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Lionel Polar Express Train Set

O-gage, die cast metal Lionel train

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Excellent Investment, and Good Bonding With Your Child.

  • Mar 17, 2010
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When I was young my parents purchased a Lionel set for me for Christmas and since then I have purchased my son a set. But, now that we only have a daughter left at home the more common that the kids nowadays recognize is the Polar Express Train set from Lionel. When the movie first came out, the first thing that I said to my wife was this movie was going to be just like "It’s a Wonderful life", seen by millions and watched every year around the holidays. When we had our first Christmas together this was one of our daughters first gifts from Santa. At the time it was a little expensive, right around three hundred dollars. Since then it has come down in price a little but not much. Whether or not you have a boy or girl, they will enjoy this model just like the way that that I enjoyed my version of Lionel when I was younger.

Description
This model is a look alike to a cast iron train from the movie Polar Express. This Berkshire steam locomotive will shoot real puffs of steam out of the smoke stack once it gets warmed up, this also has a operating headlight and a air whistle. Along with the locomotive you will get a CW-80 transformer that will allow you to switch the motion of the train from forward to reverse and the neutral with just a simple turn of a knob. This locomotive has all of the characteristics of the real one, this includes the die-cast body and shape, inside of the locomotive there is a care free maintenance free engine that has two friction tires and even the side hand rails look authentic. Along with all of this, you will get to see silhouettes' from the lighting that cast shadows from the inside. This whole set only weighs just a shade under thirty pounds.
You will also receive two passenger lighted cars, 1 observation car, 1 Santa Bell, 4 figures that are close replicas of the characters of the movie,1 bottle of the fluid to make smoke come out of the engine, a 40" x 60" oval track (which comes in 8 curved and 4 straight sections) 1 power terminal and one book. Ours train set is the O-gage  set which will cost a considerable amount more than the G-gage.

Experience
If you are planning to save this for a collectible addition to all of your other stuff then you might want to be there or at least in the vicinity when your children start to play with this. It is good that they play and enjoy the sights and sounds of this train set because the more you use it, you will know that it is still operating very well. My daughter spends hours of fun just watching this do figure eights and a lot of oval track set ups.

There have been times that I have had to tell her that it is time to go to bed because she would let her imagination go wild. With the figurines that come with this set she can do a lot of pretending, and if you want it is a nice hobby to bond with your child. You may never know what kind of talent that your child may have between their ears. They could be artistic when it comes to making scenery or building a set for this train set. If you do make a set for this to stay up all of the time, then I would make sure that you do have a lot of extra space for this reason. I prefer to put this away for a while and bring it back out after awhile and then it seems like a new toy for them. Your child will cherish their memories  if you can just get them started in playing with this train set.

Conclusion
I highly recommend this as an alternative to all of the electronic toys and game systems that are out there. This will spark their imagination and you will not have to worry about any violence that they would usually see in all of the play station games.

Recommended:
Yes

Amount Paid (US$): 300.00
Type of Toy: Trains
Age Range of Child: Whole Family

Excellent Investment, and Good Bonding With Your Child. Excellent Investment, and Good Bonding With Your Child. Excellent Investment, and Good Bonding With Your Child. Excellent Investment, and Good Bonding With Your Child.

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This model is a look alike to a cast iron train from the movie Polar Express. This Berkshire steam locomotive will shoot real puffs of steam out of the smoke stack once it gets warmed up, this also has a operating headlight and a air whistle. Along with the locomotive you will get a CW-80 transformer that will allow you to switch the motion of the train from forward to reverse and the neutral with just a simple turn of a knob. This locomotive has all of the characteristics of the real one, this includes the die-cast body and shape, inside of the locomotive there is a care free maintenance free engine that has two friction tires and even the side hand rails look authentic. Along with all of this, you will get to see silhouettes' from the lighting that cast shadows from the inside. This whole set only weighs just a shade under thirty pounds.
You will also receive two passenger lighted cars, 1 observation car, 1 Santa Bell, 4 figures that are close replicas of the characters of the movie,1 bottle of the fluid to make smoke come out of the engine, a 40" x 60" oval track (which comes in 8 curved and 4 straight sections) 1 power terminal and one book. Ours train set is the O-gage  set which will cost a considerable amount more than the G-gage.
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