Product Type: Brio Toy Train
Newest Review: ... another piece the connectors stay touching. This adds to the quality of design. Brio is much better than the other alternatives around. T... more
One Brio track becomes two
Brio 33346 Curved Switching Tracks
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Brio 33346 Curved Switching Tracks
Advantages: Quality design, seamless transition
Disadvantages: Costs a lot
One of the more complicated pieces of Brio we have in our set is this track switcher, which allows your trains to go one way or the other. More intricate design and top quality workmanship results in this being yet another successful product from the elite designers of kids' toys.
At one end of this piece it's the same as regular Brio pieces, with the same size of connection as other single track pieces. The piece then widens out to accommodate a split at the far end, the piece becoming connections for two separate pieces at the other end. We usually add a curved piece on one that then loops away, while a straight piece added to the other one results in the track heading off further the other way.
These pieces are the best way of adding extra complicated design to your track, and it's just as well designed as the other pieces. I like how the grooves intersect on this but still allow smooth and seamless train rolling as you push it along the tracks. The slight amount of movement on the pieces themselves where they connect is very good as where the grooves for the train wheels meet another piece the connectors stay touching. This adds to the quality of design.
Brio is much better than the other alternatives around. There's a certain quality to the design, the treatment of the wood and the intricacy of the measurements that means that you don't get a rogue piece, there are no splinters and even getting the thing wet won't warp it. We've had cheaper alternatives before and they just don't come close, despite the lower price making it tempting to get these. Because the only downside really with Brio is that it really isn't cheap. A pack of two of these track switchers will leave you with virtually no change from a tenner, and even some of the more basic pieces of Brio will be expensive too. My father in law found a whole bunch of Brio at a car boot sale for a really cheap price a few years ago, so we're lucky, but my son does notice just how much better it is than some of the alternatives and on the rare occasion we've wanted to get new Brio pieces then we've justified the price.
It's up to you whether you think the quality justifies the price that is put on this and other Brio products. The company are determined to promote learning through play and this does show in the care and attention put into making their products. This is high quality and I'd recommend it for any kid - it'll give them hours of joy, and quality joy at that.
Summary: Top quality wooden train track track switching piece
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