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BRIO Freight Battery Engine 33214Part of the Brio Wooden Railway SystemSee the headlights of this freight engine in the distance. I just finished a project to restore my very ragged #33429 Blue Steam Engine, which I first wrote about back in December. I documented every step of the process and will be writing an article on what I did very soon for those who are curious and may want to experiment with restoring their own pieces. This item will be sent through the Global Shipping Programme and includes international tracking.
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The first versions of these curved switches were actually slightly different from the ones we see today. The problem with this original switch design is that the straight track path measures 158mm, which does not correspond to any straight track length in the BRIO system.
When the straight path in the switch was shortened to 144mm in order to match the A track length, the edge on the curved side had to be notched in a way that would allow existing BRIO track to connect with it. November 23, 2014 by Jessica Petersen 74 Comments Holidays and birthdays are a classic time for a child to receive a first train set.
I’ve broken down my recommendations by train brand, with the brands listed in my order of preference, starting with Thomas and Brio and then moving on to some excellent brands that are more budget-friendly. Oh, and I should mention that I’ve added photos where I can to illustrate the general look of the different brands.
Looking at the Thomas sets currently on the market, I would not be quick to recommend this basic set. If you’re game to spend a little more on a Thomas set, I like the look of this Tidmouth Timber Company Deluxe Figure 8 Set. Based on this year’s Thomas DVD movie, Tale of the Brave, the Thomas’ Fossil Run Train Set is another platform set, this time with an exciting, curving slope to speed down, trying to evade a rolling boulder!
Among the newest Thomas Wooden Railway releases is the Musical Melody Tracks Set, which looks pretty cool.
Finally, our favorite wooden train set of all time is the Gold Mine Mountain Set, which can be found online or in-store at Toys-R-Us. Thomas Wooden Railway also has a line of exclusive train sets that are only being sold in their online store and a handful of specialty toy stores around the US.
Playing with those sets gave me a great appreciation for not just the quality of the trains but also the brilliance of the train set designers at Brio. Brio’s version of the entry-level train set is their Little Forest Train, which features a cute little steam engine with a log car, along with an oval of wooden track and a pair of trees.
Another simple set to look at is the Brio Safari Railway Set Train Set, featuring a monkey that swings from a tree until the train comes by and it sticks to the magnet on top of the cargo! Brio has also come out with a new pair of bright, colorful train sets that are recommended for 18+ months (instead of 2-3 years and up like most wooden train sets), the Brio My First Railway Beginner Pack Train Set and the Brio My First Railway Starter Pack Train Set. The Brio Roller Coaster Set Train is adorable and fun, and I was really happy to see that it does stay together and the roller coaster cars stay on the track. The Railway Station Carry Set allows you to pack up a small train layout inside of a very cool two-level train set.
I especially love Bigjigs’ Heritage line of trains, featuring models of famous British locomotives. If you’re in the market for a train table as well as a train set, take a look at the current Imaginarium train table set. By the way, the layout in the picture above was created using elements from our Imaginarium train table set and the Timber Log Spiral set (and lots of different brands of track). Ikea is perhaps your least expensive option for a first train set, and there are things to like about Ikea trains.
Once you have your train set picked out, you’ll want to browse our Train Play archives for lots of ideas of what to do with them! Related PostsBest Wooden Train Tables for Toddlers and PreschoolersWooden Train Tracks — The Play Trains!
As the name implies, a freight yard is where cargo is loaded onto, and unloaded from, rolling stock. The first consideration is whether to model the freight yard as a stub yard or a through yard, as the yard configuration and the loading equipment are heavily intertwined. If the loading equipment is fixed then it is up to the train to move so that each car can be loaded or unloaded, and the yard should be modeled as a through yard. Because of the size of many of these accessories, some of which have a large footprint and even an integrated base, the through yard will need to make sufficient space for both the equipment and any supporting vehicles. In the left configuration, the main line is the outer-most track and the yard is comprised of the two short circuits. In the right configuration, the shorter route is actually the main line and the outer branches are the freight yard. A third approach for the frieght yard is to create a dedicated loop near one end of your outer loop.
If the loading equipment can move, then the train does not have to and either a stub yard or a through yard configuration will work. The resulting stub yard can serve a dual role as both a classification yard and freight terminal. No matter which yard configuration you have chosen, you might want to consider adding a receiving yard. In the simplified world of BRIO, receiving yards probably make the most sense in a stub-type freight yard, but they can work for either configuration.
Here, we have a stub yard with two freight terminals and a receiving yard implemented using F2 and G2, with a K switching and crossing track thrown in. Implementing an arrival yard into a through yard is not much different, though doing so in a yard placed at the ends of the outer loop is a job for double curved track. The space in the middle can be used for buildings or other accessories, or it can be filled with track to form a more complex yard with multiple elements. This configuration includes freight terminals, a classification yard and a receiving yard, and still leaves some space for buildings and other accessories.
Here's a full layout, made on an 8' x 3' table, that models one large freight yard, and a smaller ship yard.
This layout does not make use of the basic loops because of the yard size and complexity, and involves a number of specialty pieces including some of the Maxim 3" straights.


That doesn't mean you need to go out and buy only BRIO-branded track like I do, but it does mean that you should mostly stick to a brand that you like, be mindful of what happens when you introduce track from different sources into your toy chest, and most importantly store that track separately so that you know which track is which when building your layouts.
In the BRIO system this track would bear the ID "C3" since it is a 73mm straight with female connectors at both ends.
Even in the early days of BRIO track production there was not, to my knoweldge, this large rounding of the grooves.
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The curved switches and double curved switches, L, M, I and J, did not come along until the early 1980's.
If you insert one of these older-style switches into a symmetric layout such as a loop, then you have to place a second one on the opposite side to keep the symmetry and ensure the track will still meet. Specifically, F and G with their angled ends had to fit, hence the funny shape to the notch. From small beginner’s sets to fun themed sets to big complete sets, I have plenty of excellent options for you to consider. If you click on one, we will receive a small commission — at no additional cost to you — on anything you buy at Amazon for a certain length of time afterwards. It looks okay, but the bridge is of a style that comes apart unless all the tracks in the layout are in perfect alignment. There’s a crane and a log loader, the hill looks lovely and should stay together, and those curved tracks with the log piles attached to them might prevent some derailments of engines speeding down the hillsides. There’s a little gate at the bottom of the hill that opens for Thomas to escape through, and then closes to stop the boulder before it hits him. Like the other sets in the Creative Junction line, the Mix, Match and Build Set encourages creativity by letting children assemble the pieces of the set in different ways, in this case to create different destinations. I love to see Fisher Price experimenting with what can be done with a wooden train set, like the musical chimes on the long downhill slope in this set.
The Celebration on Sodor Set has a cute party theme to it and could be fun for a birthday present. This is an updated version of train layout that used to be at all the bookstores where my son fell in love with Thomas. It includes both a fantastic and versatile three-level mountain and Cranky the Crane, making it (relatively speaking) a good value.
I want to mention them because the sets themselves look awesome and have been getting good reviews, but I have mixed feelings about this development. If you’re hesitant about giving wooden trains that are rated for older children to a toddler, these might be a great option for a younger toddler who is interested in trains, and you may also want to check out the cute Brio My First Railway Train.
The Little Engineer loved that it came with two passenger trains, one red and one blue, with drivers dressed in colors to match their trains. My kiddo is already talking about using the pieces to design his own, bigger roller coaster. Like Nuchi, their line is just a hair below Thomas and Brio in quality and far more affordable.
Their My First Train Set is quite possibly your least expensive option for a small, high-quality beginner’s train set. If your child loves construction vehicles as much as trains, I’d suggest taking a close look at their Construction Train Set.
Though I would rate them lower than most of my other recommended brands, you get a great level of quality in comparison to the low prices, which can go even lower if you shop sales and sign up for Toys-R-Us’ rewards program to get coupons. While not as pretty as the Thomas-brand spiral set we also own, it’s functional and fun.
We have the one from a few years ago, and while the train table has gone on from taking up space at my mom’s house to a new home, the buildings, trains, and accessories from the set, especially the roundhouse, are still useful pieces in our collection. I was happy to see two new additions to the line last fall, a suspension bridge and a turntable. Their wooden train tracks were barely even compatible with each other sometimes, much less other train brands. You may want to read our Guide to Wooden Train Tracks for advice on expanding upon a basic train set as well. There is also the possibility of a magnet coming loose, although the only time we’ve had that problem in the past three years was on a Brio freight container when the plastic square concealing a magnet came loose.
Please take this into account when buying a trains set for your children, as well as their own stage of development when it comes to putting things in their mouths. I’m planning to write a Train Gifts for Girls guide soon (if I can find the time), so you may be interested in that, too.
There are several options for incorporating a freight yard into a design based on the basic loops.
It's show here with three #33386 Overhead Cranes and two #33327 Cranes as the yard elements with plenty of space left for vehicles to enter and exit. Trains should not enter into yards by default, so use the mechanical switches L1 and M1 to force the them to follow the curved path without requiring any special handling. This special loop becomes its own self-contained freight yard that does not interfere with the rest of your layout, and is well suited to holding numerous accessories with unusual footprints.
Moving equipment typically implies a rolling gantry crane, such as the vintage #33323 or the more recent #33732, but any rolling vehicle with a crane can serve this purpose.
As a reminder, receiving yards are where arriving trains are broken down by switching engines, and departing trains are similarly assembled. The main freight yard has a classification yard, engine shed to house a switching engine or two, a receiving yard, and a through yard with overhead cranes and a hopper.
It's part of a starter set and not in a #33323 Middle Straight pack, but close enough (my other five pieces were acquired loose from a seller in Germany in early 2014). I know for a fact that A3 was included in the Network Track Pack #33294, but of course that has the BRIO Network paint theme on it making it a not entirely practical source. There are some exceptions to this of course: I point out that you should consider getting the Maxim 3" Mini Straight or the Jesse's Toy Box 3" Straight as a substitute for the discontinued and short-lived BRIO A3 track, and there are other pieces in the BRIO system that are simply very difficult to find but very handy such as as the F2 and G2 parallel switch tracks. BRIO's track lengths are measured in metric and their primary lengths are the 216mm and 144mm straight. You can create more complex layouts from two or more simple, symmetrical designs simply by overlapping them or joining them at one end. I'm 90% sure it's not a BRIO piece, but BRIO did manufacture custom pieces in some of it's vintage sets—the Harbour #31405-40 comes to mind—so I'm not comfortable going that extra 10% and proclaiming it with absolute certainty. If you reside in an EU member state besides UK, import VAT on this purchase is not recoverable. Import charges previously quoted are subject to change if you increase you maximum bid amount.
The quality is even better than Brio and Nuchi’s, and the railroad tie detail looks fantastic in person. You would be better off spending ten dollars more for the Battery-Operated Percy and the Mail Station Set.


The Mountaintop Supply Run Set has a similar feature in the curved tracks with stone walls attached, and it would be much more needed, because I believe those are our favorite extra-tall ascending tracks going up and down from the platform.
The artwork on this set is very detailed, giving it a story book feeling, and the set will appeal to any child who is a fan of both trains and dinosaurs. I think this is a great idea, and would be perfect for a child who would love having more destinations for telling the stories from the show and books. It comes with a super cool Thomas storage box (which is much larger than it appears in this photo) that has a cushion for a cab roof, so your child can pretend to be Thomas’ driver.
The set has changed a bit since we bought it three years ago (the main differences seem to be more plastic and no gold dust paint on Salty), but I see that you can still get the older version if you really want to spend more money for more wood and somewhat better looks (though it’s probably not worth it).
For a long time, I thought we’d never own any Brio trains, but then we started our Brio collection when our local Toys-R-Us was clearing it out over a year ago.
The Cargo Harbor Set was a birthday gift last year, and we just love the container ship and the lifting bridge. The Brio Monorail Airport Set comes with a control tower and airplane as well as a powered monorail train and special monorail wooden tracks. Additionally, they make a lot of unique and extremely clever pieces, especially when it comes to their freight cars and destinations. While it includes passenger coaches instead of freight cars, and so doesn’t offer the fun of loading and unloading freight, it does include two people and two houses. All of our Imaginarium train stuff has stood the test of almost three years of train play and still looks great.
The spiral supports can be used with straight or curved track to make any number of different elevated configurations, and it comes with a cute steam engine and two great freight cars (my son loves having the blue one for Thomas to pull).
However, be aware that the plastic connectors on their track are a very tight fit and don’t work easily with some other wooden train track brands.
However, they’ve completely changed the track now, so my hope is that they work better. I also recommend signing up for our email newsletter to keep up with our new train ideas and activities as we post them. We were fortunate that the Little Engineer was beyond the mouthing stage when he was only one year old, so we were able to buy wooden trains from the start of his interest in them. I’m hoping to write about all the cool stuff to add to the basic wooden train sets soon, too. While many of these elements can be modeled in the BRIO universe, some simplification is necessary at the very least so that the layout will fit in a reasonable amount of space.
The inner loop can be shortened in order to make more room for non-industrial accessories such as a town. If needed, you can use gender changers to orient accessories such that their bulky structures are on the loop's interior. A receiving yard is basically a siding connected to the main line at both ends, and are most easily constructed using parallel or straight switches (F, F1, F2, G, G1 and G2) since they keep the main line and the siding synchronized in length. Set #33105 doesn't appear in catalogs so I don't know for sure when it was sold, but given that it includes a green battery engine and it came to me with a pair of 1998 catalogs—a foldout and a photobook—I think it's a fair guess that it was produced around that time. The gap there is 64mm, and using the A3 piece creates a better fit as well as a slightly wider turn than an A2.
Virtually my entire collection is BRIO with only a handful of track pieces coming from other manufacturers.
The track for Thomas and Friends is based on Imperial measurements and their straight lengths are measured in inches.
Symmetry is really the basis for success in the wooden railway system which is plagued with 45-degree angles and other confounding geometry. BRIO has not, to my knowledge, ever produced such a piece and track A3 did not appear until 1998.
The rounding in this mystery piece more closely resembles that used by Jesse's and Orbrium's track manufacturer, except that the quality of this track is much, much higher.
One thing to know about this set in general is that you’re only given enough track to connect two of the three levels of track on the mountain, so the set needs to be supplemented at some point with additional track. And while Brio does use a lot of plastic (their trains are mostly plastic), it’s extremely high quality, heavy duty stuff, and it looks great they way they do it.
This is a cool set, especially the passenger-holding airplane, but be aware that the tracks need to be secured in some way to each other and the risers (I recommend no-residue duct tape for wooden train tracks).
Also, their trains are very small, so some larger trains from other brands don’t fit beneath Ikea bridges.
Of course, now their trains have non-magnetic couplers, which means that they are not compatible with other brands of wooden trains.
Even so, I did put a number of smaller pieces away until I was sure, and I always closely supervised him with his trains. Shown above are the #33667 Water Tower, #33324 Push and Load Tower, #3324 Hopper, two #33327 Cranes, #33386 Overhead Crane, and #33552 Fuel Tank Station.
At the other end is a small shipyard, also modeled as a through yard with a sliding container crane for loading and unloading barges and container ships.
Maxim's track measurements are stated in inches but the measurements are actually in metric and the imperial distance is a rounded measurement, e.g. Anything that breaks track symmetry serves only to introduce additional frustration into your planning.
By then BRIO was not only stamping it's track, but had also long been chamfering the grooves in the rails, as well as the throat of the female connector. If you’re looking for a very basic starter set that includes Thomas, take a look at the basic but classic Thomas Wooden Railway Oval Starter Set. I can understand having one line of sets that is made with more wood than the other, but the sets they’re putting into the regular toy stores and online shopping sites deserve as much thought and care in their design and play-testing as the high-end sets, even if there needs to be a difference in the quality of the materials. Their Village Train Set is an expanded version of the same theme, which is then expanded further in the Town and Country Set. I’m particularly fond of their freight cars, which make great Troublesome Trucks with the addition of some Troublesome Truck face stickers. Ultimate Wooden Train GuideAlternatives to Gluing Wooden Train Tracks to a Train TableWooden Train Bridges and Elevated Tracks — The Play Trains! There's no stamp, and close-ups of the end show very rounded rails, and a straight cut at the throat. Buyer must cover the return shipping cost unless the item is faulty or does not meet the item description. Well, the mainly it is because I started with BRIO track, and the issue with mixing and matching track is that you create problems with symmetry. When you arbitrarily mix track from different sources, you introduce uneven lengths or curve radii into your layout, making it more difficult to create a symmetrical design. We advise that items are returned via a traceable postage method as buyer is responsible for the item until it is delivered back to us. Refunds, if applicable, will be made by the same payment method as the original payment received.



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