Great starter set for a great price! You can get stronger engines, fancier sounds, and fancier freight cars, but you'll pay twice as much (over three hundred). Paying twice as much doesn't make playing with it twice as much fun. O-scale trains are good for clumsey 6 year olds because they're big and relatively durable. "The smaller the hands, the bigger the train", according to our local train store. "Fastrack", Lionel's propietary large gauge track with the built in roadbed, is sturdy and my 6 year old can take it apart and reassemble it. My 6 year old son is used to wooden train track. It's a learning experience for him, because this is a model train, not a toy train. A simple oval of track is boring and doesn't have a lot of "play value". You have to get imaginative to add play value. Add "play value" with a siding or loop. Buy a switch and extra track to make the siding for parking cars. Use legos and cardboard boxes to build stations, bridges, tunnels, etc. I bought a toy fork-lift (not to scale) and made packages for loading. We downloaded 'Card Models" from the internet and made cardboard crossing towers, stations, loading platforms, etc. Doing the layout and building things together is the fun part, not just running the trains. Have Fun! Just a note: The knuckle couplers on the freight cars don't open; they can't be operated remotely. However, if you buy a couple of cars with operating couplers, these cars are compatible with them. Alternate these cars with cars with operating couples. Then you can couple and uncouple them on a siding for increased "play value"! I gave the set only 4 stars because it's not a "top of the line" set with top of the line features. But it's still a great set for half the price of the fanciest sets. And it's got 99% of the "play value" of a more expensive set.
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