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Brio Wooden Train Sets

Updated on June 17, 2011

Brio Train Sets

One of my favourite toys as a child was my brio train sets. I was fascinated by trains and loved watching Thomas the Tank engine on TV and then playing with my wooden train sets.

I loved connecting the train lines together; running the trains along the tracks and having the occasional head on train collisions.

The only part I didn’t like was the tidying up, tantrum time!

What Is A Brio Wooden Train Set?

Brio train sets are brightly coloured wooden trains with their connected carriages which can be moved, either by hand or by battery, around a wooden track, normally a figure of eight or circular arrangement.

The toy train set is ideal for children who are developing their imaginations while improving their hand eye coordination.

The tracks can be configured in many different and imaginative ways, and with the additional track pieces available, the options are limited only by the space available. I remember taking up the whole living room with my track and my mum and dad struggling to get across or around my newly created rail network.

For me the track was a type of jigsaw, fitting the pieces together to form a loop for my trains to move around. The trains offered a world of possibilities, being wooden rather than plastic they had a much better feel to them and were large enough and robust enough that they withstood my rather vigorous playing methods. I tended to put everything in my mouth and, most of my toys had bite marks all over them!

My first wooden train set was the Freight Express; I loved the magnetic connections between the train and the carriages, and took a lot of pleasure in finding other things around the house that would be attracted to the magnets. We lived near a hub for Freight trains and I was awestruck by the sheer size and number of the carriages the train was pulling and I loved to replicate this back at home with my train set.

There are also many different add on components for the railway track and train sets. There are bridges, level crossings, loading operations and even turntables to allow you train to turn round on the tracks, a much bigger list of the products can be found at the Brio site.


There is a wonderful selection of train sets available to suit your children interests and spur on their imagination. Brio train sets are loved as much for their educational value as the much as their fun to play with. Brio has recently moved to generate a greater social awareness of UNICEF’s great work with their collaborative project – Mission Set Immuno.

City Rescue Set

Join the Brio fire fighting team, with their Dalmatian rescue dogs to save the day. The set come with a light and sound fire truck and a wagon with a ladder big enough to any building, however high the danger may be!

Smart Track Set

This set comes with “Smart Tracks” which generates sounds when the train moves over them. This set is particularly impressive as it comes with a train station, a poseable figure and other interesting, thought provoking components.

Safari Figure 8 Set

A definite must for the animal lovers amongst us.

There’s plenty to do when you’re the park ranger, transporting the various animals across the savannah. Take the Lion, Cheetah and Zebra around the track and find the footprints they have left on some special sections of the track. This set offers a great introduction to wildlife for children; with some of the most amazing animals found in the African savannah.

Arctic Figure 8 Set

Take the battery operated train on an Arctic adventure.

Say hello to the penguins and drive through the igloo while having your cool adventures in the Arctic. The battery powered train offers a different experience and can be easily incorporated with the other Brio train sets to create a much deeper more involved playtime experience.

This is no means an exhaustive list of the Brio Wooden train sets available and more can be found at their site.

I found my wooden train sets an awesome toy when I was a child, spending hours immersed in the worlds I created with my variety of tracks and trains. Brio offers a great, high quality toy to keep your child entertained while at the same time developing their hand eye coordination and allowing their imagination to run wild.

Unleash your child’s creativity with brio trains sets!


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    • hublim profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from Scotland

      The Brio Tracks are simple to connect and robust enough for children to play with without damaging themselves or the toys. They are wonderful for engaging the childs imagination.

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      9 years ago

      I love the brio trains sets, with the magnetic connections they are perfect for the little and not so always patient hands. They provide hours of creative play for a child and/or adult.

    • hublim profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from Scotland

      Thanks for the comment tdarby, my wife is expecting our first child and I'd be happy if they enjoyed the wooden trains as much as I did.

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      9 years ago

      My son loved these when he was younger. I look forward to playing with them again when he has children.

    • hublim profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from Scotland

      Wooden train sets do have a timeless feel to them. The wooden toys have a wonderful feel to them and the endless playing potential keeps children playing with them.

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      9 years ago

      These wooden trains sets never go out of style. I played with them, my son and now my grandkids. We even have couple of trains that were mine when I was little.

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      Train Sets 

      9 years ago

      Wooden train sets make such great toys for toddlers. My two kids love their train set and it is the toy amongst many that they come back to again and again. Brio set the standard and I love the little train pictured above with the park ranger pulling along a giraffe and a zebra in the carriages behind the train.

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      9 years ago

      Brought back a lot of memories of playing with my son.

      Think I might still have stuff up the loft.

      Might get it out and be a kid again

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      Wooden Train Sets 

      10 years ago

      Brio train sets are wonderful toys and their brand is a standard of quality in this subset of imaginative play toys. I had more than one set as a child, and now my children have those, plus ones all their own. This is truly a toy that can last for generations, and which has basically limitless play options, without all the unnecessary noise and over stimulation which so often comes from electronic toys today. Thanks for sharing this hub.

    • hublim profile imageAUTHOR


      10 years ago from Scotland

      Many thanks to the rope.

      Glad you enjoyed the hub, it had a great time writing and reminiscing about my childhood.

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      The Rope 

      10 years ago from SE US

      How fun! I love trains and am so glad to see someone sharing in such a terrific hub. thanks for a great read.

    • hublim profile imageAUTHOR


      10 years ago from Scotland

      Thanks BK, I had a great time playing with my wooden train set as a child and while researching the article I have to admit to wanting to get one again.

      As adults, we still play, just with different toys.

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      10 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      I loooove train sets - and I forgot about the lovely little Brio sets. My children are grown but maybe I'll get one for me!


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