By now, you’ve seen the photos for the new LEGO Winter Holiday Train (10254) or even seen it in person at the store. The train is a bitty thing, compared to some of the other LEGO trains, but if you don’t have a train for your LEGO Winter Village setup, this is an awesome addition for you.
And let’s say you, purchased the train set, but you want to add some motion to your winter village setup. Don’t have the first clue on how to do that?
No worries! Below I listed all the additional sets you will need to get your LEGO Winter Holiday Train moving.
Sets needed to power the LEGO Winter Holiday Train
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You might be put off by the following list of items needed to power your LEGO Winter Holiday Train (10254), but don’t let it. While the process is a little difficult, it is well worth the extra $55 for some holiday magic!
Now, most LEGO stores *should* have these sets in stock. However, if your store doesn’t, or they are all sold out, you can find them online at LEGO Shop@Home. The links below will take you directly to the item:
- LEGO Train Motor (88002) – $13.99
LEGO IR Receiver (8884) – $14.99
LEGO Remote Control (8879) – $12.99
Just a quick note regarding the remote control. If you already own this remote control, you probably do not need another one. The reason being there is a 4 position switch at the bottom of the remote. This switch allows the remote to control four different receivers.
And don’t forget the batteries!
Even after purchasing all of that, you will still need batteries. I’m not just talking about your casual user 4-pack you can pick up at any grocery store, either. You’re gonna need a humongous box of batteries. So I recommend you pick up a good rechargeable battery brand. We went through a box of regular batteries ourselves when we exhibited at Celebricktion last year. Over the course of the holidays… and depending on how excited you and your kids are about the train, you could easily do the same. Save the planet, use rechargeables!
Overview of how to connect the parts to power the LEGO Winter Holiday Train
Now you’re probably wondering how all of this works together. Fortunately for you, LEGO was kind enough to put the instructions on how to power the train in the back of the second instruction booklet.
There are more pages than the one you see above, but I thought I’d just give you a quick look at what you’ll be doing.
After you build your train, you will dismantle the back portion and the bottom of the train, so you can attach the LEGO Train Motor (88002) and hide the LEGO IR Receiver (8884). You will be running the cable that goes from the motor to the receiver through the floorboard of the train.
Then you will connect your receiver to the LEGO Power Functions AAA Battery (88000) box, which will sit in the charcoal wagon. This will give you easy access to the start and stop button on the battery box. It will also allow you to easily switch out batteries.
It’s going to look a little more scary than you anticipated in the instructions, but I promise you it will be a snap!
A note on tracks for the LEGO Winter Holiday Train
Finally, as you can see, the LEGO Winter Holiday Train comes with enough curved track for you to make a closed loop around your Christmas tree. The problem comes when you need more track, because like it was for us, the area you may be working with requires a much longer track.
That’s where you now have two options for purchasing additional track:
This is the currently available set for purchasing additional track. It comes with 8 straight track and 8 flexible track. While this is a decent set, the consensus is that it is not better than the set it replace below.
The second one I’m showing you is the discontinued LEGO City Straight & Curved Rails (7896) set. The reason I am showing you this is because while the set has been discontinued, it is still the best track for what you need.
While the above LEGO Flexible and Straight Tracks (7499) set is the replacement for the LEGO City Straight & Curved Rails (7896) set, you won’t use the flexible track as much as you think. There are also plenty of complaints about the track in the comments section of the product page on the LEGO website, where others have described the flexible track as fickle, useless without a baseplate and unreliable. If you can find the Straight & Curved Rails on Amazon or a local store at a decent price, snag it! It’s worth it.
And that, my friends, is how you will power your LEGO Winter Holiday Train!
Have you purchased the LEGO Winter Holiday Train? Do you plan on picking up the power functions, too?