Lionel New York Central Flyer Train Set - O-Gauge
- Rail Sounds RTR sound system with steam chuffing, whistle, bell, and user activated crew dialog scenarios and operating headlight
- Transformer controlled forward, neutral, and reverse operation
- Puffing smoke unit and silver metal rims on wheels
- Powerful maintenance free motor and die cast metal locomotive body and frame
- Die cast operating coupler on front of locomotive and operating coupler on rear of tender
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Lionel Train Tracks - The Lionel New York Central O-Gauge Set - Item: 6-30200
From the Manufacturer
Lead by a powerful 0-8-0 locomotive with realistic steam chuffing sounds and puffs smoke, the New York Central Flyer charges down the mainline while a helicopter is prepared for flight route. This exciting train set comes complete with an eye catching string of freight cars, a generous fastrack oval, and a powerful CW-80 transformer. The set includes: 0-8-0 steam locomotive and tender, boxcar, gondola with canisters, helicopter launch car, work cabosse, three straight fastrack track sections, eight curved 0-36 fastrack track sections, a fastrack terminal section, a fastrack uncoupling section, CW-80 transformer, smoke fluid. Please follow the below instructions to use this item: 1.) Make sure the smoke on/off switch is in the “on” position. 2.) Make sure 5-7 drops of smoke fluid were added to the smoke stack. 3.) Make sure to blow down the stack to remove and any meniscus that may have formed around the top opening of the smoke unit. 4.) The train must be operated at 2/3 to full throttle for the smoke element to get warm enough to convert the fluid into vapor and have smoke ejected from the smoke stack. The train will NOT smoke running at low speeds.
Top Customer Reviews
Other nice features:
- Rail Sounds: The sounds are very clear and great. I didn't want to get a set with sounds at first, but then I didn't want my kids to nag why the bell button is not working. You can adjust the volume or turn it off completely. Now I always turn on the bell when the train is moving.
- CW-80 transformer: Good to have if more tracks are added (which I did). It has a pair of extra terminals to power your future add-ons.
- Lighted Caboose.
- Uncoupling section with control button: You can use this to launch the included plastic helicopter. This can draw power from the tracks. The manual shows how to hook up the wires but it's confusing. Basically, you just connect the black wire to the negative terminal, and the white wire to an adjacent track's positive terminal which should be under the middle rail.
The smoke unit didn't actually work at first for me, so the Loco-Boose repair shop sold me some Marklin smoke oil which works nicely. Still I only see smokes only when I crank the power all the way up which is a bit of a let down since I want to see smokes at a much lower speed. Oh well. Another thing is the train is very noisy when moving on the fastracks.
In short, my kids enjoy it and I'm very happy with the set.
The reason I gave it 3 stars is because the engine binds as it moves. It is noticeable on curves and is very noticeable when running it slow. The engine will move a few inches, then slow, move a few inches, then slow. If you run it real slow the engine will stop.
As I said I've repaired many a Lionel train so I troubleshot why it was doing this. The problem is the same problem that many Lionel's had in the past. The front wheels have a cam, that move a lever, that raises and lowers a piston in the smoke unit. That's what gives you the puffs of smoke. On this engine, the piston was bottoming-out in the smoke unit. The lever was trying to push the piston up further, but it couldn't, so the cam had resistance on it and the engine slowed down everytime the cam rolled around to the "up" position. I opened the engine up, re-bent the smoke lever so the piston didn't bottom-out, and the engine rolls fine. The problem is, most people won't want to do this.
Other than that issue, and now that I've fixed it, I am very happy with the set. It was a great choice for our Grandson's first electric train/Christmas Tree train. I gave it to him a few days ago and he's loaded his dinosaurs and balls in the gondola and has taken them on many rides.
You must understand that this is a few hundred dollar train set and not a $1,500 train set. There is a difference and your expectations must be realistic.
I hope the binding in our engine was a fluke and that other sets are fine. The beauty of buying on Amazon is that if your set has issues, you can easily send it back and get a refund.
While not the gold standard of days gone by, the current crop of Lionel trains can be a decent entry into the world of model trains. Maybe someday the manufacturing will come back home to the USA.