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on December 26, 2013
I just received this set and am having a little trouble understanding all the negative reviews. It was very easy to set up and I have not had any trouble with cars flying off tracks or wheels falling off, even at full speed. (One set of wheels had fallen off in the box; I simply snapped them back into place and that was the end of it.) Yes, the set is made of plastic, but it is hardly flimsy, and the locomotive is considerably heavy and more substantial than I was expecting. If you are at all careful about assembling the track, I honestly don't think you'll have any problems. The set comes with lots of little extras that are reasonably easy to put together and make the whole enterprise a lot more fun than if it merely included trains and tracks. I'm not sure what people were expecting for the price they paid for this set, but from my perspective it delivers everything it promises and is the perfect introduction to HO-scale training for a newcomer like me.
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on December 13, 2016
First, the engine casing was broken, but it had separated where the retaining screw attaches it to the body, so no big deal--I have great glue. Fixed. The engine ran well around the track for a few revolutions so I decided to attach the coal car. Bam, off the track half way around. Reset and tried again with the same results. I thought maybe it needed a car attached to it to weigh it down--nope. SOS and the last car kept disconnecting from the tender. I spent more time reconnecting than watching/enjoying. A total waste of money, not to mention all the time spent creating the landscape. And not to mention the heart break of the 3 y/o when the only car to go around the track is the engine.
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on December 8, 2016
Picked this up for $84,it was always out of stock and soon as it popped up i was able to snag one.Its a very nice set alot of extras come with it. The locomotive smokes and is extremely quiet . Build quality is really nice,alot better then the Chattanooga choo choo from tyco .the rail cars all functioned good. This would be a really nice starter set for a responsible ten year old
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on November 26, 2016
We haven't had a chance to put the train up yet as we are setting up for Christmas now. Our grandson loves trains, so he will love the village I'm creating under the tree this year. Trains have always been a special part of our decorations.
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on December 2, 2017
Came with broken wire. Bachmann sent out replacement right away.
Don't believe all the negative reviews about derailing. USER ERROR.
Mine has not derailed once. Don't expect a lot of smoke
from the stack and you can't elevate the track. Engine isn't
strong enough to make it up any incline.
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on February 10, 2016
My son loves this train set. It is great. It does fall off easy though so be careful around it because it is hard to fix back on the tracks. You have to be eye level with the tracks and wheels to but the train back on the track...what a pain.
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on April 8, 2017
Bought this for my grandson for Christmas and he just loved it. Can't wait to see it under their tree next year.
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on February 10, 2014
My daughter has wanted a train for years. Finally bought this one as a reward for All A's for first semester. She was so happy, she cried. Thanks! Great price, great product, great shipping.
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on December 2, 2016
My husband LOVES his new toy!! He can sit for an hour or so at a time just watching it!!! He has made a lot of his own mountains and.tunnels for it.
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on December 29, 2017
My husband is very disappointed in the train set. He was so looking forward to setting this up, which he did, only to have it not work - at all. And Bachmann advertises a 1-800 number but all it does is direct you to go on-line. Well then, why advertise the 1-800 number??? Just write on your paperwork to go on-line. So everything electrical has been returned, AT OUR COST, to find out what's wrong.
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