Maersk train finally announced

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Maersk Train

A month ago Brickset broke the news of this exclusive set, thanks partly to someone in LEGO who released an image of it onto their Internet server in error. We were asked to remove it from here, which we duly did.

Now, today, at last, the set has been officially annouced:

10219 Maersk Train, Ages 14+. 1,234 pieces, US $119.99, CA $159.99, DE 119.99, € UK £91.99

The highly-realistic Maersk diesel-electric freight train has arrived! A replica of the real engine that operated on the railroads of America, this Maersk train features exceptional detailing and functions, such as opening driver's cab, removable side panel revealing a detailed, 16-cylinder engine, and authentic Maersk branding. The model also includes 2 wagons and 3 containers with opening doors (1 with refrigeration detailing). The set also includes a shunter truck and detachable trailer for loading and offloading the containers. Add LEGO® Power Functions accessories to motorize!

  • Includes 3 workman minifigures!
  • Train measures 36" (92cm) long!
  • Building instructions include a historical description of the LEGO Group/A.P. Moller Maersk Group cooperation and a timeline of the products launched!
  • Containers can be loaded side-by-side or stacked!
  • Motorize your Maersk train by adding LEGO Power Functions 8878 Power Functions Rechargeable Battery Box, #8887 Transformer 10V DC, #8884 Power Functions IR Receiver, 8879 Power Functions IR Speed Remote Control and 88002 Power Functions Train Motor!

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I've added the official images to the set page and I'd be interested to know what you think of them: they are a little different from normal official images and I'm not sure if I like them...

61 comments on this article

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By in Canada,

Glad they finally 'released' the information. Very much looking forward to this one. Not surprised about the $159 CAN price... (though wish it was closer to the US price... might need a trip down there some time).

This should be an easy switch to a 9V motor...

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By in {Unknown country},

Does that mean it's available now? I hope it is very soon! Because of a trip to the US in two weeks time it would mean a 30% cheaper train...

I like the images (quality and quantity)

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By in United Kingdom,

Looks amazing, £91.99 doesn't seem too bad price , thought it would be £102.99 or more. Does anyone know when it's availible?

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By in United Kingdom,

Looks like i was pretty close with my guess of £90 for this set, it really is very nice indeed, some great detail on this as well, will definitly be getting this!

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By in United Kingdom,

£91.99 seems a good price for the train, but it'll cost another £80 odd+ to motorise it if you need:

LEGO Power Functions 8878 Rechardgeable battery - £42.99
8887 Transformer 10V DC - £19.74
8884 Power Functions IR Receiver - £11.49
Power Functions IR Speed Remote Control 8879 - £10.99 and
88002 Power Functions Train Motor £??

Not sure what you need exactly but it looks a but steep to me.

Also @ the Brickset team, the City trains from 2006-2011 do not show in the trains theme, only the city trains sub theme, is this intentional, as I cound't find what I was looking for until I realsied, might be better to have them in both? :)

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By in United States,

$119? That's far better value than I could have hoped for. I was thinking $130- $150. That makes the choice between this and the Emerald night a tough one..
In the images you can clearly see what looks like a glass or plastic shelf underneath the train. Hmm, I think I prefer the plain white. But they still look okay, for the most part.

I believe I heard about a release date of April 1, although I'm not sure whether that's for Europe, North America, or worldwide.

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By in Canada,

Yes, I believe it is April 1st.

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By in United Kingdom,

The glass that the model sits on is dirty. I swear I saw some masking tape, too. Perhaps that's intended. Anyway, it's a neat model.

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By in United States,

WOW!!! LOVE all the official images. awesome.

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By in Canada,

This train looks great. I still like the Emerald Night slightly better but if I had the space and funds I'd get both trains. My guess of $175 CDN is not too far off. I'm glad the set is slightly cheaper than I thought it would be. I like the new photo style but I found the reflective surface a bit distracting as it draws attention away from the train itself. With the old style photos, a plain white background (and no marble table), the set is the focus of the viewers attention not the set's reflection on the table.

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By in United States,

Ok this is awsome because i collect trains and ive allready got the trains and acsessories from 2010 so now i can get another train and Wow good price same as the passenger train saving up for that!!

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By in United Kingdom,

I'm not sure, but maybe they just haven't properly finished photoshopping them yet. I believe I saw an advance image of 8043 last year with a similiar technique.

Either way, I'm glad this is not motorised (hence cheaper) as I do not collect trains and have no room for a layout, but I like this model and maybe would buy a few pieces of track to display it on.

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By in Canada,

> maybe they just haven't properly finished photoshopping them yet

Yes, I'm sure that's it, but it's odd that they released them unfinished. Yet another internal bodge-up :-)

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By in United States,

Finally! Ive been waiting a while for this set to come out! It looks great and I hope to pick it up not much longer after it is released. :)

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By in Belgium,

The pictures are nice. But I don't like stickers, especially not if they have to be on more then one brick. And if I (can not) apply the front shield sticker it's just looks like a regular black and blue train.

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By in United States,

$119 sounds about right. I figured they would not match the Emerald Night pricing, considering it comes with the truck, etc. Still - this is going to make a mint. Got to start saving up...

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By in France,

Huw, can you put a link to the "official announcement", I'm interested to see pricing for France and Ireland.

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By in United States,

I want this soooo bad. Living in a large port city means seeing Maersk containers/ships all the time - this set does an amazing job.

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By in Canada,

Finally, this set got officially annonced. I was really afraid that this set might be a Maersk Emplyee exclusive. Looking at the Canadian price of $159.99, and the American price of $119.99, I might drive out to the US to buy one of these. Since the American and Canadian dollar are very close, I'll save a couple bucks.

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By in Canada,

I'm going into the states over March break! I'm kind of happy they didn't add the motor pieces because that makes it a lot cheaper for buyers. Besides the train buyers already own some of that stuff... can't the controllers do more than one train anyway!? The non-train buyers who just happen to like this model (me) probably don't intend to run its motor anyway. I'm really happy with the price (well the one in the USA) so if my summer list shortens any then I'll add this set to it.

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By in Canada,

@BrianOg: the Ambassadors and affiliates are just sent the information by email, it didn't get published by LEGO anywhere on their site as far as I know.

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By in United Kingdom,

Don't like the new style of pictures - reflection is distracting and as already mentioned the - dirty glass & tape - what happened to the famed quality control and the motto 'only the best is good enough' ?

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By in France,

@ Huw - Aah I see, thanks for the reply

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By in United States,

@Mike-o-saurus and brixton: Buy the Emerald Night now.. I believe they will be phased out soon....
My Guess is the Maersk set will be available for some time.. but I believe this set is going to take the Emerald Night's 'Slot' in the Lego Lineup, meaning that The Emerald Night is on borrowed time (that is if Lego hasn't already stopped manufacturing these)

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By in United Kingdom,

madforlegos: print? :-) Do we have instructions yet or not?

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By in United States,

I like the use of the garge 'slot' bricks on the containers.. I think this is a pretty nice set for 119 USD.. My guess is these will be very sold out at the store in the first hour and back-ordered online indefinitely...

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By in United States,

@LegoCoastGuard... sorry old habits die hard.. I changed my description... either way, I see them ending the set soon.

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By in United States,

@David Graham and others commenting on 'dirty' windows:
It was a poor attempt at giving it a real world feel, but I believe that is a reflection, at least that is what they intended..

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By in United States,

Lol. Comes with 1,234 pieces.

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By in United States,

The set looks great. I will most certainly be purchasing 2. I'm not sure how many of you know Maersk's history, but Lego added some Easter Eggs into the set! Look at the License plates on the trailer and truck.

The truck plate reads APM 1904 = Maersk is known as the A.P. Moller Maersk Group and it was founded in 1904.

The trailer plate reads ML 1928 = The company purchased 5 new ships and was renamed Maersk Line in 1928.

I'm not sure if that was pointed out yet, but it is an interesting bit of history incorporated into this beautiful set!

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By in United Kingdom,

I'm not mad keen on the new official images, I don't like the hint of amateurness (if that's a word) about them. It won't stop me from buying it though. A definite must-have for me!

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By in United Kingdom,

officially cool

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By in United States,

@9voltandStarWarsfanboy: That is interesting and neat to know. Thanks for the information

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By in United States,

Oh and just wanted to say, excited to see this set!!! Can't wait to pair it with the Maersk Ship.

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By in Netherlands,

WOW, this looks awesome! Must get a copy of this one :)... Lately bought the Emerald train which is a nice model too, but this really looks nice in the freight and cargo harbor.

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By in Australia,

It looks AMAZING. And $119 US is better than I thought it'd be. Of course, here in Australia, we're paying about twice as much. So I'm a little bit worried about what the mark-up is going to be (given that the Aussie dollar is right now *better* than the US dollar, we should be paying less, but that's a whole 'nother story). I'm predicting about $150, the same price as Emerald Night. Which would be better than expected. But no, I absolutely want this train. It looks awesome.

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By in United States,

Wow finally an American train. It could be a little cheaper, maybe $109.99

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By in United States,

After first seeing photos of this set, I was actually expecting a much higher price, so I am VERY happy to see it listed at $120 USD. At that price, I'll definitely be purchasing more than one!!

As for the photos - I think the image quality is good and they allow for a lot of detail. However, as previously mentioned, the clear glass table should never have been visible (especially if these are official images from LEGO).
(And I totally agree with DavidGraham's comment about the LEGO Motto!)

In my opinion, this is one of the best looking and most realistic LEGO train sets ever made!

I can't wait to get my hands on this set and actually put it together! It will look great on display with all my other LEGO Maersk sets!

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By in Australia,

For me, this set is a definite highlight out of all of the sets announced for 2011 thus far. It'll be interesting to see if there ever will be a Maersk airliner set produced at some point in the future...

@9vandStarWarsfanboy - Thank you for sharing that piece of trivia regarding the "Easter Eggs" hidden within the license plates on the truck and trailer.

@Zordboy - Unfortunately, it seems that Australians have historically always paid more for their LEGO sets, and it seems every year that this is a trend that the LEGO Group won't be changing... I quietly hope that this will change one day, but at the end of the day, the LEGO Group is out to make money, and it seems us Aussies are bearing the brunt of this...

@LegoCity578 - LEGO has produced American trains before. Some of the American trains modeled by the LEGO company that come to mind include the Santa-Fe Super Chief (sets 10020, 10022 and 10025), the BNSF GP-38 locomotive (set 10133), and the TTX Intermodal Double-Stack Wagon (set 10170).

Santa Fe Super Chief sets:
http://www.brickset.com/detail/?Set=10020-1
http://www.brickset.com/detail/?Set=10022-1
http://www.brickset.com/detail/?Set=10025-1

Burlington-Northern Santa Fe (BNSF) GP-38 Locomotive:
http://www.brickset.com/detail/?Set=10133-1

TTX Intermodal Double-Stack Wagon:
http://www.brickset.com/detail/?Set=10170-1

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By in United States,

@jpmanalo - Actually, Maersk Air was sold early in 2005 to a corporation in Iceland, so I doubt we will ever see a Maersk Airliner. On a separate note, seeing that this train is Power Functions ready, I might even start to convert to PF. As of now, I only run on 9v, but with the cost, I don't know how much longer I'll be able to afford it. I'll have to check how much it will be to get this train up and running with PF.

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By in United States,

I let out a huge sigh of relief when I saw that $119 US price. There was an underlying fear that it would cost considerably more since this set seems so much better than the Maersk container ship (same price). Now that the price has been announced and is very reasonable, I believe this set has cemented itself at the top of my 2011 list of Lego purchases.

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By in United States,

I am certainly impressed by all the features (the visible Deisel engine, and cabin for the engineer), and glad to see it uses the train motor not the normal power functions motor like the Emerald Night. I like the EM and appreciate why they used the rotory motor and technics wheels and cogs, but the sound of the movement can be annoying especially on a tight track that you don't want it to move quickly around (aka Christmas tree).
I liked the reflective glass (although not the smudges), I thought it allowed you to see more angles. More pictures is always better.
I was so excited about getting it (or two) that I immediately went to Lego.com to try and order and was disappointed that it was not showing up when searched for. You did not mention availability until the comments section... but it made me read all of them. Interesting Easter Eggs @9vandStarWarsfanboy. I would imagine that the battery box replace the Diesel engine if you motorize it, and the IR receiver will insert into the empty space there between the engine and the cabin, with the train motor obviously underneath. I guess I will have to get two in order to show off the deisel engine on the second. Oh well, there goes all of our Lego VIP points for the year (good thing the wife was disappointed in Daigon Alley when it came out (not much to the building as far as detail). I just hope it is not an April fools joke.

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By in United States,

I guess I will also have to get two sets of lights for it since it has four, two below in front and two in the top by the cabin (hope they all have holes at back and are reachable).
I remember trying to motorize Hogwarts Express and having a heck of a time getting the light cables to run through the body and it still go back together. I almost had to build another car and make it the engine instead.
Hope they provide alternate instructions for motorizing it like they did with Emerald Night, my wife almost had a heart attack when I started removing parts to motorize it for her.

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By in United States,

According to Brickset, The Emerald Night was released April 1st, 2009. To me, it's obvious that this set will replace EN on the shelves at the LEGO store, so if you don't have an Emerald Night set yet, I suggest you go buy one now. I am going to get mine in the next few days, because it's possible that production on the EN has ceased already, and they are making the new Maersk Train sets to be on shelves April 1st, 2011.

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By in United States,

No motor, but still a great set. I'd buy it if I had the chance-I probably won't though (extremely sadly) due to the pricyness of the other amazing 2011 themes.

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By in Croatia,

so, you say its coming 1. april... but does the Lego just release it then or does it come to stores...

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By in United States,

Is it me or is the one phone of the Lego guy's eyes kinda creepy? I mean those eyes are HUGE (The one where the min is working on the engine)

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By in United States,

Only two container cars? So I have to spend $250 to get a train with four cars (minimum for a train to look even vaguely 'realistic') and have an extra engine. Then motorize it? Then get the tracks? Yes I know some people already have big track sets but for the new people the price of entry for a motorized train with some tracks is entering the LGB trains realm! Sorry, don't mean to be a debbie downer but I wish LEGO would sell cars separately. I already spent $300 to have (only) three passenger cars on my EN set with one or two more to come - hopefully the EM will be on sale someday. Otherwise I too look forward to this release. Cheers.

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By in United States,

@faster345: I am guessing that what will occur is that people will be buying these and selling the cars and engine separately, so you will probably be able to get the extra cars. (that is how I got my extra carriages for the EN)

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By in United States,

I see they have not put it in to the Search function yet though. I went to shop.Lego.com and typed Maersk in search and all that shows up is the container ship. If you go to the Train theme though it is there finally. Looking forward to April (Series 4 minifigs and Maersk train!) At least with modern trains two engines is normal.

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By in United States,

@Exus: Thanks for posting the link with the interview of the LEGO Designer responsible for this fantastic set!
It appears that the table used in the video is the same table used in the Official LEGO photos...hence the reflection in the photos!!

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By in United States,

Emerald night is no longer on tru.com.

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By in United States,

New to the "Train" theme, can anyone tell me is this train compatible with other Lego 9V tracks? What is the "9V tracks"? like #7499, #8867? I checked the other models, i.e. #7938 Passenger train and #7939 Cargo train, they both have the description "tracks not compatible with Lego 9V trains, train is compatible with Lego 9V tracks". Thank you in advance for any information.

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By in United States,

this train will work on 9v tracks. it has the same gauge.

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By in United States,

Its been a month already? Wow. This year is flying past. Lol the set has 1-2-3-4 peices.

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By in United States,

@ Xena6296: The new trains can use the old 9 volt track as well.
Lego just means that the new track will not work with 9 volt trains due to the fact 9 volt trains use electrified track, at least the track had metal on the rails that can carry current through it to power the 9 volt train motors ... the new track has no power rails therefore cannot be used with the 9 volt motors (or rather it can, just no current can go through the new track to power the 9 Volt trains)
Like NCBarrett says, same gauge, but the new track has no power rails...

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By in United States,

@ncbarrett & madforlegos: Thank you for all the info, seems that I am a train dummy, not sure if I should start the "train" sets.

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