« Della Q Red Rosemary Small Project Knitting Yarn Tote Bag 220-1 Living Dreams Hand Dyed Wool Roving, Super Fine Craft Fiber for Needle and Wet Felting, 1 Ounce, Violet Purple » 3 thoughts on “Bachmann Trains Mountaineer Ready-to-Run Large Scale Train Set” 24 of 24 people found the following review helpful Bachmann Big Haulers bring Big Value, November 26, 2007 By Paul D. Race “Writer, Teacher, Songwriter, Ra… (Springfield, OH United States) – This review is from: Bachmann Trains Mountaineer Ready-to-Run Large Scale Train Set (Toy) This is one of the latest offerings in the Bachmann Big Hauler line which has been producing great value trains since it was introduced in the 1980s. It is made to run in the garden, but will create a “jaw-dropping” effect around your Christmas tree as well. You should probably also know that Bachmann Trains offers world-class warranties and service on all of its products. Unfortunately Bachmann track doesn’t work outside, so if you actually do put this train in your garden, consider AristoCraft track as an “add-on.” You’ll want a bigger track circle anyway, to give this big train “room to stretch out.”– Paul Race, editor, Family Garden Trains(tm) 0 Help other customers find the most helpful reviews Was this review helpful to you? | Comment Reply 19 of 19 people found the following review helpful Great Buy, one BIG exception, December 6, 2010 By Always Curious (Tucson, AZ) – This review is from: Bachmann Trains Mountaineer Ready-to-Run Large Scale Train Set (Toy) I am a newbie at model trains. Had a lionel as a kid (40 + years ago) and thought it would be a real kick to have a train around the Xmas tree. Had no idea what to buy but went with Bachmann because of the style of the set. I categorical love the train and cars, meets and exceeds all expectations. Everything works, great packaging, no assembly…except the track. Why go to the immense effort to create a high quality product and then provide junk for track. I don’t get that. OK, I understand price point, but I would really pay more up front to get decent track. So what’s wrong? First, the plastic track clips simply do not clip. They are too small. The wonderful DVD provided shows a guy clipping track together. He must have thumbs of steel and the ability to stretch plastic. Then there is the manufacturing of the rails. The instructions say you might need pliers to even things out (bumps at connections, track out of shape). No kidding! There were many bumps. So I called the company. I got thru right away, that’s good. When I explained the problem I was told, I am not making this up, to use rubber bands to hold the track together. Rubber bands?? I asked if he had any specs for the rubber bands and asked for a supervisor who insisted that the clips fit. Don’t you hate that. They do not fit. The supervisor offered to send me a new set up clips, which they did, and those don’t fit either. I was going to return the entire set but luckily made a trip to a model train shop. I explained the problem and both salesman laughed. They said, keep the Bachmann engine and cars and get better track. Apparently they get a lot of business selling track to people who buy Bachmann trains. They led me to their Aristo-Craft display and showed me really good track. Solid brass or stainless steel. So good you can use the stuff outdoors. With this track, no plastic clips, they screw together with brass clips on the side of the track and you do not need, could not use, pliers to bend the stuff into shape. And although you don’t want to, if you did step on the track it will hold up. That would not happen with Bachmann track. I know this product is not for children but there are 3 grandkids who are somewhat energetic and will jump on the track. So, I spent about $100 buying brass track roughly equal (actually slightly larger) than the oval track Bachmann provides. I would have gladly paid that up front with Bachmann. And because of their short sightedness I have now learned a ton about the advantages of buying Aristo-Craft or other g scale rolling stock and will always consider product other than Bachmann. But I am keeping The Mountaineer and enjoying it hour by hour…with better track. By the way, I could have bought an Aristo-Craft set which comes with brass track and a better engine for about the same money I spent on the Bachmann adding new track. I wish you well Bachmann but will not recommend you. 0 Help other customers find the most helpful reviews Was this review helpful to you? | Comment Reply 4 of 5 people found the following review helpful Good beginner train., December 28, 2012 By Patrick Hinde – Verified Purchase(What’s this?) This review is from: Bachmann Trains Mountaineer Ready-to-Run Large Scale Train Set (Toy) The train and cars are cool, stable, and built fairly well as I have had them fall off of the track from 6 inches up and not do any damage. Even the couplers did not break when one car would fall off. I would agee with the person that the track is not well suited for outside even though I am attempting it, I will be looking to purchase AtritoCraft track in the future if I decide to pursue this expensive hobby outside further. As for the other ratings on the track I would say, it does take patience to put it together as you do not want to force the track together but if having issues you need to try bending it up or down while applying presure to join the track. I had no problems with the track clips as one person pointed out so maybe my set up is more up to date then the one rated. The smoke feature for out doors really does not yield much smoke yet so it is hardly noticable outside. Bachmann stated on their website that this train and track is not meant for outdoors so nothing against them on that one. 0 Help other customers find the most helpful reviews Was this review helpful to you? | Comment Reply Leave a comment Cancel replyYour email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Name * Email * Website Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.