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Good Idea but poor design,
= Durability: = Fun: = Educational:
This review is from: Fisher-Price GeoTrax Remote Control Timbertown Railway (Toy)
My 4 year old does like this train with the cool smokestack but the train design is poor. The smoke goes up and down as it moves which is neat. The train that is controlled by the remote is permanently attached to the first car of the train. The first car of the train does not lead the rest of the cars. Because of this, the first train often derails going down hills and gets my son frustrated. It's made just like the "Hauler and Big Rob," Team which we didn't keep because it derails. Not sure why they make the trains this way, it just frustrates my son. Expensive too.
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Initial post: Oct 2, 2009 9:28:25 AM PDT
Maria W says:
Does it work if you don't use all the cars? The only way we can get Old Rust to work is to "loose" his car. So, I'm not sure whether I want to invest in this, or if it would be a good toy if we only used the engine. Of course, that defeats the purpose of the train somewhat.
In reply to an earlier post on Oct 2, 2009 6:20:21 PM PDT
M. Moore says:
I did read that it is geared to 2yr olds and there first train. As a Mom of a 2 yr old I am glad they are attached. The derailing thing though I am not so sure about and makes me think twice about getting it
Posted on Oct 14, 2009 6:18:23 AM PDT
D. Pelky says:
I have found that if a train is derailing when it goes down hills or around curves, it helps to put a guard rail in the spot where it derails.
Posted on Oct 31, 2009 7:09:38 PM PDT
M. Benton says:
Fisher-Price, the train's maker, has visuals of track layouts. There is also an explanation concerning the derailing issue and how to lay tracks to prevent this from occuring.
Posted on Dec 10, 2009 8:49:43 AM PST
A. Fink says:
Don't think twice about getting this set. It only derails for SOME people on only ONE set up. There are 4 other set ups. Have you not tried any of those? The train never derails for me.
In reply to an earlier post on Sep 7, 2010 5:19:11 AM PDT
P. Few says:
Hello M. Benton,
Where can the explanation concerning the derailing issue and how to lay tracks to prevent this from occuring be found? Thanks
In reply to an earlier post on Sep 7, 2010 5:20:54 AM PDT
P. Few says:
Hello A. Fink,
What the are other "4 set ups?" Where can they be found? Thanks.
In reply to an earlier post on Sep 17, 2010 6:44:59 PM PDT
I. Kanai says:
I bought this at toys r us. the other setups can be found on the box. it is a great toy and my 3 year old loves it. i have never had this derailing problem that was being discussed. the set is impeccable.
In reply to an earlier post on Nov 19, 2010 5:40:41 PM PST
C. Coleman says:
Try looking at these. Some of the set ups combine tracks from more than one set, but I think there is more than one set up for this particular set as well.
Posted on Jan 23, 2011 8:17:03 AM PST
David Johns says:
Daughter received this for Christmas, it only derails when we set the track up wrong (by inventing our own set-ups) or overload the train car with 'horses' that are being transported to Timber Town!