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My First Railway

My First Railway

Spring 2005 Toys
Ages: 1 & Up
Manufacturer: Brio Corporation
Price: $35.00
This classic beginner's train set has much to commend it. Eight curved track segments form a complete circle. Or, by reversing one or two of them, a non-connecting serpentine pathway can be formed. Ramps are provided to attach to the unfinished track ends so kids can push the train and its three magnetic cars from the floor onto the tracks and back to the floor again for more expansive travel.

A fabric-covered soft block was intended as a tunnel to straddle the tracks, but in non train play it could just as well be a house. The box gently suggests to parents an appropriate sequence of introducing train play to a child. This set will not be outgrown; additional purchases will enhance train play over the years.

Ruth B. Roufberg   ©2005 Parents' Choice

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