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Christmas Gift Review 2020: Hornby Hogwarts Express Train Set

Harry Potter fans rejoice as Hornby has released a new Hogwarts Express Battery Powered Ready To Play Train Set and it looks magical.

Image of Hornby Hogwarts Express Remote Controlled Train Set
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Katy from our team was happy to review this train set and said: “I love Harry Potter, I’ve watched all of the films, bought all of the books and even visited Diagon Alley and Universal Orlando so I was excited to give this Hornby Hogwarts Express Train Set a try.

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When I first saw the box, I couldn’t believe the size, it is a 37 piece set and the box has Harry Potter quotes, images all over it, and also has a handy carry handle. I pulled out all of the contents of the box, which had the 4-piece train, rail tracks, and RC remote control. The train itself requires six C cell batteries and the remote requires 3 x AAA batteries, these were not included so make sure you have these.


I took out the rail tracks and began to clip these together which they did so very easily, they just slotted into each other and there was an option to have three different shapes of the track, I initially tried the full circle which I think in total took me around 10 minutes at the most to assemble. Putting the batteries in the back of the engine train and the remote was simply, I unscrewed the screw at the back of each and placed these in, and tightened the screws back up again. Putting the train carriages together was simply as there was a small hook on the back and front of each of these and this held them all together.

Image of Hornby Hogwarts Express train tracks

On the remote, there was the option to have the train going forward or reverse and there were three separate buttons to have some fun effects. These included the sound of the whistle which reminded me of the train arriving at Hogwarts, ring the bell, and movie sound clips. As the train began to move around the tracks I pressed all of the buttons separately and it was very effective. The train moved effortlessly and didn’t keep sliding off the tracks which were great as there’s nothing more frustrating than having to reassemble every two seconds.

Image of Hornby Hogwarts Express remote control

I loved the style of the Hogwarts Express train, it was burgundy in colour and had the Hogwarts Railways and crest emblazoned on the side of the train – exactly like the train in the film. The carriages all were finished with high detail, it even had the coal carriage at the back of the train. I also liked the fact that I could have four together or just use the engine and one or two others which was a lot of fun.

Image of Hornby Hogwarts Express moving

Overall I was really impressed the Hornby Remote Controlled Harry Potter Hogwarts Express Train Set, it was easy to set up, highly designed and was alot fof fun to play, great set.”

Hornby Hogwarts Express Train Set is priced at £149.99 and more information can be found over at Hornby.

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