Not All Play; Sometimes You Go by Railway to Workin’ Town
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Workin’ Town Railway (H3464) is one of the best starter sets because it includes so many pieces. As you can see, there is a remote control train engine, lots of rail track, ramps with a connector trestle, a factory, a windmill, and more.
If you can’t find the basic Workin’ Town set (for a good price), you may be able to get the Workin’ Town Railway with Bonus set (J2615) instead. The bonus is a black push train engine, a cargo car, and a water tower.
When the switch is flipped the proper direction as shown on the track piece, a remote controlled train will stop in front of a building to activate it. Many buildings in other sets uses this same mechanism too.
For the Windmill, this will cause the blades to spin and crates sent down the chute will shoot out the side. You can also achieve the same effects manually using the hand crank on the side of the windmill.
For the Factory, the gears will turn and pallets inserted into the chimney will be pushed out the side and down the ramp into a waiting car. As far as I can tell, this requires some fancy maneuvering to make it work right. Then again, maybe I’ve just been doing it wrong.
When you flip the switch in front of a building the other direction, the train will continue on its merry way again.
The layout displayed above is just one of several you can make with this set alone. Notice the 2 “extra” pieces of track in the upper right section of the picture. If you implement those, you can mix things up to create a totally new layout.
This set was released in 2005 and was discontinued just two years later in 2007.
A complete Workin’ Town Railway set consists of the following items.
- 2 Ramps
- 2 Ramp Guardrails
- Bridge (connects ramps)
- 6 Curved Rail Tracks
- 4 Straight Rail Tracks
- 3 Short Rail Tracks
- 2 Y-Tracks (1 left, 1 right; Rail style)
- Stop Sign
- Railroad Crossing Sign
- Train Engine (Requires 3 AAA batteries)
- Loader Car
- Pallet Car
- Remote Controller (Requires 3 AAA batteries)
- Grain Sack
- 3 Pallets (each with different picture)
The Factory is the building that “produces” the pallets. You can move them across the top and have them slide down the ramp into the waiting pallet car.
The bridge connects the two ramps. I like the 3.00 inches reference on the lower side of the rail.
The grain sack is supposed to be hauled in the Loader Car.
The pallets – three make a complete set – are naturally carried in the Pallet Car. Note that there are fruit, tool, and gear stickers only on one side of each pallet.