« Mini Table Top Pool Table with Cues, Triangle and Chalk 1 Pepperell Macramé Project Board, 12 by 17-1/2-Inch » 3 thoughts on “Lionel Polar Express Train Set – G-Gauge” 592 of 618 people found the following review helpful Exeeded My Expectations, October 13, 2009 By Alan Holt (Boston, MA USA) – This review is from: Lionel Polar Express Train Set – G-Gauge (Toy) I was surprised to see the negative reviews on this product, but after reading them I think most of them were from people that did not read or understand the product description. This is a ‘G’ scale toy plastic train with plastic track that is battery powered and is controlled by an R/C unit. I have not seen another ‘G’ scale set with better quality equipment and features for the price. The engine has built-in sound that makes a steam ‘chuff’ noise synchronized to the speed of the engine. It also makes a steam brake release noise when it stops. It has a bell sound and whistle that you can control from the R/C unit. It has 3 speeds in both forward and reverse directions. The speeds seems very prototypical. The speed is also momentum controlled – the train speeds up and slows down at a measured pace just like a real train. The detail on the engine is quite good for a ‘toy’ train. I had the same experience with the included batteries as others – they barely moved the train for a few minutes and then conked out. I replaced the standard batteries with alkaline ones and it ran for about 10 hours before needing replacement. I have switched to a compatible 9.6v rechargeable battery that works great, is cheaper to run, and environmentally better. The packaging states the set is for kids 4 years or older. Both my 4-1/2 year old and 2 year old can run the train with the R/C controller (and did not stop playing with it for almost a week). However they do not have the dexterity to couple the cars or snap the track together. I would guess that a 5 or 6 year old would be able to assemble and operate everything without adult help. They have banged the engine, thrown the controller, and knocked the coaches around quite a bit without any damage. For model railroaders or anyone who wants to tinker, you could add lighting to the coaches fairly easily. I think the train would work well outdoors if you want to try creating a garden railway. I do wish Lionel would make more track options – an ‘X’ crossing and R/L hand switches would allow expansion to a true train layout instead of just an oval or circle. I don’t think you could find a better quality radio controlled toy ‘G’ scale train with so many features for such a low price. 0 Help other customers find the most helpful reviews Was this review helpful to you? | Comments (6) Reply 171 of 180 people found the following review helpful Gee,Happy to report,the G Gauge Works!, November 11, 2011 By William G. Pursell, Sr. “Lone Ranger” (U.S.A.) – Verified Purchase(What’s this?) This review is from: Lionel Polar Express Train Set – G-Gauge (Toy) After my bad experience with the O Gauge I was very hesitant to order another Lionel. But this is something else. With my experience with the O gauge;and since this doesn’t need to be on a track to run,I decided to battery up the tender and connect it to the Locomotive and place it on the hard wood floor,figuring that if this works,THEN I’ll assemble the tracks and put on the other two cars. I grabbed the remote control pushed the on-off switch to ON and turned the Directional switch to half way forward….nothing happened…then I remembered I’d forgotten to put batteries in the RC. Turned it over and as you could probably guess,when I put in that second battery the train and tender shot forward (The switch was STILL on and the direction STILL to half way forward)LOL. I continued with the assembly of the tracks and the addition of the other two cars. I could see that if you don’t have the tracks setup on a hard level surface you’re gonna have problems with train disconnects and possibly track disconnects too,so watch out for these possible problems. I decided after a few hours of having fun that I should investigate the idea of 9.6 VDC rechargeable batteries. Id heard others,here, mention a few batteries that wouldn’t fit so I decided to find out what would fit. Called Lionel customer service; open 9-5 EST @ 586-949-4100 Amy there said they have listed two such batteries,BOTH Radio Shack,one is 23-342 a 1000 mAh Ni-Cad and the other is 23-432 a 1600 mAh NMH. I did two searches on the Radio Shack website. The 23-342 came up with nothing;the 23-432 resulted in a 23-1171 which turned out to be the 1600 mAh battery and the charger. When I manage to get over to a Radio Shack I’ll pick up the pair and report back as to: if and how well they work. Battery update: I bought the 23-1171 @ Radio Shack since I can’t add a picture of what it looks like,here’s a link […] WHOA does this thing FLY NOW! After charging the 10 hrs.the package recommended I checked the DC voltage on the battery pack it was 11.03.So if you want one that fits and comes with a charger get yourself to a Radio Shack. 0 Help other customers find the most helpful reviews Was this review helpful to you? | Comments (8) Reply 143 of 165 people found the following review helpful Great for a 3 year old train NUT!!!, December 21, 2008 By sueb43 “sueb43” (Bellaire, OH USA) – This review is from: Lionel Polar Express Train Set – G-Gauge (Toy) My grandson is kookoo for any trains, Thomas, Polar Express, toys, movies, YouTube videos… any trains in any form. I thought I’d get him a junky train for fun for Christmas. I figured it would last the season. Unfortunately, I picked up a cheapie at ToysRUs for $[…]. Not only did it break after one week, it was pretty cheesy. Cars didn’t really hook together, battery hookup from the coal tender to the engine was junky, etc. I don’t even know if I’ll be able to get credit for the dumb thing since my daughter-in-law inadvertently threw the receipt away. But my grandson was nutty about the thing. So I started a desparate search last night Dec. 19th, and everyone was out of the junkier trains. I did an extreme internet search and found nothing. By today, just about everyone was out of the better trains too. I finally had success at Target and got the Polar Express Battery Powered train G Scale. My grandson absolutely loves it and it is made so much better than the cheap ones. The cars securely hook together, it has 3 speeds forward and 3 reverse. My daughter-in-law is thrilled that it doesn’t really make a big racket; just enough noise to please my grandson without irritating everyone else in the household. I am planning to get him two 9.5 v. battery packs and chargers so he won’t run out of batteries. This train is definitely the hit of Christmas 2008. 0 Help other customers find the most helpful reviews Was this review helpful to you? | Comment (1) 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.