Boscovs has the Lionel Polar Express G-Gauge Train Set for $74.99 + $3 filler - 20% off with coupon code SAVEMORE ($75 coupon minimum) + $19 shipping = $85 shipped. Includes RC remote controller, 12 curved and 4 straight track pieces.

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    baltimoron Ben's cred: 61
    Posted 9:34 am PST 12/5/11

    We have this set and it is okay. The track is plastic, as is the train and it runs on 6 c-sized batteries that are housed in the coal tender. The train is not very kid (or even adult for that matter) friendly in terms of getting it on the tracks easily which is a bit odd given that it is a baconuage. The control is a handheld remote that also uses several batteries. We had an different version of a Lionel Christmas train that was more old school with the metal tracks and the transformer that we really liked. It stopped working and it was still under warrenty. We sent it in to Lionel for repair/replacement only to receive notice that the train that had stopped working had been discontinued and that we could either take a ridiculously low credit for our train toward another train or an even swap for this train. We took the even swap but wished we had just kept our original train and tried to get a train repair person to fix it.

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    Solow Ben's cred: 574
    Posted 11:50 am PST 12/5/11

    You're not going to get a fancy kit for this price. Even when I was a kid the real sets were many, many hundreds to start. Now the cheaper plastic sets are of even worse quality given the cost-cutting times we live in. Best bet is to go to a train shop and check out their used sets. You can get a good deal on a high quality set and get great advice as well.

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    dave_c Ben's cred: 3592
    Posted 12:32 pm PST 12/5/11

    When an old style set stops working you're probably best off just repairing or replacing the particular part that failed.

    Check the transformer to see if it's producing power, and if it is maintaining voltage all the way to the top of the locomotive to see if it has fouled contacts or a broken wire that needs soldered, or if the armature was rough then the motor might need new brushes "if" you can find replacement brushes.

    Cheap transformers are more cost effective to replace (some are even cased in plastic that is welded shut around the seam so repair isn't very reasonable) while nicer ones can be worth DIY repairing, tend to have a blown fuse or a fried transistor, or dried up capacitors or flaky potentiometer if it is very old. Of course it takes a little investigation, a multimeter and soldering iron to solve these problems.

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