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Almost perfect for around the Christmas Tree,
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This review is from: Lionel Hershey's O Gauge Train Set (Toy)
<Update - this is the 3rd year we have put this up around the tree. My 10 year old son set it up this year on his own. Still works as good as new and it does get a good amount of use each Christmas season.>
The quality of this set is 10 times better than the Bachmann trainset we picked up at Costco a few years back to put under our Christmas Tree. The track is 40" by 60".
The Hershey theme works well with the concept of little children and Christmas.
There are a lot of videos on Lionel's website regarding its operation and maintanance (see comments) and this set came with a DVD as well.
The cars interlock very nicely (there is a release under the couplings) and it stays on the tracks very well at high speed, forwards and backwards, and has not yet had a spot on the track where it would stop every time (i.o.w. the electricity flows well from track to track even tho we have cords running under the track to the tree and to the transformer).
The smoker and whistle work well, tho we seldom bother with the smoker.
There are switches under the engine to turn off the smoker and to make the train go forward only.
My only two gripes are related to the transformer. It always emits a noticable hum, so I want to be able to turn it off when not in use, however there is no off switch. You must unplug it every time.
I solved this problem by using a cheap on-off switch that goes between the plug and the outlet.
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