The first time I saw the Brio Trains, way back in the early 80s or maybe late 70s, I was intrigued. I love model trains and I am quite remiss in putting up the two train sets I have squirreled away in the crawl space. I have my own American Flyer train I received in the 50s and also a larger American Flyer train from the 20s. The Brio Train, however, is so much easier to deal with as it can be put up, taken down, and frankly, just easily used.
We bought Brio trains sets, I think from Galt Toys, way back when (the early 80s?), and started collecting track, villages, wooden pine trees, and train pieces. With the passing of the years, we kept the trains and pieces as we just could not part with them.
Today, our grandkids benefit from the fact that we kept the wonderful wood pieces and the only issue we have had with them falling apart is the canine connection. We have had some puppies who decided that the wooden pieces were worth chewing.
Thank goodness for ebay.com, we have been able to replace and purchase more accessories and our grandkids have a collection of Brio in their own homes. Add in to that, the cost was not inflated.
The latest change was the introduction of the AA battery operated train engines. At first, I heard of this from my son, then I did some research and found out that Brio even made remote-controlled battery-operated trains. This adds a whole new level to the fun and playing opportunities of the train sets.
It seems as if we pull out the trains at least once a week or so. It is so easy to set up and equally easy to take down and the creative processes it brings about for the kids makes it all worth it.
Brio Trains are just fun!