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Switching Tracks

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Switch tracks – build a bigger, more exciting railway track.

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7895
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Switch tracks to help make your track even longer. No electricity – works with IR train sets #7897 and 7898, and can be combined with track sets #4515, 4519 and 4520.

• 1 right switch track
• 1 left switch track
• 4 curved rails
• The 2006 train system does not use electricity, but is IR remote-controlled

Switching Tracks is rated 4.5 out of 5 by 7882.
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Smooth ride, rough changeover If you have a train you will need these. Loads of them. They do the job quite well, my trains (Maersk, Toystory and Emerald Night) runs smoothly over them without major hiccups. That said, there are some issues. The changeover action is WAY too stiff for my liking, combined with the somewhat flimsy handle it feels like it's about to break every time I change tracks. Some say it'll loosen up over time, but I've not noticed any of that. Another problem is the lack of remote control option. Back in the 12V era you could get these really nice control panels for switches, signals and even car separators. None of this has been available for decades, nowadays you have to lean over your layout to operate the switches. I considered adding a mechanical control system, but the stiff action, lack of technic connections and no easy way of transferring motion across other tracks (without raising them) makes it troublesome. As DaPhilster39 points out the geometry is a bit odd (often forming awkward S-curves), as they're optimized to make parallel tracks line up neatly. One solution could be to replace the last 3/4 section of the turnout with one straight and two curved quarter-length sections (such sections could replace that dreaded flextrack too), see fig 1. By removing the straight and turning the curves around you could make a near-perfect circular turnout with a deviation of just 3mm, as in fig 2. Getting a true fit may involve not-quite-straight sections which seems like more trouble than they're worth. PROS: Trains run smoothly Includes four curves, which are scarce nowadays CONS: Stiff changeover action No remote control option Slightly odd geometry
Date published: 2011-05-05
Rated 2 out of 5 by from essential but lacking in handling of the curve This is a must have to make layouts fun. One of our favorite uses is to make a simple "balloon loop", so we can run the train out to "far" destinations and have it come back without having to stop it and back up. Unfortunately Lego messed up the switch design. Normally a switch turns out from the straight direction, in a continuous arc. Sadly Lego's turn out has another arc turning back towards the switch slightly. This forces the train to curve out, then back, which means the train slows down somewhat (more friction) and more wiggle of the train, increasing the chance of derailment. Since Lego offers so few track options, and buying more track is so important to making this a fun toy, I hope they offer a better switch. They should take a trip to the hobby shop and study the shape of hobby train switches. If they really want to offer the "turn back" arc or whatever it is called, that should be a separate short curve track. The Lego trains are more fun than expected, and we'll probably buy a fair amount of track over the next few years. Lego should improve their track options.
Date published: 2013-01-05
Rated 2 out of 5 by from It ought to be about simplicity As a 40+ year old Lego enthusiast, I had the privilige of owning the early train Lego sets of the 80s. I really loved how you could easily power up a train track in a centrally managed way with easy switches and built-in functions for manipulating switch tracks. I must say that today's out-of-the-box functionality falls far short of its great predecessor. To get any form of fun track functioning, you not only need to get a boat-load of motors, battery packs, IR-receivers, IR remote controls and so on and so forth to be able to manipulate even a single switch. The cost mounts very quickly and I fail to see the value for money here. What is even more annoying is that there is no "simple" way to power these switches. No official instructions are available. No kits are for sale for this purpose and so on. Another great downside to today's Lego Train is the amount of batteries you need instead of having everything hooked up to mains. I must say that the fun in Lego Train has taken a great leap backwards from the 1980s.
Date published: 2016-10-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I finally got these!!! After saving my allowance for weeks, I had my mom order these on October 5 2012 and they came today. Since I was finished with my school, I set up my cargo train deluxe and maersk train with these and they worked great. I built a cool track with 4 sidings. One featured a double crossing with the 7936 and 7898 crossings. Thanks for reading!
Date published: 2012-10-10
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