Pros / The locomotive has a flawless paint job, and Thomas' eyes move around as the train circles the track.
Cons / This train does not make noise or puff smoke.
Verdict / This train has superior paint detail, but the Thomas' Fun with Freight Set is one of the higher-priced trains we reviewed, even though it lacks many features found in other trains sets.
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The Thomas’ Fun with Freight Set is an electric train set that is based on the popular fictional train characters from "Thomas and Friends." This has been a popular model train set since the mid-1980s. This Bachmann train set is a HO-scale model – the most popular size amongst model enthusiasts.
This train set comes with five train cars including the locomotive. S.C. Ruffey, Thomas’ friend, follows behind the locomotive. Also included in the train set are a cream tank car, a red wagon and a cattle wagon. The train set sits on a track 56 inches long and 38 inches wide.
We evaluated every train car with careful inspection for issues with paint chips, smudges or any detail flaws. The Bachmann Thomas locomotive looks amazing. The baby blue paint with the red trim is flawless. Even the coal that Thomas is hauling is glossy and finely detailed. This is easily one of the best looking locomotives in our lineup.
As Thomas circles around the track, his eyes move from side to side. This is the only special feature that the Thomas’ Fun with Freight Set has. The train does not puff smoke or make sounds, like many of the other trains we reviewed, including the Lionel Polar Express. The wheels feature metal rims that stay firmly connected to the track as the train circles around. The Thomas train set comes with the train cars, track and one conductor figurine. No other accessory items come with this toy train set.
You can reach Bachmann via telephone and email. The locomotive is covered by a limited lifetime warranty, and the rest of the train cars are covered by a 90-day warranty. Bachmann has a friendly support team willing to help resolve any issues you might have.
The Thomas' Fun with Freight is not only a great gift for a child, but also a model enthusiast. The paint detail on the locomotive and all other train cars is excellent. Although this model is more costly than others, this has been a popular train model since the 1980s and continues to be one of the most popular children's model train sets.