Old Space Track & Turbo Train models

Tuesday, December 18, 2001 2:15 AM
For some reason I forgot about these models for years (Guess I had to make room in my brain for all these coaster data & facts.) :)

I'm not sure if Space Track is the right name. It's a futuristic monorail set. The car looks like a white spaceship (kinda like the Millennium Falcon, not Force!) & moves slowly, but has a firm grip on the rail. It has a IR space gun that is used to control it. The rail is red & has 4 metal power strips on one side. It sits on white supports about 2 inches tall. Layouts are simple ovals to complex.

Now you may ask what has this got to do with coasters? Here's the kicker, it has vertically curved track, in other words, looping track! My set only had 180degs worth & so it travels up the wall & down. I remember seeing a photo on the box of a C-shaped wooden box, i.e one floor, wall & ceiling. The monorail travels through a half loop, turns around inverted & back down. I'm sure you could have regular loops.

Did this set come out in the US? I'm not too sure. My mum made me throw it away when I was a kid. Damnit.

Now for Turbo Train, it's pretty much the same thing, except with a fast train set. The train is magnetically gripped onto regular train track & this set showed a loop, wall track & a jump through the loop as well as being able to glow in the dark. I begged for it, to no avail.

All this is kinda like the mini slot car sets you get today.


*** This post was edited by Taipan on 12/18/2001. ***

Tuesday, December 18, 2001 4:15 AM
My Dad was a big model train freak so one year me and my sister saved up all our little dollars and bought him one of those glow in the dark climb up the wall train sets. Honestly, I dont remember the name of the thing, but I can check next Monday when I vist my parents.

But here's the kicker, we bouth the thing over ten years ago....AND IT'S STILL IN THE BOX!! My dad never actually put it together because we could never figure out a good place to put it. It still sits in his closet to this day.....Maybe if I get bored over the holiday, I'll set it up just to see it run.

"Nobody writes about the planes that land." Steve Salerno Washington Times 7-10-01

Wednesday, December 19, 2001 2:41 AM
Really? I hope you get to run it & photos/videos would be great. Its got no loop? If so, :(



Wednesday, December 19, 2001 1:24 PM
I remember the glow in the dark looping train thing. I wanted one but never got it. I gess my parents thought the train was a waste to get me since I had the Super Cliffhangers race track. Thats the one that had loops and went up the wall. Both were made by TYCO in the mid 80's.
maybe you could find em on ebay.
I just went on EBay and saw one. It's up in 20 minutes or so :( It is called the Tyco Turbo Train. It was going for around $30 when i
I saw it.

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Wednesday, December 19, 2001 4:40 PM
Yah, I rememeber that! It looked like Walt Disney's monorail! I always wanted one of those!
Wednesday, December 19, 2001 5:04 PM
Thanks punk! I checked it out, it has no loop though. There is also track up for sale. It is twin track & never knew that! Did a search on Google & came up with this. The one with the loop is called *drumroll* Super Turbo Train.

Those slot cars are still made today by TOMY. I like the AFX Vertigo set.

Wednesday, December 19, 2001 7:51 PM
I just remembered. When I was a kid & my parents wouldn't buy it for me, I got out my LIMA train set & bent all the straight track up to build my own loop. Of course it didn't work, the trains were too heavy & slow. The TT trains are very light & have magnets, actually they use slot car motors & frames. Now there is no more flat track! :)

With the slot car sets, they could manufacture corkscrew & inline twisting track. Then you could build your own elements - Cobra Rolls, Diving Loops, Batwings etc. - a la RCT!

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