If ever a hobby got someone labeled a nerd, model train construction is up there. At the same time, kids love trains, so it stands to reason grown-up kids will, too. For train fans who grew up loving Harry Potter, the new Lionel Hogwarts Express Electric Train Set is the best way to combine their love of both.
The model set includes a locomotive with coal car, two passenger coaches, a combination car, a terminal, and enough track to get a buyer started. Thanks to the included power supply, the passenger cars can light up as the train chugs along. To add to the realism, the train actually makes steam chugging sounds, along with background noises, a whistle, bell, and user-activated announcements. The sound and awesome smoke effects can be turned off with a switch
As a final touch, Lionel.com has an attached free Bluetooth app for connecting to Lionel.com. Whether on its own or as part of a larger model set, the Lionel Hogwarts Express Train Set is ready to chug off into adventure. Just make sure you remember some change for the food cart.
Buyers should also make sure they have the right track if they already bought some. Standard O-gauge is O-27, but this set is actually O-36, so it’s a little larger than regular tracks. Plan accordingly when purchasing to add to other model sets, or keep it on its own to circle the Christmas tree or build its own world of magic.
The control has sixty feet of range–so alone or with others, the track system can be as elaborate or simple as the buyer desires. Whether you’re a model train fan, a Lionel fan, a Harry Potter fan, or some combination of all three, this product brings the magic of witchcraft and wizardry to life, in a small way, of course.