GeoTrax Layouts Are Many and Varied

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Take Your Pick of the Many GeoTrax Layouts Available

Many GeoTrax train sets, especially the starter sets, come with multiple pieces of track. If you get such a set, you may wonder if there is a correct way to put it all together.

If you're in a hurry, you can get to pictures of some sample layouts here.

If you get a set in its original packaging, you’ll also get a set of directions which may include layout suggestions. However, these days you won’t necessarily get that packaging and accompanying directions. You’re more likely to get just the plastic pieces of track, trains, buildings, and accessories.

Fortunately, there are several solutions to this problem. Fisher Price, as of this writing, still has many of those directions in PDF format on its website. There are pictures and videos elsewhere online that you can look at for ideas. There is even one site on which you can construct virtual layouts and translate them into real world layouts later on.

Which Sets Have Directions with Layouts?

Not every GeoTrax set has directions that show a layout, but there are quite a few that do. After all, it wouldn’t make much sense to show a layout for an expansion set that only included three pieces of track.

On the other hand, some directions actually show you more than one possibility. And that’s just using the track pieces included in one given set.

Below is a list of sets (each preceded by the Fisher Price product ID for handy reference) that I have found to contain layouts that use just the track in that set. Of course, once you add even one or two more pieces, the possibilities increase quite quickly.

Grand Central Station layout

A common Grand Central Station layout

Do You Have Pictures of Layouts I Can Look At?

Why, yes, I do. You can see a few layouts on the GeoTrax Layout Galleries page. You’ll find some basic layouts there and a couple of more advanced setups too.

I also now have a PDF of over 2 dozen layouts that you can get at the GeoTrax Packs store. Click here to see that offer.

Where Else Can You Find Layouts?

When looking for even more visuals, I like to use Bing.com. You can easily find lots of images and videos of GeoTrax layouts there.

The creators of those visuals may not have had you in mind when they made them, so you might not get the best look at how to put it together. Then again, some people had that very thing in mind when making and posting the images or videos.

Search the Bing images or videos for GeoTrax layouts or a similar phrase, and you’ll get plenty of results to stimulate your imagination.

How Can I Create My Own Layouts Online?

As I mentioned earlier, there are at least two sites at which you can design your own layouts before implementing them with actual track.

Why would you want to do this? Perhaps you don’t have the actual track in front of you, but you do have a computer or tablet. Maybe the track is currently in use, and you don’t want to mess it up or take play time away from your child. It could also be that you want to see if you have enough physical space to place those track pieces before going through all the effort of clicking them together.

The site that the link below takes you to shows a grid on which you place your virtual track pieces. There are also video instructions on how to use the site and Flickr images of what others have done.

Another site uses a different method and more color to let you put together your creations. Besides track, you can include buildings and bridges. You can save your creations and bring them back later to work on them again.

How to Create a Layout When You Have More Than One Set

So far, I’ve given ideas mostly for individual sets, but all GeoTrax sets work with each other. So how do you handle putting two or more of them together?

One solution is to use the online resources mentioned above. Beyond that, it’s mostly trial and error, but there’s really no wrong way to do this.

Once in a while, you may put something together that doesn’t line up just right. You might have to rip up a little bit and start again, but that’s really easy to do.

If you have elevation track and support pieces, you can often get out of a bind (when track doesn’t line up the way you thought it might) by ramping up and over another line to keep on going. Some designers have taken the elevation idea to the extreme creating layouts that are three, four, even five layers high!

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GeoTrax Train Table Layouts Are Possible

If you own the Train Table and RC set (V7867), you can create your layouts above ground level. This set includes 3 tables that you can arrange in various configurations.

Using tables like these does obviously limit the square footage of your layout. It’s likely going to be less than the floor space you might otherwise use. Still, there is something special about playing with trains on a table, so it’s probably worth the trade off.

If you or someone you know is handy with tools, you might craft a custom train table in any dimensions you like. Your options are only limited here by the floor space available for the train table and probably the weight of the table itself.

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Grand Central Station Controls GeoTrax Traffic

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This Place Looks Like Grand Central Station

Have you ever heard anyone say something like, “This place looks like Grand Central Station!”? I remember that phrase from when I was young – too young to really understand what it means.
The real life Grand Central Station, or Grand Central Terminal, is located at 42nd Street and Park Avenue in New York City. It is currently (and probably always will be) the largest such structure in the world.
The chief similarity between the New York Grand Central Terminal and the GeoTrax Grand Central Station, other than the fact that both service commuters with trains, seems to be the large archways of which there are many in the real station.
The GeoTrax Grand Central Station set is one of the most popular of all GeoTrax sets. The original set has almost 3 dozen pieces, not counting the several that make up the Station proper. There are many ways to layout and play with the 14 pieces of track. You get 3 minifigs – one engineer and two passengers – in this set which always make for a more enjoyable experience.

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Let’s take a look in detail at what you get in each of the Grand Central Station sets.

Grand Central Station Basic Is Nothing to Sneeze At

The first appearance of a Grand Central Station set (Fisher Price product ID L3133) happened in 2007. It seems that this was the featured set of that year. Many others were produced but none could compare in size and scope to this one.

L3133 Grand Central Station proper
Grand Central Station proper

The centerpiece of this set is, of course, Grand Central Station (or Terminal) itself. The building is made of eleven pieces. There are two towers – a cargo tower and an elevator tower. The elevator tower does move vertically emulating a real elevator. Adjacent to one of the towers is a deli-like store where passengers can (pretend to) buy food and drink. Other pieces of the building include the main concourse with an arching canopy overhead. Within the canopy is a sign showing the schedule of arrivals and departures of the trains. There is an escalator (which does not move) and a cargo ramp. Two supports help hold the building up, and two lamp posts (no real lights) keep the place illuminated. Since part of the track is built into the station itself and that area is raised, you have little choice with the placement of some of the track. A few pieces are designed to get your trains from ground level up onto the main concourse. The rest of the pieces, however, you can arrange in many ways. Unique to Grand Central Station sets are two purplish bumper tracks which you can use to terminate sections of track. I’m not sure why the designers decided to make them purple, but they used the same coloration on the guardrails in this set.

L3133 Female Passenger
Yvonne carries her flowers

There are two platforms in this set. One is for passengers, and one is for cargo. The cargo platform features a small crane for moving cargo from the platform to a train car and vice versa. Speaking of trains and passengers, you get a train (and its two passenger cars) known as Aero and his engineer, a slick-looking dude, called Eric. Besides Eric, you can also play with two passengers who (I think) are called Yvonne and Jarod. Yvonne is a blonde dressed in pink with a blue purse slung over her shoulder. She is carrying a bouquet of yellow flowers in her right hand. Jarod is wearing what might pass for khakis and a blue shirt. He’s holding a cup of coffee (or perhaps espresso) in one hand and what may be a laptop in the other.

Grand Central Can Be More or Less

Later in 2007, both Kohl’s department stores and Toys R Us had exclusive versions of the Grand Central Station set.

The Kohl’s set (M2809) is called the Grand Central Station Mega Set. It appears that it includes everything described above in the basic set plus a few new items. The set called Ambulance with Stat and Stewart is included. (I’m not sure if this also includes the patient minifig.) Woohoo and Opie the Most Confused Team round out the components of this combination set. The Toys R Us version (M3235) consists of everything from the basic set plus a bonus. You get a neon yellow truck (or engine) and cargo car as well as a blue railroad crossing sign and a cargo cube.

The last Grand Central Station set (T4497), released in 2010 as another Toys R Us exclusive, was stripped of all the extras to include only the terminal itself. I would assume that this set originally cost less than those above. Maybe it was issued in response to consumers who wanted the train station but thought the others were too expensive.

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GeoTrax Airplanes, Jets, and Helicopters Take to the Skies

GeoTrax in the Air from Year One

Early on in 2003 and 2004, Fisher Price made the decision to create vehicles that flew in addition to those that rode the rails and the roads. There were a GeoTrax airplanes, a helicopter, and an airport in production in the first two years that GeoTrax were introduced.

B4347 Whirly Bird Rescue set
Whirly Bird Rescue set

The first of these was not an airplane, however. It was the Whirly Bird Rescue helicopter (Fisher Price product ID B4347). This is a simple set consisting of the helicopter, a landing pad, and a hospital sign.

There is some crossover here between air sets, sea sets, and rescue sets. The Whirly Bird is intended to be a rescue vehicle. I suppose this is much like “flight for life” helicopters in real life. This explains the inclusion of the hospital sign in this set.

The second set featuring an air vehicle is Seaplane Fueling (G5544). Again there is set-type crossover – this time between air and sea. This set has an airplane that can land on the water. There is also a fueling station and a “cube” of barrels that presumably contains fuel that the seaplane will carry to its destination.

Finally, we get to the first GeoTrax airport, the Coastal Winds Airport (G5760). This set is the first to have a real airplane (as opposed to a seaplane). You can carry cargo in this plane and attach it to an arm of the airport to make it fly in circles.

This was a rather ambitious undertaking for the GeoTrax designers. How do you get an airplane to fly without making a real RC airplane that can go all around the room? The rotating arm was their solution. How well it solved the problem, I leave to your opinion. In my opinion, their later efforts (see below) achieved a greater degree of success.

Choppers Here, Choppers There, Choppers Everywhere

There are no less than 5 GeoTrax sets that include helicopters. They are the Whirly Bird Rescue set (mentioned above), the Coastal Rescue Chopper set (H6373), Swifty and Kevin the Most Ready Team (M4098), Chopper and Aiden the Rescue Team (P8967), and Bridge and Helicopter (R9938).

H6373 Coastal Rescue Chopper set
H6373 Coastal Rescue Chopper set

Fisher Price apparently associates choppers with rescue efforts. The Coastal Rescue Chopper has a different design than the Whirly Bird. It also has a landing pad, but a helicopter sign replaces the hospital sign.

Swifty and Kevin and Chopper and Aiden make up two of the many team sets. Both have a helicopter, pilot minifig, and a patient lift. The Chopper and Aiden set also has another miniature figure and a hospital sign similar to the one in the Whirly Bird set.

The Bridge and Helicopter set contains the suspension bridge found in other sets but in different colors. The helicopter is a new design here though. There is a pilot minifig as well as a patient like the one found in an ambulance set. The helicopter sign and patient lift also appear in this set.

Leavin’ on a Jet Plane

Two GeoTrax sets give you speedy jet planes: Red Wing Jet Plane (J0225) and Flash the Jet and Dan the Pilot (N1251).

The Red Wing jet plane can carry cargo. The set includes a hangar. The walls and roof of this structure are made of sturdy fabric.

Flash the Jet is a remote controlled vehicle. Dan the Pilot is the only other item you get in this set. As far as I know, this pair is not one of the team sets and has no superlative name attached to them.

GeoAir Is a Subset of GeoTrax

Fisher Price decided to designate some of their air sets as GeoAir, as opposed to GeoTrax. This went hand in hand with their new design mechanism for making planes fly in a controlled space. GeoAir track is thinner and more flexible than road or rail track. You can bend it to create loops and attach some airplane to it that you can control remotely.

Several sets use this technology: High Flying Airport (N0142), Blast-Through Barn (N1450), and Fly-By Bridge (N1451).

Three other sets include one or more of these sets. High-Flyin’ Deluxe Airport (N3985) has the N0142 airport plus some ground track, a train engine, a crane, Jumbo (which may be another plane), and Captain Jim. High-Flyin’ Airport and Vehicles (N9989) also includes the N0142 airport and an emergency vehicle, some road track, and several minifigs. Finally, the GeoAir Mega Set encompasses all three of the original sets: airport, barn, and bridge.

What’s in a Name? Ask Loopy Loco

Last but not least is Loopy Loco the Bi-Plane and Darren the Pilot (N1250). This is another simple set just made of a plane, a minifig, and a remote control.

You can clip Loopy Loco the Bi-Plane onto GeoAir track and make him fly around the loops with your remote controller.

With Batman, GeoTrax Draws Super Friends into Its World

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“Holy Batcave, Batman!”

I think that’s something that the Robin from the original TV series might have said to Batman upon seeing the batcave for the first time. If he never did, he should have because Batman’s Batcave is such an awesome place.

Maybe it’s also something he would have said upon seeing the GeoTrax batcave. Maybe he would have even exclaimed one of his famous “holy” lines after seeing the GeoTrax Batman minifig!

DC Comics Super Friends Added to GeoTrax

To the best of my knowledge, Fisher Price decided to incorporate just 2 of the DC Comics Super Friends into their set list: Batman and the Green Lantern. All other related sets are about the arch enemies of Batman, such as the Joker, the Riddler, and the Penguin.

Starting in 2008 or 2009, Fisher Price produced the Super Friends Track Pack – Batman (product ID O1193) which included a pair of vehicles and lots of black track. Black items are almost always included in sets related to Batman. This obviously goes with the theme (found mainly outside the GeoTrax world) of the hero being the Dark Knight and also refers to the fact that most bats are either black or dark gray.

At about the same time, Fisher Price released the only other Super Friend found in GeoTrax sets, the Green Lantern. Set O9600 contains just an engine, the Green Lantern himself, and a remote controller.

More Batman Included in GeoTrax

Towards the end of the GeoTrax run in 2011, Batman appeared in 3 more interesting sets. First there were 2 small sets consisting of just 3 pieces each. Set V7872 has the Batmobile, Batman, and a remote controller. Set V7873 has Batman’s Engine, Batman, and a remote controller.

V7872 Batman and Batmobile set
V7872 Batman and Batmobile set

It’s true that giving Batman (and some of the other related characters) a train engine doesn’t fit well with the Batman theme in and of itself, but it does connect these characters to the GeoTrax world. Perhaps this thin connection is one of the reasons that Fisher Price didn’t delve into the Super Friends world any more than it did.

The biggest and probably most popular Batman set is V8488 DC Super Friends the Batcave RC Set. Besides the GeoTrax Batman, the Batmobile, and a remote controller, you also get the Batcave, the Jokemobile, the Riddler’s Hideout, the Riddler, and some track pieces.

More Arch Enemies Included in GeoTrax

That gives you just a taste of the arch enemies of Batman that you can find in GeoTrax sets. There are at least 6 more sets featuring these evildoers.

You can get the Joker, the Joker’s Engine, and a remote controller in set V7874. Set V7875 gives you 2 train cars, lots of track, and more items. The Joker’s Lair comes in set V8491 along with his engine, the Joker himself, and a piece of track.

Set V8489, the Super Friends Deluxe Playset – Gotham City, may contain the same items as set V8490. Included are the Gotham City bank and jail buildings, the Penguin, and his Umbrella Wagon. The Penguin also has a lair which you can find in set W9964. That set also includes a pair of animal penguins which is a little unusual, because I don’t think the animals were found in many of the series episodes or movies.

In what may be the last set that Fisher Price developed, you can get the Riddler’s Joke Factory, which looks suspiciously like the Beamtown Fire Station dressed up in new colors. You also get a vehicle and the Riddler to drive it.

Maybe it’s because Fisher Price was winding down the production of GeoTrax sets that they didn’t include any more villains. I think they could have done some interesting things with characters such as Mr. Freeze or King Tut. They also could have featured the Joker some more, since he was often a prominent figure in the series and movies.

Batman Sets Are Compatible with Other GeoTrax Sets

As with all other GeoTrax sets, the pieces in these Batman and DC Comics Super Friends sets work seamlessly with any other GeoTrax sets you may already own and any you may purchase in the future. The black track stands out somewhat from the normal tan, gray, and green tracks, but you can use this to inject some fun of a new type. Imagine connecting the Timbertown Railway, for example, to the Batcave. It’s like adding a little time travel into the GeoTrax world.

Since these were some of the last sets that Fisher Price created, I think some of them may be a little more difficult to find. At least, they have been in my experience. You may have to be a little more patient than usual if you are interested in obtaining any of them. I hope your patience is rewarded.

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GeoTrax Cars and Cars 2 Sets Feature Many Movie Characters

Cars GeoTrax Sets Star Several Characters

You may have seen the Disney Pixar movie Cars (2006) or its sequel Cars 2 (2011). If not, you may want to watch one or both of them to better understand what all the excitement is about relative to their place in the GeoTrax world.
These movies were and continue to be very popular with children and adults alike. It’s no wonder then that Fisher Price chose to craft some of the vehicles from the movies as GeoTrax remote control cars and trucks.

Find Our Hero, Lightning McQueen, in Several Sets

The original Cars features Lightning McQueen who is a sporty, red racecar similar to many vehicles found in NASCAR racing. Fisher Price includes him in no less than six sets.

  • P5370 - Lightning McQueen's Close Call
  • P6246 - Radiator Springs Lightning McQueen (a Target exclusive)
  • R2772 - Lightning McQueen
  • R6357 - Radiator Springs Mega Set
  • T6206 - Dinoco Lightning McQueen
  • W0275 - Cars Shake 'n Go World Grand Prix

While Lightning McQueen is the only item (other than the remote controller) in the Radiator Springs Lightning McQueen (P6246), Lightning McQueen (R2772), and Dinoco Lightning McQueen (T6206) sets, the other three sets include plenty of pieces – enough to qualify them as starter sets.

Lightning McQueen
Lightning McQueen and Remote Controller

To give you just one example, Lightning McQueen’s Close Call has a grand total of 22 pieces. In addition to McQueen himself, you get the Sheriff car, Trev Diesel, a special railroad crossing sign, a Radiator Springs sign, a mountain, 2 ramp tracks, a Y-track, 3 straight tracks, a railroad track, a cross track, a bridge track, 2 guardrails, 4 curved tracks, and the remote controller.
The other two major sets, R6357 and W0275, have approximately the same number of pieces. The Shake ‘n Go set is so named because you actually shake the cars (McQueen and Francesco) to rev them up before setting them down on the track.
Once you let them go, they race around the “speedway” oval without further assistance. This is the only GeoTrax set to feature this type of technology.

Get More Popular Characters in Additional Sets

You can get Mater, the tow truck, in three different sets.

  • P6247 - Mater
  • T6200 - Brand New Mater
  • V9965 - Spy Mater

Mater is basically a sidekick character to Lightning McQueen. His name derives from tomato. When pronounced with a southern drawl, it becomes tomater. This then translates to Tow (as in tow truck) Mater or simply Mater.

Fisher Price P6247 Mater set
Fisher Price P6247 Mater set

Each of the three sets listed above consists of just Mater and his remote controller. Thus you should consider these expansion sets, sets that you wouldn’t get if you’re just starting your GeoTrax collection. You can find Flo in two sets and Doc Hudson, Ramone, Fillmore, and Chick Hicks in one each. One of Flo’s appearances is in the Mega Set, but otherwise these character sets are all expansions as well. Most of these come with a structure of some sort in addition to the vehicle. Flo comes with a cafe; Ramone comes with a body shop; and Fillmore comes with a tent. While not a character per se, the setting of Radiator Springs is mentioned one way or another in four different playsets: Lightning McQueen’s Close Call, Radiator Springs Lightning McQueen, Sheriff’s Lookout Mountain (Fisher Price product ID R2771), and Radiator Springs Mega Set. Some of the characters mentioned above star in both Cars and Cars 2. Doc Hudson and Chick Hicks, however, are only part of Cars.

Cars 2 GeoTrax Sets Add More Characters to the Cast

Disney added more characters to the Cars 2 sequel. Holley Shiftwell and Francesco are two of the more popular ones. Holley is a female British spy who is Mater’s (to put it in adult terms) love interest. Francesco Bernoulli is Lightning McQueen’s Italian racing rival. Holley is included in four GeoTrax sets: Escape from Big Bentley, Acer and Holley Shiftwell, Big Bentley RC Set (a Kohl’s exclusive), and the World Grand Prix Value Set (see more below). Big Bentley, which is a representation of the Big Ben clock tower in London, gets a set all “his” own called Escape from Big Bentley and the monster set from Kohl’s mentioned above.

Escape from Big Bentley has an interesting mechanism that features a drop floor within the clock tower. You place a car on that floor. When another vehicle enters the tower below it from the proper direction, the floor drops and the car slides out in the opposite direction from the vehicle that triggered the action. The Cars 2 World Grand Prix is the subject of four unique sets.

  • V9969 - World Grand Prix RC Set
  • W0275 - Cars Shake 'n Go World Grand Prix (described above)
  • W3599 - World Grand Prix Mega Set (a Toys R Us exclusive)
  • W6117 - World Grand Prix Value Set (a Sam's Club exclusive)

That last item in the list is a combination of (parts of) three other sets: the Porto Corsa Race Set, Holley Shiftwell from one of her own sets, and possibly Petrov from the Petrov and Finn McMissile set. There is plenty of track in this set, so you can easily consider it a starter set, though it may be one that is more difficult to find.

Where Can You Find the GeoTrax Cars and Cars 2 Sets?

As with all GeoTrax sets which have been discontinued, your main source for these items will be either Amazon.com or eBay.com.
You may find that, since these seem to be a little more scarce than some of the earlier sets released by Fisher Price, they will cost a little more. I, however, consider the cost an investment both in and of itself and in a child’s education and playtime.
Don’t forget that the pieces in these sets are nearly indestructible, so you will get many years of enjoyment from them.