Crusader wrote:I'd love to expand the track that comes with the set but I am woefully ignorant about Lego trains. Is this track the normal one that Lego trains come with? Can you get curved pieces?
My thoughts exactly! 7036 Dwarves' Mine is primarily what has just gotten me interested in legos again (after maybe 10-15 years, though I have to give some credit to the new pirate sets as well), it just captured my imagination. I LOVE the idea of a mine and the mine carts on a track. I want to expand it as well. I have one other set that has a pair of these straight tracks (slightly different gray though), which incidentally is another mine - 6761 Bandits' Secret Hideout (I got it off ebay after I got the Dwarves' Mine, mostly for the tracks!
). I had figured out from digging on peeron.com's inventory lists that there are some old train sets with blue tracks (straight and curved pieces), 4.5V system it appears. I followed the above suggestion and searched bricklink.com, and found a few listed there. Haven't bought any though. And I don't have any other lego trains either, so I'm new to lego tracks as well.
I also recently stumbled across some photos on flicker of upcoming 2009 lego sets, and it looks like the Indiana Jones set 7199 The Temple of Doom may also use the same track system (just based on the photos of course), and it not only has lots of curved tracks, but tracks that go up and down too (as in elevation changing)! The train wheels on the mine carts look like the same ones used in 7036 and 6761, so that would make me think the tracks could be the same system, and compatible. I really REALLY hope this turns out to be true, because if it is, this Indy set could greatly expand my Dwarves' Mine. Here's a link to the photos of this set on flickr.com (I think you have to login to see them). http://www.flickr.com/photos/no_onions/sets/72157613845524090/
I'm really hoping to get this set sometime... mostly for the track! But the color scheme of the set looks similar to the Dwarve's Mine, so it shouldn't be hard to turn it into a castle set (no offense to Indy of course, but I'm just more into castle).