Some time ago I shared the fabulous Thomas Hornby train set that had once belonged to my brother, and was now being enjoyed by Mr D. The children both love watching the train go around and after our visit in the summer time to a local model railway exhibition I have been thinking about when might be a good time to get Mr D his very own Hornby train set.
I was thrilled when last week Hornby sent us their Santa’s Express set to review. The set arrived after the children had gone to bed, and as soon as Mr D saw it in the morning he came rushing in holding it asking, ‘is it mine mummy?’.
The set comes with everything you need and is fairly easy to set up. The track pieces slot together (a bit stiff the first time I did this but easy enough to do) and you just add the power supply in, position the trains and off you go. Both the children had great fun watching the train whizz around the track carrying its coaches. I’ve set it up four times since we have had it and it takes me about five minutes. There are the track pieces and a power supply as well as the train and two coaches – one packed with toys and another transporting the reindeer.
The train will go forwards and backwards along the track and is controlled by turning a dial to change the speed and another button which changes the direction. Mr D loves this set – and Miss E can get involved too with turning the controls, much to her delight! (apologies for the blurry picture but she wouldn’t keep still!)
It is a decent size and it also comes with a mat which can be mounted onto a board. The mat is really big and took up a large part of our living room. It will be excellent for if and when we get some additional track for our set as it gives you ideas for where to lay the other pieces, as well as station stops etc. However without the mat it still works, and looks, brilliant.
This morning I have set the track up around our tree and it looks lovely – the children are going to have so much fun watching this over the coming weeks and they keep telling me that we have to be careful with it so we don’t damage it. Mr D looks like he is set to explode such is his excitement for Christmas and I am hoping that the train track might help to calm him down a little; there is something quite relaxing about hearing it makes its way around the track.
For any little train enthusiast I really can’t rate this track highly enough. There really is something quite magical about trains, and Hornby trains are a name associated with quality. I am confident that this set will last just as long as our Thomas set, and I am already thinking about the additional bits and pieces we can get for this next year.
I was sent the Hornby Santa’s Express train set in exchange for a fair and honest review. All words, images and opinions are my own.