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personally I like the flexible tracks but some people dont like their look. You do need to think twice about how you route it so the train doesnt derail, but a bit of common sense and theyre fine.
Do they still sell the regular curved track? I saw the switch tracks, but can't find curved for some reason.
Now all I have to do is find the time to build them. ;o)
A tip i've learned with the flex track if you're trying to make it go straight is to use a 1x8 or a 2x8 on top of the track. It hold it in place then.
I'm not sure if they still sell curve track by itself. You get 16 of them with both the Yellow Cargo Train and Red Passenger Train.
Congrats on all the Train sets! I had a similar experience. I bought the Red Passenger about a year ago and fell in love. I now have the Red and Yellow Cargos, the EN, and the Maersk, as well as two Crossings, and three different Train Stations.
My biggest problem is having enough room to lay out all that track! Seriously, you're gonna have to move furniture out of the room. ;-)
I guess I will order a bunch of the power functions for the trains. Can the remote handle multiple trains?
We looked at the boxes and it seems the White Passenger and Green Cargo are different.
I suggest you just open some boxes and try it :)
(and I haven't even jumped on the trains yet).
I bought Emerald Night (on order from LEGO) and plan on motorizing it.
I bought some of the PF bits at the same time. It was late at night, and I wanted to get in on the VIP deal, free shipping, holiday set and did not do any research beforehand...
Somewhere I read that the instructions had info on how to motorize the train, so I checked them online and found out which componants were needed. I ordered #8884 IR receiver, #8882 XL motor, #8878 Rechargable battery box, and #8870 lights.
Instructions didn't mention it, but later I found out I'll need to get the #8887 transformer also. I'll try calling the local LEGO store to see if they carry these, otherwise I'll have to place another order online.
Now for the question this all leads to... As far as the remote control unit recommended - #8879. I assume I won't really need it because I already have the Yellow and Red Cargo trains and Red Passenger train (not built or even opened yet), which I think all come with the same controller - so I don't really need another controller do I?
Guess I should always do my homework first, but it was a bit of an impulse buy.
They all can be controlled on the same controller.
Enjoy your emerald night :)
I defintately will enjoy it - plan on setting it up for the holiday season.
Another question, this time in regards to the three train mentioned. Since they come with the AAA battery box, has anyone swapped for the rechargable battery box? Will it work? If so, any benefit to doing it? Pros or cons either way are welcome. :o)
When I get my PF stuff, I'm just getting the battery box. I'm also skipping the light. I don't plan on running my trains in the middle of the night. ;-) And it will be a lonnnng time before I build a giant Lego tunnel for my trains to run thru.
I got the EN last year and just purchased the Red Cargo on sale at TRU. I have a couple Toy Story trains that I thought would make great parts. I also picked up a few older train car sets like the caboose, log hauler, and a passenger car. I have yet to purchase flexible tracks due to the negative comments, but may pick up a box on Black Friday. We purchased rechargeable batteries to work with our battery boxes, but to be honest I haven't motorized anything yet. Any thoughts on how many cars can be connected to a single engine?
This year my kids and I are also going to focus on the trains since I have some vacation built up that needs to be used. Just can't wait...
I think actual use of my trains will be very casual, so I can probably get away with the AAA version. Once I get all my trains built, I think I'll toy around with swapping the battery boxes in order to see how they actually work & fit.
The only minor downside is that you have to remove the batteries each time to charge them.
Welcome to the expensive and space eating world of trains. As a child of a train fanatic, I had to go down this route. First the yellow cargo, since it was cheap, then emerald night (get the light for it too, it does look good), toy story train, passenger train, hogwarts express and the holiday train. I have no room for sidings for them all in my layout, but I'm gonna try. One day.
For christmas though I'm going to try and motorise with PF the holiday and hogwarts trains. Get them running round my tree with the winter toy shop and bakery in the middle. Lets see if that actually happens eh?
To me, the set is overly priced, and what disappointed me is the one-piece canopy that makes up the front of each engine car, mine barely fit onto the train, I heard others are having this problem as well. Oh well, not much to worry about.
My dad's a train fan (Hornby) and I gave him the Emerald for his birthday a few weeks back - he didnt know what to make of it at first, but I think he'll love making it. I'm expecting to have a new AFOL on my hards shortly - if the Emerald won't 'turn' him, nothing will!
^ I take it you mean the mostly white passenger train with red bits, not the mostly red passenger train with white bits :-) ... I agree - skip it. I'm sure Lego have a new, better high speed train in the pipeline, my bets are on for one in 2012.
PS you might find this bricklist useful http://www.brickset.com/brickLists/?4855
It's a great list - thanks! :)
The next step is to swap the PF from the yellow cargos and passengers to the EN and Maersks.
Now please don't point your gun at me guys.