Switch tracks to help make your track even longer. No electricity – works with IR train sets #7897 and 7898, and can be combined with track sets #4515, 4519 and 4520.
- 1 right switch track
- 1 left switch track
- 4 curved rails
- The 2006 train system does not use electricity, but is IR remote-controlled
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- February 13th, 2011Average rating4out of 5 stars4.0Good, But Not PerfectI would recommend this to a friend!Well, if you ever need to expand your LEGO Train layout this is a must, whether to create a parallel track to your main line or make an entirely different route. It opens up so many possibilities. However, it could be better. With this switch track, you can only make a track that curves back to the main line. (See the first picture. Sorry they're a little sloppy.) This is pretty limiting. I would like to see switches that you can make to form a 90 degree turn away from the main line (see second picture). One easy way to accomplish this is to make the last half-section of the curved part of the switch track able to come off. That way, you could make it a larger curve, or a curve like it already is. (see third picture) If you are planning to expand your LEGO Train layout, this set is a must. You can make parallel tracks with ease. If LEGO could consider my last suggestion, that would be great. (Oh, and for some reason, this review box I'm typing in keeps scrolling up and down really fast every time I type. I don't know why, but it's pretty annoying.Play Experience4.0Level of Difficulty2.0Value for Money3.0Building Experience: Advanced LEGO builderWas this helpful?45Switching Tracks
- May 5th, 2011Average rating4out of 5 stars4.0Smooth ride, rough changeoverAxeleng |I would recommend this to a friend!If you have a train you will need these. Loads of them. They do the job quite well, my trains (Maersk, Toystory and Emerald Night) runs smoothly over them without major hiccups. That said, there are some issues. The changeover action is WAY too stiff for my liking, combined with the somewhat flimsy handle it feels like it's about to break every time I change tracks. Some say it'll loosen up over time, but I've not noticed any of that. Another problem is the lack of remote control option. Back in the 12V era you could get these really nice control panels for switches, signals and even car separators. None of this has been available for decades, nowadays you have to lean over your layout to operate the switches. I considered adding a mechanical control system, but the stiff action, lack of technic connections and no easy way of transferring motion across other tracks (without raising them) makes it troublesome. As DaPhilster39 points out the geometry is a bit odd (often forming awkward S-curves), as they're optimized to make parallel tracks line up neatly. One solution could be to replace the last 3/4 section of the turnout with one straight and two curved quarter-length sections (such sections could replace that dreaded flextrack too), see fig 1. By removing the straight and turning the curves around you could make a near-perfect circular turnout with a deviation of just 3mm, as in fig 2. Getting a true fit may involve not-quite-straight sections which seems like more trouble than they're worth. PROS: Trains run smoothly Includes four curves, which are scarce nowadays CONS: Stiff changeover action No remote control option Slightly odd geometryPlay Experience3.0Level of Difficulty3.0Value for Money3.0Building Experience: Advanced LEGO builderWas this helpful?45Switching Tracks
- August 2nd, 2012Average rating4out of 5 stars4.0A must for any train collectorI would recommend this to a friend!Well, as my title says, it is a must. You can make a racquet shape as the one I'm showing. This way the train goes back to the same track and you save lots of meters - or yards, if you will - of tracks! Having said this, I do have some thoughts... Why does it come with curve tracks???? Aside of Emerald Night and Maersk, you get them with any train set!!! Add straight track instead of curved! That's why I give it 4/5 and not 5/5Play Experience5.0Level of Difficulty1.0Value for Money4.0Building Experience: Advanced LEGO builderWas this helpful?45Switching Tracks
- February 10th, 2016Average rating4out of 5 stars4.0Nice to have Extra tracksI would recommend this to a friend!Purchased for: SelfRecently purchased both the Cargo Train and Heavy Hauler Train. Enjoy both very much. It is very nice that Lego sells two types of additional extra railroad track pieces/sets. I combined the 2 sets plus these extra pieces to make a larger set up.Play Experience4.0Level of Difficulty1.0Value for Money4.0Build Time: 5 minsBuilding Experience: Advanced LEGO builderWas this helpful?45Switching Tracks
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