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The Bigjigs double engine repair shed is my son's latest addition to his ever growing wooden train set. As with all train sets the track and the trains are the most important pieces but over time we have added extra nice pieces to make it that bit more fun and complex for my boys. The Bigjigs station was the last big piece they got and then this. Bigjigs make their products out of good quality wood but are also more affordable then the likes of Brio. I was a little concerned to begin with whether my son would get enough play out of it for the price but from the moment he opened it for his birthday I knew this was going to be another favourite piece!
The Bigjigs repair shed is made from nearly all wood. On first opening it you could smell the freshness of the wood and three months on you can still smell it if slightly fainter. The shed is a decent size and did surprise me when we opened it. The shed has some working parts making it a toy with plenty of fun and plenty to do. The bulk of this wooden toy is the repair shed with a small ledge outside that runs the length of the shed. The ledge has a black wooden sign that slides across to show whether the repair lane 1 and 2 is in use or empty. This helps my son organise his trains! There is also a barrel storage area which is clearly marked with a water barrel and an oil barrel sitting on a small wooden peg. These barrels can be removed so to replace the used barrels inside the shed. And at the end of the ledge is a wooden block what looks like a lean too that has no moving parts and has the words 'keep out' boldly written on.
The repair shed itself has two brightly painted chunky yellow doors that open outwards with 1 and 2 written on them for the two lanes inside. The lanes inside are still track so you trains can come straight off your train track and run on inside. Inside there are two barrels, again one water and one oil. On top are like plastic pumps to fill the trains. These can be removed and placed on the outside barrels. At the end of each plastic pump is a small fitted metal piece so the tubes can be held in the small holes on the floor. The shed comes with a removable roof that sits on four pegs this is a little stiff to remove and more often than not is removed whilst my son plays with it. The roof is a grey colour with three plastic sky lights on it so you can see inside the shed a little when the lid is on. The last piece to make this beautiful toy up is the one piece of track that allows this shed to be attached to most leading brands train tracks. It attaches to the end where the doors are. It goes from one track and splits into two so more than one train can enter the repair shed at a time. There is also a small hole on the wooden piece where a wooden light stands in it. This can be removed for storage purposes.
The detail in this product is fantastic and not only amazed my five year old son but me too. It is brightly painted with some wonderful detail added to the walls. The outside of the building has a bright red, yellow and green theme going on. The back outside wall is painted with stripes of red and yellow. The outside end wall is mainly green with the name 'Engine repair shed' painted on it with a little sign of a train and spanner saying 'Train repairs'. There is also a very small Bigjigs symbol the makers of this product. Inside the repair shed the floor is kept mainly natural wood as it is the track apart from the some black splodges of what I think will be oil and the odd screw and spanner painted on. Two of the walls are kept pretty simple, one is made up of the opening doors and the last wall is the only wall to be full of painted on detail. There are shelves with tools on and tools hung up and health and safety notices on very small with wonderful detail.
At first look I didn't think there would be a lot of play opportunities for my son but I couldn't be more wrong. The majority of the time he attaches it too his train track along with his station and other bits and bobs and can spend a good few hours playing with the whole thing. His imagination runs wild when he has his train set out and adding this piece has meant his train adventure can be even more varied. Other times he does just play with it alone without the rest of the track. He line's his trains up and puts them inside the repair shed to be fixed and painted. As he has numerous trains this can take him a bit of time! He's does get a lot of enjoyment out of it on his own. The toy is recommended for ages three years and above and I do tend to agree. As it is wooden it doesn't take too kindly to be being bashed about and the wood and paint will chip like all wooden toys. A child with a good imagination will enjoy this repair shed with or without a train track to go with it. Even though my son has only had this three months I can't see him tiring of it anytime soon. My youngest son who is three and a half is beginning to play with it too. He tends to get less out of it, his imagination is very limited so once he has put the trains in and out he gets fed up of it. My eldest son couldn't be any happier with it and as a parent I couldn't even. It is a very good quality toy that adds lots of fun to my son's playtime with his trains. It is great for my son to practise order with his trains.
This was purchased on line from Amazon for around the twenty pound mark. It is sold on the Bigjigs website which is definitely worth a look if you are after wonderful good quality products for your child's train set. It can also be found in some high street independent wooden toy shops. I am a big fan of Bigjigs products and would highly recommend them as we have plenty ranging from train set products to play kitchen products. The Bigjigs double engine repair shed gets a great big thumbs up from me and my son.