Lionel - Harry Potter Hogwarts Express Train Set

by lobobrandon

The Harry Potter Hogwarts Express Train Set is influenced by the Movie and is available in two gauge sizes - The O-Gauge and G-Gauge. Let's take a look at both and pick one...

If you've always wanted to bring the magical world of Harry Potter home, this is the best opportunity. The Harry Potter Hogwarts Express Train Set is a perfect replica - a functioning replica!

This train set has been influenced by one of the best-selling books - The Harry Potter Series and the amazing Movies brought out by Warner Bros Productions.

These trains, both of them - The G-gauge as well as the O-Gauge are strong and reliable - they last for years! Not as show pieces, but actual moving trains.

Their motors are powerful and don't need any sort of maintenance; after all, these amazing trains are manufactured by Lionel. It's a steam train and puffs smoke as it chugs along. The air whistle is brilliant as well. That's not it, the internal lighting is amazing - A property of Lionel trains.

The Harry Potter Hogwarts Express Train Set: O-Gauge

The O-Gauge Electric Train is amazing and it converts the entire room into a magical place. The train set consists of 5 pieces, each of them crafted to match the exact model – looks perfect, as seen in the movies.

Since it’s an electric train, there are no batteries involved. Moreover, the entire set including the locomotive, tracks and all the parts involved are made up of strong metal ensuring that the set is strong, reliable and has a long life.

If you go into details, you’ll be amazed by the fact that this set includes retro styling and applied metal handrails. Also, the train has interior lighting – looks cool in the dark, try it!

You truly feel like you’re on a journey to Hogwarts as this steam engine puffs smoke as it chugs along, in addition to an air whistle and a working headlight! 

Lionel Harry Potter Hogwarts Express O-Gauge Set

Lionel Harry Potter Hogwarts Express O-Gauge Set
Lionel LLC
Only $329.99

The O-Gauge Set, who's it built for?

Kids above 8 years and collectors

The features of this train are brilliant! But, that's not all; the train is really easy to set up and assemble and anyone can do it - even kids. 

The train set consists of a total of 8 curved and 3 FasTrack track pieces that you could assemble to form a railroad or use the train on any O-Gauge track already set up at home. When you fit these pieces together, you end up with a track in the shape of an oval measuring 40"X60"

Assembly is easy - that we're sure of. But what about packing it up? Well, that's pretty easy to accomplish and you can do it really quick. 

Buy Tracks for the Lionel Polar Express O-Gauge Train Set

Lionel FasTrack 10 Straight Track 4-pack
Lionel LLC
$21.99  $10.80
Lionel FasTrack O36 Curve Track 4-Pack
Lionel LLC
$21.99  $15.39

Operating the O-Gauge Harry Potter Hogwarts Express Train Set

Operating this train is really easy and fun! It includes a powerful engine just like the other Lionel O-Gauge trains. As already mentioned, it’s an electric train and doesn’t need batteries to operate.

The set includes a CW-80 transformer which is used to control the movements of the train i.e. forward, reverse as well as neutral.

If at all you want to increase the length of the tracks, you could buy extra tracks – make sure you buy tracks that suit the model – O-Gauge in this case.

The box contains: the locomotive, a CW-80 transformer, a tender, passenger coaches -2 of them, a combination car, 3 straight and 8 curved FasTrack pieces, smoke fluid for the operation of the train as ewll as a terminal section in addition to the instructions.

Add to the magic with Dementors!

If you want to make the ride all the more special, consider adding a Dementors Coach to the set. It includes internal lights too – they flicker, and you’ll see dementor silhouetts on the windows of the coach. 

The Harry Potter Hogwarts Express Train Set: G-Gauge

Kids just love Harry Potter, this model is specifically created for children above 4 years of age. It's not exactly a collectors model, but it would work pretty well as a collectible too. The main differences between the O-Gauge and G-Gauge is the fact that:

  • The O-Gauge is made up entirely of strong metal, whereas the G-Gauge Harry Potter Hogwarts Express Train Set is made of strong plastic.
  • Unlike the O-Gauge train set that runs on electricity, the G-Gauge set runs on batteries. Try to use reusable batteries though, they tend to be cheaper.

It includes authentic train sounds, which is really entertaining for kids as well as grown ups. In addition to the train sounds, the model also consists of an authentic train whistle and bell, operated using the controller. 

The track pieces are made up of plastic as well and are really easy to assemble, moreover, they can be arranged in any way seemed fit - circles, ovals or just any shape you child loves. Let their creative minds design their very own rail road. 

Lionel Harry Potter Hogwarts Express G-Gauge Set

Lionel Hogwarts Harry Potter -G Gauge Train Set
Lionel LLC
Only $149.99

Operating the G-Gauge Harry Potter Hogwarts Express Train Set

The Harry Potter Hogwarts Express G-Gauge train set includes detailed plastic coaches including a steam locomotive and tender, an amazing passenger coach as well as a combination car. 

The train is run on batteries - C batteries are needed and a total of 6 for the train. In addition to these batteries, the train is controlled by a RC remote controller which is also battery operated and requires 2 AA batteries. 

The controller is used to operate the train in the forward and reverse directions as well as controlling the bell and whistle. When you set up the track to form an oval using the included pieces, you'd end up with a 55"X72" track. 

This set contains everything you'd need to run the train the moment you open the box including the batteries. However, to save on costs, a rechargeable battery should be used.

This train is capable of running on all types of G-Gauge tracks, therefore if you want to run it on a pre-installed track at home, you're free to do so. Also, if you want to increase the length of the track, you could do so by buying additional G-Gauge track parts.

Buy Tracks and rechargeables for the Lionel Polar Express O-Gauge Train Set

Lionel G Gauge Track Packs
Only $17.99
Combo: 2 pcs Tenergy 9.6V 2000mAh NiM...
Only $32.99
Lionel Add On Track Pack Curved
$23.99  $13.33

You may also want to check out the article I wrote regarding Lionel Polar Express Train Sets

Enjoy using and playing with your Lionel Harry Potter Hogwarts Express Train Set, you as well as your kids are surely going to love the magical experience

Updated: 08/24/2012, lobobrandon
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lobobrandon on 06/24/2012

I love trains as well and these ones are just like the real thing, pretty amazing design

katiem2 on 06/24/2012

I love both Harry Potter and Trains. This is a great train set reminding me of the train rides back to Hogwarts for the new school year.

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