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I had some Hornby trains when I was younger and really enjoyed playing with it. I brought a cheap transit from B&M and found it horrible and cheap and tacky. It was not the experience I remember so went straight on amazon and brought this set. I was like a child when this turned up and I got home from work. I couldn't wait to rip the packet open and set it up which I did there and then. I had great fun setting it up and sending it round the track. Everyone that came round over the christmas period commented on how great it was and we even had it hooked up to a smart plug so could turn it on on demand. Great value for money and good fun for all ages
Originally bought this train as a Christmas decoration to run around the Christmas tree. As with all Hornby products the quality is fantastic for the price. I would expect to pay double easily for something like this.
First and foremost I think it is important to note this isn't designed to be a children's toy, it is not designed to be super durable, there are correct ways to put the wagons on a track and the train is designed to be operated at low speeds. A child will enjoy this for a short period of time, but as just an oval and with the newer gear ratios this isn't the most fun Hornby set out there.
The new 040 train is slower, but feels stable going round the track, something which is ideal at the foot of a christmas tree. I wouldn't buy this to play with as a model train set at all. Unfortunately the wagon's wheels are all plastic which increases drag quite a lot and are costly to upgrade, but for most people this will be fine.
Happy with my purchase, but would feel sorry for any child who was hoping to play with it any more than watching it around a tree.
The set arrived the next day delivered in nick condition by Amazon. I bought it at a bargain price, and for once, Amazon out did Hattons on price. A lovely Christmas set from Hornby comprising of an 0-4-0 loco, an open wagon filled with presents and a carriage for Santa's sleigh, plus an oval of tack transformer and a controller. It didn't come with a track mat and came with the old style controller from Hornby. I've not had the set out the box yet as I still haven't put me tree up, so can't say how well she runs. She does look nice though! As soon as I get her running round me tree I'll upload a vid! Chow for now!👍🚂🚃🚃🚃🍺😁👍
I brought the Santa Express for my granddaughter's visit at Christmas. It looked great under the Christmas tree. It was easy to put the track together and it ran smoothly and very quietly. The slight issue I had was that because the track was on carpet and not fixed in place, it tended to move. It's not really a toy and not robust enough for young hands, but it did add that little bit of magic!
Looks amazing around the Christmas tree and good fun to play with even after Christmas though the actual set itself doesn't leave much in the way of expansion so you can buy additional track for it just make sure you buy the correct extension packs to be able to extend the voltage. The locomotive is reliable it goes fast enough but not so fast that it will fly off the track and brake itself you can send it around at full speed it has fairly decent pulling power and looks nice and it's cute little Santa's Express design the couplings are standard Hornby couplings so extensions to your rolling stock is possible
I bought this train to run under a Christmas Tree (the job of the set!). While the Locomotive that pulls/pushes the carriages is fine, the build quality of the controller, and carriages are poor. Now, to be fair, it has run for about 12 hours a day, from the 1st of December. On further research, the little engine has done a good job not dying on me. The most annoying fault was with the DC controller, which started cutting out because of "shorting". Further research informed me this is a common fault with the Hornby controller, how they can package such a shoddy unit bearing their name astounds me. Now the pin axles are wearing away the body of the carriages on one side which causes derailments. If you can swap this controller for another (I bought a Gaugemaster Combi), you could probably get great use out of this little set. As is, it is about fit for purpose as a yearly consumable. It can be fixed (but you would have to be more technically minded) and I have bought another couple of carriages for it. Lastly, if you were/are thinking of buying this as a starter set for a child, please don't. It will only lead to frustration.
Bought for Christmas tree. It wasn’t all plain sailing. The train came off the track lots because we couldn’t pin the track to anything. Nothing wrong with the item but it could have included some innovative method for securing the track for occasional users like us.
I wish I had bought the Lego city train which seemed more stable.