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Life-Like Trains HO Scale Rail Master Electric Train Set
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- Giant 47" x 38" Oval Track Features Life-Like’s Exclusive Power-Loc Track System with Molded Roadbed for Fast 'N Easy Set-Up.
- This Colorful 4-Unit Set Features an F40PH Santa Fe Diesel Locomotive with Working Headlight
- Great Starter Set
- 100 Pieces Includes Utility Poles, Railroad and Street Signs
- Set Includes Power-Loc Terminal Rerailer Power Track for Easy Alignment of Locomotive and Freight Car Wheels
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You’re in charge with the Rail Master train set by Life-Like from Walthers. This delightful beginner set features a big 45 x 38" 114.3 x 96cm Power-Loc track oval, that you can set up on any surface, even carpet. Ready to roll down the tracks is a diesel locomotive followed by two freight cars and a caboose. The UL-listed power pack with forward and reverse lets you control the action. Signs, utility poles and illustrated instructions are included.
An F40PH Santa Fe Diese with working headlight leads the way.
A variety of street and highway signs add to the fun.
Pretend you’re the owner of a freight railroad with this colorful set. Dressed up in its Santa Fe best, the diesel locomotive has a working headlight and plenty of power to pull its two-bay hopper, refrigerator car and caboose around the tracks. Adding to the action are utility poles with transformers and lots of signs that you decide where to place. The easy-to-use power pack lets you send the train forwards or backwards plus you control the speed. And, it’s fast and easy to situate your train correctly on the tracks with the terminal rerailer so you’ll be able to start your adventure right away.
You're the Engineer
Get together with family and friends to operate this fun train. Who gets to be the engineer sitting in the driver’s seat and who gets to sit back in the caboose keeping track of the loads yet to be picked up? Imagine the train roaring through the deserts of Nevada or along the coastline of the Pacific Ocean. This train has places to go and it’s all up to you or your friends to decide where and when. This set is only the beginning of a lifelong adventure with trains.
Easy Set Up Anywhere
Set up your train in no time with the durable Power-Loc track that snaps together instantly and locks securely. The attached roadbed means you can put your layout anywhere, even on the living room carpet. This is a great set for beginners ready to start off on the right track to railroad fun.
What's In The Box?
Power-Loc track oval, F40PH diesel locomotive, two-bay hopper, refrigerator car, 8-wheel caboose, 38 railroad signs, 24 street and highway signs, 6 utility poles, pair of extra couplers, illustrated instructions, Beginner’s Guide to Model Railroading.
This HO-gauge train set includes a bright-yellow Union Pacific diesel locomotive, two freight cars, a caboose, and a 45-by-36-inch oval track that's more than enough to get the train up to top speed. For nighttime runs, the engine has a working headlight to guide its way. Tracks attach easily, and the transformer control box, which is simple enough for the youngest engineers to operate, sends the train forward or in reverse around the track. Also included is a 32-page guide that lists over one hundred tips for railroad building, easy setup directions, and HO-gauge products that are available. Because setup takes only minutes, this little railroad is the perfect start for the beginning engineer and model railway buff. --Lee StruckerSee all Product description
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Now that I know that, my opinion of the set has improved considerably. Nothing like giving a setup another try before abandoning it. Still, the additional cars are very cheap and very light. Little kids will NEVER get them to work or have the patience to get them to work. And, they're too flimsy to last long in the hands of a small child. I have no illusion that I can let my three-year old anywhere near it. The set won't last two minutes. But with supervision, it can be great fun.
Some have mentioned adding weights to the freight cars, but that sounds too involved and complicated to me. As a model train enthusiast, I'd rather spend a little more and get a better, heavier-quality set of freight or passenger trains. Keep in mind that you get what you pay for. I can accept the flimsiness of the freight cars because the whole set was so inexpensive. With the money I saved, I'll go find a decent used set of freight trains somewhere. The engine works great, btw. No complaints there, though the coupling on all the trains leaves a lot to be desired. The transformer, the item that kids would actually use to give power to, control forward and reverse of the trains, is also pretty flimsy. Not very comfortable letting my youngest use that himself. I went out and bought a more substantial transformer at the local train store. The transformer cost as much as the whole set! You may understand now why I wrote 'ok starter set" as the title.
Look, it is a fun set to get your toes into model railroading. And for some families, they may decide that they need go no further into the hobby. On the other hand, if the kid's face lights up like my son's did, this set may lead to many hours, days and years of fun with Dad, building something ridiculous and wonderful in the garage, attic or basement. Just don't limit yourselves to the cheap freight trains it comes with. And know that quality trains have better couplings and are more enjoyable in the long run. The track is great though, if you align and connect it on a flat surface. (You can move the whole thing to a carpet or rug once it's assembled.) Would I buy this again? Probably not. I would simply buy track, and a locomotive, then add quality freight cars, and a better transformer. But hey, you get what you pay for. For what it is, the price can't be beat. Because I like the ease and stability of the track, I might invest a lot in additional track so the train can run around the circumference of my office. The kids are still on the young side to leave the trains alone with them. But I hope to set up a "ceiling track" that will allow the kids to run it high out of their reach. Controller is mounted on the wall. One less thing to worry about.
Maybe Walthers.Inc in the near future can entertain the Idea of designing a few tracks that would have the Figure 8 tracks connecting with the circular tracks and having the two trains passing each other in the opposite directions.A little more fun.