Getting back into trains after many years, I was looking for a set that would grow with my ideas. This is a good start...easy to assemble and well built. Read the instructions to program the locomotives, and you will be up and running in no time.
Train set looks and works as advertised. Goes great with our Christmas tree, and the scale is large enough to dissuade our cats from messing with it. Instruction manual (provided) covers just about everything for assembly and operation. Multiple 9V batteries (not included) were required to get all the lights and sounds working. The only light powered by the track is on the locomotive. The switch for the lights on each coach are located on the underside, so you have to feel around to find it unless you want to take the car off the track. The 9Vs are also quickly depleted if you forget to turn those lights off between use. The sound can be a little overpowering, and while it gets the "chugga chugga" sound right, there is no "choo choo!", leaving something to be desired. The clip that connects the transformer to the tracks required a lot of force to get in place, and I'm surprised I didn't snap the thing in half. The amount of track provided is just enough to look decent around a 8' tall tree. We may get more in the future.
This is the perfect train for under the tree. The track is about the diameter of our Christmas tree skirt so it goes perfectly under the Christmas tree. Easy to assemble. I didn't hear my husband complaining haha
I love Melissa & Doug toys. They're well made and safe for kids. This train set is of no exception!! My grandson loves playing with it. Follow the diagram or use your own design to assemble the track. I would highly recommend it.
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