“ Brand: Teamsters / Type: Engines „
The Teamsters Tank Engine Locomotive Train is a must have for any little train fans. It's a bargain buy that offers really good value for money. When I bought this directly from Amazon is cost me just under £3! It's not available from them directly at present, but an associate seller has it for just £4.59 plus P&P. I've seen this range (but not this specific item) in our local factory outlet shop - so keep your eye out for the distinctive blue packaging in similar stores.
What makes this so appealing is that it's a die-cast train with a low price tag. You often get cheap plasticky trains for this price, but rarely proper little die cast ones like this. It's really quite a solid little thing, with a reasonable weight to it making it unlikely to break very easily.
It features realistic looking wheels that turn easily when pushed along the ground. There's also a working light and horn included which I think is amazing for a bargain toy like this. The red light on top of the train flashes when your press the little button on top of the engine, and a loud horn sounds and makes a series of chugging sounds. The only drawback to the horn is that it goes on for a good thirty seconds or so each time you press it. Great for the little ones, not so great for us adults.
This isn't compatible with standard wooden train sets, but it is almost close enough. Your average young child will happily ignore the one or two millimetre shortfall in this train fitting properly on Brio width train track - and push it along them regardless. It isn't intended for this use, but it can be done.
It looks really realistic, just like you expect a little steam engine to look. We got the blue model, and it's a lovely deep royal blue with a glossy sheen. There are lots of little painted details on this, and it's a good chunky size for a youngster to play with.
The only thing I wasn't keen on with this, was that I found it was screwed in place in the box rather than taped like you expect these kinds of toys to be. It meant that after giving it to the grandson, I had to take it back to get a screwdriver and undo it from the box. The screw is just kept out afterwards, it doesn't have to be re-inserted.
For £3 I wish I'd ordered one in each colour now (red and blue). I would still be impressed if I'd paid £6 for this, even £10 perhaps considering the working light and horn. I can't help but be chuffed with the £3 I paid though.
With realistic sound and lights.