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This Brio freight locomotive is one that has been in our train collection for a few years.
The locomotive itself is made from a mixture of plastic and wood. The top of the locomotive is made from green plastic with black and white detailing. As it is made from plastic it has coped well with being bashed around both on the tracks when my son went through a phase of all his trains crashing to being knocked around in the train toy box. None of the detailing has worn off in all the time of use and I think this shows the excellent quality of the Brio trains. The detailing suggests on the train that this is an electric train with lightning bolts on the side of the train which is a lovely touch of detailing. The base section with the wheels on is made from wood and is also very robust with no damage to this section in all the time of play.
The train is supposed to be a heavy duty freight train with 8 wheels, these are spread over two sections of four wheels each that are mobile from side to side slightly as well as forward and backwards. What this means in practice is that the train is able to take corners very well when pushed by my son and has great manoeuvrability on the track or off it if it is being pushed around just on the floor. As with the top of the locomotive the base is also well made and has coped well with a lot of play with no damage.
The locomotive has magnets at both ends so carriages can be coupled at either end and this allows for great imaginative play as it allows you to build the train you want. My son has even had this in the middle for extra shunting and moving of the carriages around the track so the combinations that can be made are endless really.
The locomotive is nice and chunky and easy for small hands to move around the track and play with it. There are no loose bits that could be harmful to children and whilst it is recommend for children 3 years and above I am happy for my 18 month old to also play with this with his older brother without him likely to come to any harm.
The locomotive like all Brio trains is wonderful for developing imaginative play in young children and my son certainly loves to use it for his train play having it go to collect coal milk or other items from around the track. We often hear him playing with this at times by himself making up stories for the trains going around the track.
This locomotive is a manual one meaning that it realises on you pushing it around the track rather than a battery operated or remote control train. My son whilst having several remote control trains still goes back often to this push around locomotive and enjoys the fact that he can control the speed and direction easily.
Overall this is a great little locomotive that adds some fun to any wooden train set. Whilst it is freight locomotive my son will at times use it for freight or for passenger carriages as well. It is well made and robust and copes well with knocks and bashes. At around £8 for the locomotive from places like adventure toys and Amazon it is definitely worth the price tag in my opinion as it lasts well. We have not found any negatives with this toy at all.