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post #21 of 41
No I would pass on the whole set and here are the reasons why. If you look closely at the pic of the track you will see TWO different types of track. One with 'ball' ends and one with flat round ends. This is not a complete set of track. We've tried to use mis-matched track like that and it wont lock into place correctly and my kids get frustrated and upset. I also do not see enough 'cars' so you will be buying cars and trains for that track.
I am concerned that the table is 'handmade' and not something that is manufactured for the train set. Ours is a complete set from Brio and while it was an expensive PIA to get the pcs over the years everything fits correctly, the table fits the trains etc.

I also see some larger pieces that have a '2nd story' level with track access but I dont see any track or ramps that allow the child to build that high. When you buy bridges they come with either ramps or the graduted steps to build up the track to the correct level.

IMO it appears the seller may have a few quality pcs and many many cheap pcs in that lot.

Now I have several kids and run a small daycare so our trains and table get used almost 24/7. But DH and I decided on Brio, stuck with Brio and had no problems over the past 6 years or so.
post #22 of 41
I agree w/ the previous poster completely. You have time to wait for something better. I have about 1/4 of the set here I purchased from walmart for $11.

Too far to drive for that.
post #23 of 41
I looked at our train set and it is made by Kid Kraft-they make things that are sold at Costco and Target. You can look at online retailers for them and I saw just train sets without tables for a variety of prices. The light blue pieces in your photo stand up to hold the track up to the higher pieces and there are track pieces that curve down like slides.
post #24 of 41
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Originally Posted by 1growingsprout View Post
I also see some larger pieces that have a '2nd story' level with track access but I dont see any track or ramps that allow the child to build that high. When you buy bridges they come with either ramps or the graduted steps to build up the track to the correct level.
we have the little tree (circo now I guess) set that has a lot of the same pieces and those blue eged block pieces on the bottom left hold in place the tracks that are basically the ramps up to the second level.
post #25 of 41
I wouldn't do it.
post #26 of 41
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Originally Posted by 1growingsprout View Post
No I would pass on the whole set and here are the reasons why. If you look closely at the pic of the track you will see TWO different types of track. One with 'ball' ends and one with flat round ends. This is not a complete set of track.

Looks like all ball-ends to me.

Sounds like a good deal.
post #27 of 41
FYI the table they are selling is off on dimensions... We have a store bought train table and the dimensions as follows 35" x 49" by 17.5 " high. Again the tables are made in this size to accomodate the lengths of track.

Let us know what you saw and what you decide
post #28 of 41
It's a decent price for the table and trains. Not a screamin' deal, but not bad.
But.
If your child's mechanical or imaginative and all that, the table won't be able to hold their creations and they'll put the track on the ground anyway.
My boys can make huge, windy tracks with bridges and overpasses and even a roller-coaster thing (think Polar Express) with the help of some Legos. These creations take up pretty much our entire living room floor, which you can put down 2 full-size mattresses on (that would pretty much cover the entire floor that furniture isn't on). But my neighbor's 5yo isn't as into that kind of thing as mine is, so he's perfectly happy with his little train table.
post #29 of 41
Thread Starter 
I do see ball end and flat end pieces in the pics, thanks for pointing that out. I am not too worried, as there is a set at my church that DS plays with all the time and the pieces, while they do not fit together "perfectly", they do work together very well. I do prefer the flat end pieces over the ball end pieces, but I am pretty sure he won't care in the least.

I was sort of wondering how the track gets up to that upper level, and I will definitely ask her when I get there. I am not too worried about needing to buy train cars. DS has 5 or 6 already and I counted 8 in the picture, plus a truck and three planes. I think that is plenty of vehicles.

I so wish I had the cash to buy all one brand to make sure that everything was compatible, but I am on public assistance, a single mama, and recently lost my job. I was starting to think that there would be no "big" present for DS this Christmas (not that he would care all that much, but still...). This will be such an amazing thing for him to wake up to on Christmas morning. I was seriously thinking of just buying him one or two train cars or a few pieces of track for Christmas and getting out the figure 8 set he already has and calling that his gift if I didn't find anything.

1growingsprout, the seller did say that the dimensions she gave me were approximate, so they might be the dimensions you gave, but it is handmade, so who knows. I will have to check it out when I get there. If I get there and hate it, I will be bummed though.

Just wanted to add that around here most train tables are going for around $50 for the table alone, most often with no drawers. I am pretty sure if I sold the table, I could easily get $50 for it, making all of the trains, tracks and other pieces a whopping $10 plus gas.
post #30 of 41
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Originally Posted by kittynurse View Post
The large pieces are Plan Toys.

I would say that is a really good deal. We are Thomas fanatics here and that pile of track is worth $60 alone.

I would drive 2 hours for that.

Martha

Definitely NOT Plan - they are cut to look similar, but it's not.
post #31 of 41
Sure, I would. But I like driving.
post #32 of 41
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Originally Posted by 1growingsprout View Post
No I would pass on the whole set and here are the reasons why. If you look closely at the pic of the track you will see TWO different types of track. One with 'ball' ends and one with flat round ends. This is not a complete set of track. We've tried to use mis-matched track like that and it wont lock into place correctly and my kids get frustrated and upset. I also do not see enough 'cars' so you will be buying cars and trains for that track.
I am concerned that the table is 'handmade' and not something that is manufactured for the train set.
We have *only* wooden Thomas and the tracks have a mixture of flat round ends and ball ends. They fit together just fine.

We also have a handmade table and it works out just great. Just to be sure, you could always ask if you could put together a simple layout just to test it out. You could test out the connection between the flat ends and the ball ends too.

I think this is an awesome deal if all the pieces are in good shape.

I would inspect closely though because I noticed in the background of one of the pictures that there is one of those wooden book racks like you find in a preschool or daycare. So, if it does belong to one of those it may have a tonne of wear that wouldn't make it worth your while.

Martha

p.s. If you can figure out approximately how much gas would cost you, you could add it to the $60 and then price brand new sets and see what you can get for the same price.
post #33 of 41
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Originally Posted by nigellas View Post
Definitely NOT Plan - they are cut to look similar, but it's not.
You're right. I didn't look that closely the first time but on closer inspection I see that they are similar but not the same. It's too bad, Plan Toys are awesome!
post #34 of 41
OP, I did something similar (buy table with odds and ends of track and then sold off the table). I got an insane amount of track for dirt cheap. It seems like you have already priced what is typically available, and craigslist toy prices only seem to rise as we get closer to Christmas. Good luck!
post #35 of 41
4 hours round trip in the car? Nope.

I would factor in gas and food - cuz you are going to want to eat if you drive that far.

I am not sure whether you can get a sitter or not - but I do not like to drive 4 hours in a car with kids - they get too bored and bicker. YMMV.

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how much do you think you would pay for a similar setup new?
What is the difference in cost after accounting for expenses with the crailist one? That may help you decide.
post #36 of 41
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Originally Posted by kathymuggle View Post
4 hours round trip in the car? Nope.

I would factor in gas and food - cuz you are going to want to eat if you drive that far.

I am not sure whether you can get a sitter or not - but I do not like to drive 4 hours in a car with kids - they get too bored and bicker. YMMV.

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I also would not go with the kids. I assumed going without them was an option. My children do not travel well at all.

And, bring a sandwich.:
post #37 of 41
Pumpkin, is it near me? Maybe I could help...
post #38 of 41
'We' are train fanatics at our house and for those trains and tracks with a home made table, I wouldn't drive that far. That is a long drive! If you keep watching or post a wanted ad, you can find a better deal or something closer. We picked up our Thomas train table at a garage sale for $20...
post #39 of 41
Thread Starter 
I am now waffling on wether I want to drive that far or not now. I emailed the seller and she said she does run a daycare, but the kids have not played with it because she just does not have the space for it. She also is not willing to sell just the accessories without the table if I can't get the table strapped onto my car either, which makes me feel like it might end up being a wasted trip. I have a Honda Civic with a rack on top and I am planning to strap it onto that to get it home.

I also would have to bring DS with me, but he LOVES riding in the car, and would most likely sleep for most of the trip too. She also assured me that the ramps are there in the pic that go up to the second level structure. I can't quite figure that out from the pic, but she said they do go up there.

Chloe&Coop'sMom, I am starting to think I may pass on this one and look a bit more for something closer. I have seen a few listed over the past few months, but none for this price, and they do tend to go quickly. I have definitely never found anything at a yard sale. I also just got the opportunity to work on Saturday, which is the day I am supposed to go pick up the table, so I would have to change the date anyway.

*sigh* I was so excited there for a bit.

AmyAmanda, it is in St. Johnsbury, not sure how far that is from you.
post #40 of 41
Thread Starter 
Ok, I just found this on Amazon, and it is way more track than in the pics, and honestly, my son will care more about the track this Christmas than the buildings. I think I will keep searching for more track and trains locally and if I can't find any, I will just order this set. It is 100 pieces of track, 25 3.5" curved, 25 6" curved, 25 3.5" straight and 25 6" straight. That is a huge amount of track, and even with shipping, it is still only $53.

This way I can add buildings and some fun trains for birthdays/Easter baskets/other random holidays if I want too. I am guessing this will be played with for a few years anyway.
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