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REVIEW: 7722 Steam Cargo Train


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  3. 3 - Average (2 votes [9.52%])

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#1 AFOL12v

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Posted 24 August 2010 - 07:58 AM

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Name: Steam Cargo Train, battery
Set No.: 7722
Theme: LEGO / SYSTEM / Trains / 4,5v / Train Set
Year: 1985
Pieces: 484
Minifigs: 3
Price (when it was in stores): USD 40.00$ (which equals about EUR 37€)
Price nowadays (2d hand): USD 120.00$ (which equals about EUR 100€)

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It's a complete set, where you can play right away. You don't have to buy extra items, like a speedregulator to operate the train. Well, you do need to buy 3 batteries. Which go in the red wagon behind the loc itself. With the red pin on this wagon the direction of the train can be changed. With the signal you can stop the train or let him go.
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This system is directly copied form the blue area trains, before 1980. You can modify this train with the modern 12v motor or with an old 12v motor form the blue area trains. In the track itself you put the innertrack for powersupply and add a speedregulator.
Lets see more pic's of the train:
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Left side:
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Right side:
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Lets see the inside of the loc itself:
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The battery wagon:
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And the mailwagon, which is cute :blush: :
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And lets not forget the little station and blue truck for (un)loading the train:
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And as known of the 12v area, you can build a 2d model of this set:
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Playability: 8/10 (Build it up, add 3 batteries and start playing. Much cheapier then the elec trains).
Design: 6/10 (It's again a steamengine, which lego had made enough of them.)
Price: 8/10 (Not the most expensive train, but it's a bit rare to get one in good condition.)
Overall: 8/10 (It's a great set, looks good and you can play without buying a speedregulator.)

A nice pic to see the 7722 in my layout:
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And here the blue truck is loading the cargo of the train:
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Edited by AFOL12v, 14 November 2010 - 02:41 PM.


#2 Staalis

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Posted 25 August 2010 - 06:08 PM

Nice Grey Era review as always. Keep'em coming!

#3 Legoist

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Posted 27 August 2010 - 08:45 PM

Thanks for the review!

I think this was really a nice train. True that there were many black steam engines in 80s trains, but that cannot count as a disadvantage, and in IMHO this one is one of the very best steam locomotives released. The open freight wagon is basic but well done, and the cargo mounted is definitely nice in its simplicity. The third wagon (the mail car) is really solid design both outside and inside. I don't want to be hard on the ugliness of the battery wagon, there is no choice in 4.5V system, you just have to have such fake wagon in your trains. All the downsides of this set are because of 4.5V, otherwise the train design is just perfect (for its era, of course).



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