The Bachmann Trains Santa Fe Flyer Scale Train Set is a HO scale train set from world renowned train set makers Bachmann.
It comes with 12 curved track pieces that make up a 36 inch curved track, and is electric powered. The set includes an EMD FT diesel powered locomotive model with fully functioning headlight, two freight cars and an off center caboose bringing up the rear.
The set is a HO scale, 1:24, and is not designed as a young child’s toy, but as a more delicate model train set ideal for older children and model train set collectors alike.
- EMD FT diesel locomotive with headlight
- 2 freight cars
- Off center caboose
- 36 inch circular track
- HO Scale
- Ages 14+ years
- Model No 647
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Although many reviews and sellers list the ideal age of the Santa Fe Flyer Train set as ages 8 and up, Bachmann insist that the set is designed for those aged 14 and over.
This is because of the delicate nature of the Santa Fe Flyer set, and the fact that it is a HO scale model. Although Bachmann claim that the set can be set up in ten minutes, the reality is that it is more likely to take over an hour to properly set up the track and trains so that they run smoothly and consistently.
Although the trains and track are, for the most part, well made, they may need some adjusting. Some wheels will need a drop of oil or a stretching out so that they roll smoothly, and the track does not click together as you might imagine from the description.
This further illustrates the point that this is not suitable as a child’s toy without extensive adult supervision. Young children can certainly enjoy the Santa Fe Flyer when it has been assembled and set up for them to use, but they should not be asked to set it up on their own. To do so is asking for trouble.
There are rarely surprises with Bachmann train sets, and the Santa Fe Flyer is no different. Buyers should be aware that although the Santa Fe Flyer can make an ideal Christmas tree train, or a delightful model set that young children can enjoy, it will require adult assembly to ensure the set runs smoothly.
Additionally, ignore any advice that this set is suitable for an 8 year old as a starter train set. Starter train sets are user-friendly and forgiving – HO scale model sets are not. In this regard, the Bachmann Santa Fe Flyer Train Set is a brilliant set, but only if it’s bought for the right person.