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This T junction is another piece in the expansive range of Brio, the first wooden trainset established in 1958. While there are many other types of train set, some that fit with this and some that don't, Brio remain at the top of the product line in terms of quality of product.
As with most Brio pieces, this piece of track maintains a straight line of progression, but as well as this it is intersected to allow for a train to follow a perpendicular route and from there wherever your track may take you. The curves are smooth and there are no issues with pushing the trains (or letting the battery powered ones glide) along the route, giving slight deviation where necessary to coax the train one way or another.
We find that there are two potentials to this. One is to create a sort of turning point for your train, by combining this with the stop end piece of track, and using the perpendicular route as a point with an end that is solely used for a train to turn around and face the other way; the other is to provide the option of changing route and going a different way. This second route gives you the chance to expand your track options and increase the variety of play beyond that which a one route train track would do, and I really like the flexibility that this can give you over the splitter track, one which just splits into two and carries on at a slight angle.
The intricacy of design is particularly clever here. If you think about it, there needs to be three track routes on this one piece. One going straight and then one coming from each of the two directions to go to the perpendicular. Looking at the track design, there are a few criss crossed sections, but I notice while we're playing with it that the trains never get caught on the edges where two routes cross - this is down to the expert design and quality of the tracks.
Imagine a lesser quality track that gets battered around by small children, or one that has pieces damaged by the elements. Any alterations to the intricate pieces of design on a track such as this could prevent it from fulfilling its purpose, whereas here there's no worry of that - each piece is resistant to the elements and withstands a lot of being stepped on, thrown around and attempts to be chewed. Its treated beech design does make all the difference, and it's why Brio is at the top of the industry.
It's also why Brio comes with a higher price tag. You do sometimes have to pay for what you're getting, and with things like this you shouldn't just avoid it because there's an option of buying products which are half the price. Brio tracks are compatible with other track designs, some of which the Early Learning Centre produce, and you'd notice after a while that while others deteriorate from general use, Brio will retain its as new standards. This particular piece of track comes with a smaller connector piece to start off the next direction if you need it to, and the connection on both has stayed perfect since we've had it.
We have been lucky enough to acquire the vast majority of our Brio through picking it up at a car boot sale for a lot less than we should have done - we were very lucky. However, building up your Brio set is something that can make a kid happy because they see things working and don't get disheartened by things constantly not going as they should It encourages play, and this particular piece helps with spacial awareness, the child needing to work out the track needing to be long enough to accommodate the length of train they have when using this as a turning around piece of track.
Overall then, a fine addition to the Brio set. These tracks are great - they have provided hours and hours of entertainment for our eldest, and our youngest will surely benefit from them as well. Recommended
This two piece T-switch junction makes an excellent extra for you Brio layout. You can back your train into a side track and continue in the opposite direction. Brio created the first wooden railway in 1958. Since then we've built up the world's largest range of wooden railway items. Our modular system offers endless layout possibilities and endless fun. The tracks are crafted from the highest quality beech wood, making them durable for years to come.