Product Type: Hornby Toy Train
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Hornby Thomas Electric Train Set
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Hornby Thomas Electric Train Set
Advantages: A good sturdy beginners train set for age 4 and above.
Disadvantages: Clarabelle and Annie the two carriages are a bit lightweight
We searched hi and low for the best price that we could find for this Hornby Train set, MailOrderExpress.com had the set advertised for sale on their website for £58.99, Amazon had it on their site at £44.99, which is a difference of £14, a substantial saving. Some online shops only stocked the larger train sets which were over £100.The larger sets had more engines but the main aim of buying this smaller Thomas the Tank set ( For aged 4 and above ) was to see how Ashley got on with it, if he enjoyed it then we could add more coaches as and when we could afford to.
On the day that we ordered the train set we went over to B and Q to buy a 4ft 6ins square piece of hardboard. Then we painted the hardboard green to make it more interesting, so that the track would look as if it was going through the countryside.
The train set included an oval track mat ( 41insx42ins ) but we wanted to put the set on a firmer base, so that the trains would run smoothly and the set could be left assembled.
The train set is relatively easy to assemble, the track pieces all slot into each other. then the power connects to the track and to the wall socket.
The train controller used for speed and direction is easily managed by a young child. But Ashley is always supervised when he plays with it.
Thomas is a strong and sturdy locomotive, well made, no rough edges or sharp points and is well painted.
The two coaches that come with Thomas, Annie and Clarabelle are still well made but much lighter, so when they are hooked to Thomas although they tow easily you have to keep putting them back on track.
Four year old Ashley has no problem operating the train set, and to make the whole thing seem more authentic we have recently stuck the oval track mat onto the sheet of hardboard and added some plastic trees, figures and small buildings from the toy box.
Although this is a `first` train set you can still add to it, by making the track bigger and buying new engines and coaches.
ModelmaniacsOnline.co.uk have a detailed website of popular extra pieces to fit the set.
The train set lives in the corner of the bedroom and is just pulled out when it is played with, and Ashley loves being the Engine driver!
Summary: A good first train set for age 4 and above that can be added to.
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