CITY Trains: first images

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Passenger Train

Passenger Train

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Our friends over at PromoBricks have posted images of the CITY train sets that are due out in July.

60197 Passenger Train will cost 129.99€ in Germany, while 60198 Freight Train will set you back 189.99€. Both feature the new Power Functions system, which includes a new controller.

View larger pictures after the break and let us know what you think of them in the comments.

 

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By in Norway,

Finally! Looks nice, must have these too afterall ;)

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By in United States,

I like the color scheme of the passenger train, will likely be adding it to my collection. I’m glad that it also has no passenger seating in the locomotive section,. This was an unrealistic feature in many, if not all of their past high speed train sets from any theme.

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By in United Kingdom,

Is that some kind of new curved piece in dark bley under the nose of the passenger train?

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By in United States,

@benredstar, no, it has been used in many other sets to date, mostly in City helicopters. The other large piece that makes up most of the front of it is new, however. Also appears to integrate the pre-existing speed champions windscreen piece.

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By in France,

Very nice but baulking at the price. Was expecting €150 for the freight train...

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By in Poland,

Those painted potted trees though :\

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By in United Kingdom,

I hope we get a new station as well at some point. The last one was not too great.

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By in United Kingdom,

@mrlegoguy1200 Seats in the "locomotive" may be unrealistic in North America, but in the rest of the world, "diesel/electric multiple units" are the most common form of passenger transport. The concept of a separate locomotive has been largely abandoned outside of freight trains.

Germany: https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/a/a8/ICE_3_Oberhaider-Wald-Tunnel.jpg/1920px-ICE_3_Oberhaider-Wald-Tunnel.jpg

UK: https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/3/3f/Hugh_llewelyn_465_019_%286647161459%29.jpg

Australia: https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/3/3f/A-City_EMU_4003_in_2014.jpg

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By in Australia,

Hmm, passenger train is evoking memories of the Horizon Express: need another set for the back half!

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By in United Kingdom,

Nice to see the cargo train seems to come with a reasonable number of straight track pieces

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By in United Kingdom,

Did anyone else notice that 7499 Flexible and Straight track set is on the retiring soon list? Any clues on the replacement?

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By in United Arab Emirates,

Both trains are nice , and most likely I will be adding to the train and city collection , but , what is this new remote ? "powered up"

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By in United States,

Meh. Almost look like Juniors sets to me. Any info on the new Power Functions?

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By in United Kingdom,

An 'official' Eurostar at last!

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By in Sweden,

Nice-looking trains, too bad the price is so prohibitive for those of us who like trains but don't love them above all else. Hard to justify buying that Cargo Train set for the price of a modular/UCS type set, personally.

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By in Australia,

I generally don't find either of them all that impressive. I like the colour scheme for the passenger train, and while it is an attractive train, I just don't much care for the overall design. The freight engine, I really don't like the design at all ... although thumbs up for the logging car. I'll eBay that one and add it to one of my existing trains.

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By in United States,

The passenger train looks really slick and I'm intrigued by these new Power Functions... hope it isn't absurdly expensive, but it probably will be.

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By in United Kingdom,

I like both sets especially 60197, great colour scheme, similar colours were used on the Euro star in tbe 90,s i would love lego to make Trams now inspired by the ones that Run through Greater Manchester in the Yellow and light stone Grey..

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By in United States,

Notice the 2018 Arctic-colored snowmobile in the red container? :)

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By in United Kingdom,

@HTMZ @lippidp
Power functions 2 is mentioned all through the LEGO boost code. Its likely a bluetooth based system with compatible wires and similar pieces as the boost. Probably it gets announced next month with the press release for the trains.

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By in United Kingdom,

The trackside tower could be better and I'm getting a bit bored with all the freight locos sharing the same design but the rest looks great. I just noticed on the freight set is that the first official buffer stop?

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By in United States,

@Mr Hobbles: It seems as though I stand corrected. ;-)

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By in Norway,

@KingDave i agree, it was super fragile...

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By in United States,

The passenger train looks really nice... it's basically a simpler version of the Horizon Express/TGV, which in my book is a great thing! I've never liked how the City freight trains are basically all flatcars... I'd like to see some really substantial rolling stock. I may be biased and I mean no offense to all the friends across the pond here, but two European-style (meaning short) freight cars doesn't feel remotely like enough... especially when they're just flatcars.

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By in United Kingdom,

Wow it almost looks like British Rail colours (but with a modern sloping cab). I dread to think what power up is the last Train Set I bought was so powerful at level 6/9 it moved the whole track and derailed. I didn't dare try 7.

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By in United States,

Lame they only give you one dividing point track piece, in the past you got two in order to create a bypass for a train to go to the cargo station, and then get back on the regular track again on the same direction. I’m guessing that piece is expensive.

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By in Portugal,

@curious So this new system is based on bluetooth and the previous one on infrared, right? So it should have a much greater range and not depend on direct "line of sight" with the receiver?

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By in Puerto Rico,

I am so glad to have bought 60052, this new cargo train has a fee cool things but no cow.
Edit: however it does have enough minifigures to cover all the machines.

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By in Australia,

Not a fan of the cargo train (the best cargo train TLG have done since they left 9v would have to be the one with the blue diesel engine) but I am LOVING that passenger train. The nose reminds me a lot of the nose on some of the trains I ride on all the time and much better than the long sloping noses we have seen on recent passenger trains IMO.

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By in United States,

@560heliport I also noticed the coloring of the snowmobile. Nice touch.
It looks like there's a new element in the passenger train set: a suitcase with a telescoping handle (though I doubt it telescopes).

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By in Netherlands,

Another passenger train without doors...
I don't understand why they would ignore something that is simply essential for EVERY passenger train in the world!...

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By in United Kingdom,

The Passenger Train colour scheme is clearly reminiscent of 1960s-1980s British Rail “Rail Blue” livery commonly seen on the diesel Class 43 InterCity 125 HST.

I think to aid realism they should either have included a full power car at the rear or designed the whole thing like real modern EMUs; cabs at both ends including passenger seating - not a full sized power car which is unnecessary with electric units.

Granted, it’s a playset, not a replica of a real train of course :)

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By in United Kingdom,

They look nice enough, but then they also look very familiar.

The passenger one is just Horizon Express in yellow and blue rather than orange, or the one before that that was red, and so on. Ideal if you want an Intercity or Eurostar colour scheme. The cargo one looks like the past cargo sets. I guess they know what sells when it comes to trains.

^ The figures don't need doors when they get lifted in through the roof by giants. :-)

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By in United Kingdom,

@mrlegoguy1200 could you show me another set with that part or give me the part number? Thanks!

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By in United States,

So much want! I've been eager to dive into trains and give my city some rails for some time (although still not sure how to do that properly as my city is comprised of several islands - lots of bridges?), and I think this will be the year. Loving the color scheme of the passenger train and clean looking bank van with the freight train. My only complaint is that it would be so much nicer if LEGO offered individual components again, such as breaking up the freight train into several smaller sets. It would be so much easier on the wallet (and save me from sleeping on the couch so often lol).

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By in United Kingdom,

I wonder what Jang will make of these. He does like his trains!

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By in United Kingdom,

What’s the powed up thing? On the box

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By in United States,

I am liking the look of the passenger train. The cargo train has some cool side builds, but the engine itself is not appealing to me. Looks like a Milwaukee Road Little Joe and some European freight engine had an ugly love child.

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By in Canada,

Really not a fan of the boxart for 60197. I've never had a complaint about boxart before, but I have two gripes here.

There's so much negative space above the train. Seems odd they didn't position the entire image up higher and left more room at the bottom to show the tracks.

More egregious, though, are those painted plants in front of the train. Obscuring the product seems like a bad habit to get into. Borderline leaning toward false advertising, IMO. I get why the artist wanted to add some visual interest there, but I really feel like the background needs to stay in the background. Unless they're painting in effects for movement, dirt, glowing elements, etc. I really don't think paint should obscure the product.

Plus, if the product lacks so much visual interest that additional foliage is needed to fill in the gaps, then maybe the product should have been designed with something – like a brick-built plant – in the first place.

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By in United States,

Ooh, looking forward to these! Love that they used a speed champions windshield for the passenger train and made the bottom compatible with the helicopter noses, hopefully will make it a more useable part. Love the color scheme too! Definitely one to get a double of a la Horizon Express.

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By in United States,

I really like the look of that passenger train! I’ll have to get two of those to replace my old 9V ICE. That freight train is alright, but I’m gonna have to pass on it.

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By in United States,

Uh oh. I just read that PF 2 is incompatible with current PF. Here we go again. I wonder how this will impact Technic. I've noticed all 2018 sets to date do not have PF upgrade instructions. Seems like a phase out is happening.

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By in Hong Kong,

Would love to get a new train set but unfortunately really don't have the space to set it up... :-(
This one looks nice, as did the last passenger train; the Eurostar-ish colours look good too. But I wish Lego would release separate locomotives and passenger cars for those wanting enough cars to make a train of reasonable length; the last time was the World City High Speed Rail sets from 2003!?
Also the spartan platform could do with some new ideas; seems to be about the same every time. And finally a wish for a nice new train station like the great one from 2007, or a modern or classic interpretation of one with a cool roof...like the one on the box!

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By in Switzerland,

The trains look better on these pictures, but still no door in sight on the passenger train, same mistake as the actual version, I thought they would have received enough complaints to correct that...

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By in United States,

Any word on if there will be a Creator Expert level train released or is this it? I was really hoping for a follow on to a steam-era train like the Emerald Night. I guess with a Harry Potter revival we might get a new Hogwarts Express...

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By in United States,

Far better than the 2014 train sets IMO

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By in Netherlands,

I'm just wondering how that forklift is going to get that pallet into the van...

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By in United Kingdom,

@pedrojpinto Yes, it should be longer range, not require line of sight, probably lower power for the communications too. And with a little tinkering controllable from a computer or phone.

There seems to be a brickset bug atm, I can't view any of the power hub parts. Here is the WeDo Hub as a set which was the first prototype for PF2, before the boost came out last year.

https://brickset.com/sets/45301-1/WeDo-2-0-Smart-Hub

This is bluetooth with some ports for the new wires. The boost hub looks more like the power functions battery pack with two built in motors sticking out 1 extra stud on the sides and the same new wire ports. The receiver is contained inside so also no large separate IR receiver taking up space. I expect the PF2 hub will be very similar to the boost one but there might be some minor changes. Still no idea if the built in motors will be standard, they aren't useful in trains and a unit without them would make integrating into older builds easier (just a normal sized battery unit with a built in receiver).

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By in United Kingdom,

Anyone noticed the new suitcase yet?

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By in United Kingdom,

@lippidp
Yes the new plugs are different again, they plan on selling an adaptor again (like the existing PF to 9V adaptor) which might save a little money on each train motor. The hub itself will be the greatest upgrade expense though.

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By in Sweden,

Another passenger train without any doors whatsoever, how are the minifigs supposed to get in?

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By in United States,

That passenger train is wonderful!

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By in United States,

I wish they would bring back the trains like they made in 2001. Not the style/design per se, but you could buy individual cars to customize the quantity of each type rather than simply what they decide you need in a big set. That was way cooler.

These:
https://brickset.com/sets/theme-Trains/year-2001

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By in United States,

^ Individual train cars don't sell, it's why we only get two or three trains every 4 years, nothing else sells. It seems even train stations don't sell.

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By in United States,

@benredstar, its part number is 6031896 while its design/mould number is 11295.

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By in Indonesia,

The passenger train looks amazing
But why the new controller? It looks easier to use though

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By in United States,

My guess is the new power system doesn't require line-of-sight. This has been a real issue in RC type Technic sets.

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By in Australia,

I will comment on these sets after but my main concern is where is the 2018 City Train Station?????? Although I cannot fit any more trains in my layout (and I wouldn't spend $200 on a City train set anyway) I need more stations (and more taxis!). There have been no rumors or pictures leaked of a station, but surely Lego couldn't make a train theme without a station? It's like Airport without a terminal set.

As for these: The passenger train is meh. You Europeans will obviously know more, but when I went on the Eurostar, I don't remember it being orange and dark blue. (it might have been yellow and dark blue?)

The cargo train is reminiscent of the 2006? Cargo Train Deluxe set, the locomotive and crane are almost the exact same. I do like the locomotive and I love the crane. I'm still waiting for a Lego construction train/track laying train.

The signal box is good for train enthusiasts, although a lame inclusion for a playset.

But I hate the bank stuff. I would normally have said they were a good inclusion which allows for play across multiple themes, but the money safe thing on the train is so lame I just get annoyed by it and wish the armored car was another cargo truck.

The log car is cool, although the most awesome things about these two sets are the small details, specifically the train signal in the passenger train (finally) and a buffer build (finally!!!)

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By in Australia,

I'm a fan of the Passenger train. I think it looks great and I like that nose is a bit shorter this time. And the colour scheme is great IMO!

The cargo train I'm not so fussed on. It looks nice and has a good selection of styles by I think that crane should be an add-on set and instead have a cargo loading bay or something simple. And what's with only 1 junction?

Will definitely be picking up the Passenger train though!

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By in United Kingdom,

Finally, I kept searching for better images since January. I like them both. The lime green wheelie suitcase looks great and love the orange on the passenger train. Not so keen in the cargo locomotive, but I do like the siding, bumpers, forklift, money van and vault car and the crane. So that's these, cloud city, all 3 creator amusement Park sets, new x wing, probably the next ideas set and who knows what else before Xmas... Baked bean and soup diet time :/

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By in Australia,

Mr Hobbles, that train from Australia is the new electric trains in Adelaide South Australia.

Also the door on the signal box in the cargo set, is it just me or does it look narrower than 4 wide? Looks like a 1x3 frame and door. Love the new suitcase too.

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By in United States,

@David1985.. Yeah, they especially don't sell when the company doesn't offer them..

=)

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By in United States,

Hope the new Power Functions are compatible with the current system. Looks cool otherwise.

Also, anyone notice the robber behind the cargo train's locomotive?

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