Hornbys Santas Express

We love Christmas in this house, and come December 1st our Christmas decorations are out in full force. I tend to buy a new item for the collection each year, but haven't got round to it this year. Luckily for me I was offered the chance to review the stunning Hornby Santas Express train set priced at £69.99.
The set contains everything you need to get started including Santa's train packed full of festive gifts. Santa's special train included a steam engine, a wagon full of presents and a closed in van which he keep his reindeer
Full Contents
Santa's Express 0-4-0 locomotive
7 plank open wagon
Reindeer van box
3rd radius starter oval track
Power track and track straight
R8250 Train Controller
P9000 Transformer
Hornby Midimat (1600x180)
The track is really easy to put together and only takes minutes the metal runners on the end of the track interconnect with the next piece. The track when fully built makes a 1100mm x 1070mm oval track that you can use around the base of your Christmas tree. A big bonus for me is that the set requires no batteries and is completely mains operated. The dial on the controller allows you to speed up or slow down the train, so you can adjust the speed you want it to glide around the tree.
The 3 carriages have lots of detail on the and look so authentic, the detailing is so spot on, right down to the pins in the 7 plank carriage. All 3 carriages link together with plastic coupling in the end and you can arrange them in any way you like. The stack of Christmas gifts also come out of the carriage so you can run the carriage empty, or fill it with your own little goodies.
Not just a Christmas decoration the engine can be used and is great as a starter set for any child or adult who loves trains. The set comes with a fold out mat for the track to be placed on, this allows the set to be expanded. I think the retail price is a good reflection of the quality of the product, its well made and looks fabulous. It would be a great addition to any enthusiasts collection.
Thanks For Reading
*I was sent the above sample FOC for the purposes of an honest review.

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