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My son loves his wooden train set and when we spied this while out shopping we had to get one for his now large collection. I was slightly dubious of how good it would be looking at it in the box but the £6 price tag swayed me!
It's a very simple concept, the metal wheels in the trains and carriages connect with a little magnet and then set the bell off. I like to place this near a station when I'm building a track for my little boy so it's like a warning bell. Simple things!
While this is quite a small, simple add on it's another interesting feature to liven up any track set up. which also means it's great for when we make mini track set ups too.
I find this connects to any other wooden track manufacturer so no complications there.
I like this little addition so much there's another on my sons Christmas list!
We have a reasonable collect of wooden trains and track for our 4 year old son but sometimes it is the smallest and simplest of additions to this collection that proves a winner and this is the case with this signal bell.
Brio for those unfamiliar with the brand Brio is the market leader in wooden trains and most other manufactures' whether it is Big Jigs, Tesco or similar all try to make their wooden trains compatible with it. The company has being making trains and train sets since 1958 and makes all of it bits from beech wooden that makes it very durable.
This piece is one of the smaller sets you can have as it just consist of one piece of track with the typical hole at one end and prong at the other to slot into other bits of track. To the side of the track it is another small section of wood with the bell and signal section mounted on top of it. This section is made from both plastic and metal. The idea is as the train goes by the metal in the wheels of the train activate the magnet inside the green box which then pushes a button that rings the bell to alert people about the oncoming train. You can also press the button on the top of the signal box to make the bell ring too and this is a nice addition I think as sometimes my son will ring it several times himself to ensure that everyone ahead knows the train is coming.
The piece itself is nice and short so makes it a useful addition to the track pieces we have as it allows you to help with curves and straight bits to fit around tight corners or to join a loop up. It fits and slots in well to all the other bits of track we have too.
The bell itself is a bit quiet but if my son is playing with this by himself or with either myself or my husband it is loud enough to be heard by everyone in the room it is only at times when several little boys are getting excited around the track that its quietness causes some problems as they all want to hear the bell.
We find it is a great addition to making the train play more imaginative as my son will place it in different bits to alert people or animals about the train approaching. On occasions this can mean by the level crossing so the cars know the train is approaching or by the points so another train is aware that another one is on its way. The other favourite place to put it is at the bottom of a bridge as the train gathering momentum as it comes down often activates the bell in quick succession as both the engine and the carriages set it off. All of this makes it a hugely adaptable accessory to complement any train collection I think.
As with all the Brio bits we have so far I have found it to be very robust and it copes well with being knocked around in the train box with no damage to it at all and it still looks as good as new even after a good 8 months or so of play. In this time it hasn't either lost its novelty either and it is still a favourite bit to include in all the train layouts that we do so the length of interest matches the longevity quality.
Some reviewers of this piece have complained it doesn't work with trains that are not Brio as they don't have metal wheel bits however if you invest in small carriage such as the milk one this will then activate the magnet and work fine or you can use the button on the bell. As all our engines are Brio we don't have this problem and provided the engine has metal wheels the bell will be activated even if the carriages are a different make without metal bits.
This is a great little accessory for any wooden train set and for encouraging imaginative play. The bell may be quiet but the piece is hugely adaptable and well-made giving it a huge longevity. I would suggest shopping around for it as the price various hugely we paid less than five pounds for it making it a bargain addition in my book. Amazon is selling it for £7.20 at present which I still think is a good price for such a fun piece.
Ages 1 -10
This is one of those little pieces it easy to overlook. It is a nice enough piece, a little green signal box, a bright red pole and a shiny gold bell, but seems a bit small compared to other accessories. I bought it as a small add on simply because at the time you had to spend £15 to get free shipping from Amazon. This with the Percy train I was getting came right up to £15. But for something bought without much planning it has really been a grand addition to our train set, I was very glad I had bought it come Christmas morning.
The bell is quite sturdy and is still ringing away when trains pass by. It also has a small button to ring the bell. I have found it is often the small additions like this that really make a set fun, and the children really love the bell. That isnt the reason I was so glad to have this though. As often happens when putting together different pieces, the lengths of track werent quite right for all the accessories, and I hadnt thought to buy short lengths or adaptor tracks. I was quite glad to have this small piece of track as it did just the trick in setting everything up.
My only complaint on this toy would be that the bell's ringing is very very quiet. I know some parents may appreciate this, but with the noise of two happy boys racing trains about the tracks and through the tunnels, it can quite easily be missed. In spite of this, I am still giving this toy 5 stars, because for such a low price, my sons have had hours and hours of fun with it over the years, and I expect they will for years to come.
This piece will fit almost all wooden train tracks including Brio, Big Jigs, Wooden Thomas, ELC, Ikea, and ASDA. It will not fit well with Eichorn, although you can make do with a loose fit. I bought this a bit before the recalls of many wooden train items with red paint, and searched every recall site in existance to ensure this item is not included on any recall, and is safe from lead paint.
BRIO have been making wooden railways since 1958, and their train track is incredibly popular with my young nephew, who is accumulating more and more additions to the set as time goes by. One such item is the Magnetic Bell Signal (model number 33754), which can be bought for £5.85 from Amazon.
Made from sturdy beech, the bell signal slots neatly into the track, and rings when the train is pushed past. Battery free, it operates when the magnets in the trains wheels trigger the magnet in the signal which then strikes the bell. You can also ring the bell by tapping it manually (or 'hitting' it a in the case with my nephew). The sound of the bell is fairly quiet, but it's a traditional rather than an electronic sound - as many toys feature nowadays.
The product is hardwearing and the paint-job is bright without being garish. At 7cm in height and 5cm in length, the bell signal is compatible with the BRIO Wooden Railway System, and is suggested for children aged three years and up. I can't say much else other than highly recommended.
Battery-free railway sounds for your Brio layout! The bell rings automatically when a train passes, or you can ring it by hand. 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. Brio's railway system is crafted from the highest quality beech wood, making them durable for years to come. It is a classic toy that children will keep coming back to time after time.