85 dollar complete g scale electric train set?

4128 views
28 replies
1 rating 2 rating 3 rating 4 rating 5 rating
  • Member since
    April, 2003
  • 282,456 posts
85 dollar complete g scale electric train set?
Posted by Anonymous on Wednesday, August 15, 2007 1:57 AM

ok, i know i saw it and i wasnt going crazy, toys r us had a g scale "electric" train set a couple years ago it was made by new bright, it was green i believe the engine was 4-6-2 or 4-6-0, if anyone has seen or knows what im talking about, please give me more information, im trying to find another set, for a family member for x mas..... i believe this is to be the coal car for the set im talking about might have been 2-6-2 or 2-6-0, it was a hudson style loco looked like the southern crescent, i was maybe 15 or 16 im 22 now

 http://cgi.ebay.com/New-Bright-3750-C-NW-Coal-Tender-EX_W0QQitemZ230161661190QQihZ013QQcategoryZ4149QQssPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem

 

  • Member since
    July, 2004
  • From: Rochester NY
  • 334 posts
Posted by scottychaos on Wednesday, August 15, 2007 6:51 AM

$85 is WAYYYYYY too much money for any New Bright set!

personally, I wouldnt pay 5 bucks for one..they are really very junky and cheap. If you did actually want to buy one, about $25 would be a realistic and reasonable price. A few years ago, I actually saw New Bright sets at Target for around $25. $85 is a massive rip-off.

you would be MUCH better off buying a G scale starter set by Bachmann, USA trains, LGB, Aristocraft or Hartland Locomotive Works..MUCH better quality. (be aware that bachmann track cant be used outdoors, it will rust, but USA trains, Aristocraft or LGB brass track can be used outdoors.)

pick up an issue of Garden Railways magazine and check out all the dealer advertisements to see what is out there..you can get a decent starter set for around $150..

Scot 

 

 

  • Member since
    October, 2006
  • From: silver spring, md
  • 1,232 posts
Posted by altterrain on Wednesday, August 15, 2007 9:44 AM

Sign - Ditto [#ditto]

-Brian 

President of
  • Member since
    April, 2003
  • 282,456 posts
Posted by Anonymous on Wednesday, August 15, 2007 10:16 AM
yes the battery operated trains are cheap and inexspensive, and i agree, but the set im talking about is a nice "electric" set, not battery, and from the looks of it it had nice detail, similar to that of the bachmann starter sets this set didnt look as fragile and inexspensive as the battery sets
  • Member since
    December, 2001
  • From: Smoggy L.A.
  • 10,422 posts
Posted by vsmith on Wednesday, August 15, 2007 10:20 AM
 xstealthx wrote:

ok, i know i saw it and i wasnt going crazy, toys r us had a g scale "electric" train set a couple years ago it was made by new bright, it was green i believe the engine was 4-6-2 or 4-6-0, if anyone has seen or knows what im talking about, please give me more information, im trying to find another set, for a family member for x mas..... i believe this is to be the coal car for the set im talking about might have been 2-6-2 or 2-6-0, it was a hudson style loco looked like the southern crescent, i was maybe 15 or 16 im 22 now

 http://cgi.ebay.com/New-Bright-3750-C-NW-Coal-Tender-EX_W0QQitemZ230161661190QQihZ013QQcategoryZ4149QQssPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem

activating link

Yes this is from a TRACK POWERED set, be advised the way New Blight does there track powered sets that their power drive units and packs are INCOMPATABLE with your standard LGB or BAchmann powerpack, why?, I dunno? but they are. So be advised if that was what yer thinking.

   Have fun with your trains

  • Member since
    July, 2004
  • From: Rochester NY
  • 334 posts
Posted by scottychaos on Wednesday, August 15, 2007 7:18 PM
huh! I didnt know New Bright was making track powered sets!
I found a bit of info:

http://www.newbright.com/searchpop.cfm?s1=trelectric

http://www.internettrains.com/merchant2/graphics/00000001/NBI-384.jpg

ok then..based on this new information, I raise my "realistic and reasonable price" from $25 to $35! ;)

Scot
  • Member since
    September, 2006
  • From: Hurricane Alley, Florida
  • 469 posts
Posted by EMPIRE II LINE on Wednesday, August 15, 2007 7:23 PM

user="scottychaos"]huh! I didnt know New Bright was making track powered sets!
I found a bit of info:

ok then..based on this new information, I raise my "realistic and reasonable price" from $25 to $35! ;)

Scot

I'd rather spend that on doggy buscuits for my pups, than NB or b--h

He Wore Arrow Shirts Too
  • Member since
    December, 2006
  • From: Florissant, Missouri
  • 493 posts
Posted by hoofe116 on Wednesday, August 15, 2007 10:05 PM

I'd rather spend that on doggy buscuits for my pups, than NB or b--h--EmpireII wrote.

 

Aw, c'mon, tell us what you really think.Shy [8)]

For someone like myownself who wants to learn about G gauge and scratchbuilding, NB is an excellent way to go, since I'll cut 'em up anyway.

But, you might protest, the engines are junk.

Yup, I'd answer, might be so, but if they stagger around the track awhile before they croak I'll have a better notion of how things work and look outdoors, and nothing expensive gets ruint. And, I've got a lot of years' worth of making something from nothing under my belt.

But, you might reply, you could just spend a little more and get good stuff to start with.

To which I'd answer, Yup, except I ain't exactly rich and anyway, I don't want to. I want to cut things up and make 'em different. And the NB and B'mann stuff I've picked up here'n there looks decent enough for my immediate purposes. Besides, it just ain't in me to take a perfectly fine Aristo, say, and take a modeler's saw to it right out of the box. It's more fun to fix a piece of junk up, for me.

FWIW, I got an entire, still-in-the-box NB for $3 at a garage sale a few months back, and two more NIB sets for $15 per at an auction.

My whole notion is to study this stuff and learn, then mebbe one day I'll get me one of them hi-class engines.

Now, if you would rather spend the same money on dog grub, why, go right for it! If you got a dog, I hope it's some kinda hound. Why not post a pitcher of it?

Les

  • Member since
    April, 2003
  • 282,456 posts
Posted by Anonymous on Friday, August 17, 2007 8:38 AM
ok, i found the ifnormation, ill post it in a couple days for personal reasons
  • Member since
    April, 2003
  • 282,456 posts
Posted by Anonymous on Friday, August 17, 2007 11:39 AM
Vic, thought you like NB for kitbashing???? Big Smile [:D]Whistling [:-^]
  • Member since
    October, 2006
  • From: silver spring, md
  • 1,232 posts
Posted by altterrain on Friday, August 17, 2007 2:10 PM

I was looking at the some of the new bright on eBay and this one made me laugh

http://tinyurl.com/yrawgw 

 

only $45 for a broken NB loco! Laugh [(-D] Laugh [(-D] Laugh [(-D]

-Brian 

 

President of
  • Member since
    September, 2006
  • From: south east PA
  • 695 posts
Posted by alexweiihman on Friday, August 17, 2007 4:05 PM
 altterrain wrote:

I was looking at the some of the new bright on eBay and this one made me laugh

http://tinyurl.com/yrawgw 

 

only $45 for a broken NB loco! Laugh [(-D] Laugh [(-D] Laugh [(-D]

-Brian 

 

 

WOW what a fabulas deal!

K-Line The Difference is in the Details
  • Member since
    April, 2003
  • 282,456 posts
Posted by Anonymous on Friday, August 17, 2007 5:21 PM
Sign - Oops [#oops] think we are bashing others engines??????? LOCKOUT!
  • Member since
    October, 2006
  • From: silver spring, md
  • 1,232 posts
Posted by altterrain on Friday, August 17, 2007 5:30 PM

<quote user="ToadFrog&WhiteLightn"]

Sign - Oops [#oops] think we are bashing others engines??????? LOCKOUT![/quote>

The only thing I'm bashing is the insane price that seller was asking. If you can pick up an entire new set for under $40, 45 bucks for just a broken loco is just ridiculous.

-Brian 

President of
  • Member since
    April, 2003
  • 282,456 posts
Posted by Anonymous on Friday, August 17, 2007 11:21 PM

yes that price is rediculous, the complete sets new are 19.99, :)) i can get them at a discount store for 5 bucks, no one buys battery new bright trains, if anyone wanted to really know if they were intrested they could but like 4 sets together off ebay "battery" for maybe 15 bucks and do it that way, thats not a bad deal im sure with the track, extra cars, engines, etc... its worth that,to somone who doesnt have a lot of money to buy a decent set, i wont buy one. as far as bashing new bright, im not fond of there battery sets but you get what you pay for, i mean like i said the complete sets are only 15 or 20 bucks if somone baught one to take out for the x mas tree every year, it would prob. last 10 years as long as they took the batterys out and only used it at x mas time, but you get what you pay for, they are "cheap" and made "cheap" but the electric sets i believe to be the same quality of bachmann, i have not owned a nb electric set only seen one now a couple, they look decent, bachmann g guage long haller or whatever they are sets break easy , i had one a long time ago, the side rails came off, the handrails started coming off i believe the side rails broke, etc..... 75 bucks for a complete g guage electric train set to me was worth it, i just wasnt intrested at the time,

  • Member since
    December, 2001
  • From: Smoggy L.A.
  • 10,422 posts
Posted by vsmith on Saturday, August 18, 2007 1:53 PM

"...Vic, thought you like NB for kitbashing???? ..."

The freight and passenger cars can be made to look reasonable, but they are smallish - closer to 1/32 than 1/22. The engines to me are just plain trash, while operationally they are no different then Scientific, appearence wise to me they are just horrid characature toys that are SO toy like as to be hideous!

Scientific sets on the other hand, cars are close to 1/22 and with moderate bashing be turned into very reasonable 1/22 scale cars, the engines are almost passable as a model train, at least they made an attempt at a reasonable appearence of a model train. When repainted they can be made into fair looking engines, and they are a terrific source for bash parts.

New Blights look like crap no matter how many coats of paint you add.

   Have fun with your trains

  • Member since
    June, 2007
  • From: Lacombe, Louisiana
  • 82 posts
Posted by LGBtrains1963 on Sunday, August 19, 2007 12:21 PM

If you are looking for a low price set then buy a Buddy L from Trainworld, these are about 125.00 and they seem to be Bachmann like... These would be great to kitbash.. Stay away from new bright!  These new bright sets are for people who just want to put the train around the christmas tree for the kids to look at and if it gets broke, "oh" well... there is better starter sets out there, but you will pay higher, such as LGB, USA, Aristocraft.... Bachmann is a little lower in price but it would be a great starter..    

  • Member since
    April, 2003
  • 282,456 posts
Posted by Anonymous on Sunday, August 19, 2007 4:38 PM
well, im giong to get one of those new bright sets for testing perposes, ill let you know how it turns out, as far as looking realistic, to me they are the closest realistic and cheapest sets i have seen, the cheap battery engines do not look realistic, and the bachmann 4-6-0 sets do "not" look realistic, newbright did a good job on the "one" track eleectric set they made
  • Member since
    October, 2006
  • From: silver spring, md
  • 1,232 posts
Posted by altterrain on Sunday, August 19, 2007 7:10 PM

 xstealthx wrote:
well, im giong to get one of those new bright sets for testing perposes, ill let you know how it turns out, as far as looking realistic, to me they are the closest realistic and cheapest sets i have seen, the cheap battery engines do not look realistic, and the bachmann 4-6-0 sets do "not" look realistic, newbright did a good job on the "one" track eleectric set they made

Actually, the Bachmann ten wheelers are a pretty good model (Big Hauler - good, Annie - great) of the real thing - 

 

-Brian 

President of
  • Member since
    January, 2005
  • From: Near Akron Ohio
  • 161 posts
Posted by mgilger on Sunday, August 19, 2007 7:46 PM

If you can wait untill October or November, Sam's CLub has a Bighauler set each Xmas. I think it's usualy around $150 or so.  Pretty good deal. 

 

M. Gilger - President and Chief Engineer MM&G web

Web Site: http://mmg-garden-rr.webs.com/

  • Member since
    April, 2003
  • 282,456 posts
Posted by Anonymous on Wednesday, August 22, 2007 1:45 AM
im set on this newbright set, ive seen the loco, and i like it, it looks more realistic than the bachmann, i just dont like the jupiter or whatever style loco's that are in that set, when i get this set im gonna show you the engine next to a aristo craft engine, and youll see there is a small diffrence but, is it 250 dollars worth of diffrence? everyone entitled to there own opinion, this will only go around the x mas tree, im not buying it to put in the yard
  • Member since
    April, 2003
  • 282,456 posts
Posted by Anonymous on Wednesday, August 22, 2007 3:13 AM

this is listed under ho, but i do believe it is g guage, make sure before you bid , not a bad deal if you ask me, but NO TRACK

http://cgi.ebay.com/Lionel-G-Scale-Christmas-Express-Set_W0QQitemZ110161071354QQihZ001QQcategoryZ19132QQssPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem

  • Member since
    July, 2004
  • From: Rochester NY
  • 334 posts
Posted by scottychaos on Wednesday, August 22, 2007 7:56 AM

 xstealthx wrote:
well, im giong to get one of those new bright sets for testing perposes, ill let you know how it turns out, as far as looking realistic, to me they are the closest realistic and cheapest sets i have seen, the cheap battery engines do not look realistic, and the bachmann 4-6-0 sets do "not" look realistic, newbright did a good job on the "one" track eleectric set they made

 xstealthx wrote:
im set on this newbright set, ive seen the loco, and i like it, it looks more realistic than the bachmann, i just dont like the jupiter or whatever style loco's that are in that set, when i get this set im gonna show you the engine next to a aristo craft engine, and youll see there is a small diffrence but, is it 250 dollars worth of diffrence? everyone entitled to there own opinion, this will only go around the x mas tree, im not buying it to put in the yard

 

wow..the New Bright engine looks more realistic than the Bachmann Big Hauler??

please post photos! :)  im really curious what this New Bright engine looks like!

Scot

  • Member since
    December, 2001
  • From: Smoggy L.A.
  • 10,422 posts
Posted by vsmith on Wednesday, August 22, 2007 8:05 AM

   Have fun with your trains

  • Member since
    December, 2001
  • From: Smoggy L.A.
  • 10,422 posts
Posted by vsmith on Wednesday, August 22, 2007 8:12 AM

Scotty if he means it looks more like a standard guage engine , maybe. I've seen this engine up close at a trainshow. Its toyish, like a G gauge Lionel train. But not bad looking.

Xstealth, good luck finding a complete set, Ebay is your best bet. Be advised, if you DO NOT have the New Blight powerpack it WILL NOT run on another brands powerpack. Why?  I dunno, something in the circuitboard I guess, but thats the case, so if your jonesing for one, get a COMPLETE set

   Have fun with your trains

  • Member since
    April, 2003
  • 282,456 posts
Posted by Anonymous on Wednesday, August 22, 2007 9:20 PM
yea, they are operatinoal with a remote from up to a distance away, if i happend to find a engine or set without controller cheap, i would rewire it myself and save the circuit board for the remote, in a plastic bag, incase i ever got a remote, they are set on diffren frequencys or somthing, well, i seen a complete set on ebay, it will be over soon, i kinda lost intrest sence i first posted this and didnt find the "exact" set i wanted. however there is one on ebay now, ill post links after auction ends, and let you see what it looks like . im still not sure if i wanna get it
  • Member since
    April, 2003
  • 282,456 posts
Posted by Anonymous on Wednesday, August 22, 2007 9:27 PM

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&rd=1&item=120152505830&ssPageName=STRK:MEWA:PIC&ih=002

this is the set, but the engine in this perticular set is a diffrent color i wanted the bright crescent green loco

http://cgi.ebay.com/New-Bright-Union-Pacific-Engine-Coal-Car-Battey-G-scale_W0QQitemZ280140665841QQihZ018QQcategoryZ4149QQrdZ1QQssPageNameZWD1VQQcmdZViewItem

this is a battery engine, i believe to be similar to the other, but again, the set i was looking for the loco was a diffrent color, and it made a big diffrence

  • Member since
    April, 2005
  • From: Kingsland Georgia, USA
  • 203 posts
Posted by ghelman on Wednesday, August 22, 2007 9:40 PM
 mgilger wrote:

If you can wait untill October or November, Sam's CLub has a Bighauler set each Xmas. I think it's usualy around $150 or so.  Pretty good deal. 

 

This past Christmas I picked one of these up from Sams for $99.00 and that included a trolley. It was afantastic buy.

George (Rusty G)
  • Member since
    June, 2007
  • From: Lacombe, Louisiana
  • 82 posts
Posted by LGBtrains1963 on Thursday, August 23, 2007 4:48 PM
I agree the sam's set that are different from year to year are a great buy.. If you want a set that you want to kitbash or just to run around the tree at christmas this is the way to go.. They are priced very well and are loaded with extra's... You could also buy a Hartland Locomotive Works set from them on there web-site and there not priced to high, it is the Southwestern Set, it has good track and a good powerpack, there engines are also good pullers.. go to www.h-l-w.com to see about the set...

SUBSCRIBER & MEMBER LOGIN

Login, or register today to interact in our online community, comment on articles, receive our newsletter, manage your account online and more!

FREE EMAIL NEWSLETTER

Get the Garden Railways newsletter delivered to your inbox twice a month

Search the Community

Loading...