Engines and carriages are always welcome additions to train sets, and battery operated trains are so much more appreciated than ones children have to push. This battery-powered set has got lots to recommend it – forward and reverse movement (the reverse movement is great to get the train in just the right position to offload the goods!), a headlight, a cement mixer which revolves as the train travels and a tipping coal tender. The train chugs along nicely – not very fast, but then it doesn’t need to be. The magnetic coupling means that other carriages can be mixed and matched. With so much to enjoy, this set really engages children’s imaginations, giving them lots of scope for role play as the set services the rest of their railway by delivering coal and mixing the cement ready for the building works. As children design their tracks, and set their trains off in motion, their thinking skills and planning abilities are developed as they work out a safe route for each of the trains. All three items in the set are beautifully manufactured with plenty of attention to detail and this is a great addition to a wooden train set. Of course, it’s made to BRIO’s normal high standards with bright colours and good quality plastic.