REVIEW: Hape Figure Eight Railway Set & Accessories

This is a lovely wooden railway set. The figure of eight layout is ideal as a first railway set, as it is easy for even young children to set up the track – it’s recommended for age 3+. The Hape Figure Eight Railway Set includes three brightly coloured wooden train carriages which really capture children’s attention; they couple together magnetically. There are 12 pieces of curved track, plus ramped pieces to take the train up and over the bright red bridge – this feature really adds a good dimension to the set. There are also two trees to decorate the track; there are 27 pieces in all.

 

The pieces are all really well made with no rough edges, Hape design their toys with a commitment to sustainability and are compliant with international safety and quality standards. Railways are a constant favourite with children and while they are playing, they will be developing hand-eye coordination, creativity and imaginative play. The possibilities are endless with the many expansion packs available. This makes an excellent starter railway set, and there are lots more sets on the Hape website, so your child can gradually build up their collection – you need never be stuck for present ideas again! See the whole HAPE railway range on their website.

Extended Double Suspension Bridge Set

Perfect for giving a train set a city feel, and of really impressive proportions, this is the perfect add on for any railway – children can take their trains right into the heart of the city. The extended double railway bridge has 17 pieces in all, including track. Many railway sets seem to have a country feel, so this is great to bring a more urban feel to children’s play, giving yet more scope for imaginative play – how about drawing a road or river to go underneath, then bringing in vehicles and boats from other play sets? This is a really stylish addition to a model rail set and will immediately transform any set. It’s well made, with wooden tracks and plastic parts for the bridge. A great addition to any rail set.

Hape Triple Tunnel

Now you see it, now you don’t! Children will love to see their train and carriages appear and disappear through the three separate tunnel parts; one is a double size and two are single. The tunnels come without track, so they can be placed anywhere children want on their rail layout, thus extending play value. They fit neatly over the track and there’s plenty of room for the carriages to pass underneath – but there is just a little extra dexterity needed which is great to develop those all-important manipulative skills. The tunnels are wooden and attractively decorated.

Hape Automatic Train Bell Signal

Ding! Ding! The train is coming! Hurry up and cross the track safely, heeding the warning from this automatic signal. It can be connected to the tracks so that the bell rings as the train approaches the bend, or it can be rung loud and proud as a separate piece. This gives children plenty of scope for imaginative scenarios – and it’s also a good excuse for adults to bring in some discussion about road and rail safety. The signal comes ready mounted on its own piece of track and it’s a really good size, giving off a very satisfactory ring. We really enjoyed reviewing these train sets and accessories from Hape. They are excellent quality, and they can be combined with all manner of other toys for even greater play value, ensuring that children will get many years of happy play. And, thanks to the high quality, they can be passed down the generations too – good quality wooden toys never date.

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