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This review is from: Bigjigs Rail Town and Country Train Set (Toy)
The Town and Country Train Set from Bigjigs is a good starter pack for a wooden railway collection. It is perfectly compatible with other wooden railway sets and is of a perfectly usable quality. Two years of hands-on testing have so far not caused any of the set to fail.
This set includes enough track to form a figure of eight plus a large loop. It makes for an interesting combination and enough for small users to enjoy over time. The set includes a level crossing which seems to inspire additional play options.
There is no way a small person could put the set together in the layout it is designed for so it is up to a bigger person to help out. The instructions are simple enough to follow and easy to put together. The use of three-point pieces is a simple way to add in different routes.
The downside to the set is the bridge. It is not so well constructed. The bridge uses two free-standing supports which are so easy to knock over and lead to frustration. The inadequacy of the bridge leads to a need to upgrade to something like the Viaduct.
The other free standing pieces that make up the town and country set are just for show. They are not especially exciting and do not form part of the core wooden railway experience for a small person. They help round out the experience but so many free standing pieces mean a lot of things that fall over. They may well be a better set of pieces as a small person gets a bit bigger but it is really the wooden railway itself that is the attraction rather than the peripheral things.
Bigjigs is a company producing excellent products. The Town and Country Train Set has been the bedrock of a lot of play without failures. The bridge is too frustrating and needs to be replaced but other than that the track itself is quality. The extras are not really worth the extra cost they presumably generate but as a starter set it works well and has led to a lot of joy.