The Polar Express O-Gauge Freight Set from Lionel Trains features a finely detailed style that evokes the magnificent steam engines of times gone by. Authentic train sounds add to the lifelike experience. This large-scale, battery-operated train set is based on the Caldecott Award-winning book The Polar Express and the movie that followed in 2004. Easy to assemble, it's an exciting, interactive way for children ages four and up to relive their favorite scenes from the story or create their own adventures.
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Detailed Train Based on The Polar Express
This Polar Express train set is painstakingly designed to be true to the original. It features lifelike train cars, a powerful headlight, a digital steam whistle, and a color scheme that matches the train featured in the Polar Express book and movie adaptation. The die-cast metal locomotive body is highly detailed, complete with engineer and fireman figures, and is reassuringly heavy, as are the other train cars. With a few drops of the included formula, the locomotive can produce puffs of smoke.
Easy Setup and Transformer Operation
Designed for easy use, the Polar Express Train Set features a powerful maintenance-free motor. For out-of-the-box operation, it comes complete with a CW-80 transformer to control forward, reverse, and neutral operation. The eight curved and three straight FasTrack track pieces fit together with the FasTrack terminal section to create a 40-by-60-inch oval (W x L), and the train cars connect to create a 46-3/4-inch long train. When you're done, the track pieces and train cars pack up quickly and easily for storage.
Fine Details Include Festive Holiday Accents
This Polar Express train set includes a collection of tiny detailed Christmas tree figures and shiny wrapped presents, all of which fit neatly into the open-air freight car.
Operating the Polar Express
Our testers found the train set easy to setup and operate. While instructions are hardly needed for connecting the track pieces together and arranging the train cars, they did come in handy for explaining the smoke function and best practices for operation. It should be noted that, despite following the instructions, very little smoke emits from the locomotive, even when operating at full speed. Another minor disappointment was the train whistle, which had a somewhat artificial sound. Despite these drawbacks, the train set still provides an enjoyable experience that the whole family can share in.
1.) Make sure the smoke on/off switch is in the “on” position.
2.) Make sure 5-7 drops of smoke fluid was added to the smoke stack
3.) Make sure to blow down the stack to remove and any meniscus that may have formed around the top opening of the smoke unit
4.) The train must be operated at 2/3 to full throttle for the smoke element to get warm enough to convert the fluid into vapor and have smoke ejected from the smoke stack. The train will NOT smoke running a low speeds!
The Polar Express O-Gauge Freight Set is backed by a manufacturer's one-year limited warranty.
What's in the Box
Steam locomotive, coal tender, boxcar, tank car, illuminated caboose, eight curved and three straight FasTrack pieces, one FasTrack terminal section, CW-80 transformer, smoke fluid, replacement traction tire, replacement light bulb, Christmas-themed figurines, Start-Up DVD, and owner's manual.