Master C’s love of all things rail just continues to grow and grown. Whilst it was originally limited to the trains themselves and pushing them around simple track layouts he seems to have been inspired by all the model train shows that B and I keep taking him to (and the railway modelling magazines that I find him reading in bed by torchlight!) and at the moment he is fascinated by railway infrastructure. Whether that be stations, points, sidings or “end of the line bits” as he likes to call them.
He’s started thinking much more about the whole passenger journey. How they get to a station, where they go once they do and the train movements so that the come out of sidings to go into a platform to collect their passengers and then have a route which means that they can go back to sidings once their work for the day is over. He was therefore absolutely thrilled when I came home one day with the Brio Central Train station and the Brio Bus and Train Station for him to review.
Now, I have to come clean and say that he’d already received the Central Train Station for Christmas, but as his time is currently split between living with me and his dad, I had totally forgotten about this. It wasn’t a problem for Master C though as he was instantly excited about being able to join the two stations together to make an extra long station (“like you see for the fast mainline trains”) or to have them at different points in his wooden rail network.
The Central Train Station has two parallel tracks that run through the central of the station and then on the outside there is a ticket machine. The set comes with a single figure and when you stand the figure in front of the ticket machine there is a feet shaped button on the floor which you can depress to make the ticket machine make a noise as if it is processing a ticket.
At the top of the canopy part of the station is also a station clock where you can move both of the hands and Master C (who is just learning to tell the time) really enjoyed doing this and then making station announcements where he would talk about what time train was now coming into one of the platforms.
There’s no doubt that the Brio Central Train Station makes a great addition to any wooden train set when your little one is wanting to expand their rail network.
If they’re wanting to think about the end to end journey then there is also the Brio Bus and Train Station. This has two curved platforms so that there are three parking spaces outside for buses to pull up and collect passengers to make it a proper interchange station. The set also comes with one figure, who seems to have an oversized suitcase with him!
So large in fact that Master C struggled to fit it on the train!
The Bus and Train Station connects up with regular pieces of wooden railway track and Master C also connected it up to the Central Train Station too, to make a bigger interchange. As with all Brio World products, they are all very well made and perfect for little hands that may be a bit clumsy when it comes to putting it all together.
For a full description of both the Central Train Station and the Bus and Train Station take a look at the below videos.
Disclaimer: We were sent the Brio Central Train Station and the Brio Bus and Train Station for the purposes of this review. All opinions remain my own. This post contains affiliate links.