it's no problem at all. I can see where a younger child could be very frustrated and honestly it's much more of a starter hobby train than a "play and put it away" train. That said, I like this set because it has a double oval track with an elevated bridge - much cooler than just a single oval. The working railroad crossing signals are awesome. It's a great little set and a heck of a lot less expensive than the $250 Polar Express! All in all - I recommend it and a little dose of patience goes a long way.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Bob in Michigan on April 5, 2011
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Good value for the money. Excellent detail on the railroad cars. The track was as easy to assemble as advertised. Many of the accessories are very small so this must be purchased with the age of the user in mind.
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful By R. Pfeifer on January 11, 2011
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they need to improve on a few things, the power-lock track really is a pain to put together and take apart,had a one piece break before we even had the track put together, and the little metal connectors between the tracks will fall out and are really hard to find which also makes that part of the track useless. you can only run the train at slower speeds in certain areas of the track our it will derail and/or tip over. even with all the negatives my son still has fun with it and loves the look of the engine, although i think he would have more fun if things were improved.
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