Set Name: Freight and Crane Railway
Set #: 4565
Year of Release: 1996
Price at Release: $140
This is a great 9-Volt set, and I noticed this set had not been reviewed so I decided to take a stab at it.
Very interesting design. If someone knows of a real-world locomotive that may be the inspiration for this set please let me know.
Diesel engine detail.
Electric lighting hook-up. It came with the set, unlike today's sets.
Two of these are included.
This set was a showcase for the playability of LEGO Trains...
Cargo scale and Ballast Loader
A lot of things can get done here...
TLG needs to revisit their past for inspiration a little more...
Empty Ballast Container
Filled Ballast Container
Many different combinations
What is this?
DYNAMITE? LEGO seems to have a history of hauling dangerous cargo.
Pieces: 9/10 - It's the largest of any LEGO Train set, excluding the track-less engine/train sets. There are many different pieces with interesting uses.
Minifigures: 7/10 - Nothing spectacular, however I love the classic minifigs because they were unique to trains. Today the train minifigs are not all that unique to the train sets.
Build: 9/10 - Very fun to build with a lot of different uses of the pieces.
Price: 7/10 - $140, by today's standards that's a bargain but back in 1996 it was a lot...At least that's what my mom tells me...
Playability: 10/10 - This set is great in the playability department. Cranes, Scales, Ballast Loaders, Trucks...it has it all and can be configure in many different ways. I believe this is the most playable set in LEGO Trains.
Overall: 9/10 - A must have if you can find it on eBay for a decent price. Great playability, fun build, 9-Volt with lights, fun for days, and a great addition to anyone's collection.
Hope you enjoyed this review...Take care...
Edited by typo, 16 November 2011 - 08:04 PM.