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Various types of Lego trains

LeehinchliffeLeehinchliffe Member Posts: 2
edited September 2011 in Buying & Selling Topics
I'll firstly apologise if this question has already been asked (and answered) but I can't seem to find it anywhere in the forum

I'm in the UK and looking to begin developing a Lego train/railway but have very little knowledge of them. 9v seems to be discussed quite a lot but am I right in thinking that this will be battery powered? I'd like a lego train powered ideally by mains power (EG - plug it in) but do these exist?

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  • MartinMartin Member Posts: 375
    Having suggested you come here for the advice you were looking for, I'm embarassed to say that I can't find the very threads I'm sure exist here somewhere!

    In the meantime, you'd do well to read the following wikipedia article and then come back to us with any questions:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lego_Trains

    In a nutshell:
    1966-1979: Battery powered trains. The blue era (blue track). Individual rails and sleepers.
    1980-1990: 12v mains powered trains. The grey era (grey track). Individual rails, sleepers and third power rail.
    1991-2007: 9v mains powered trains. One-piece plastic track sections with metal capped rails.
    2007-present: Battery powered "Power Function" trains. One piece all plastic track sections

    The Wikipedia article should explain the differences in the motors. The track are all the same guage but there is very limited compatibility with systems from a power perspective.

    Anything other than the current Power Functions (PF) system is going to be very expensive as it is all discontinued. PF is battery powered though, so does not meet your criteria. It does perform well though, so don't dismiss it for that reason alone. If you want to use it in a public place, it could be a problem as control is via IR which does not perform well in larger open spaces.

    There's also a thread here about tools to help design layouts:
    http://www.bricksetforum.com/discussion/comment/14633
  • LeehinchliffeLeehinchliffe Member Posts: 2

    I've checked the wikipedia link Martin, and it is very descriptive, thanks.

    I specified mains power (rather than battery) as I thought that it would be easier to simply "plug it in" rather than have the continual problem of changing batteries. It'll only every be for home/private use so I'd imagine it will remain on a relatively small scale

    After scanning Ebay, there seems to be (despite it being discontinued) a fair amount of the 9v stuff to choose from, so I'll probably try some of that as I'm able to power it via the mains supply

  • madforLEGOmadforLEGO Chicagoland USMember Posts: 9,503
    There are other threads explaining this at great lengths.
    I will be lazy though and let the Admins find them :-)
  • hleonffuhleonffu USAMember Posts: 232
    I have found this link very useful if you are new to LEGO trains.

    http://www.amazon.com/gp/richpub/syltguides/fullview/RXFSIU63PESVG/
  • PerryMakesPerryMakes Member Posts: 73
    edited September 2011
    I JUST BOUGHT MY FIRST TRAIN TODAY!

    (allcaps = my bad)

    But I'm really excited about pushing the hobby in that direction. The only other theme that I could say I'm fairly interested in is Technic, so it's nice to have at least one of them that involve classic bricks :)

    And technically, it wasn't my first train - I'd already owned http://www.brickset.com/detail/?Set=7597-1 and http://www.brickset.com/detail/?Set=4841-1, but http://brickset.com/detail/?set=7939-1 that I picked up today (for $118 by stacking some TRU promotions) seems a bit more "trainy" (not tranny you sicko!) And if you want to get technical technical, I guess 7939 is really City and not Train themed... so it looks like I'll have to get Emeral Night so that my hat is OFFICIALLY in the train ring.

    Give a shout if you love LEGO trains!!! And what's your opinion on the new "flexible" tracks? Yay? Nay? Okay?
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