LEGO 60051 Passenger Train Review 14

Woo! I thought it will never happen but here they are, the brand new LEGO Trains that replace 7938 Passenger Train and 7939 Cargo Train. I have bought both ( whatelse! ) but today I am going to review for you the 60051 Passenger Train.

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Time to review! By the way, I haven’t bought yet the 60050 Train Station but you can see a MOC I did based on it, as well as my own version LDD file ( with PDF instructions ).

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Model data

Name Passenger Train
Ref. Code 60051
Theme LEGO City
Year 2014
Parts 610
Price £99.99
Minifigs 3
Where can I buy LEGO 60051?
I bought mine at Amazon because it was already on release 15€ cheaper than at LEGO Shop.

Model background

Travel around the city in no time with the motorized LEGO® City High-speed Passenger Train!

Operate the 8-channel, 7-speed infrared remote control to power around the curved tracks at top speed.

This streamlined, super-efficient train has a high-speed front profile and electricity contact points on top. Lift off the roof of the front car to place the driver inside at the cool dashboard and open the passenger cars to access the seats and tables. Wait for the train with the traveler at the way station, and pedal safely across the crossing with the cyclist once the train has gone past. Includes 3 minifigures: train driver, traveler and a cyclist.

Model Box

This set comes in a big box that contains all the parts and the tracks. As with most big LEGO boxes I am not totally sure you are getting what you paid for…
This is the front side of the box

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Manuals

This set comes with four instructions manuals, one to build the little station and the rail crossing and the other three to build the train.

Building experience

After building a few LEGO Advanced models on a row ( I have right now the Townhall in mind… ), this set is quite easy to build. No exotic techniques, a reasonable number of parts and some new parts.

If you see the photos, you will realize that the front of the locomotive is a single big plastic piece. This could have been done with LEGO parts instead but I think it really add to the model to have such a strong part there, my 7939 front detached from time to time.

Overall, when I built this model I had the feeling that there were too many shortcuts but the building itself was quite straight forward ( and simple ).

Here you have my timelapse video.

Complete model

Well, this is the complete model

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Train station and rail crossing

The station is almost a joke and a clear step back over the one that was available at the 7939 ( that wasn’t as nice ), I suppose that when you spend 130€ on a set you can¡t expect anything else…

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The crossing it done with two ramps and has semaphores that look really nice.

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Tracks

Pretty much the same that I complained with 7939, if you want to build anything remotely fun you need to spend money ( a lot of money! ) on tracks, just go and check some of my train layouts.

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This set comes with 8 curved tracks and four straight tracks and really… you can’t do anything else than a small oval with them.

Locomotive

I have to say that when I saw the set for first time a few months ago, I was severely disappointed with the way it looked but once I have built it, I have to say that it looks decent enough and when moving on the tracks it looks quite well.

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Both ends of the train looks exactly the same, but one of them has the IR Receiver, the battery box and the motor.

The driver cabin is extremely simple but well I suppose it is more than enough.

Passenger Car

If you compare this model with the Horizon Express the result is disappointing ( how many times I have wrote this?! ) but again, I suppose that for a simple set like this the result is decent enough.

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There are no extra details inside the car beyond a few chairs and a block that works as a table.

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Minifigs

This set comes with three minifigs, one train driver that was driving and had no time for a photo and the two others that you are watching here.

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Overview

Miguel says 8/10
Building experience
Value for money
Playability
Parts

Pros

– It looks quite nice when moving on the tracks.
– It is quite straight forward to build

Cons

– Expensive
– As with 7939 Passenger train, I really miss more tracks.

Does LEGO 60051 worth the money?

Nah, it doesn’t matter what I say… if you are a train hardcore fan you will get it. If you are new to LEGO Trains, do yourself a favour and order a few ( no less than four ) Tracks boxes when you get this.

Always check at Amazon for a deal of the 60051 Passenger Train before anything else.

14 thoughts on “LEGO 60051 Passenger Train Review

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  3. Reply Karen Dec 12,2014 10:07 am

    Hi, where do you get the extra track boxes please??? Thanks

  4. Reply Stacey Dec 28,2014 1:07 am

    Can’t seem to get the battery pack to work. Green light comes on on the remote, however, not on the battery pack or the IR receiver. Please help

    • Reply Miguel Dec 29,2014 7:23 pm

      Make sure the batteries are correctly placed. I have placed them in the wrong way more than once… and then make sure both remove and IR are working on the same channel number.
      If all that fail, take your train back to where you bought it and either get another one or your money back.

  5. Reply Silo Dec 28,2014 7:48 pm

    Hi Miguel,

    can these tracks be used for the Lego city 7939?

  6. Reply Kai Jan 2,2015 6:20 am

    Hello Miguel, any chance you could post a tutorial on how to use the remote control? It comes with no instructions, initially we had no power to the train due to a faulty battery box, but we now have power but the train works erratically or not at all ( Maybe we aren’t using the controller properly but without instructions we have no idea!) Any assistance would be greatly appreciated!

  7. Reply justin Jan 2,2015 6:14 pm

    Hi I have got the train set for my son for xmas it seems to go around once or maybe twice but then comes off the track is this something I am doing wrong or a fault also the train will knock over the signal lights .

  8. Reply Bartosz May 2,2015 3:22 pm

    Hi i have a problem with battery component bought train for kids for Christmas worked for few months and now even green light is not coming on.. (i have replace batteries)

  9. Reply Gianluca Jun 14,2015 9:59 am

    I had problem with battery too, as for Stacey only the remote control seems to work

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