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The 2014 Version has full sounds, synchronized smoke output to the chuffing, and full remote control including announcements. It's a major upgrade.
By Amazon Customer on September 29, 2014
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It comes with a small (.3 oz) bottle of smoke fluid. You only use 4-6 drops at a time, so it should last a while.
By Django on December 4, 2013
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The newer version does not have the add-on piping (wire) that runs down both mid-sides of the locomotive boiler. The new version appears to have that detail molded or cast in to the diecast shell. Although, IMO the older "wire" version "looks" better, the wire stanchions that held the wire away from the loco's shell … see more The newer version does not have the add-on piping (wire) that runs down both mid-sides of the locomotive boiler. The new version appears to have that detail molded or cast in to the diecast shell. Although, IMO the older "wire" version "looks" better, the wire stanchions that held the wire away from the loco's shell often broke. So the newer molded in version is probably a better and more practical design especially if handled by children. :-)
Although the newer version can operate simultaneously with the other newly released Lionel LIONCHIEF remote controlled locomotives, I'm unsure if it can simultaneously run with other conventionally/transformer controlled (Fwd/Neutral/Rev) locomotives. As noted by others, this new version INCLUDES sounds, engine chuff, steam whistle (much better than the old air whistle) and conductor dialogue clips taken from the Polar Exp movie ("All aboooaaard! This is the Polar Express" and "Tickets, tickets please"). This is a great feature and value because on the older/original non-remote version required you to buy a separate tender and conductor announcement car that cost an additional $160 combined.
A couple of Youtube videos give you a good idea of the features:
http://youtu.be/iwqn2Dfy6ZQ
http://youtu.be/ygwkiGZ1O20 see less
The newer version does not have the add-on piping (wire) that runs down both mid-sides of the locomotive boiler. The new version appears to have that detail molded or cast in to the diecast shell. Although, IMO the older "wire" version "looks" better, the wire stanchions that held the wire away from the loco's shell often broke. So the newer molded in version is probably a better and more practical design especially if handled by children. :-)
Although the newer version can operate simultaneously with the other newly released Lionel LIONCHIEF remote controlled locomotives, I'm unsure if it can simultaneously run with other conventionally/transformer controlled (Fwd/Neutral/Rev) locomotives. As noted by others, this new version INCLUDES sounds, engine chuff, steam whistle (much better than the old air whistle) and conductor dialogue clips taken from the Polar Exp movie ("All aboooaaard! This is the Polar Express" and "Tickets, tickets please"). This is a great feature and value because on the older/original non-remote version required you to buy a separate tender and conductor announcement car that cost an additional $160 combined.
A couple of Youtube videos give you a good idea of the features:
http://youtu.be/iwqn2Dfy6ZQ
http://youtu.be/ygwkiGZ1O20

By Adopt a Springer Spaniel on December 11, 2013
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Yes to all. We had to return our train as it would not stay connected and stop:( It was not the quality we expected.
The sounds were great.

By Education on January 6, 2015
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Good Morning, Only one locomotive can be run by the remote as supplied with the set. The remote is operated by 3 AAA batteries and is not directly connected to the track. The wall pack is connected to the track and the remote communicates to the locomotive. Thanks Len B E Discount Trains
By e-discount trains SELLER on November 27, 2013
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As a train collector my advise would be to find a local train shop to have it repaired. This is not an unusual problem but also not an easy repair. There is a locking pin that has probably broken off and a replacement is simple by a qualified repair person. Not a great DYI project.
By Olie on December 26, 2013
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You can add any Lionel car to the set including the Polar Express add on's. The locomotive should be able to handle 10-12 cars. Thanks Len B E Discount Trains
By e-discount trains SELLER on December 11, 2013
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Both... The engine is very heavy and quite beefy, but does have some plastic, the cars are mostly plastic but the wheelsets and wear parts are metal. Overall a well made set that should last a lifetime with a bit of simple upkeep and maintenance. Tracks are quite sturdy as well and can be used on most carpets without a… see more Both... The engine is very heavy and quite beefy, but does have some plastic, the cars are mostly plastic but the wheelsets and wear parts are metal. Overall a well made set that should last a lifetime with a bit of simple upkeep and maintenance. Tracks are quite sturdy as well and can be used on most carpets without any issues. Great set! see less Both... The engine is very heavy and quite beefy, but does have some plastic, the cars are mostly plastic but the wheelsets and wear parts are metal. Overall a well made set that should last a lifetime with a bit of simple upkeep and maintenance. Tracks are quite sturdy as well and can be used on most carpets without any issues. Great set!
By Fred NuCruiser on November 30, 2014
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Sally, extra cars are available for this set. We have just re-stocked some of them and will be re-listing before the weekend. On Amazon our store is E Discount Trains. Thanks Len B
By e-discount trains SELLER on December 10, 2013
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Other than Lionel I don't knoe
By Paul Dunbar on January 23, 2014