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Dreams of another generation
on February 2, 2010
A gift sent to my two grandsons after gifting them a trainset the year prior. A great addition to the original present.
- not that I was upset one bit :) - but I was called to assemble some sections that were beyond the strength of my youngest grandchild and the older one was 'afraid' to force anything ... a wise young man indeed. The concept of where to add the tracks to complete the layout was an educational experience - both boys were mechanically inclined and assembled the new track plan much faster than I thought.
- the manual switches work well - the signal switch indicators looked fragile - were fragile, and one of the plastic flags broke off soon after track assembly. No harm to the operation of the switches - but the design could be improved to be both 'little and big boy proof'.
- The gray plastic roadbed is a great addition to the original bare 3 rail track of my generation. The middle (power rail) in minimized in thickness to minimize that rail - making the track much more realistic than my train sets of the mid-1950's early 1960's. Great looking and kept the interest of both boys.
- sigh - like so many other electrical items - 'made in China' appears on the box. I'm glad the LIONEL brand still exists - but saddened to see yet another piece of Americana go offshore ...
Worth the money? What are grandpa's for? The gleem in the eyes of my grandboys was priceless - and my own 'fun meter' was pegged as days of my first hobby were recreated.