Make Room for the New Train in Town
The New Train in Town set is a Kohl’s exclusive that was released in 2009 or 2010. It features a long loop of elevation track and plenty of supports to take you trains uphill and down again.
A somewhat unusual fact about the track pieces is that the four long ramps are each one solid pieces rather than the pair of pieces that are usually screwed together. The only other set that I know of that has a piece like this is the Grand Central Station, and even that set has only one such piece.
Also noteworthy are the gray supports. In this set, they are not the more common three-piece supports that you can disassemble. These are a different single-piece style reminiscent of large supports found in just a few other sets. As far as I know, this is the only set to include several of them. I don’t think they provide any better support than the other kind, and you should be able to replace any of these with the three-piece supports should any of these become damaged or go missing.
Another special feature of New Train in Town is that it appears you are supposed to elevate the track not only one level, but two! That’s what I show you in the pictures above and is what I’ve seen displayed on original packaging. Of course, you don’t have to stop at level two, as long as you have enough track and supports to ramp up even more.
More Trains for More Fun
Another rare feature of this set is that there are two trains included. One is the remote controlled combination of Eric and Aero, who are also found at Grand Central Station and elsewhere. The other train is the push and pull duo of Woohoo and Opie.
Adding the Sky High Suspension Bridge and the Toll Gate from Highview Tours is a nice touch for this set. On the other hand, I’m not sure why the random deciduous tree and stop sign were included. The only place to put either of them is at the lower end of the track. I suppose the tree is okay there, but what about the stop sign? No train would ever purposely stop on such a curve. Besides, this sign is meant for non-railway traffic, such as cars and trucks, none of which are found in the New Train in Town set.
Did someone order them mistakenly and then have no choice but to add them to this set? Did Fisher Price have an overrun of stop signs and needed a place to get rid of them? I’m sure we’ll never know the reasoning behind their inclusion.
A complete New Train in Town set consists of the following items.
- Train Engine (Aero) (Requires 3 AAA batteries)
- 2 Passenger Cars
- Engineer (Eric)
- Remote Controller (Requires 3 AAA batteries)
- Train Engine (Woohoo)
- Engineer (Opie)
- Cargo Car
- Cargo Crate (possibly red)
- Sky High Suspension Bridge
- Gate House
- Small Bridge
- Straight Elevation Rail Track
- 4 Curved Elevation Tracks
- 4 Guardrails
- 4 Elevation Ramp Tracks (single pieces)
- 9 Supports (single pieces)
- Stop Sign
- Deciduous Tree