One of Sophie’s birthday presents was the VTech Toot Toot Drivers Train Station which has been a big hit in our house. Admittedly Sophie has mostly enjoyed taking apart the track that has been so carefully constructed and wandering off with pieces of track or the train but Jessica has loved playing with the train and helping it go around the track when Sophie is having her nap.
The set comes with 32 pieces of track and there is an instruction sheet which gives several suggestions for various track layouts (although we tend to just experiment rather than following these). There is the train station which has buttons to press to hear welcome messages in four different languages (English, French, Spanish and German), a ramp (with a tunnel) and supports to allow for an elevated section of track and a spiral track for the train to come back down again.
The mechanised train (powered by 3 AAA batteries which are provided) will travel around the track by itself when the button on the funnel is pressed although it needs help via a crank handle to get the train up the straight ramp and Jessica enjoyed doing this. There are various sections of track with smart points and the train responds in various ways when travelling across these. There are barriers to lift, road block pieces, a warehouse unit which has a hatch for emptying cargo (a ball) on to the wagon which comes with the train (the train pauses here for a few seconds to allow time to lift the hatch and empty the cargo). Jessica enjoyed all the different responses the train made across various pieces of the track and playing with all the different features kept her amused for ages.
The track will also connect to other Toot Toot Drivers playsets and you can use other vehicles from the range on the tracks too (we have a non-motorised cement mixer which both Jessica and Sophie enjoy pushing along the track too!)
The VTech Toot Toot Drivers Train Station has a recommended retail price of £49.99 although we bought ours on Amazon for £36.33 so definitely worth shopping around to find the best price. We’ve been really happy with it – it is well made and the price is reasonable for the quality of the product. I would definitely recommend this as a Christmas present for a toddler. It is marketed as being suitable for ages 1 -5. Sophie has just turned 1 and whilst she enjoys taking the track apart and occasionally pushing a train along the track, I think she is a little young to fully enjoy this although it is quite safe for her to play with as there are no really small parts. Jessica at 3 gets much more enjoyment out of it at the moment but I can see this being a toy that will keep them entertained for a long time – after all, hubby at 35 seems to have as much fun playing with it as the girls do!
The VTech Toot Toot Drivers Train Station was purchased as a birthday gift for my daughter. All thoughts and opinions are my own.