“ Manufacturer: Bigjigs Toys / Type: Bridges „
A couple of Christmases ago, my oldest wanted a lovely wooden train set on display at Toys R us. When we found it was £200 we wondered if we could get the money together, but then we found out the £200 was for the base set, all the other bits were extra and many were not available. We decided to piece together a set ourselves and have mixed several brands including Brio, Asda, Tesco, ELC, Wooden Thomas and this piece which is made by Big Jigs. This will connect to all the above mentioned sets without problems. It will not connect as well to eichhorn, but neither will any of the other sets - and you can connect it - it just isn't as smooth a connection.
One of the main reasons my son wanted the display model at Toys R Us was the lifting bridge, so we bought this even though it did seem a bit expensive to me. It looks just like Brio is very well made. It is painted a bright yellow and has red railings and a red knob you turn to lift the bridge. If you set a train ( or car) on the bridge and lift it will cause the train to roll forward, so they have had great fun with this. Over the years, this bridge has been sat on, climbed on, dropped and banged about but still looks as new.
In the picture two sloping track pieces are shown. These did not come with the bridge. All you get is the bridge itself. Obviously it is of no use unless you have the other pieces to connect it to. This is only an add on piece, but has been well enjoyed an extra bit to our set. I do think the wee extras really make the train set. The only really flaw in this is that the sloping piece will fall off without another support - we used a wee wooden block for years, but now have this connected to a Brio mini track piece and brio track support before adding the sloping riser.
My son was overjoyed with this on Christmas morning, and still uses it now, as does his younger brother. Although initially hesitant on it, I would agree it was well worth the price considering how much fun they have had with it.
Update: this has been a part of our train set for ages and now, but has now passed on to my youngest son for the most part. I believe I have owned this 5 years now, and it is still as good as new.