“ Brand: Brio / Landscaping: Tunnels „
In my opinion, a wooden railway track is an absolute "must have" toy for young children. It helps with imaginitive play, co-ordination, and keeps kids occupied for hours. Kids as young as 3 can play with it, and still enjoy playing with it at 7 or 8 years old, so it is a good investment. The first set we bought was a basic figure of eight set, and our son loved it so much we had to expand. What is a train track without a tunnel?
The Brio tunnel is an absolutely perfect adition to any wooden railway set. Luckily, most wooden railway sets are compatible, so if you own an IKEA, ELC, Tesco, Brio, or other train set, it is highly likely that the Brio tunnel, as well as other accessories will slot perfectly into your existing wooden track.
You can buy the Brio tunnel online or at any big toystore, such as Smyths. The tunnel is in one piece, and what I really like about it are that the connectors that fit it to the track are also part of the same piece of wood. We have had track in the past that has had plastic connectors, and these tend to split and fall off, so it is always best to get track or accessories that are made from one whole piece. Another advantage of this is that there are no small bits for kids to pull off and put into their mouth, and the tunnel is prety robust, able to handle rough play without breaking.
My kids really enjoy incorporating the tunnel into their existing wooden railway set. We have some push along engines, as well as some battery powered ones, which travel with ease under the tunnel, as Brio have incorporated the two grooves that the wheels slot into to continue the existing track. I would like to buy more of these, so that we could make longer tunnels, or just have more tunnels along the train route.
Our collection now includes bridges, and a station, as well as the wooden tunnel. Brio are a trusted brand, constantly coming up with new ideas, and I recommend their products absolutely, as they are the industry standard. The nice theing about this tunnel and the other accessories, is that they are not expensive, only a couple of quid, and you can buy them as "filler" presents, which over time will grow to form a huge train set, a legacy that can be passed down through generations.