Rated 1 out of
Dont like those Flexible tracks
I 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.
Date published: 2016-09-21
Rated 4 out of
Flex Track Best Practices
I took the challenge of effectively employing flex track in my layouts and derived a set of principles for improved play experience. Using flex track can offer a degree of granular control not previously available. I would recommend snatching up a few of these while they are still in production.
1.) Use flex tracks as spacers:
When using this technique, I lock one flex track element into the straight position using a 2x4 dark stone gray tile placed in the center of the flex track. This prevents the layout from changing shape as the train passes over.
curve radius 1: curve track only
curve radius 2: 1 curve track 1 spacer (repeat)
curve radius 3: 1 curve track 2 spacers (repeat)
curve radius 4: 1 curve track 3 spacers (repeat)
While other radii can be achieved, the various configurations above hug each other nicely and create aesthetic appeal.
2.) Use only one or two conjoined flex tracks when not locked into position. I only use flex track to make very fine angle adjustments in my layout. For example, to offer a minimal amount of leeway in my angle, I may place one flex track at each end of a long straight configuration in order to achieve a gentle and elegant slope, or to make a minor correction here and there.
3.) Due to the loss of traction when passing over flex track, I can leverage a series of flex track locked into a straight position to slow a train prior to entering a curve in order to prevent derailing. This is a helpful effect to prevent inexperienced locomotive engineers from launching the train at full speed around curves, or anywhere that deceleration is desired; for instance, near a train station.
4.) Add a spacer during elevation. Due to the change in angle when a track climbs in elevation, the situation may require an alteration of track length to accommodate the trigonometric effect. A single flex track used as a spacer is often helpful in this circumstance.
While somewhat awkward, I recommend trying to incorporate the flex track into your layouts and leveraging the unique characteristics of this piece. I own hundreds of them and employ them regularly with delight. Learn the subtle nuances of this piece and gain a new twist on LEGO track layouts.
Regarding straight tracks, these elements are so useful, that they should be offered in sets of straight track only (maybe x20). Additionally these should be sold individually in the pick a brick store.
Date published: 2016-12-13
Rated 4 out of
Flex track do serve a purpose
Important 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