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Lionel Polar Express Remote Train Set - O-Gauge

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  • Official "All aboard the Polar Express" and other sound clips from the movie.
  • Operating headlight
  • Puffing smoke unit
  • Four Polar Express character figures
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Dimensions 9.2 inches x 18.4 inches x 17.4 inches 16 inches x 16.75 inches x 8.25 inches 8.89 inches x 24.52 inches x 18.5 inches 8 inches x 22 inches x 19.88 inches
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CHOKING HAZARD -- Small parts. Not for children under 3 yrs.

Product Specifications

Model Number6-30218
Batteries Required?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 ; 7.3 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 17.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
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  • ASIN: B00BK5MXQ8
  • Item model number: 6-30218
  • Manufacturer recommended age: 8 - 15 years
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #16,459 in Toys & Games (See Top 100 in Toys & Games)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (252 customer reviews)
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From the Manufacturer

Lionel Polar Express O-Gauge Remote Train Set

Experience the Magic

Re-live the magic of the Polar Express again and again with the Lionel Polar Express O-Gauge Remote Train Set!

LionChief Remote

Fitted with the new LionChief Remote Control system by Lionel, engineers young and old have complete control over their Polar Express trains by an easy-to-use remote.

Realistic Movie 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 LionChief remote control version of the train set.

What's in the Box

  • 2-8-4 Berkshire-style locomotive and tender
  • 2 coach cars and 1 observation car
  • Polar Express decorative bell
  • 4 Polar Express character figures
  • 8 curved O36 FasTrack sections, 1 straight track section, and 1 terminal wall pack section
  • LionChief Remote Control
  • Wall pack power supply
  • (Remote control batteries not included)

Key Features

Detailed Locomotive

This die-cast metal electric Berkshire-style locomotive boasts an operating headlight, a puffing smoke unit, and a Rail Sounds RC sound system.

LionChief Remote Control

The LionChief Remote Control features forward and reverse speed control knob, buttons to activate whistle and bell sounds as well as "All aboard the Polar Express!" and "Tickets Please!" announcements.

Even More Fun

The set includes 4 character figures from the movie, and passenger cars include interior lighting, silhouettes in the window, rounded observation platform, and decorated drumhead on observation car.

Track Layout

The set provides 8 pieces of O36 curved FasTrack, 1 piece of straight FasTrack, and 1 straight terminal section - enough track to create a 40" x 50" layout.

Customer Reviews

Train worked great, the grand kids loved it.
Michael W. Packard
If you are getting into the hobby it's a great starter set that I hope will last for years.
Shawn Whaley
He loves the sound effects (bell, whistle, announcements) and the smoke.
Bill McMullin

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293 of 299 people found the following review helpful By Shawn Whaley on November 21, 2013
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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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40 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Ivan Soto on December 18, 2013
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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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35 of 39 people found the following review helpful By H.E.Pennypacker on December 13, 2013
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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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36 of 42 people found the following review helpful By Agamemnon C. on January 3, 2014
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I recently purchased the Lionel Polar Express train set for my 5 year old son for Christmas. After assembling the train tracks and the trains, we were very disappointed to discover that the train did not operate. The tracks are connected properly and are fully powered (the red light is solid), but when I put the locomotive on the tracks, the red track light blinks and the locomotive only moves backwards in spurts. The locomotive does not move forward when we dial the remote to “forward”, or backward when we dial the remote to “reverse”. It only jerks backwards in spurts.

I called Lionel, and they want us to return the locomotive, tender and remote to them at our cost. Lionel won't pay for shipping back the defective product. I recommend avoiding this product and Lionel products generally.
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