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Pre-2013 Trackmaster train... The good version!
on 7 January 2015
It's rare to see this version of the Trackmaster train anymore.
Mattel changed the style of the trains along with the track in 2013. They changed the track from beige to a dark grey colour. The track changes were actually an improvement, but the changes they made to the trains was not. They became faster, but less able to cope with the old beige track, junctions or inclines.
This is the old style Trackmaster train, it's got a nice solid feel, copes with both styles of the Mattel TrackMaster track (2009 beige and 2013 dark grey). Importantly, when switched off it can still be pushed along the tracks by hand, something my little boy loves doing when we run out of batteries.