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REVIEW: 4565 Freight and Crane Railway

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#1 TypoCorrecto


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Posted 23 July 2011 - 09:43 PM

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Set Name: Freight and Crane Railway
Set #: 4565
Theme: Trains
Pieces: 914
Minifigures: 3
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.


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Very interesting design. If someone knows of a real-world locomotive that may be the inspiration for this set please let me know.
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Diesel engine detail.
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Electric lighting hook-up. It came with the set, unlike today's sets.
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Two of these are included.
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This set was a showcase for the playability of LEGO Trains...
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Cargo scale and Ballast Loader
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Ballast Deposit
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A lot of things can get done here...
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TLG needs to revisit their past for inspiration a little more...
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Empty Scale
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Empty Ballast Container
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Filled Ballast Container
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Too Easy...
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Many different combinations
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What is this?
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DYNAMITE? LEGO seems to have a history of hauling dangerous cargo.
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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.

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Hope you enjoyed this review...Take care...

Edited by typo, 16 November 2011 - 08:04 PM.

#2 medib


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Posted 23 July 2011 - 10:24 PM

I don't know exact real life engines I can directly compair it to, but I think the engine was supposed to be a short-haul yard shunter.

My favorite part of this set was definitely the scale.  That was absolutely brilliant of Lego.
Having you picture a Sumo on the scale was definitely very sweet!!

:sweet:  :laugh:

I definitely enjoyed that.

Great Review for a Great Set.

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#3 drevim


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Posted 23 July 2011 - 10:47 PM

Great review, and a fantastic set.

Sadly, it didn't survive from when I owned it in the 90s, odd considering most things did.  It is definitely a must re-buy for me.

Thanks for sharing.

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Posted 23 July 2011 - 11:02 PM

Thank you for sharing this image review Typo.  I've always had mixed feelings about this set but must admit that I never picked it up during the late 9V era.  

I see that you added a Train Tech graphic Typo.  This signifies that your review has been indexed by a moderator.  I've indexed and added a poll.

#5 lightningtiger


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Posted 23 July 2011 - 11:26 PM

Thanks 'Typo' for this review, an AWESOME classic town train set with a 6 wide truck (having also an interesting way to gain access to the cabin...gives me an idea). :classic:
From this I can see where 3677 gets some of it's ideas from too ! :grin:
Brick On everyone ! :grin:

#6 LEGO Guy Bri

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Posted 24 July 2011 - 12:05 AM

Good review 'typo'. This is an excellent set. I've been trying to get one on eBay for a while now. Keep missing the final countdownPosted Image Oh well, one day. Thanks for the review Posted Image
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#7 Lord Insanity

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Posted 24 July 2011 - 03:33 AM

This was my first 9v train set. (Only had the 4.5v 7722 Steam Cargo Train before that.) It was the color scheme and cranes that sold me on it. I even got the 2126 Train Cars to go with it back then. (Christmas then Birthday presents respectively) The engine was always kind of weird looking1 to me, in a good way though.  :laugh:   I too would be curious to know if anyone knows what type of engine was being represented by this set. I don't think LEGO has ever otherwise released an engine that wasn't at least close to a real one.

1The whole reason I bought the Super Chief was to have a "real" engine for this set. At the time I didn't realize the Super Chief was supposed to represent an old passenger engine, it looked like a modern freight engine to me. When the passenger cars for the Super Chief came out I kind of scratched my head and ignored them thinking that was just plain crazy.  :cry_sad:

#8 Brickviller


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Posted 24 July 2011 - 08:09 AM

Excellent review, I remember watching this set as a kid, and I couldn't even dream to get it. It's indeed one of the sets with the greatest playability, at least for it's time.

#9 Sokratesz


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Posted 24 July 2011 - 11:39 AM

Someone just posted the loc from this set for sale here, and the complete set here.

Edited by Sokratesz, 24 July 2011 - 11:43 AM.

#10 BrickStorm


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Posted 24 July 2011 - 02:06 PM

I not 100% about this, but at the time I was under the impression that this particular set didn't come with a speed regulator in AUS - anyone know if this was true? I seem to recall that TLC sold the regulator and power cable as a separate product in that catalog.

View PostLord Insanity, on 24 July 2011 - 03:33 AM, said:

I don't think LEGO has ever otherwise released an engine that wasn't at least close to a real one.

There's at least two I can think of: 4559 Cargo Railway, and 4561 Railway Express.

Both those trains I consider in the true "What the hell were they smoking in Denmark?" realm of design. I prefer to walk off my trains not get lifted off via forklift, and i also prefer my locomotives longer than a family car haha.
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#11 Sokratesz


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Posted 24 July 2011 - 02:19 PM

It didn't come with a speed reg in Holland, and yeah, that black/yellow 'cargo railway' was hilariously bad looking.

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#12 vgsprites


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Posted 25 July 2011 - 06:15 AM

Ah, I remember when me and my friends first saw this set in the Lego catalog back in (sorry if I make anyone feel old) grade school.
We loved the functions of the set and I liked how it came with a road baseplate.
My family agreed on the price being too high also so I never got a copy.
I would buy this set if I found a complete set at a decent price.
One could put the cranes on a car and create a track building train. :sweet:
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#13 hoeij


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Posted 25 July 2011 - 02:06 PM

View Postvgsprites, on 25 July 2011 - 06:15 AM, said:

I would buy this set if I found a complete set at a decent price.
I bought mine for $80 Buy-it-now on eBay.  With auctions, I've seen some go for $100 or even less.  I definitely think it's worth it.

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