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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!
GREAT easy to use RC train with lots of detail. Perfect starter for young kids.
My son is a train crazy 5 year old with autism. Potty training has been a big struggle for us and I wanted to get him something big for mastering it. I knew he would love this train (even though it’s the middle of summer) and I was right! This is an EXCELLENT RC starter train for young kids! The quality and detail are very good for the price. The remote is VERY intuitive and easy to use which is great because my son gets easily frustrated. Unlike many similar G scale trains, the cars are easy to couple and stay coupled and also easy to put on the track and don’t derail on their own! At full speed this train is surprisingly fast. The variety of sounds and voices are nice and clear and pretty high quality for the price. It comes with plenty of track to make a nice big setup. It can go forward or reverse at the speed of your choosing and has whistle, bell and conductor voice buttons. The battery life is also surprisingly good. After he got this, his grandparents bought him another similar Lionel train with the exact same remote. The nice thing is, any remote can be used for any train without pairing problems and they can be used at the same time without interfering with each other which is awesome. This set also comes with a big shiny metal Santa bell which is a nice touch.
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 😉
We bought this for our 6 year old son, he is a big Polar Express fan and this toy did not disappoint, track was very easy to put together and there are three configurations for the track, circle, extended circle and oval. The track fit perfectly around our tree in the extended circle configuration. The train works flawlessly and you control sounds with a wireless remote. Sounds are a whistle, a horn or the conductor. Son absolutely loves it, would highly recommend it for a young train enthusiast!
Remote malfunctions….but fantastic customer service from Lionel
Bought this in 2016 and it was the cutest. Was so careful to remove batteries and pack the train away in February 2017…pulled it out tonight and the remote will not sync. We’ve tried 18 different batteries and nothing.
Great train set for Christmas
This train set has exceeded my expectations. It works really well, it stays on the track (even on carpet) and looks good. My son absolutely loves it. I give it four stars because there’s not much in the way of add on tracks, and the additional cars are ridiculously priced. Also the couplers are kind of a pain to use. But overall, for what it is, it’s a great buy. Looks great around the tree.
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