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Lionel Polar Express Remote Train Set - O-Gauge

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3.9 out of 5 stars 353 customer reviews
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  • Ready-to-run out of the box!
  • Official "All aboard the Polar Express" and other sound clips from the movie.
  • Operating headlight
  • Puffing smoke unit. Over filling the smoke unit may cause little to no smoke.
  • Four Polar Express character figures
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Scale O G O O
Dimensions 9.2 inches x 18.4 inches x 17.4 inches 28.8 inches x 22.5 inches x 8.12 inches 8.1 inches x 22 inches x 19.75 inches 16 inches x 16.75 inches x 8.25 inches
Item Weight 17.4 pounds 15.3 pounds 7.34 pounds 7.8 pounds
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CHOKING HAZARD -- Small parts. Not for children under 3 yrs.

Product Specifications

Model Number6-30218
Batteries Required?No
Batteries Included?Yes
Material Type(s)die cast metal, plastic molded parts and bodies

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  • Product Dimensions: 18.4 x 17.4 x 9.2 inches ; 17.4 pounds
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  • ASIN: B00BK5MXQ8
  • Item model number: 6-30218
  • Manufacturer recommended age: 8 - 15 years
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #14,663 in Toys & Games (See Top 100 in Toys & Games)
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars 353 customer reviews
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Lionel Trains Polar Express O Gauge Remote Set with LionChief Remote. Fitted with the new TrainChief Remote Control system by Lionel, engineers young and old have complete control over their Polar Express trains by an easy-to-use remote. You'll feel a difference in the smooth operation of the Berkshire locomotive, and hear more realism in the locomotive sounds. In addition to the famous "All Aboard!" announcement of the Polar Express conductor, you'll also get a brand new "Tickets Please" announcement that's only available in the TrainChief remote control version of the train set. Easy-to-setup and ready to run right out of the box! With the Lionel Polar Express O Gauge Remote Set with LionChief Remote, run more than one locomotive on the same track. Distinct frequencies are available for different LionChief locomotives which allow for multiple remote engines to run at the same time. LionChief locomotives can also run on any track powered by a conventional transformer at a constant 18 volts, and can operate at the same time as any Legacy or TMCC-controlled engine on the same 18 volt-powered layout and track. Set Includes: 6-18784 2-8-24 locomotive and tender 6-25100 Coach 6-25101 Coach 6-25102 Observation Car Polar Express decorative bell Four Polar Express character figures Eight curved 0-36 FasTrack sections, three 10" straight FasTrack sections, one 10" FasTrack wall-pack terminal section Wall-pack power supply (110V) Remote for locomotive Terminal track section with jack for connecting the wall pack Locomotive Features: Electric locomotive controlled by remote Operating headlight On/Off switches for smoke and sound RailSounds RC sound system with steam chuffing and background sounds, whistle, bell, and user-activated announcements Puffing smoke unit Powerful maintenance-free motor Operating couplers Die-cast metal locomotive body Separately applied metal handrails Large pilot and headlight lens shield Passenger Cars Feature: Interior lighting Decorate

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I'm going to compare this model (6-30218) to the previous model of the Lionel Polar Express (6-31960), since many people seem to be asking what the difference is. That set is already thoroughly reviewed on Amazon. There are many similarities and a few big differences. Which one is better is a matter of opinion. For me, it's the new LionChief version due to the updates and remote control.

We'll start at the front of the train: The mighty Berkshire engine is almost exactly the same, with some exceptions: There are no longer separate hand rails adorning the sides of the tank. This was a nice detail on the previous model, but I don't miss it. It's been replaced by a handrail that's cast to the metal body. Also, there are two toggle buttons in the cab of the engine, one that turns on/off chuffing noises and the other that turns on/off smoke. (The chuffing sound doesn't actually come from the engine; all sounds are from the tender). The third difference, and this is big, is the previous model used a very simple metal bracket to "couple" the tender, which I never liked. This model uses a new over/under coupler (quick connect drawbar) that's heavy plastic with copper diodes inside. The diodes are responsible for sending sound commands from the engine to the tender and also syncing the chuffing noises with the speed of the locomotive. This works very well - I'm impressed with how accurate it is. And, last, the smoke! The smoke on this engine works very well. The old engine was hit or miss - most of the time the train had to warm up by going at least half speed around the track for a few minutes before there was any smoke. This engine started making smoke rings right away, and they are perfectly timed with the chuff of the engine. I'm impressed.
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I brought this thanks to amazon at a Lightning good price. I did verify the website at Lionel trains they charge 400 Dollars, compared to eBay or Lionel, Amazon has this at a great amazing price. I brought this for my self as a collector, I fell in love with not only the quality Die cast metal of the train, But also was shocked with the Box package it was really well made and put together. I will soon buy the area 51 train next. But if your reading this rating I sincerely Highly recommend this to any person. This is a serious train for mature youngster or adult... My son is 5 years old I am teaching him how to use it.. When he turns 9 or 10 years old I will buy him his own.
I rate this train set a perfect 10+++( Super important reminder) buy 4 pieces of 30 inch tracks extra with this purchase you will need it if you really want this to enjoy the beauty of the trains speeds, and mechanics, also sparks.

May my evaluation helps you in your purchase.
Sincerely, Ivan
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After first setting up the entire set (by following all instructions), I was able to move the train forward once and backwards once before it stopped working. The red light where the plug attaches to the track flashed on and off about once every half second or so and the headlight on the engine would turn on and off in unison. The transformer was powering on and off for an unknown reason.

I tried removing all the cars, and I verified all track connections and still this on/off power would occur with the engine on the track. (Made no difference with the tender on the track or off it).

I took 6 screws out of the bottom of the engine and slid the metal body off and tested the engine on the track and it worked fine. I have no idea what was wrong but when I reassembled everything it worked fine.

The other key tip was that the switches which control the smoke and "chugging" sound don't take affect right away. I had to power off and then power on the track to get the new switch setting to take effect.

I give this four stars because it's put together well and runs well. The fast track is good and creates a reliable connection and continuous smooth rail when it's setup on carpet under the tree. I don't know if the initial problems I had were my issue somehow or a manufacturing problem. All is working now!

UPDATE after 12 days of use:
The engine continues to run very well since the initial problem was resolved. The one issue I've had over the past 12 days was that the engine would not smoke. Today, I turned the engine over and let some of the smoke fluid drip out and instantly it began to smoke. You need to put a little less smoke fluid in here than you think and if it isn't smoking, try tipping it over and draining out a bit of the extra fluid.

Everything else works great and it continues to be a hit with the kids.
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I was actually quite happy with it as I ran it for an hour or so after opening it on Christmas day. It ran good but with being limited on space(kids toys everywhere), I decided to package it up for a later date. I came back today to read some current reviews and to write a review but noticed many complaints and that Amazon actually pulled the product from sales. So being I only had till 01/08 to return it I decided to run it for a few hours today. Like many others, my train ran for maybe a few hours then sure enough it just quit. Something to do with the power source with the track that accepts the power. It just won't work however sometimes the red light will blink when the track is tapped. It seems to me that this connection became faulty from the train vibrations and it just won't connect now.

The train had some other issues also but nothing to major.

Overall it was built nice but the seams on the train weren't very tight. I seen a lot of light leakage from the front light in several different spots. Not a huge issue but it does take away from the 'realism' of the train.

No on/off switch is kind of silly.

There seemed to be sound issues as far as having to shut the sound off or turning it on. It had to be reset by unplugging the set.

Edit 01/06/13: I've decided to try another copy of this set as the set its self is very nice and detailed. I'm just worried about the longevity being there seems to be many of us who received sets that died in hours/days of being new. If my second set works good I'll raise the stars to where I think it should be.

EDIT 01/09/2014 REPLACEMENT: Replacement arrived, would not work out of the box. Upon inspection I noticed it looked like the train derailed off of a 5 foot high platform.
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