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This is the retired set I was thinking of... $130 for that is just nuts!
Not to mention they're then cheaper on BL.
The curved rails for the 9V are cheap and I'm sure they will work with current system.
Check out this link on how beautiful the Santa Fe Super Chief can be with some effort.
I didn't catch that curved track is included in the swich track set, and I have definitely never stumbled across track bits through the pick-a-brick system. Thanks for that. Very useful information.
2 days ago my Emerald Night arrived and now it is completed. I thought I would share a few comments for the benefit of other train shoppers new to this genre, who might discover this thread and be wondering which route to take.
Let me say I love it! I don't think I realized that it is almost devoid of studs in finished form. This is high praise for me as I am not into studs showing. Viewed from a short distance, the set looks like a finished model train product, not a Lego set.
It was also a varied and really fun build, using advanced SNOT techniques.
It is also a bit more petite than I might have thought. Not too wide, not too tall, and each car including the locomotive is not overly long.
As just a static display piece, this set is superb. If I had to describe it in one word, it would be "classy".
Today my power functions bits are due to arrive from Lego [email protected], and track is on the way as well. Then I can start the conversion so this baby can run on some track.
Within 30 seconds of finishing the train, my honest thought was "Now it's time to order the Maersk train!" as I wanted to continue the train building fun immediately.
Throughout the entire build, once I was getting the hang for how Lego engineers the wheel assemblies on these things, I started thinking about all the parts I am going to need to get so I can start to MOC my own train cars.
I'm a big fan of Lego trains now, and I haven't even run one on track yet!
8870 Power Functions Light
8878 Power Functions Rechargeable Battery Box
8879 Power Functions IR Speed Remote Control
8882 Power Functions XL-Motor
8884 Power Functions IR Receiver
8887 Transformer 10VDC
The 8878 rechargeable box is actually not required, you can use 88000 instead, which uses 6 AA batteries, and then you wouldn't need 8887 either since there is nothing to recharge.
Worth every penny to watch it go round and round... :)