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I believe that every little boy should get a train set to play with so when I spotted the Tesco 56 piece wooden train set, available for the price of £10 when I was browsing for Christmas presents for my children it was one of the first things that I picked up. The box does state that the train set is suitable for ages 3+ which seems to be the standard on any toy, but I reckoned it looked suitable for my son who was not quite two when I bought it. And for anyone who is thinking it, yes I also believed that it looked like it would be a fun toy for me to play along with together with my son.
What's in the box?
When you open the wooden train set box there are 56 wooden pieces which I believe is excellent for £10. Included are 22 pieces of wooden track which are made out of real wood as well as a large plastic bridge which builds into the track as well for the train to be pushed along. When fitted together the track does not take up too much room which is good if your house is overrun with toys like ours seems to be most of the time.
Also in the box you get one little train and three differently coloured carriages which all attach to each other magnetically, you can also buy extra trains or carriages in Tesco if you want to add extras to the set. There are also six wooden signs which include a stop sign and a traffic light sign and there are some wooden buildings, four wooden people and six wooden trees to make up the scenery.
All of the pieces in the box are of a high quality and well made in my opinion. The one thing I would say here is that the people and animals are just coloured pieces of wood made in the shape of people or animals but I reckon it would be quite good fun to get your children to paint these to personalise the set a bit.
Getting started and using the set
The Tesco wooden train set is very easy to set up and from opening the box you can have it all set up in roughly ten minutes or so. The wooden pieces all fit together very easily and make different sizes of tracks depending on whether you use all the pieces of track or not. My son who is not quite 2 1/2 yet is able to put the pieces together although he usually makes the track go in as close to a straight line as possible. He equally enjoys playing with it like this or when it is set up properly in a loop, pushing the train along the track.
Who is this suitable for?
As I have mentioned this wooden train set states that it is suitable for ages 3+ but from watching my son and daughter playing with the train set I believe that it is fine for younger children as well. There are a few smaller bit of wood like the signs so I guess you just have to keep your eye on any smaller children in case they try to put any of the pieces in their mouths. Also any dads or anyone else who is playing with this train track alongside their children will enjoy it as well. I would say that this is suitable for ages 2 upwards, just remember to give your children a shot!
I believe that the Tesco wooden train set is excellent value for money at the bargain price of £10. The only reason that I have knocked one star off the rating is that when my son was fitting the pieces together one of the wooden joins broke off meaning that one piece is no longer any use. That is not too big a concern as you can buy replacement track very cheaply in Tesco and it may just have been my son trying to hard to fit the two bits together that made it break.
Watching my children playing with this train set it is very clear that they really enjoy it and they can spend ages just playing away either by themselves or together which is very nice to see. As well as playing with the wooden pieces that come with the set my children also like to put a lot of their little people around the track in the background.
The fact that the track is easy for small hands to build whilst still being strong enough to stay together is really good and gives my children a sense of achievement when they have built it which is really good.
Overall I think that this is an excellent first train set, very cheap as it is just £10 and does not need any batteries, and I would definitely recommend it to anyone.
When I was pregnant, my husband and I used to look at the toys available and work out what we would like to buy our child when they were born. One of the things my husband really wanted to get was a wooden train set regardless of gender! Well we had a girl, and for her 2nd Christmas one of her aunts got her the Tesco Little Steps wooden train set. She was about 18 months when she got it.
---About the product:
The train set comes in a cardboard box with a picture of a boy playing with the train set on the front. On the back is a list of all the things contained in the box as well as an example design for the layout of the track. The train set is part of Tesco's own Little Steps range and comes with 56 pieces. Don't be fooled that there are 56 pieces of track, there are only 24 pieces of wooden track, but there are a lot of other items that come with it. The track includes 2 large slopes, 2 medium straight, 2 small straight, 4 large corners and 12 small corners. There is a bridge that can be used with the track and it has sloped pieces of track to make the downward sections as well. There is the train itself which consists of a black engine and then blue, green and yellow carriages which have magnets on them so they can join together or run on their own. Also included in the set are 3 buildings (police, hospital, fire) which need a base and a roof fitted; several weird shaped animals in different colours; some people with no features, some road signs and 6 trees.
When we first got this set for my daughter, she just wanted to play with the bridge and I would put the slopes of track on either end and she would push the trains down them. She wasn't really that interested so we put it away in a drawer. A couple of months later, she found it again and insisted I got it out and this time was pushing the trains around the track for a lot longer. Now at 22 months she is trying to put the track together herself and enjoys putting the houses up and putting the figures around the track as well as playing with the trains. She often gets this out of the drawer herself and loves playing with all the bits with or without me.
This train set is a lovely addition to my daughter's toys as it is helping to build her imagination and role play. She is also learning co-ordination as she is trying to put the track and the buildings together and she gets less frustrated every time she does it. The magnets are also a source of learning as they will only magnetise one way so she has to learn to turn them round if they don't fit together properly. She doesn't understand this at the moment, but it will be another area I can teach her. Becasue the set contains magnets, it needs to be used with care as they can be very dangerous if they are swallowed. My only moan with this product is that it is really hard to get back in the box. You have to put it in a certain way for it to work so I generally just stuff everything in and leave the bridge on top as that takes the effort to get in!
This retails for £10 which I personally think is a bargain. Most other wooden train sets are a lot more expensive and don't come with the extras that this one has. Although there is not much track in the set, there is enough to make a small track and as we don't have loads of room to play with this, it is perfect for us. Apparently it is compatible with other brands of wooden tracks, but I have not tried this so can't comment definitively. The website states it is suitable for 3years and over, but I think it would be fine for a 2 year old under supervision because of the magnets. My daughter has loved playing with it and I think it has a lot of potential for her as she grows.
I remember my eldest son loving his wooden train set, so 8 years later when my second arrived I couldnt wait to start his collection! For his 2nd xmas, I looked around for a wooden set and saw Tesco sold one for £10, it came with 56 pieces.This was a good price, as a lot of other tracks you tend to pay for the name i.e Brio, Thomas.
Please dont be fooled into thinking that it contains 56 pieces of train track, it doesnt, no where near in fact! In the set you will get a suspension bridge, 2 sloped track pieces to come off either side of the bridge, 4 large curved tracks, 12 small curved tracks 2 large straight tracks, 2 small straight tracks, a four piece magnetic train and a variety of animals, buildings and trees for scenery.
The pieces do fit together easily, but so much so they are slightly loose, so if you use a batterry operate train it will come off around corners as they may not line up properly, a little tweaking will help solve this.
You are limited to what shape your track can be due to the amount of pieces provided, I have found that generally the track shown on the box is the best one to build. However, this set is compatible with other wooden train tracks, not just the tesco one. I have added tracks from toys r us, brio and bigjigs and they all go together great! Some trains however may not fit over the bridge as the plastic suspension detail does make it a snug fit to get through each end.
Overall, this has provided my son with hours of entertaining play, and me hours of fun trying out new track designs!
For my sons second Christmas we brought him his first Thomas track master set but we decided that we would love to get him a wooden train set. While browsing in tesco we came across a starter set for just £10 which contains 56 pieces. It was a starter set but to me was perfect as it was a figure of 8 not too large but big enough for a child to enjoy. Packs of 8 pieces of straight or curved track are £2.99 if you wanted to make the little track bigger.
With it comes straight and curved natural wood track pieces that fit together just perfectly. They are really smooth and made with brilliant quality. They have grooved lines either side of them a guide for the wheels of the trains that are used on them which is good as it helps them glide over the tracks perfectly.
Also in the starter pack is a bridge that is part of the figure of 8 it has red sides and just make the set a little more interesting. There are also a few plastic trees and buildings to build a scene of the countryside up which I thought was a great added extra considering the value of the train track alone was worthy of the £9.99. Also just to top it all of nicely was a train and 3 carriages that are very well made and all connect via magnets at the front and back.
It is recommend from 3 + but we brought this for my son when he was 2 and half and he loved it. There are no small pieces so I do not see why it would not be suitable for anyone a little younger. I would recommend this set to anyone the starter set alone is enough track for my son and now my daughter to get hours of enjoyment out of. We have had it a year so far and there is no damage at all to it although it has seen a lot of use.
I bought this toy as part of my sons second birthday a few weeks ago and picked it up in my local tesco for just £9.99. I was a bit suprised it was so cheap especially as it was wooden and came with accessories, 4 magnetic trains, trees, animals, people, signs and little boards for a hospital etc.
As well as the accessories there is the wooden track which has a large red bridge. The track fits together really easily and there are loads of ways it can go.
It's a little chunkier than normal train sets so it's a bit easier for little hands to fit together and play with.
In all this train set is a great little buy and definately cheaper to purchase than a much larger set that won't get used. My son plays with this regularly so it's definately getting it's use. Plus it won't date or be something he'll grow out of quickly so it'll be getting another few years use.
Tesco Wooden Train Set....
Jack briefly went through a spell of liking trains and from time to time will still get out this wooden train set which we have had now for a good while.
Yet again it was another rash purchase I made and considering the fact that we already had the plastic Thomas The Tank Engine Train Set I probably shouldn't have bought it.
The main reason for thinking it was a must have was because it was only £9.99 p for a large box which contained 56 wooden pieces.
We bought it before Jack was three but the age range is 3+ and he was closer to two at the time but has had no trouble with the actual playing of it but more so the putting the track together.
The wooden pieces of the track are all a natural colour and well made with smooth edges where the pieces fit together well. Along with the actual pieces of track, in the set you also get a lot of small wooden people, houses, signs and trees. There are also carriages and the engine of a wooden steam train. These can be connected by the magnetic ball at each end of the carriage and stick together well. All these pieces really do make for really good playing as you are able to create a whole little town where the train travels through.
The tracks are easy to fit together and can make up various different sized tracks if you use less pieces and it also fits with other wooden train sets so there is always the possibility to buy more to extend it even further. I feel however that when fully made up it is a good size and much bigger would take over any room too much.
Jack loves to play with the train set although he still demands I put the whole thing together even though I know he is able to do it himself (he is going through a lazy stage). He has great fun playing with it and I feel that it is safe and a toy well worth the money I paid for it.
I think a score of 5 out of 5 stars and a recommendation is apt here.
Hope this has been of some help/interest to you.
Many thanks for taking the time to red.
I had wanted a train set for my daughter for a long time but have always been put off by the extortionate prices most shops seem to charge these days. That is until I came across a fantastic wooden train set in Tesco. It is their own brand and has 56 pieces including track, trains, a bridge, road signs, shops and people. All this for £9.99! I couldn't believe it so snapped it up straight away.
At such a bargain price I was a little apprehensive as to what the quality would be like but to my delight it is absolutely fantastic. The entire track fits together quickly and easily and is very very sturdy. The trains are brilliant and connect together through little magnets, this is so easy for my daughter to do. The other pieces included can be easily set up around the track creating a little village for your child to play with.
We have only had this set for a week or so but it has become a firm favourite for child and adult alike!
You can buy additional pieces of track and trains from most toy stores, brio track fits alongside this set so you have the option to be able to extend if you like.
This set would make a fantastic birthday/christmas present. It looks so much more exepensive than it actually is.
The Tesco 56 piece train set we bought for my son is wooden, and comes with different coloured wooden trains with magnets on each end, natural coloured wooden track pieces (some straight and some curved), wooden animal and human figurines, wooden trees and buildings, and plastic signs, signals, and a wooden/plastic mix suspension bridge with track on.
We bought ours for £10 which I think is such good value for the amount you get in the set. You also get a diagram of how to set up the track, although you can set it up in different ways, such as a mini-track without the bridge or background pieces. It's quite easy to keep clean too; you can just wash it quickly under the tap or wipe it over with a cloth.
The se comes in a carboard box with a cardboard separator inside that divides all the pieces up. However, I found that if you try and put the pieces back in that same order they just don't fit so you can't push the cardboard seperator back into the box. I just took this bit out, and put everything back in it's box, which fitted except the bridge which I store separately. Of course, you could find somewhere else to house this set such as a plastic box or similar.
The track is easy to set up, and the diagram is easy to follow. My son (nearly 3) had this when he was nearly 2.5 and has loved it ever since we bought it for him. He never tires of it. He will even play with the trains without the track, as his baby sister destroys the track even before it's been set properly, so i'm glad there is one engine and 3 carriages for him to play with without the track so he doesn't get put out!
The quality of the set is not bad, but you do get what you pay for, and the paint on the trains is chipping a bit here and there, so if he continues to like trains we may get him an electric one later on.
This is a cheap train set for £10, and the quality may be a bit on the poor side, but my son loves playing with the trains, and likes seeing how the magnets work. If you're not sure if your child likes trains, this is the set to buy.
When my eledst daughter was 1 I just couldn't wait as a first time mum to buy her some of the things which I always wanted when I was a child so I bought her a plastic train set. This was a very cheap toy and the train really did not last long. We decided that when she was 2 we would get her a proper wooden one so we went searching. To our delight we found one in Tesco whcih only cost around £12 for a big starter set which was more than enough for her. The price for this same set is now £10 in Tesco so it has come down in price.
In the set was a large amount of track and a train with carriages. There was also some other bits to place around the track like trees. My daughter was delighted on her birthday she watched daddy set it up and had great fun playing with it for ages. We also found that the track from the cheap plastic set easily joined on to her new wooden set so we had even more parts. This Tesco set is also compatible with Brio pieces.
You can buy many other bits in Tesco either separately or in a large set. We have bought a battery operated train, more straight and curved track, junctions and bridges separately out of Tesco all of which comes very cheap. The track is usually a couple of pounds and the bridges are about 5 or 6 pounds but it all varies.
We now have a very large train set box which is overflowing. My eldest doesn't really play with it anymore but my youngest has just started playing with it now so it was a great vaue product whcih wil hopefully last for many more years yet. We have had this set for 4 years now and not a single piece has broken and this was with some very harsh playing at times.
Tesco do a brilliant range of Wooden Train Sets and I'd recommend everyone give these a go if they've got a child between about 2 and 5yrs of age. In fact slightly older children would probably still like this.
You can get a starter set from Tesco for £10 which includes plenty of wooden track (straights and two different sized curves), a bridge, sloped track to go up and down the bridge and loads of little wooden animals, people, trees and buildings. For £10 you just won't get more for your money elsewhere I don't think.
You can add to this set as you go if you like and they seem to vary which items them have for sale in which Tesco stores. In our local store you can only get the trains now but in the one in the next town they also have extra pieces of track, bridges you can add on and even a special tunnel bridge. Prices for add-ons are between £2 for a 4 pack of track and up to around £6 - £10 for a tunnel or bridge.
Our grandson really likes this stuff as does our nephew who we bought this set for last year. We've added a couple of bits to it and his parents have done as well so he now has a really big set. He finds it easy to assemble himself without adult interference and he'll happily play with this all afternoon if he's allowed to. I think this is an absolute bargain version of that over-priced Brio stuff!
When i first saw this at my local tescos i thought a great toy for my 2 year old son for christmas last year.
It was a bargain at £ 10 i thought my son would love it .He has got a thing for train sets .With 100 pieces to it and no instructions it didnt look hard to set up you just have to copy off the front of the box or you could just let your child do his own tracks .
I thought the box was massive and it look as though it was very hard wearing and hours of fun. When we set it up for him on christmas day he loved it and was playing for hours until he started pulling it apart he makes up his own track with the pieces but the only thing is it didnt want to go back in the box.The bits are great you get little trains and little houses and bridges.
Well i thought it was a great buy when one day he was playing with it and the little peg things that hold the track together were coming off which i thought was dangerous if he put them in his mouth now i have to watch him when he is playing with it.
Tesco wooden train sets are very sterdy and good to look at. The trains and other accessories are very affordable too and make good pocket money toys. My son thinks his set and accessories are brilliant - he doesn't know its not the more expensive make. He enjoys being able to choose the very reasonably priced accessories, in particular the ambulance with a siren. There were even some in the sales! I would strongly recommend this product.
My son was given his first train set for Christmas when he was nearly 2 years old. My husband was overjoyed because obviously this meant that he would need to put it together, and test the train, and
you get the picture. I dont think that men ever really grow out of train-sets. The set that our son was given was from Tesco and comprised wooden track in a figure of eight, complete with hump-backed bridge where the tracks crossed, a wooden engine and three carriages, plus a couple of buildings, animals and trees. The sections of track fitted together quite easily but loosely enough that now, age 3, my son is able to put it together himself. They are reasonably robust, and wipe-clean, but we have suffered one or two sections where the piece that inserts into the next section has snapped off; this might be due to my younger son having reached the crawling stage, and shaking the track until it comes apart! Fortunately, the track is very cheap to replace, at only £1.87 for 4 sections of straight or curved track. Extra engines are only 84p!
The track is also compatible with similar (but much more expensive) pieces from Brio or The Early Learning Centre. The railway engine and carriages will also run on these, but we have chosen to add more items from the Tesco range because they are so reasonably priced. I believe that the original set was around £10, although I looked for it in Tesco today and couldnt find that exact set. We have added the station play set, which was £9.43. This includes a raised station platform and a waiting room, with ascending and descending track on each side. There is a tunnel under the station, so as the train approaches you, err, my son, can decide whether to stop at the station or go through the tunnel.
Other items in the range include:
50 pc set £14.87 including raised bridge
30 pc set £9.87 with track in an oval shape
Fairground set £11.23 with track raised up on pillars
Cross-hatch bridge £4.97
Level crossing £8.87
Lifting bridge £6.87
Engine shed £5.43
Powered railway engine £5.43
Crane play set £17.87
You can only buy these toys in-store, and not on-line.
We have had lots and lots of imaginative play with this train-set. My son is very keen on Thomas The Tank Engine, but official merchandise is very expensive. Fortunately, he seems content to play with the brightly coloured Tesco carriages, and name them Thomas, James, Henry and so on, after the characters in the TTTE stories. He is very chatty about who the train is picking up and where it is going, and has even started to play happily with a friend, with each of them pushing an engine around which is something that, as Im sure all parents will remember, seemed as though it would never happen. Overall, I think this is a lovely toy and excellent value.
My daughter loves her train set. Mostly consisting of the wooden Brio-type, she spends hours watching the trains go round and round, and building her own tracks. Well, OK, you caught me - her Daddy loves playing on the train set and spends hours building tracks, watching the trains go round. We picked most of the track up from Boot Sales, some was from the Early Learning Centre on special offer, but at full price, Brio can be extremely expensive for what it is. Yes, it is VERY hard-wearing, durable and easy to assemble and very good quality, but well out of the price range of many parents if you want a decent set. The "Thomas" range is extremely expensive, and like sportswear, you are really only paying for the name. Tescos on the other hand, conveniently produce a wooden set which, strangely enough, is exactly compatible with the Brio set. In other words, if you have a set of Brio track, you can quickly and cheaply supplement this with Tesco track for about a quarter of the price. Of course, you can get your Tesco club card points on the purchase at the same time. Tescos do only do the basic sets - straight and curved track, joining pieces, engines and carriages and a lovely engine shed. Therefore, it is worth buying the more advanced Brio pieces, we have the tunnel which makes noises and some very fancy bridges, for example. But who is really going to know whether the piece of straight track is Brio or Tescos? Tescos really have cornered the pocket money market for these particular goods, and as they seem to be only manufacturing the basic components, there is room for both Brio and Tescos in the marketplace.
I’ve wanted a Brio train set since I was about six. My mum often took my sister and me to her friend’s house, and we always played with her little boys’ Brio train set (see, Brio isn’t just for boys, or babies!). When I found out I was pregnant, it seemed a perfect excuse to fulfil my desire for Brio. So off we went to the toyshop…but we were shocked to find out how much it costs! With so many other expenses at the time, we thought we should it give it a miss for the time being. Some weeks later, we discovered a very similar looking wooden train set in Tesco, and at £12.99 for a ‘starter set’ (a figure of eight track, a bridge, a train, carriages and a few trees & buildings). This was less than half the price of a similar Brio train set. So we bought the set, intending to buy some Brio ‘extras’ such as a turntable and a level crossing, to make it more interesting. However, over the following weeks, our local store began stocking these extras, including extra packs of track. We now have a fairly substantial train set and have had to stop buying any more because we don’t have room to set any more out! The Tesco train set is very similar looking to Brio. The trains and tracks are compatible, and it is therefore possible to mix elements of both sets. (They are also compatible with other wooden train sets such as that available from the Early Learning Centre, which can be cheaper than Brio, but not as cheap as Tesco!) There are two sizes of ‘starter sets’ available, which contain track, trains, carriages, bridges etc. I think the larger one is about £20.00, but it is not stocked in every store. A train engine costs 99p, and so does a carriage. Packs of 8 pieces of straight or curved track are about £2.99. We also have a turntable, an engine shed, a station, a level crossing, an express train, cross track, buffers and an engine house (for 4 engines). There may wel
l be more items available. The only thing we have not been able to obtain is shorter sections of track. Although not essential, these make constructing a continuous track much easier! It looks as if we will have to pay Brio prices for these, although we’re keeping our eyes open elsewhere! A Tesco train set is a great way of owning a Brio type wooden train set, and because it is so much cheaper, you can own a much larger set! The compatibility is great, as it means that it is possible to mix and match your favourite elements from different sets, and as it looks so similar to Brio, a mixture of the two would not look strange. Tesco also sell roads and vehicles, which can be combined with the train track to add even more play value. I would recommend this train set to anyone considering buying a wooden train, and also to anyone who is looking to expand their current set. We’ve had hours of fun with our Tesco train set, and we can’t wait until our little girl is big enough to play with us!