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TheSkiingGardener Sat 10-Sep-11 10:50:49

DS will be 18 months at Christmas and we want to get him a train set. Which one should we buy into and have to buy bits for forever more? Should we go Brio, or Thomas, or generic?

Georgimama Sat 10-Sep-11 10:56:05

Brio, Thomas, bigjigs and ikea wooden sets all work together so it kind of doesn't matter. bigjigs is better value than brio and amazon have some good sets.

Pinkiemum Sat 10-Sep-11 10:59:09

My daughter has had a Thomas set since she was one, 3.5 years now and she still she loves it, just bought dome track and a bridge from Ikea you can use it with the Thomas wooden set it is much cheaper, so you could get the generic tracks and use the Thomas trains, wish I had looked at IKEA's tracks before.

SueFlay Sat 10-Sep-11 10:59:45

We got a Brio starter kit from Amazon and top it up with any of the compatible bits off Ebay. Brio is the best quality so good for establishing the set.

Georgimama Sat 10-Sep-11 11:03:11

The nifty thing brio do is sell small packs of double ended pieces so if you are constructing a work of genius and end up with two holes or two pointy bits facing each other you can sort it out without taking the whole thing apart!

TheSkiingGardener Sat 10-Sep-11 11:15:24

So they all work together? I want to get Thomas trains so will they run on brio tracks?

Thanks for all the advice

Georgimama Sat 10-Sep-11 12:04:22

The Thomas wooden railway trains will fit exactly onto brio/ikea/bigjigs/generic wooden track - they're all the same guage. You sometimes need to give the ikea bits a shove to fit them with the other types but they do fit.

The cast iron thomas "take along" friends don't quite fit on any of the types of track exactly but that has never stopped DS using them on it happily.

I bought DS this set two years ago for Christmas (when he was 2). He still plays with it and the beauty is of course you don't need to assemble that full set each time - it comes in a lovely wooden box with rope handles and he can just make as much or as little as he fancies, or I help him make the whole thing.

TheSkiingGardener Sat 10-Sep-11 16:45:44

Wow that looks amazing! Thank you. I think I'm going to enjoy him playing with it!

inextremiss Sat 10-Sep-11 16:52:35

Tesco's version of brio.

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