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This is a good set for a child to find out if they want to make a hobby of it, especially given the Potter theme. The engine and carriages are nicely detailed on the outside and real enthusiasts will easily improve on them by adding weathering effects. However, the carriages do feel a bit flimsy and lightweight, given the price but I think this is standard with these kinds of models.
The track layout, while a bit dull is again good for houses short on space and for establishing if this will be a longer-term interest. In my case, I think the recipient will be more engrossed in the set and scenery building over all but this is a very attractive model to put into any scene you build.
One proviso: as mentioned elsewhere - these starter kits come with the flimsiest of controllers which I'm sure won't stand the test of time. Allow for an additional purchase to get something better able to grow with your set.
The Hogwarts Locomotive with working Headlight looks superb as do the 2 Long Express Coaches. The Track is a 3rd Radius Oval, I haven't tried the points and siding Track yet due to space. The description of the product on Amazon says that it includes a Midi Trak Mat which it doesn't. On the actual box, it doesn't mention a Trak Mat, and it doesnt include one
Beautiful. Love it. Though the controller is terrible. In the bin it went. Bought a Gaugemaster GM-GMC-COMBI Single Track Controller which is so much better (your able to make the loco go a lot slower smoothly).