Excellent Value and a Great starter train set. Large enough for the little ones to not break yet light enough to hold. Train has 3 speeds forward and backward. I use mine with a rechargeable 9.6 battery pack from Radio Shack. Works Awesome and I have a spare that charges while using the other. No issues with fitting the battery pack in the Coal car slot. Simple setup and runs fine at all three speeds. Definitely would recommend this item.