Lionel Trains Polar Express Train Set – O Gauge

Lionel Trains Polar Express Train Set - O Gauge Rating:
List Price: $419.99
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Product Description

Jump on board this Christmas classic, crafted with painstaking detail from Chris Van Allsburg's beloved book and the Warner Bros. movie. Up front, a durable, die-cast metal Berkshire steam locomotive with a powerful maintenance-free motor, puffing smoke, working headlight, a unique whistle and more. The matte-finish engine and tender are followed by three lighted passenger cars, one an observation car with a new rounded movie-inspired deck. Includes four posable main movie characters, three straight and eight curved pieces of FasTrack for a 40" x 60" layout, FasTrack terminal section and a CW-80 Transformer. 63"L train.

Details

  • Transformer controlled forward, neutral, and reverse operation
  • Locomotive has operating headlight and puffing smoke; air whistle in the tender
  • Locomotive features die-cast metal locomotive body and frame
  • Operating couplers on rolling stock and on rear of tender
  • Passenger cars feature interior lighting and silhouettes in windows
  • Powerful maintenance-free motor, two traction tires, and separately applied metal handrails

Lionel Trains Polar Express Train Set - O Gauge out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 133 user reviews
Polar Express Train Set Lionel Trains Polar Express Train Set - O Gauge Jump on board this Christmas classic, crafted with painstaking detail from Chris Van Allsburg's beloved book and the Warner Bros. movie. Up front, a durable, die-cast metal Berkshire steam locomotive with a powerful maintenance-free motor, puffing smoke, working headlight, a unique whistle and more. The matte-finish engine and tender are followed by three lighted passenger cars, one an observation car with a new rounded movie-inspired deck. Includes four posable main movie characters, three straight and eight curved pieces of FasTrack for a 40" x 60" layout, FasTrack terminal section and a CW-80 Transformer. 63"L train. $419.99 http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/516nPJCH80L._SL160_.jpg
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9 Responses to “Lionel Trains Polar Express Train Set – O Gauge”

  • C. Kapraun:

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    My son is 4 years old. He is really into Thomas and was just amazed the first time we started reading Polar Express and played the video. I was playing with the idea of getting this set for him for Christmas and opted to get the Bachmann Thomas sets since I had not seen one of these in person and he is “really” into Thomas the Tank engine.

    After Christmas, a major department store had these for 50% off the suggested retail price. I could not pass this up. The department store also had one of these on display.

    All I have to say is “wow”. The locomotive is actually metal. It smokes; it has a whistle; it lights up; and it’s a train. The power pack is nice and stout also. For anyone who had train sets as a kid, this is a blast from the past. It reminds me more of my father’s Lionel set from 40-50s than the plastic one I got one Christmas as a kid. It is very well detailed. I would probably have paid full price and felt ok about it since it is good quality.

    The bell is a nice touch.

    The figures are neither here nor there. Maybe if kids are a little older they might be better. Just a note: The fireman does not have the same long hair as the video.

    The track is a lot easier to work with than the old Lionel with the pins from back in the day. You do not need to tack the pieces down to keep the track together either.

    The locomotive moves smoothly. It is heavy and stays on the track well.

    The cars light up brightly.

    At 4 years old, my son primarily watches and hits the whistle button. He has operated the speed a little. The track would be tough for him to work with. Stick with Geo Trax or wooden Thomas if you are not going to work with/supervise your kids on this. But then, the set is also recommended for ages 8 and above.

    Minor downsides.

    When we tested the unit, the tender’s mid rail pickup was not fully inserted and shorted with the wheels next to it. We fixed this and all was well. This item may have been a packaging issue but appears to be ok now.

    I have not run the set up to full throttle, but it looks like it might derail at full speed. (We had this on a table and derailing it would have meant doing a “drop” test.) This just means someone needs good judgement and experience in setting the speed. The train also is slow to start after you set the speed. (I am not sure if this intended to simulate inertia or not.) Again this probably means you want a patient person on the throttle.

    Other thoughts.

    It is O scale…so it is takes up space. You can rerail these easier than HO and N.

    With the radius curves included in the set, the coaches seem a little long.

    We also picked up the Hot Chocolate car at a local retailer that had it on sale. The coaches are plastic but look good.

    Summary:

    I would definitely buy this set again. The locomotive looks awesome Accessories are a bit expensive (in my opinion at least). The Bachmanns Thomas sets are a good year round thing, but this one seems like it will be something special for around Christmas time.

  • William F. Pearson MD:

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    Purchased 2 weeks ago. Train locomotive is very heavy and feels solid. The train has a whistle that is incredible and puffs of smoke that fill living room. The track took 15 minutes to place on tile floor and train placed on quite easily. My 3 year old daughter gazed with awe for a few hours. This is a high quality Lionel train set with a fine build quality. No regrets. I have been using it nightly on timers with christmas tree without any problems. Paid $236 with shipping-money well spent. The train comes with 4 figurines that you can place on train, locomotive and coal car with 3 cars, brass bell(nice touch) and track. 5 stars-Wife Very Happy

  • MMA:

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    I can’t put it any better than the others before me have. I did a lot of research before purchasing this train and am so glad I decided to spend a little bit more money for a TON more quality. This is truly an heirloom train set that will be around longer than I will be (and I’m only 35).

    The other reviewers are also correct in advising that you shop around before purchasing this train set. The prices vary wildly.

    Yes, it hurts a little to spend this kind of money on a train set when you know there are others out there. However, the others are cheaper for a reason… they’re junk. You simply can’t do better than this set.

  • Anonymous:

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    A great set to buy! It is truly worth the price of $250.00.

    The only thing I wish is that it would come with more track. Because it only comes with a small oval of track. But it’s still a great set. I highly recommend it!The set very much resembles the Berksire and the cars in the movie. But good luck finding one until February!

  • buckeye mom:

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    Wow this was worth the hassle to find. We lucked out and got it at retail price and delivered before Christmas. This was my 6 yr old son’s first “real” electric train. What a special train it is. The details are fantastic. Lionel out did themselves! The engine is sooo heavy and very well built. The passenger/observational cars were suprisingly light, but incredibly detailed, quite beautiful! Transformer is powerful, track easy to put together. The characters are to scale and he has placed in the train and they ride around sticking out the end of the cars and in the engine. Smoke stack works perfect. Everything is just great. I guess we have a train enthusiast now. He runs it every day… and is soooo proud of it. He is so careful with it and teaches all his friends all about it. Worth every penny.

  • Paul D. Race:

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    This is a solid first-quality train set that would be well worth the asking price even if it wasn’t affiliated with a popular book and movie. In fact, the locomotive is a scaled-down model of a real locomotive, a Berkshire that was used by the Pere Marquette railroad that ran near the author’s home when he was growing up. It is a lucky coincidence that the locomotive the author painted in the book is one that Lionel has been modeling since the 1950s, and all they had to do is change the “paint job” to create this fine model. In case you wondered, this is the best steam locomotive that Lionel includes in any of its train sets. The passenger cars are also based on the same class of real-world cars that the author painted for the book.

    A number of comments here had to do with the fact that the first “run” of the train sold out before it even hit the warehouses in 2004. Nowadays, the rush isn’t so great, but that doesn’t mean there won’t be a last-minute “run” on the set if a network station shows the movie in December. Unlike most “Christmas Trains,” though, this set is tasteful enough to be used on any O gauge railroad all year round. And it’s built like the Lionel trains your grandfather grew up with, solid enough to last for generations.

    Happy Holidays – Paul Race, editor, Big Christmas Trains

  • R. Denise:

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    Had been looking for a train to put under our family Christmas tree. A couple of years ago I came across the Polar Express version when scoping the net for trains. Set was getting good reviews as seen on other sites. Amazon had the best price and no shipping cost… has been a great choice. The train set was a snap to put together. Great memories of the train under the tree in the 60′s… but with NONE of the maintence problems of old time train and the track alignment problems!! Engine whistles and puffs smokes. Has been a hit with family and friends. Box the train came in is very well made and easy to repack for storage and protected from damage for next year. And of course as in movie, comes with the famous Gold Bell that rings when a child believes… to put on your own tree.

  • D. Hipp:

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    We purchased this train as a Christmas gift for our grand children and they were delighted. Very well made. Tracks work on carpet or hardwood without difficulty.

  • K. Benson:

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    We purchased this to have a train to run under the Christmas tree for our Grandkids. This train is great! Very authentic and very well made. You will not be disappointed.

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