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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful.
I have had this starter DCC set for about 2 mos and have given the locomotives frequent use. I bought the Bachman Track Pack and this track plan fills my 4x8 layout. I replaced the track packs 4 turn outs that are wired with DCC powered turn outs. I have used 6 of the 10 EZ Commander DCC addresses with the 2 locos and 4 switches. Great fun. I am usually hard to please yet thus far I am pleased and this set introduced me to DCC HO gauge model railroading. All thee accolades noted would I repeat the purchase? I would not and this is not from dissatisfaction with the set. It is from expanded knowledge of the hobby and realization that I would not want to expand the 4x8 layout with the Bachman all in one EZ Track. It is not as realistic as sectional track with separate roadbed. You can put your own DCC layout together even if you are s beginner. Read and study. For about the same cost you could go with a bit higher end set up buying the components separately. Many options but this could be one: Atlas HO sectional track with more than enough to fill a 4x8. Amazon has Atlas starter track packs. Maybe the Digitrax DCC starter components. A couple of the lower priced Bachman DCC on board locks like the ones that come with the Digital Commander will complete your start in model railroading. If you want to be thrifty and know you wont eventually yearn for a room filling railroad empire go w-the Bachman Commander and have fun! I plan to continue building my 4x8 layout and may even mate the EZ Track to higher end sectionssl track with my next adjacent table. That's a little funky but I think it can be done with some thought and study. Hope my sharing here may be useful to some of you. Forgive the typos!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful.
Great set with purchase of track expansion pack
The instructions were slightly lacking with expansion pack operation, but with the DC controller I figured out that turning to channel 10 then applying increased power is what will actually drive the track switches from the expansion track pack . I had to hook the switches in line before the main power connected to the track. Also make sure all your loops only allow travel in one direction. if you try to connect a loop so the track runs backwards onto itself it seems like it will short circuit out and the trains won't run.
All the track pieces went together nice and smoothly, the trains both started on channel 3 correctly. It was super easy to switch them to channel 1 and 2. They ran at the same time flawlessly. There are lots of good youtube videos to help with ideas for layouts. I'd recommend this for kids 6-9 with adult assistance, and over 9 just show them how to be careful with the track connectors then let the kids work out the kinks.
Overall a decent value for the quality and price.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful. See all 47 customer reviews...
Great starter kit!
By daniel duvall
Had a great time setting it up and once it was all together the 6 year old it was bought for was able to operate it with no problem. It did take him a while to master setting the trains on the tracks but it was not a problem as they cannot damage anything by attempting to master that skill (pretty much the hardest thing for the little guy to do). Straight forward controls once you read the instructions, you can set up several different engines on the switch board they provide. It was bought for a Christmas gift and he is still playing with it regularly.