“ Brand: Brio / Train Type: Engines „
My son got this train as a present as he was already the owner of substantial number of Brio train collection pieces (rails, bridges, trains, wagons, traffic signs, buildings, animals, trees...). All of them were pretty static unless moved manually. This was his first battery operated vehicle and on top of that it has remote control. I thought that would be a good opportunity to stop him playing with various remote controls for adults. (It was only a thought as there are never enough remotes for boys - well, men actually.) Remote control is in size like a third of the real TV remote, quite chunky and lays nice in the child's little hands. The train is 19 cm long.
The toy was a great success. It gave a complete new dimension to the whole Brio set. My son quickly discovered all the options available from the remote so horn was used quite often; lights were on and off all the time. There is a very genuine sound when brakes are applied. It is also possible to go forward and reverse. All this could be done from the remote. On the train itself you can stop and start the engine and adjust A/B channel for communication with the remote.
Unfortunately, there is a downside to this cute toy. It uses 2 AA batteries in the remote control, 2 AA batteries in the train and 4 LR44 (button like) batteries in the train.
When train stops working you have to find out which batteries are not working and then replace it. Whether you use rechargeable or normal batteries you have to change them quite often as train spend a lot of energy. LR44 do not exist as rechargeable as far as I know. That spoils all the fun for my son and me as well. The train is becoming more often the 'normal', manual train and it is a shame.
You can find it at John Lewis and other web retailers. Usual price is £24.95 but you can save few pounds if you search the web.
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Length 190 mm/7.5. The train has five remote control features 'forward' 'reverse' stop' 'horn' and 'headlight on/off'. Train and remote control powered by 4 x AA + 4 x LR44 1.5 V batteries (included).