Ask a LEGO Fan

Train Windows and Power Functions

Posted in Collecting Bricks & Sets, Marketplace, Set Design by lfanquestions on March 17, 2010

Gary writes:

Do you know why it’s so hard to find train windows.  Wouldn’t it make sense for TLG to incorporate these into smaller sets knowing that if the kids don’t like them that the AFOL’s will buy them for the parts?

I’ve recently started looking at LEGO train stuff again (now that my kids are old enough to play with them) after not paying much attention for the last few years.  It’s pretty disappointing that there are currently no train sets (with motors, track, etc) available from TLG.  The old 9v track is well overpriced on eBay, and the more recent RC sets aren’t going to be supported going forward.  I saw there might be some PF based train sets coming out later this year, do you have any insight into what we might be able to expect?

Thanks!

Dear Gary,

Train windows are hard to find for two reasons.  First, they are not released in many sets with low price points.  Second, the AFOL community creates a high demand for the windows in the secondary market.

In the past train accessory part packs including doors and windows languished on Shop at Home.  Many of these packs were eventually discounted.  TLG is likely hesitant to offer train parts in packs or even individual rail cars because they sell poorly.  Incorporating train elements into other theme sets is an excellent solution to this problem.  TLG could sell more sets and AFOLs could find the parts they need.

Leaked images of future train products were posted online earlier this year.  You should be able to find them through online search engines.

The jury is still out on the new Power Functions sets.  Strong set design would help alleviate the change to less desirable train system.  My current recommendation would be to be patient on eBay and find a deal on a used 9 Volt train set.

Sincerely,

LFan

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  1. Gary Mullen said, on March 19, 2010 at 7:32 pm

    Thanks for the response. When I was a kid, a friend of mine had a 12v set with remote switches etc. It might be that my memory is from a child’s perspective, but that system was sweet! Hopefully they’ll come out with some cool PF remote switches / crossings etc.

    -Gary


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