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7939 Cargo train is an excellent starter set - you get the train plus everything you need to make it run, an oval of track plus points to make a small siding, and a few additional bits and pieces including a cargo crane and a truck. It's more interesting than 7938 passenger train. Beware however - I also didn't used to be very interested in LEGO trains. Then I got an Emerald Night because it was such a beautiful model in its own right. Then I decided to motorise it - just for a bit of fun. And before long I was hooked and buying up all the retired train stuff I could find, including the wonderful Santa Fe Super Chief and BNSF locos plus their rolling stock. It's a slippery slope......
Wish to hear from someone who has both and compare the two.
I bet the vast majority like the Cargo vice the Passenger. Not just based on the number of pieces, or having a higher price tag, but the playablility is what's key.
What do you think....buying this set or spending on another? Sure, in a perfect world...why not both.
Heed DrD's advice and buy both. LEGO trains are rare items in the overall product range and everyone should own them all. I do.
I'll maybe wait for TRU deal. Any now or upcoming?
I have to agree with the others who said start with Emerald Night. And, now that there is a non-rechargeable train battery box available through [email protected], you don't have to spend as much on the PF stuff as you do the train itself. You can always put in rechargeable batteries if you wish.
Another thing to consider doing is stocking up on curve track if you can find some still for sale. The flex tracks are nice for some applications, but they are no substitute for having real curves. Not sure if Lego plans to reintroduce a track pack with curves or what. I suppose that's once nice thing about getting 7938/7939 - you do get some curve track.
Looking forward to 3677 this August (looks nice in Youtube vids - assuming those are the real deal).
The 4558 Metroliner (or 10001 reissue) is also a lovely set and the 4547/10002 Club Car is a stunning addition to the Metroliner. It's a close second of all time for me.
I don't own any of these four sets right now, but am planning to get the cargo train and the Maersk train. If I had to choose only one, I'd buy Maersk.
Thanks for all the information and opinions in this thread.
Santa Fe ehhh? Have to look into this but suspect it long been retired and therefore mega bucks to buy - if I can find one complete with box! Not really clued up on the trains yet, as you can tell, but need to identify the different power systems etc. Is the track gauge the same on the old & new systems? (ie. could you convert say the santa fe to run on the new track?) These and many more questions need to be answered !!!
I love that set !
Now that Sante Fe......NO....STOP!.......but that picture by drdave.........resist, I can't afford it......theres always Visa.......
I do have a sense that LEGO have been surprised by the popularity of their current train line up, starting with Emerald Night, and as evidenced by their decision to produce the Maersk Train this year. The nice lady in customer service that I spoke with yesterday said as much. I suppose that if the trains are indeed selling better than expected there's a chance they might consider some standalone rolling stock, but I doubt it - with 5 trains in the current line up (I forgot about the Hogwarts Express when I said there were 4 yesterday) I think we're already being spoiled.....
In the case of train cars, the audience is limited to those that would first buy the larger, more expensive train engine/set before they might even consider the cars. While there are certainly AFOLs that would buy them en masse, it does not approach the buying power of the broader audience of LEGO customers.
Lego has sold accompanying cars in the past, and they will do so again, but they won't do it every time, and in this case, not for an exclusive set such as Emerald Night that never saw large distribution.
1. Where abouts is the platform for boarding this train?
2. Where is the train going?
3. What time does it arrive at it's destination? (might be difficult to estimate seeing as how it's 37 CARRIAGES LONG!!!)
4. Why 37 carriages? (you can still fit one more one there you know).
5. Why isn't the dog riding the train?
Sorry for my slightly bizzare take on this post, but thats pretty impressive in my book. And I thought my 10 octan tankers on the cargo train was bad enough.
Anyway, If you only have limited funds to play with, then go for Emerald Night and Cargo Trains first. I would expect them to increase the most after production ceases, and as mentioned by others, making them almost too expensive to buy at a later date.
This probably doesn't help much, as you'll might end up buying some of the older sets anyway (and pay a mint on ebay like I did).
But right now you can actually get both via the TRU Buy one get one 50% off (if they have not sold out as I write this) It costs a bunch if you get two cargo trains, but in some weird way it feels better paying 145/each for two, instead of 190-200 (after sales tax) for one.
I would say that even on eBay every now and again you should be able to find a 4563 Load and haul train at a decent price (about 100-150) before you think that is expensive that really is no different than a current train (or the retail for this set when released new) Some sets go for a lot on eBay, and some have seen their demand fall causing their prices to be ok.(Also Bricklink helps when you find a set short on parts)
The ones that would hurt are the Santa Fe trains if you do not have them already
If one was to purchase/find som 9V tracks, can I use it together with our new trains.
would love to get to use this track one day.
toy story train (kiddish, but still a cool set!)
@anyone: Please correct me if I goofed here
Although the Santa Fe Super Chief does looks mighty impressive!!
I just have not had a chance to set it up to pic...
And speaking of 12V trains... I have a question for the Aussies/Asians on this forum... the 12V blue track series of trains (1969-79) were sold strictly in continental Europe. And when the gray track 12V trains were introduced... were they sold in Australia and/or Asia?
I know they were in Britain/Ireland (as well as continental Europe), which usually means also that they were sold in Australia. But I wanted to verify that? I know that in the USA/Canada market none of the 12V trains were ever sold there... in fact VERY few trains/wagons were sold in USA/Canada (push and 4.5) during the 12V years of 1969-93.
toy story train
the City tram 8404
And I'd agree with everyone else that the new passenger train isn't great, go for Emerald night, then cargo train, then the harry potter one as it's so cheap, and I'd recommend the tram as your passenger train, as it's really nice looking, although I've yet to see one motorised.
Does anyone know how soon Public Transport is on it's way out?
I'd say 8404 (Public Transport)has another year or 2 left as it only came out last year, but that is based on normal supply of sets.. 'Exclusives' are another story, but I believe the Lego TRU truck has been out longer and they still have them out there.
The Emerald night is the one you should focus on, as it is on its way to being retired (by all appearances) and when retired is most likely to climb higher in price due to the specialized parts and uniqueness of the set IMO. You can get it at Amazon.com without having to pay shipping or tax (tax depends what state you are buying it in) The price has been going back and forth from 95-100 dollars.