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Customer Review

on December 1, 2011
I've had my Empire Builder about a week now. It has performed dependably - at top speed, this little train really zooms around the track. I like the N-gauge size - perfect for a tabletop set-up. For the price it's actually a well-designed and built set - China, of course. The locomotive and cars are not as detailed as those expensive N and HO gauge trains, but, hey, for the price it's actually very good. Bachman gives the locomotive a lifetime (of the owner) limited warranty - good. The N-gauge set is small - a plus and a minus, but overall a plus. The set-up is extremely easy with all connections nicely-designed and clearly described. The "Snap Track" works well. I added two turnouts ("switches" to me) with a partial inside loop, which has worked just OK as the turnouts add another complexity to a simple set-up. I'll probably not use them but just keep the train on the original oval. The only problem I've had is the locomotive front four wheel truck, which tends to jump off the track, but it gets right back on when on the re-railer track. It appears loosely connected and not weighted, which could be the problem. So, overall, I'm happy with the set, which I'll use as my "Christmas Train" on a 24" x 48" board which I put on a table with a small Christmas tree in the center of the layout. Again, for the price, hard to beat!
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