I'm not sure how many of you own any Brio, or indeed any train track sets at all, but one thing that often happens is that you create a really intricate and complicate set of tracks only to find that there's that one small area where the pieces just don't quite fit together. The thing is, there's no rhyme or reason, and you study the tracks for ages and still can't work out where that 10cm gap has come from - it's annoying.
Brio have these smaller sections of curved track which serve to reduce this element of worry - it's almost as if they realise that this happens! The curve on these pieces mirror that of the other pieces as well, so you're not going to find that it bridges the gap but doesn't match up. Ultimately, there should be a small degree of flexibility in your track to allow for moving it so this fits in and completes any empty sections.
These small curved sections mirror the quality of design that the rest of the Brio products do as well. The finish on the wood and the exactness of the curve, the slight give on the extreme edges yet with a tight fit for the grooves of the track with other pieces, everything is thought of and delivered. What you gain from using Brio is that extra level of care and quality that can sometimes be lacking in other inferior products, and it's noticeable from the children's point of view when they're playing with them. Brio was the first wooden train set, created in 1958, and has maintained the same level of care and quality all the way through, the wood used, how it's treated and the final product, all of them high quality.
But this naturally comes with a price - we were lucky enough that my father in law found a large set of Brio for cheap at a car boot sale, but if you were to buy any Brio products from new then you may be surprised at the price, sets usually coming in at just under the £10 mark. Rest assured you get what you pay for, but if you're looking to expand a train set or you're getting a Christmas gift for someone, you may want to look at this as a one off due to the price unless you're moneybags or obsessed with Brio! These small curved pieces can be the perfect addition to a train set of Brio, and they are just as good quality as the rest of the Brio products. They pride themselves on promoting motor function for children and enhancing play, and quite often high quality does this. It certainly has done for all Brio products, this one included, and is well worth the price tag. Highly recommended.
Four pieces of short curved track E1. Length 90 mm