« Danville Waxed 6/0 Flymaster Thread – Black Senior Smart Puzzles » 3 thoughts on “Lionel Trains Polar Express Train Set – O Gauge” 166 of 175 people found the following review helpful Perfect, Perfect, Perfect!, January 3, 2005 By buckeye mom (USA) – This review is from: Lionel Trains Polar Express Train Set – O Gauge (Toy) 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. 0 Help other customers find the most helpful reviews Was this review helpful to you? | Comments (8) Reply 101 of 108 people found the following review helpful A nice complement for the book and movie for Christmas time, January 13, 2007 By C. Kapraun (Pearland, TX United States) – This review is from: Lionel Trains Polar Express Train Set – O Gauge (Toy) 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. 0 Help other customers find the most helpful reviews Was this review helpful to you? | Comment (1) Reply 202 of 225 people found the following review helpful Not the Lionel that you remember…, January 21, 2010 By Mohawk (Tallahassee, FL) – This review is from: Lionel Trains Polar Express Train Set – O Gauge (Toy) I bought this set with the hopes that it would become something that would stay in the family for generations – like my father’s Lionel set. For those of you who don’t know, Lionel Corporation is long gone, and Lionel LLC (the makers of this set) acquired what was left of the company a while back. It’s not the same. Here are my two cents: Pros: The locomotive is a die-cast 2-8-4 junior Berkshire, and although the pilot (cowcatcher) is exaggerated, it’s a nice looking locomotive. The wheels and trucks are metal, too, although the product specs don’t say so. The passenger cars are nicely lit. The set comes with Lionel Fastrack, which is nice-looking, durable, and reliable track. Cons: The set comes with a CW-80 transformer, which reportedly fails 50% of the time. The locomotive has a lousy smoke unit; some work okay, others don’t work at all. You can find ways to repack the unit with pink insulation on the Internet, but why would you want to take a new train apart? The decorative bell and whistle on the locomotive are plastic and flimsy. The metal handrails on the locomotive that I received were unevenly applied. The plastic rail on the observation car is a joke. It is flimsy and falls off easily. The couplers on the passenger cars are plastic. I’ve heard a lot of complaints that the passenger car shells are plastic. Well, that’s true, but it’s really hard to find metal passenger cars these days, made by anyone. It’s also hard to find trains made in America. In fact, there’s only one company that still makes them here, and they are priced for the serious hobbyist. I returned my set and went with another brand. 0 Help other customers find the most helpful reviews Was this review helpful to you? | Comments (19) 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.