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Lionel Polar Express Remote Train Set - O-Gauge

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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
  • Four Polar Express character figures
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CHOKING HAZARD -- Small parts. Not for children under 3 yrs.

Product Specifications

Model Number6-30218
Batteries Required?Yes

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 18.4 x 17.4 x 9.2 inches ; 7.3 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 17.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • Shipping Advisory: This item must be shipped separately from other items in your order. Additional shipping charges will not apply.
  • ASIN: B00BK5MXQ8
  • Item model number: 6-30218
  • Manufacturer recommended age: 8 - 15 years
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,334 in Toys & Games (See Top 100 in Toys & Games)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (164 customer reviews)
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Product Description

The stylish engine bus has a nostalgic, old-fashioned design and is impressively detailed.
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For the first time ever in O Gauge, The Polar Express Train Set is available with remote control operation! Fitted with the new LionChief Remote Control system by Lionel, engineer’s 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 LionChief remote control version of the train set.

Easy to Setup
  • Remote will require 3 AAA batteries
  • Train set, track, and wall-pack power supply included
  • Ready-to-run out of the box!
The set includes 1 die-cast steam engine, 1 coal tender, 2 coach passenger cars, and 1 observation car.
Easy-to-use power and control system
  • Simple wall-pack power supply
  • Terminal track section with a jack for connecting the wall pack
  • Kid-friendly hand-held remote
Includes 4 figures modeled after characters from the 2004 film.
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Run more than one locomotive on the same track!
  • Distinct frequencies available for different LionChief locomotives 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
  • LionChief locomotives can operate at the same time as any Legacy or TMCC-controlled engine on the same 18 volt-powered layout and track
What's in the box:
  • 2-8-4 locomotive and tender
  • 2 Coach cars
  • Observation car
  • Polar Express decorative bell
  • Four Polar Express character figures
  • Eight curved O-36 FasTrack sections, one straight FasTrack track section, eight curved FasTrack track sections, a FasTrack Wall Pack terminal section
  • Remote Control for locomotive
  • Wall pack power supply
Locomotive Features:
  • Electric locomotive controlled by remote
  • Official "All aboard the Polar Express" and tickets please movie sound clip (remote only)
  • On/Off switches for smoke and sound
  • Rail Sounds RC sound system with steam chuffing and engine background sounds, whistle, bell, and user-activated announcements
  • Operating headlight
  • Puffing smoke unit
  • Operating coupler on rear of tender
  • Powerful maintenance-free motor
  • Two traction tires
  • Die-cast metal locomotive body
  • Separately applied metal handrails
  • Large pilot and headlight lens shield
Passenger Cars Feature:
  • Interior lighting
  • Decorated drumhead on observation car
  • Rounded observation platform
  • Silhouettes in window
Remote Features:
  • Forward and reverse speed control knob
  • Three buttons activate whistle sound, bell sound, and official announcements from the movie
  • Requires three AAA alkaline batteries (not included)
  • Set Length: 63 3⁄8”
  • Layout: 40” x 50”
Gauge: Traditional O Gauge
Minimum Curve: O-27

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

Returned for replacement.
katie swenson
I bought this gift for my friend who is obsessed with trains and he absolutely loved it!
He loves the sound effects (bell, whistle, announcements) and the smoke.
Bill McMullin

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

190 of 193 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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19 of 21 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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32 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Daniel W. on November 19, 2013
If you are buying this train set, please be aware of the following: The Picture and the detail description in the 2013 Lionel Ready-to-Run Lionel catalog shows and lists "Separately Applied Metal Handrails on the locomotive body. This is not true, these detail features have been removed from the actual locomotive supplied in this 6-30218 Polar Express RTR set. the same applies to the Handrails on the Tender, they have also been removed from this train set. Another discrepancy listed in the 2013 catalog indicates that the set comes with eight (8) curved 0-36 track sections, One (1) 10" track section, and, one (1) Fast Track Wall Pack Terminal section forming a 40" x 50" oval layout. The actual box that this set comes in states that in addition to the (8) curved sections and (1) Fast Track Wall Pack Terminal section, there are really three (3) 10" Straight Track sections (not one 10" track section) forming a bigger 40" x 60" oval layout
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10 of 10 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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