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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Kids loved it, January 23, 2013
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This review is from: Bachmann Durango and Silverton HO Scale Ready To Run Electric Train Set (Toy)
This train set was proclaimed "one of the top three Christmas presents ever" by my son. It is easy to assemble the track, easy to connect the train, and easy to hook up power. We were up and running in no more than ten minutes. The little engine is a thing of beauty and I admit to driving it even when the kids are not around.

What cost this train set a star is my concerns about quality. Within a couple of days the engine sometimes would need a little push to get it started. Later on its motion became extremely rough with a lot of vibration. I thought I would have to return it.

Well, after a little internet research, I discovered a process called "quartering the drivers" which I do not recommend for non-mechanically-inclined people. Basically you have to align the drive rods on one side of the engine to be 90 degrees offset from the rods on the other side. After doing this (aligning by eye, not with a jig), the engine's smooth operation was restored. Obviously this should not have been necessary for years, if ever, had the engine been better made.
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