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Train Set Information

Train Sets

Most sets include small parts. An adult should supervise and help set-up any train set. All sets are recommended for children 8 and over. Read and follow the instructions that come with the set.
Most sets include some or all of these accessories.

  • Locomotives
  • Rolling Stock
  • Track
  • Couplers
  • Power Packs:
Locomotives:

Locomotives are powered units that pull the train.
Sets may come with modern diesels or old-time steam engines. Most have working headlights. Some steam locos also puff real smoke. Large scale steam locos sometimes have a chug and/or whistle sounds.

Rolling Stock:

A selection of freight or passenger cars in a variety of road names, depending on the type of set.

Track:

Sets come with separate pieces of straight and curved track to build an oval. Some include a special piece called "a switch or turnout", to move trains on to another track.

Many include a special section called "a rerailer". It has an insert between the rails that aligns the wheels of the cars and loco, making it easy to put them on the right way.

Sets may come with track sections connected by small, formed metal pieces called rail joiners. Others use special track systems designed for easy snap-together assembly. Matching sections of track for both types are sold separately to enlarge the basic oval.

Couplers:

Mounted on the ends of cars and locomotives, they keep the train connected. Simply push cars together gently and the couplers will connect.

A standard style is used with each size (scale) of trains. Many sets now include equipment with knuckle-shaped couplers that look like clasped hands. This style holds more securely. They are often mounted on the bottom of the car, which helps keep the wheels on the tracks.

Power Packs:

This electrically powered controller lets you speed up, slow down or stop your locomotive and run it forward or backward.
Most packs have two sets of connections on the back, one set powers the trains, the other runs electrically powered accessories.
Virtually all power packs in use today are UL listed, indicating they have passed tests to meet specific safety requirements.
Most come with a built-in protective device that shuts off the power pack if there's an electrical problem.
All power packs must be plugged in to a wall socket.This should be done by an adult, or with adult supervision.
Specific instructions for using the power pack are included with sets.