REVIEW: 3225 Classic Train
Posted 22 July 2008 - 02:28 PM
Theme: 9V Trains
Year Released: 1998
Piece Count: 281
List Price: $66
I wanted to veer off the track a little bit and revive an old review of Set 3225 Classic Train. Additional information has been added as part of this 2008 review of 3225.
Back in the early 2000s, I needed a small train for my western town layout and chose none other than 3225 Classic Train released in 1998. Sure, I could have chosen a MOT black steam engine with coal car, some green passenger coaches, and a nice red caboose, but there's something nostalgic about this little classic train. In fact, this train reminds me of the first 12V trains to hit blue track in the '70s (725 released in 1974 to be exact). This set originally sold for $66 U.S.D. available through LSAH (but I didn't purchase until 2002 over Ebay). I did get it MISB for $73 which was not a bad deal.
This train includes four cars: a small engine, a tipper, a gondola, and a coach (some call a caboose); three mini-figs, a wheel-barrow, and a good variety of tools/cargo to load aboard the train. This set did include a motor but no track or speed regulator.
Front of box:
Back of box:
The engine of this train reminds me more of a small German steam engine with its black color and red trim. It's build directly on the train motor using various small plates/bricks. The instructions do NOT include a way to add a light to the engine. Pictured without stickers:
I love the large container of the yellow tipper:
Tilting the tipper releases seven round 1x1 grey bricks. The only issue is that it sometimes sways open when running the train fast around the track:
The brown gondola is very useful for transporting cargo. Included are two brown crates: one with 2 clear glasses and the other with a chain, a mail box with 1x2 mail plate, a garbage can, and a brown chest with a single 1x2 money plate.
A view of the gondola from the top:
The red coach is my favorite car. It has a removable roof and three green chairs for passengers. I did not attach stickers to both side walls. The windows are shaded blue which gives the car a cool look:
Lifting off the roof makes this wagon very "playable" - fun to add passengers and watch them circle the track.
The wheel-barrow to load the train:
This set includes three figs. I really like these figs:
And a nice selection of cargo:
Although not an "official" Wild West set, here's some images of the train letting steam out in Gold City:
Before purchasing, I read a few reviews which weren't very good. Some criticized this set for not containing track and a speed regulator (making it incomplete) - fine for those who already have it. This set truly brings back early memories of Lego trains. It's fun and fairly quick to build (compared to a BNSF or a Super Chief). The set includes some very useful train parts and nice colored elements. I enjoyed building this train and setting up a layout around my western town. I think this is a nice nostalgic set for those of you who may look for one on Ebay; and lastly, its a fun train to run with its figs, accessories, and "small" narrow gage look.
Larry Pieniazek of Adequate.com wrote a great story about this train as part of a set review, a number of years ago. Check it out:
It's a sunny day in October 1898. With a shrill whistle, the noon local crests the hill and rounds the final curve into Durango. Exhaust huffs from the cylinders as the 0-4-0T slows to a stop, temporarily shrouded in a cloud of exhaust steam which the wind and sun make short work of.
The bright goldwork on the engine gleams in the sunlight of the little Colorado mining town. The <-O-> logo and gold number 3225 in the side of the engine fairly glisten, as well they might, picked out in gold filigree. Life is good and the 20th century is almost here!
The nattily turned out engineer in his yellow uniform blows a sharp blast on the cab mounted air horn to summon the local agent. Hard hat on, and clad in newfangled reflective gear the agent wheels the station barrow over to receive the urgent ore samples from the dump car, and begins to unload the high priority contents, with the help of the local mining agent clad in his jaunty white vest and striped tee.
The mail is here, and what's this? Two crystal chalices have arrived for the mine owner's mansion, as well as some much needed saftey chain and the weekly payroll. The engineer clears the paperwork in his caboose and releases the freight to the agent. Just another day's work for the unsung heroes of the trusty <-O-> line.
His complete review can be found here: 3225 Set Review on Adequate.com.
Posted 22 July 2008 - 03:11 PM
I had seen this set before in one of your Wild West set up. Glad you share it with us again. This set is very nice and promising. I had never own a train set before in my collections. Recently, I understand the difference between "RC" and "9V" train sets. Although I am not an expert in grading train sets, but I am just stating my views as a "greenhorn".
This set has its advantages and disadvantages. To be fair, let me go through its advantages, from its review.
The first compartment, which is the engine carriage as well. I love the antique black and red look, that used coal to fuel its power. Nice and classic, without excessive use of stickers! I am never a sticker lover, just stick it if its necessary.
The large yellow container, is a great way to stow away debris, rocks, gold or whatever. I will leave it to your imagination. If I were to use it, I will probably use it in my Dwarf Mine, to carry gold and sliver, letting them push it back and forth.
The stores compartment comes with a hefty good accessories, like treasure chest, brown crates, mail box and etc. A good way to seize good accessories to match with your MOCs or Town set-up. Anyway, the stores compartment do not restrict carrying such goods only.
The red coach compartment, is my favourite of them all. The trans-blue window, gives us a great inside to its interior, where it can sit in 3 passengers comfortably. I will probably want to get this set, for its red coach, and add on 3 to 5 compartments, making it as a red passenger train.
The mini-figs and the wheel barrow is really very sweet. This set appeared in my dark age, and I never had the slightest impression of seeing this set before, apart from viewing it in Brickster Wild West set up.
As for its disadvantage, it will be the tracks and the speed regulator. I am surprised for a complete train set, like this did not come with essential train parts. It will not be good to have this, if this is your first train set. However, if this is not your first train set, I am sure you have plentiful of tracks, for this new model to run into your town. I wouldn't mind having this set.
Furthermore, I will like to emphasized that this set is worth USD$66, which is affordable in my opnion. And, I believed the main reason for its "low cost" is due to its tracks and speed regulator. I will give this a "5", mainly for its red carriage and the classic engine facade, if you include a "poll" for it.
Thanks Brickster, do educate members like me on train issues, and advice me what train sets to look out for in the future.
I believed you are referring to 1998 review of 3225. I thought it was going to re-release again in 2008.
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Posted 22 July 2008 - 03:19 PM
Posted 22 July 2008 - 04:46 PM
Posted 23 July 2008 - 03:36 AM
As someone who has a lot of track and a few speed regulators, I appreciate not having to pay for these again as part of this set. The drawback is for those wanting a complete set - who need the track and transformer. Then again, one could always purchase these separately if they need them.
I accidently posted this set in the wrong forum before reviewing WF. I have added the poll and changed the title.
Thanks for all the great comments. I hope more take time to provide feedback.
Posted 23 July 2008 - 07:46 PM
I gave this set a 5:
It's really a set which fills at bit the missing of a Western train in the WW theme. (That does not mean that I wouldn't like a new Western train !) I'm very lucky that I bought it some weeks ago from ebay.
There are three different waggons and a little engine - everything you need for a nice train - and the desgin is perfect, too !
Of course the minifigs don't go with the Western theme very well - but that doesn't disturb me since there are only three.
IMO excellent set which should really be redesigned !
Posted 24 July 2008 - 01:43 PM
It's really a set which fills at bit the missing of a Western train in the WW theme.
Posted 24 July 2008 - 06:35 PM
Edited by Klaus-Dieter, 24 July 2008 - 06:36 PM.
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