My three year old son has acquired quite an extensive wooden railway set, with a variety of tracks, trains and pieces from a mixture of brands. I have found that most of the cheaper sets are compatible with the more expensive prominent brands such as Brio and Big Jigs and tend to mix and match according to what we find on offer.
The one thing missing from my son's train set was a tunnel so when I spotted this Brio Adventure Tunnel on offer as part of a small set as part of an Amazon Black Friday promotion. Purchased alone, the tunnel has a full RRP of 24.99 although is frequently available for less.
Even at full price, this is a lovely and pretty robust item. It fits perfectly into a variety of brands of wooden track and is surprisingly large, without seeming too imposing. Although this is made from plastic, the overall effect is that of a carved piece of mountain rock with a section of track running through to allow trains to pass through. The length of the tunnel section is long enough to add enough excitement for the child playing but short enough so that they are able to push manual trains through the length without struggling.
The tunnel is very well designed and has a number of additional features to add extra interest to an existing set. The main attraction and the feature that my son adores is the inclusion of four different sound effects. These are very cleverly activated by the magnets as the trains pass through the tunnel and include features such as an owl hooting, steam train effects, whistling and banging and clanging. The sounds can also be set off manually as there is a small button at the top of the tunnel. My son prefers to push the train through to set off the sounds and has a definite preference for the owl effects, although there is no way of selecting a particular effect. I was a little worried about whether the sounds would be set off by non-Brio trains as most of our trains are alternative brands but so long as the train has a magnet (as all ours do) the effects work consistently.
This is a lovely little addition to a wooden train set and comes highly recommended.
Take a shortcut through this exciting tunnel. It has four different sounds that are activated when the train passes through.Warning - not suitable for children under 3 years. Age range: From 3 years.