When my first son was born, he had a heart defect that was pinned on the anti-nausea drug my wife was prescribed, Bendectine. She had an awful time with being sick. He grew up totally asymptomatic, but still was facing open heart surgery. As the need for that got closer, at age 5 we took him to Disney World, back in the day when it was all fun, affordable, you had tickets to get into various things, and non-political, it only cost $25 a night to stay in the campground. On our last day there, his Grandmother bought him a present, unknown to us, something that was a total extravagance buy on her minuscule fixed income. She bought a Brio wooden train set for him. My son had his surgery a few months after the Disney trip, and all came out just fine. He, his brother and sister as they came up all played with that set, of course it got expended on with the addition of trains and track and 'accessories'. My oldest did transition to Lionel, but that got derailed by the world of video games, the rudimentary ones played on an Atari. My younger son ending up working for a company that designs and programs games, so a hobby that became an occupation worked out for him. Of course, since I was one of those kids that kept his trains safe to come out again in my adult years, those Brio trains were just as protected. So, some 40 years later, my grandson and now my granddaughter get their feet wet with Brio. In the pic, she actually built that layout, needing me to only sort out the alignment so the tracks would fit. Those cardboard 'mountains' were protective corners that came with a roll top desk we bought when Home Depot was a brand new store franchise, there are 8 of them total. So, now my grandson has his Lionel Southern Freight set on an oval with a siding, the whole thing rolls under his bed, which shares time with...video games of course. The Grand daughter may inherit it, or I will be building her a layout that rolls under her bed too.
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naresarOGR Forum Member DIGITAL SUBSCRIBER
Yep, I definitely had a few of those pieces too.
M. Mitchell MarmelOGR Forum Member DIGITAL SUBSCRIBER
Being a child of the 60s, I had the oh so modern plastic version...
John AOGR Forum Member SUPPORTING MEMBER
My sons had the Thomas version. It got a ton of use- no batteries needed! Christmas and birthdays added to the collection. Saving it in a large bin for possible grandkids. JohnA
Mellow Hudson MikeOGR Forum Member SUPPORTING MEMBER
@John A posted:
Saving it in a large bin for possible grandkids.
Same here. Can barely lift the thing. Wood is heavier than you think.
And, I have a similar bin for Lego/Lego Trains too.
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