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I have two sons, almost 3 1/2 and 5 years old. they are begging for a remote control train. are they to young to start with a lionel set or should I just go for a more toddler oriented set to hold them over?? we go to model train shows and they are in awe. also, if i go with lionel, what should I look for in a starter set (or not look for)? They had one at Bed Bath and Beyond for $200 where I could use a 20% off coupon.

Thanks in advance!!
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The BB&B is a freight set. A beginner too. The only set cheeper is a Thomas for 169. It must be an exclusive set, because it is noy listed in the Lionel catalog. I have heard target has a set too.

The recommended age is 8. One good thing is the track is interlocking and it comes with a transformer. As with any toy ,supervision is needed along with some play rules. The area is 40 by 60 inches.

The set is not cheep you could find something in Ho with the easy track and transformer, and save some there. The area needed will be smaller. The parts are smaller and tend to fall apart easier than Lionel.

If you use a table you will need some type of guards to keep it from flying off the table . It will not last long like that, or keep it on the floor.
Children like fast trains.

The cars are plastic and will only take so much abuse. Otherwise it will fit around the tree.

The only other thing I would suggest is to get a diesel engine instead of a steamer. Easier to remove the top to oil and there are no side rods that bend or get in the way. The smoke unit is another complication for a child.
With the way prices are you could buy another set if you are interested in just getting a diesel.

With the right approach you can make the boys realise it is more than a toy and needs to be care for if it is to last.
Hope this helps
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Big trains for little hands

go with Lionel, I would suggest going through a local hobby shop might get a better dea at bed bat and beyond or target but they wont have the knowledge to hep you after the sale. support the small guy.

Lionel is very safe the kids can put hands across track while powered (not recommended) and be safe

also let them play put blocks or stuff in the gondolas and such.

you will build a lifetime of memories with your children, at their ages make it a special occaision christmas maybe birthdays for now. as they get older start modeling.

Also if you get a train have santa give it to the Family and not just the kids. keeps them from being able to say "its mine" when you tell them not to do something
 

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I saw the set at BB&B. The engine is cast so be fooled by it's durability. One goal is not to break off the green jewels in the front. Otherwise it will run and run. With 10 % it sounds like a good deal.
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not without supervision. mine little one is six+ and means no harm but is just getting to understand trottle control.
 
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