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Train info?

HobHob Member Posts: 223
edited May 2011 in Building and Techniques
Hi all. Just got back into Lego (6months or so) and have picked up a lot of stuff in that time, too much i think but hey.

I recently got some old train sets the 1985 12v set (not complete track i think) and the 1995 9v track complete as far as i can tell, not sure if the electrics work yet.

I was wondering if the old 9v track is compatiable with the new track? As i've yet to pick up any new train sets such as the cargo train or the other set (passanger train?). I know the new trains run on plastic tracks with remote sensor and electric motors.

Also how long are Lego likly to use the same track as i don't want to pick up both new train sets to find out new track is coming out.

Sorry to ramble on.



  • drdavewatforddrdavewatford Administrator Posts: 6,754
    edited May 2011
    Hi @Hob,

    There are a number of train-related discussions on the forum you should probably catch up on - use the 'Search the Forums' feature to find them.

    Regarding compatibility of track, check out the link below :

    In summary, the gauge of LEGO track has been the same from the beginning; it's almost certain that any track you buy now will be forward compatible from that perspective. All that's changed is how trains are powered. You can run the current battery-powered trains on the old electric track.

  • Si_UKNZSi_UKNZ Member Posts: 4,179
    Any of the track will connect to any other track, and you can run any trains on it except 9v trains. Trains which get power from the rails (e.g. 9v), can only use metal track.

    The 9v and newer track has little clips at the end which are compatible with each other. The older stuff was just rails and you build them yourself by adding sleepers. So the only compatibility issue is that at the point where you join 'pre clip' to 'clip' you might end up with a wider than normal sleeper and a chunky join.

    I'm running new PF track joined to 1970s blue track and it works fine. The old track had little grooves in it which allows steeper gradients.
  • HobHob Member Posts: 223
    edited May 2011
    Thank you i did read the the "trains set" thread but just wanted to ask as i recently got the older sets. Now i know that the tracks are compatabile. I'll pick some up in readyness for the newer train sets.

    May just keep the old powered track for the older trains. Of course i need the money to do so.


    Edit it appears i missed the first page of the thread sorry.
  • tsitsi Member Posts: 34
    Hi Hob,

    here you find a good overview about the train systems:

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