Product Type: Brio Toy Train
Newest Review: ... of straight or curved track to run beneath. There's enough tunnel height for all Brio trains and carriages to travel through, with the ... more
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Brio 33351 Viaduct Bridge
Member Name: bilbobaginz
Brio 33351 Viaduct Bridge
Advantages: Good material quality, good scope for child creativity.
Disadvantages: There are better alternatives for a viaduct out there.
Brio produce one of the most iconic train sets for youngsters ever designed, it has covered the carpets of little boys bedrooms for decade, and here we have one of the most iconic sections of track ever produced, the Viaduct Bridge. Made from three separate wooden parts, the bridge allows children to expand their creative influence, forming figure-of-eight tracks, and even more complex shapes. When I first started collecting the track for my younger brother, I soon realised he was getting most of his enjoyment out of building the track as a pose to pushing trains along it. The most important sections of track were those that allowed the cross-over of lines, like the Viaduct Bridge and 'switches'.
The bridge allows for another section of straight or curved track to run beneath. There's enough tunnel height for all Brio trains and carriages to travel through, with the aid of a small child's imagination, and little fingers to match. The pieces of the bridge form together - like all pieces of track - with a finger joint, almost like a linear jigsaw puzzle.
The wood is good quality, sanded down, with no splinters or jagged edges at all - completely child safe. I'd trust a toddler chewing on the wood, it's had no toxic chemical treatment to preserve the material quality. As for durability: the wood can be dropped, crushed, thrown, or introduced to water, and it won't chip, scratch, snap, or sag - within reason!
This is an all round good product (best bought as part of a set) which is simple to assemble, but which adds considerable depth to the process of building a train track. This is a good fun game that teaches children the foundations of design and build!
AVAILABILITY: www.woodentoyshop.co.uk (this site has all the Brio series pieces, including some new models - some larger viaduct bridges as well!)
Summary: A good, sturdy bridge for your track!
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