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9v, RC or NXT?
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which train motor type is better in your opinion? 9v, RC or NXT? In my opinion, 9v is best.
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| October 24, 2010, 6:24 pm
reliability 9V
easy to use RC
complicated NXT
in my opinion i like RC for its usefullness and it being easy to use.
for 9V u need track and a transformer.
but NXT u need the whole 250 dollar system to use 1 motor. i chose RC because of its well i said it before
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| October 24, 2010, 6:30 pm
9v is the king when it comes to Lego trains
RC/PF are battery guzzlers and don't last long
I use to go through a 2 full set of batteries a day. So in the long run 9v are cheaper than buying new batteries and pull more.

You can do some cool stuff with NXT but the programming software is like halo 2, it takes up lost of processor power and is really slow on an XP computer and the blue tooth option doesnít work on win 7 and may not work on Vista at all what a surprise.

You could experiment with a DCC chip and HO regulator if you are good enough a soldering. To have 9V trains that act like PF trains.

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| January 4, 2011, 4:49 am
Nine-volt is far and away the best. It's actually easier to use than the PF RC motors, because all you need to do is remove a bogey somewhere in your train and replace it with the nine-volt. Setting up the tracks is a little harder, especially since you have to deal with wires, but in the long run nine-volts are less hassle... you can keep them running non-stop without fussing with batteries.
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| January 4, 2011, 11:10 am
I prefer RC to 9V because it is much easier to install. I also think that 9V uses more power, and it also runs off of the electricity mains,not batteries.
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| September 20, 2011, 1:12 pm
In general I think 9V is the best, it has the most pulling power and it is actually more compact then any of the others. With the other systems you have to worry about having to put that battery box somewhere, and that somewhere has to be easy to reach because you have to replace those batteries a lot. With 9V you still have to find somewhere to but that speed regulator, but that is much easier since it doesn't go on the train itself.

I also liked the 9V era couplers better too, the new ones don't work as well and the coupler is permanently attached to the buffers, some trains don't have buffers you know!

I didn't even know you could us NXT to run a train, I mean I guess it's possible, but why? The RC/Power Functions stuff isn't good either, the PF controller is so annoying, it is nearly imposable to bring the train to a stop without hitting the stop button so realistic stops are out of the question. And don't even ask you are supposed to tell what speed you are going, my train derails over speed 4 (she's a 10 wide, likes to barrel roll on the turns), it is important to know how fast I'm running her!

Look at just about any other model railroad brand out there, with only a few exceptions, they all plug into the wall.

I'm sorry for all this ranting, I'm just mad because by the time I'm through collage and have my own house to make a big train layout in, 9V will be really hard to get. Right now they are pretty much in the blue era, except with annoying remotes.

<b>What they should have done:</b>
They really should have just stuck with 9V, maybe add some battery powered crossings and signals and stuff. If they were going to go RC, they at least could have made RC switches so you donít have to reach across the whole layout!
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| September 20, 2011, 8:17 pm
Quoting Scott Bertaut
Look at just about any other model railroad brand out there, with only a few exceptions, they all plug into the wall.

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The reason lego told me that they were moving to RC was that new laws came in. loge was originally cased as a hobby and when the new laws started they got re classed as a toy. According to laws toys can not be plugged in to the wall/mains power.

but now a third party company is reproducing lego 9V track. google "Me rails"

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| November 29, 2011, 3:27 pm
Quoting Zac R

The reason lego told me that they were moving to RC was that new laws came in. loge was originally cased as a hobby and when the new laws started they got re classed as a toy. According to laws toys can not be plugged in to the wall/mains power.

but now a third party company is reproducing lego 9V track. google "Me rails"

What?!? That's crazy! I guess this explains why Rokenbok went over to batteries too. It's so said that they feel they need to make a rule something like that. I know they are just trying to protect kids, but battery acid can be dangerous too.

I have know about the Me-Models rails for a little while now, but thanks all the same.
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| November 29, 2011, 9:27 pm
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