Rated 4 out of
Flex track do serve a purposeImportant note: Flex track only works well when attached to baseplates.
For my current display, my straight tracks are 4 studs away from the side of the baseplate. That doesn't leave enough room for me to fit a tunnel on one baseplate. So I needed to change the track offset just for that portion of the layout. I tried using curves, but two connected curves are only 31 studs long, and I needed them to be 32 studs long.
My solution was to use these flex track pieces to change the offset to 7 studs. Using 2x2 and 1x2 jumper plates, I was able to keep the flex tracks from moving while connected to a baseplate. The number of flex track pieces included in this set was the exact number I needed for each side of the tunnel.
Yes, flex track is loud, but when used properly, it doesn't cause derailments, noticeable slowdowns, or anything like that. It's definitely not a suitable replacement for straight or curved tracks, but that's not what they were made for. I would even argue that they should never be used at their full radius.
The only thing I don't like about this set is that you can't buy the straight tracks without buying flex tracks. Flex track is never used in large quantities, so it would be frustrating if I had to buy tons of these sets to accumulate straight tracks. If the two types of track were sold separately, I would give each a 5 star review.
PS – Lego, please make RC x-crosses.
Date published: 2015-01-22
Rated 1 out of
What has gone wrong with Lego trains?I have loved Lego trains since I was very little.I have always
dreamed of setting up giant track layouts and having huge trains.
Now, my dream has turned sour. Why? Because now, not only do they
stop selling individual cars, (which makes train MOCs rather difficult)
they stop selling curved track! Curved track is very important to tracks
with lots of switches. (The sales of switch track has likely dropped
rock bottom since they`re now worthless without much sufficient
curves, so this probably isn`t benifiting Lego very much either.
Nobody wins with all this flexi track!)
Us lego fans need more train options! I was content with the
old straight and curved pack, (Which I liked so much i bought 3, and
was gonna buy more, but this dumb old thing replaced it!) but now......
I`m stuck with what i`ve got pretty much. Lego, you can just do so much better than this. I think the flex track should be replaced with 1/4
sized track. I`m not too picky if there are twin packs or not, but there should at least be a straight and curved pack and maybe a cross track. ( just a suggestion, Lego, a large train bridge would be VERY
popular. I would be willing to get a really big one for about 80 dollars.)
I`ll cut to the chase. Lego, we only need the old track pack again!
It`s not to much of a hassle! Anyway, I hoped this review helped.
Miniman signing out!
Date published: 2011-07-26
Rated 1 out of
Trains have limited value without track options!I agree with all of the other posts here.
I have a pretty decent train collection with 3 powered trains (2 Emerald Nights and 1 Toy Story Train). Luckily in in 2009 and 2010 I bought a whole bunch of straights & curves packages (now discontinued) , 2 rail crossings (now discontinued), 4 switches & and 2 level crossings. I really need more straights, and I would like to buy a whole bunch of it.
I bought into the new power functions / plastic track train concept, but now I feel my options are getting as helpless as the die hard 9volt crowd!
+The #7895 rail crossing needs to be brought back.
+We need a cross track (similar to the # 4519 9volt cross track). A cross track could probably eliminate the need for the #7895 rail crossing, but we really really need one or the other to make figure 8 type layouts.
+And most important - Straights & Curves should be sold separately
It's hard to be a Lego train fan when one of the fundamental components of training (the track) has such limited options.
The trains are impressive sitting on the shelf, but my friends are really impressed when I have train track spread all over the house with powered trains running on them. ... Then I have to tell them about the limited track options available today.
In summary, the trains are cool, but to really get the WOW factor, they need to be on a cool track layout. ... And that cool track layout is getting very difficult to create with the current track options.
Date published: 2011-05-11
Rated 1 out of
Dont like those Flexible tracksI never had a Lego RC train before I got the 7939 Cargo train as a gift a few years ago. Naturally I wanted to expand my track, but this was after they discontinued 7896 (straights & curves pack). I found myself looking at the Lego shelves and all i could see was this flex and straight pack, and no curves. The only option for curves was to buy another trainset or lots of 7895 (Switching tracks) which also includes 4 curves. I understand that Flex is supposed to be a multipurpose-track, where you can use it as a curve or straight as you see fit. The idea is great, but products that try to be two things, usually dont do very good in either, which is the case here. The flex track moves every time a train goes over it. The longer the stretch of flex tracks the more it moves. My Emerald Night struggles with it and the track sticks out from the rest.
I do, however, see a usage for the Flex, where you take 1-2 pieces together with straights to make a big curve. My 7939 Cargo train came with 16 flex, and that is basically all you will ever need. To include 16 Flex every time you want some straights, is to me a bad combo.
Please bring back the assortment from the good old 9V era where you could buy boxes of 8 pieces of curves or straights and the 4519 (crossing).
Please also bring back the 7996(double crossover).
I can not recommend this pack for its price because of the flex track. The straights are as always superb.