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Exeeded My Expectations,
= Durability: = Fun: = Educational:
This review is from: Lionel Polar Express Train Set - G-Gauge (Toy)
I was surprised to see the negative reviews on this product, but after reading them I think most of them were from people that did not read or understand the product description. This is a 'G' scale toy plastic train with plastic track that is battery powered and is controlled by an R/C unit.
I have not seen another 'G' scale set with better quality equipment and features for the price. The engine has built-in sound that makes a steam 'chuff' noise synchronized to the speed of the engine. It also makes a steam brake release noise when it stops. It has a bell sound and whistle that you can control from the R/C unit. It has 3 speeds in both forward and reverse directions. The speeds seems very prototypical. The speed is also momentum controlled - the train speeds up and slows down at a measured pace just like a real train. The detail on the engine is quite good for a 'toy' train.
I had the same experience with the included batteries as others - they barely moved the train for a few minutes and then conked out. I replaced the standard batteries with alkaline ones and it ran for about 10 hours before needing replacement. I have switched to a compatible 9.6v rechargeable battery that works great, is cheaper to run, and environmentally better.
The packaging states the set is for kids 4 years or older. Both my 4-1/2 year old and 2 year old can run the train with the R/C controller (and did not stop playing with it for almost a week). However they do not have the dexterity to couple the cars or snap the track together. I would guess that a 5 or 6 year old would be able to assemble and operate everything without adult help. They have banged the engine, thrown the controller, and knocked the coaches around quite a bit without any damage.
For model railroaders or anyone who wants to tinker, you could add lighting to the coaches fairly easily. I think the train would work well outdoors if you want to try creating a garden railway. I do wish Lionel would make more track options - an 'X' crossing and R/L hand switches would allow expansion to a true train layout instead of just an oval or circle.
I don't think you could find a better quality radio controlled toy 'G' scale train with so many features for such a low price.
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Initial post: Nov 13, 2011 3:52:06 PM PST
J. Leggett says:
I have an almost four year who I think would love this train. But, I'd like to get a train that will fit around the base of the Christmas tree. Do you think this track is big enough to do that? Any feedback is greatly appreciated!
Posted on Nov 15, 2011 6:14:23 PM PST
Lane Midgett says:
Thank you for an intelligent practical review.
In reply to an earlier post on Dec 10, 2011 9:47:39 AM PST
Absolutely, this train is perfect for under our 6.5 ft tree and would also work great under a very large tree. I have a 2 yr old and a 4 yr old who constantly play with this train. We have been very happy with our new train! I do recommend buying new batteries right away though because the ones that came with ours were bad.
Posted on Dec 22, 2011 10:48:30 AM PST
Thanks for the great review! Which rechargeable battery did you get?
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