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This year, showcase the magic of Christmas with The Polar Express train set. Witness the children’s shadows as they sit in the passenger cars drinking steaming mugs of hot chocolate and chattering excitedly about Santa. This train is sure to make your home glow with Christmas spirit this season. You can operate this train using six conventional C batteries (not included)! The set also comes with an easy-to-operate RC remote control (requires three AAA batteries). With this Ready-to-Play set comes an exclusive track system which allows you to create; a circle, a rectangle or an oval layout. As this track system is exclusive to Ready-to-Play set, it is not compatible with Lionel G Gauge or other G Gauge track systems.
Wow! This is awesome!
After seeing all of the recent reviews I was a little scared when I ordered the Polar Express Train set to put around our Christmas tree this year. I thought for $60 I would take a chance. Wow am I glad I did! First of all I put the track together in no time at all. All of the pieces, even though they are plastic, snapped together with no problem. Next I put the batteries in the locomotive and it sure does add some weight to it. I was afraid the extra weight would make it sluggish or not want to pull the other 3 cars around the track. Then I put the batteries in the remote and added the other 3 cars. All connected easily and went on the track with no issues. So the moment of truth…Turned the train on, then the remote. I first tested the sounds and all worked great. The headlight was also working. So here we go…I put it in forward…I went slow for the first few laps expecting a derailment or something, especially after the recent reviews. To my (and my wife and daughters delight) everything went perfect. So we upped the speed and still no issue! Then we slowed the train down and tried it in reverse….still worked perfect!! We did put this on a flat, laminate floor so that may have helped. I’m not sure how it would have done on carpet. Anyway I am so glad I took the gamble on this! Everyone (except our little shi-tzu Oscar) love it!! I can’t wait to try it tonight when it is dark. For just using it at Christmas I look forward to many more years of enjoyment…provided Oscar doesn’t attack it! 🙂 Merry Christmas!!
Wish I found this sooner
My son loves trains and he was asking if we could have a train to put under our tree this year so I looked around locally and found the typical Christmas train sets that all range from about $40-$100. Most are sold out at this time in the stores and I almost didn’t get one until I decided to look on Amazon.. I found this by accident and it is perfect since my son just watched and really “got” the Polar Express this season. He stops whatever he is doing and watches it all the way through so I ordered this set and it really is great!! It’s from a company that makes good quality hobby trains and the little details are all there. It is plastic but you can’t tell really and it runs very smoothly.. we used an oval pattern and it runs with no issue at any speed we set it at. The sounds are all controlled by remote and it is simple to operate. I read reviews about issues derailing and flimsy parts but I don’t see anything poorly made it’s just simple and it isn’t hobby grade so I can’t try to hold it to that standard!! It’s likely better than most of the train sets at this price point and as good as most slightly above so this is well worth the price especially at the current $60 it is going for with prime.. There’s still time to get one before Christmas and I would recommend this to anyone looking to add that little extra to their decorations and experience for the holidays!
Great deal on this train
Great train for a great price! Saw bad reviews about this item,let me say none of it was true.The track goes together and stays together, the couplers work fine and the train stays on the track. This a sharp little train and fun for the Kids. I have four grandchildren and they love it!
Nice starter set and tons of fun but not compatible with other gauges
I loved Lionel and Tyco trains as a young boy. I filled countless Christmas and birthday wish lists with HO model train sets. Back then, you could buy a full set with metal tracks, metal wheels, metal locomotives and sometimes even an entire town for under a hundred bucks. A similar metal set would easily cost over a thousand dollars today. Tyco faded into history a while ago but Lionel is thankfully still going strong. I was geeked to be offered this set for review.
Best Christmas Train Purchase Ever
Super Train Set! I have owned several “Christmas Trains” over the years and I was looking for one for my young grandkids, and could not be happier with this one. I was tempted to go with the less expensive never-heard-of names for their first train, but decided to go with a Lionel because of name – WOW, am I so glad that I did! This fit the bill perfectly and had bonus of an expandable track to make it bigger, and it’s absolutely gorgeous with its bright colors and detail. The kids went nuts and squealed and jumped up and down watching it (and unlike many of the other “cheaper” sets, you could actually hear the kids over the train sounds!). I love the remote control features, and the quiet, non-obtrusive “chugging” sound. The announcement and whistles are by remote – which is great so you don’t have to get annoyed quickly. Of course, this is a plastic set, which is exactly what I expected and paid for, but it’s holding up really well and the train stays on the tracks (or it did until the 3-year kicked it off – but it went right back on and still worked fine after the derailment). I don’t expect it to last forever with toddlers around, but with a little training, they may learn to take care with it and it will last long enough. If you don’t have over-excited toddlers (or giant dogs or clumsy husbands), this set should last you for years. I dare you to set it up and not grin ear to ear while watching it!
Glad I did not listen to the negative reviews!
This was my son’s Christmas present. I am so glad I did not listen to the negative reviews. Setup was simple! Took approx 15 minutes to setup and install the batteries. The has been 0 problems so far and he has played with constantly for the last 4 hrs. The cars have not decoupled once. I am running it in a wood floor though. The sounds work great! Santa out did himself this time 😉
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