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REVIEW: 4564 Freight Rail Runner


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#1 jd5775

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Posted 22 July 2011 - 02:12 AM

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Hi everybody! This is my review of Lego 4564 Freight Rail Runner, probably my favorite train that Lego has released.

Basic info:

Set name: Freight Rail Runner
Set number: 4564
Year released: 1994 (Europe), 1995 (US)
Number of pieces: 587
Theme: Train/9v
Price: $134.00

Another dusty classic I recently relieved of storage in a rubbermaid container!

Catalog:

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Here is the box

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I'm not sure why it has that warning symbol on it but I wouldn't dare try ripping it off.  Here a comparison to another box without the sticker


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The front flap



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The back of the box




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What it looks like MI(S)B



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The instructions:


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And a few random pages


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The pieces:


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Interesting pieces:



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The build:



These containers are able to be picked up by the tow truck and placed on the gray car.  The doors fold down to load cargo.  One has the train logo and the other the mail logo.

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This is the tow/crane truck, it uses a rather unique device to haul the cargo onto its bed.  Very similar to that used in 6353.

The chassis is built

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The hook equipment is partially set into place

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Instruction page detailing how the hook works.

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The finished hook on the truck, there is a constant tension from the rubber band pulling the hook down, with the string counteracting the force.

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Almost done

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The finished truck

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Loading demonstration

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Platform.  This allows the truck to reach the gray car to deposit cargo.

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The yellow engine.  This is probably my favorite part of the set, the engine just comes together very nicely.

The beginning of the engine, train base + a few pieces

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The motors are built and put into place

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The doors covering the motors are applied

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Steps in the instruction showing completion of engine and start of wheels

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The finished engine.  I apparently have the door stickers wrong.  They are supposed to be on the lower part of the door, but I think they look better in the middle.

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The gray train base plate that fell victim to my dog many years ago

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The bases for all three rolling stock are built the same way, just the plate base is a different color.

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Near completion

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The finished gray wagon, it can rotate 90 degrees to pick up cargo

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The red hopper, my favorite of the cars.  This is halfway through the build, after the dumping apparatus has been built.  This page in the instructions details the design.

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The finished red hopper car

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Halfway through the build of the blue boxcar, after the dumping apparatus has been built.  This page in the instructions details the design which is the same as that of the red hopper but it is smaller and white instead of gray.

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Near the end of the build

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The finished set

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Rating:

Based on design, minifigs, playability, price, and parts.

Design: 10/10 Compared to other train sets this has so much more function.  The truck is the most playable truck of all train sets, and the hopper car and box car both have working dumpers.  The gray car has a rotating cargo capability and the locomotive is just perfect imo.

Minifigs:  5/10 3 is pretty pathetic for a set this size, 4563 suffers from this as well.  Especially when 4558 is on the other end of the spectrum with 11!

Playability: 10/10 Much more playability than other trains imo by itself

Price: 8/10 Not the most expensive train, but by no means cheap

Parts: 10/10  I really love the parts in this set many different color plates and bricks, string, rubber bands, train track, technic pieces for the working functions.

Overall: 43/50, but I really don't consider the minifigs and price to be that much of a detraction.  I think this set is near perfect!

Thanks for reading!

#2 lightningtiger

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Posted 22 July 2011 - 02:20 AM

Thanks for this classic trains review 'jd5775', doesn't this remind us of a new train set in a way eh ? :wink:
Brick On ! :grin:

#3 stacker9000

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Posted 22 July 2011 - 03:24 AM

Great review jd! I am eager to get the new Red Cargo Train set because of the similarity to this set. As I don't own this set, and have never seen it in as good detail as you have pictured, I am most impressed by the loading mechanism on the truck, it has inspired me to search out those pieces and build some roll-off trucks. Thanks again!
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#4 Jeff Huntington

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Posted 22 July 2011 - 03:44 AM

 stacker9000, on 22 July 2011 - 03:24 AM, said:

Great review jd! I am eager to get the new Red Cargo Train set because of the similarity to this set. As I don't own this set, and have never seen it in as good detail as you have pictured, I am most impressed by the loading mechanism on the truck, it has inspired me to search out those pieces and build some roll-off trucks. Thanks again!

The same loading mechanism was used in 6353 Coastal Cutter, a 1991 set from the Nautica line. Not sure it will be any easier to come by (I love mine and would never get rid of it), but it's bound to be cheaper than this one. The mechanism works really well and was used to pull a small one-man boat onto the larger cutter.

#5 TheBrickster

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Posted 22 July 2011 - 05:21 AM

Thank you for sharing this nice review JD.  I truly love these classic 9V sets.  I think my favorite aspect is the engine and cargo containers (love those yellow and red hinge pieces).  The truck is also a nice aspect/component of this set in 4-stud wide fashion.

Great set and I wish I had one of these.  Looks like yours is in pretty good shape.

I've indexed and added a poll so our train fans can cast a newer rating.

Top notch! :thumbup:

#6 Sokratesz

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Posted 22 July 2011 - 11:15 AM

I've never owned any of the 9v sets but this one looks sweet, though 12v still owns my heart :)

Edited by Sokratesz, 22 July 2011 - 11:15 AM.




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