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Ever since our trip to Pickering Autumn Stream gala in 2011 both my son's especially my eldest have had a big fascination of trains. Before they liked trains now they love them. Since then for birthdays' and Christmas' they have been bought many things to add to their wooden railway collection as well as visits to local stations to see trains and a few visits to the national railway museum in York which lucky for us is close to home really. It is at the museum my son came across the Mallard which he fell in love with! A beautiful blue train built by Sir Nigel Gresley in 1938.
The boys have several wooden trains that they push round their ever growing train set but one in particular always makes it out with my eldest and we have yet to buy a train that replaces its status. The Bigjigs wooden railway Mallard train is my eldest son's favourite. The Mallard is part of Bigjigs heritage collection which also includes favourites such as the Sir Archibald Sinclair, Green Arrow, The Duchess Of Hamilton, Black 5 Engine and more.
The replica is made from a high quality wood and holding it in your hands you can feel with the weight it is a good quality product for a good price. It comes as a two piece item with the main engine itself and a separate coal tender to attach via a magnetic buffer at the back of the engine. With both parts attached together the train measure a good 19cms in length which I was very impressed with. The train has been painted a nice blue colour and has all the relevant detail added to the paint work. It is certain that a lot of thought has been put into this wooden replica. The name of the train and the trains number 4468 are both in the correct places on the train and LNER is printed on either side of the coal tender on the back in the lovely yellow colour. The back of the coal tender also has a magnetic buffer so you can attach other wagons to it. The wheels are a good size on the train too.
We bought my eldest son this train 2 years ago when he was 3 and a half and on opening it he instantly recognised it as the Mallard. He was so proud to be able to own his own little Mallard. He was excited to point out the detail on the train and not long after opening it he had it on his train track. Bigjigs train items are compatible with most leading train sets and the Mallard runs nice and smoothly on my son's track. He can attach all his other brand wagons to the back and they stay attached as if they belonged to it anyway. As well as my son I was very pleased with this train as well it has been beautifully made and I love the fact my son can have the Mallard running round on his track! My only gripe with this train is the back magnetic buffer on the train has after two years worked a bit lose and now spins round a bit too easily than it did before but it has had a huge amount of play so I can't complain really.
This train has been well worth its money and even after two years and now my son is five and a half it is still his favourite train. I feel it does have a bit more grown up look to it compared to some trains you can get for children which is probably why my son still loves it. It is available to buy at The National Railway museum gift shop in York and is also available on Amazon. Amazon currently has it for sale at £10.99 which I think is a really fair price and is the same price on Bigjigs website.