Hornby Virgin Pendolino Analogue Train Set reviews

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Score 6.0/10
Good points:
Very well detailed
Bad points:
Comes off with ease
Not as good as previous Hornby products
Overall rating 6.0
Safety 8.0
Design/build quality 7.0
Educational value? 6.0
Entertainment value? 7.0
Value for money 4.0
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Confirmed purchase: 31 Jul 2011

Derek, Hornchurch Building track for grandson.

Score 6.0/10
Good points:
It looks like the real thing and is what was requested. Tilts like the real train, but this can cause problems.
Bad points:
Boggies set too far back and means front catches existing tunnel entrances/exits. Derails far too easily for children, who will loose patience. The controller would not switch from forward to backwards as designed until a shaving was taken off the inside protrusion. Manufacturer was obviously aware of this as a screw was left loose to allow the switch to move!
Overall rating 6.0
Safety 5.0
Design/build quality 6.0
Educational value? 8.0
Entertainment value? 7.0
Value for money 6.0
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5 of 5 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 25 Oct 2009

Confirmed purchaser

Score 10.0/10
Good points:
Bought this for my 6 year old train mad son and he loves it. It is easy to put together and the carriages link together well. Comes with plastic track mat which means it does not take up space when not in use. New mat far better than old paper one which ripped easily or had to be stuck down on a board.
Bad points:
New coupling mechanism is not compatible with older coaches and trains derail if cornering too fast - but that's the fun of train sets - I think!
Overall rating 10.0
Safety 10.0
Design/build quality 10.0
Educational value? 8.0
Entertainment value? 8.0
Value for money 9.0
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6 of 6 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 21 Nov 2009

Confirmed purchaser

Score 8.0/10
Good points:
Good representation of the actual train and made to the quality expected from Hornby
Bad points:
On my track map layout the front/rear of the train due to the front/rear projection collided with the traffic signals on the level crossing layout.(Hornby) did not appear to be aware of the problem.
Also due to the configuration of the train it does"not like"the tighter curves on the track or changing tracks at the points.
Overall rating 8.0
Safety 8.0
Design/build quality 8.0
Educational value? 8.0
Entertainment value? 9.0
Value for money 6.0
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5 of 5 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 18 Nov 2010

We searched for this product high and low,
from House of Fraser to Tesco,
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not 420 retailers nor anyone on eBay,
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