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Hogwarts Express, Need Motor and Track

MsLegoLeaderMsLegoLeader Member Posts: 2
I have a train (4708 Hogwarts Express). I want to add a motor and some track. The part #88002 (Train Motor) says it works for a later edition of the Hogwarts Express. I'm wondering if anyone knows if I would be able to make this train motor work with my older version of Hogwarts Express.

What train track should I go with? I don't have any track. I have 4855 (Spider Man Train Rescue) that comes with a very little bit of track (part 3328 Train Track Straight - 4.5V). This type of track doesn't seem to be available. How about set #8867 Flexible Train Track?

I'm hoping to use this old Lego train set to make a little display around my Christmas tree for the holidays. What else should I get for this purpose? It looks like Lego sells some kind of switching track and also some sort of thing that looks like a controller (maybe with blue tooth). Would those be worth it?
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  • TheLoneTensorTheLoneTensor MericaMember Posts: 3,950
    edited July 2013
    Unfortunately this one doesn't run on normal Lego track, unless you swap out the wheels (which is possible by changing the technic pins and wheels).

    If you want track, you can get power-function (non wired) track from pick a brick at $3 a piece (ugh - way too expensive), but you're better off getting it in a set like the Lone Ranger Constitution #79111. If you want to actually power it, you could get a set with power functions like #7938 (which has the #88002 motor in it). That way you need to only get a battery box #88000 (or the superior #8878 & #8887) and IR controller #8884 to make it go. Of course, fitting it into the engine is another matter. You will likely need to scratchbuild an engine tender to house the battery and IR receiver.
  • MsLegoLeaderMsLegoLeader Member Posts: 2
    Thanks a lot for this advice, I think I can do this. The building of the tender might be tricky but I could use the parts from the 7938 to try to make it. Thanks!
  • FurrysaurusFurrysaurus Hiding in the kitchen.Member Posts: 155
    the most recent issue of brickjournal has a how-to on wiring up the constitution if you want pictures.
  • TheLoneTensorTheLoneTensor MericaMember Posts: 3,950

    Thanks a lot for this advice, I think I can do this. The building of the tender might be tricky but I could use the parts from the 7938 to try to make it. Thanks!

    I forgot to mention, if you are planning on gutting #7398 then you don't need anything new really because that has all the necessary make-train-go parts (but you will have a leftover motor). And yeah, the Passenger Train is red, so you could use those parts for a Hogwarts express tender pretty easy I'd imagine.
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