Wooden toy trains are extremely popular toys. They’re easy to make and you can also make them fun for young children, making them entertaining as well as educational. The first thing you should know is that there are two different types of wooden toy trains. There are true wooden toy trains, which have actual wooden wheels that can be pulled up and set down when the train needs to stop, while basic sets simply have a steel or plastic track that moves in place. The true wooden toy train set is by far the most impressive of all the types of toy trains.
Most wooden toy trains are powered either by the weight of the child pushing the train or the power of their own feet. Some sets have the weight of the child and a small push button that you press while your child is sitting in the chair, activating the slide and sending the train sliding forward. This type of set may not be as fun if you have young children, because the constant pressure on the buttons may start to hurt them. But it is a good idea to get this kind of set if you have young children, because they love sliding down the tracks and they love having a huge toy train crashing through the tunnel.
The other type of wooden toy train is a true replica of a traditional model railway system. These sets have all of the track pieces as well as the caboose or passenger cars. They are more elaborate than the simple tracks. The carriages will be fully operational and the brake lights will come on each time the train comes to a complete stop. And because the pieces are heavier, the brio models will be more expensive, probably costing hundreds of dollars. But the brio sets are a lot of fun and they last for years.
Wood is just about the most ideal material for toy railroading because of its strength and durability. You can buy different woods, but a good wood such as cedar are known for their ability to withstand everyday wear and tear. These trains are very sturdy, but you do have to watch out for them being dinged up or even falling off the track because they are so heavy. They are also known for being a little bit collectible, as some enthusiasts are willing to pay quite a lot of money for a set of wood toy locomotives. For most kids, however, they are worth only a few dollars at most.
There are also a variety of interesting designs that you can buy for your wood train set. There are sets where you can have only one or two locomotives, or you can have sets with many different locomotives. There are also designs where you can have an endless number of scenery pieces on the trains. Some people like to add miniature trees to the cars, or to cars themselves. And then, of course, there are designs where you can run the train around a real world landscape, such as a town square or an airport.
Most parents who buy these wooden toys for children realize that they are going to get a lot of use in the years to come. While they may not be able to handle as much rough handling as some of the other more expensive models out there, most kids can spend hours just delighting in the feeling of having something lumber getting pushed around by their little hands. Your kids will probably grow up loving the fact that you are buying them toy trains instead of electronic ones!
Advantages of a Wooden Toy Train Set
Wooden toy trains are just that – wooden trains. But they’re so much more than that. They are not only a great learning toy for kids but can also be used by adults. The best part is, you don’t even have to be a technical “moderation” train buff to work on one. In fact, there are some very simple and easy to use tracks (sometimes with very simple, but easily repairable, components) that even beginners and people without much mechanical ability can operate these tracks. So that’s the first big advantage of a wooden toy train set over its electrically powered, motorized cousin: the tracks are simpler and therefore easier to work on, and are less likely to need expensive and complex repairs.
But it’s not just that: a wooden toy train system is a lot quieter than its motor-powered cousins. Because they don’t have the fan exhaust pipes of their electric counterparts, they are also a lot quieter. You’ll be able to play for hours (or even days) with no physical stress, yet still hear the small clunk of your trains’ wheels striking each other as they pass each other over the wooden tracks. It’s kind of a nice break from all the sound and chaos! And it’s a lot better for your ears than battery operated and high tech motorized toy trains.
Also, brio sets come in all sorts of fun and interesting shapes, sizes, and configurations, allowing you to create just about any layout imaginable. I personally like the unique design of brio trains that can be converted into various geometric designs, such as squares, cones, hexagons, and more. With brio trains and wooden tracks, the possibilities are literally endless!