Ask a LEGO Fan

Selecting a LEGO Train System

Posted in Collecting Bricks & Sets, Marketplace by lfanquestions on December 22, 2009

Mike writes:

Hi Again!
I’ve been wondering about Lego’s current train line… I loved the 9v train stuff and tried to get as much of it as I could before it went away. Seeing how the RC stuff has changed a couple of times I’m hesitant to break into the new system. The bendy track looks cool, but I don’t see that a lot of new train stuff is being released. I was wondering if you had an idea about Lego’s commitment to the current RC system. I don’t want to continue my bad luck of buying in to the wrong things like, Vesa Local Bus, HD-DVD, and on and on. 😉

Dear Mike,

You may want to wait until 2010 and check out a selection of new power functions train sets.  The RC and power functions trains have issues of recharging batteries, power to move very heavy or long trains, and line of site control issues.

Most AFOLs prefer the discontinued metal track 9 volt system.  If you choose to pursue 9 Volt, look for the passenger train set 4561 after the holidays on eBay.  This set will usually sell in the $50-60 dollar range.  The set includes a circle of track, speed regulator, and 9 Volt motor which you can use to modify most other Lego train sets.



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  1. Alex said, on December 22, 2009 at 4:59 pm

    I think LFan means the 4561 – Railway Express.

  2. Roboduino said, on December 24, 2009 at 8:44 am

    Details of the 2010 train sets are starting to emerge. Check out this link:

    Dealer Catalog “Confidential Images’ Link Removed by Moderator

    • Alex said, on December 28, 2009 at 1:12 pm

      Regarding the 2010 train sets, they are scheduled to come out in August … that’ll be a long wait 😦

  3. Bobby said, on December 24, 2009 at 10:59 pm

    I don’t know what you’re smoking but you’ll never find 4561 for less than $150 regardless of the time of year or anything else.

    • Alex said, on December 24, 2009 at 11:24 pm

      not so sure about that. The best price for it on bricklink is currently 95$ and I’ve seen it sell for less too (I remeber ’cause it’s one of the uglier train sets).

      Also, the version without speed regulator (4560) can be far cheaper and a brand new speed regulator is on sale right now at, for 10$.

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