This is the BRIO wooden railway site that I always wanted to build, but never got around to creating. Until I got around to creating it. The emphasis here is on track, layout planning, and where and how to find BRIO track and accessories. My hope is that the information on this site will be useful to people wishing to build large BRIO layouts, and help inspire design ideas.
While the information here is BRIO-specific, the general concepts should also apply to compatible wooden train systems.
I've created a 2D model file for the BRIO road pieces. This first incarnation includes straights, curves, the T-switch, level crossing and end ramps.
I've created a section on restoration, with advice and guidance on restoring old and worn BRIO toys. Included is a step-by-step summary, with pictures, of what I did to restore an old #33429 Blue Steam Engine to like-new condition.
Added a mid-1970's foldout to the catalog archive.
Added the late-1998 wooden railway wishbook to the catalog archive. Many thanks to BRIO collector Tyme for contributing this booklet.
The 1978-79 dealer catalog has been added to the catalog archive. Many thanks to BRIO collector Tyme for contributing this booklet.
I've also added a long-overdue acknowledgements section to the "About" page, thanking the individuals who have made significant contributions to this site.
Are you a BRIO collector in the U.K.? If so, please contact me using the Contact link.
The #33532 Car Wash accessory is infamous for it's disintegrating foam rollers.
Now that they are owned by Ravensburger, BRIO's products are being directly distributed to the U.S. instead of through Schylling Inc.
BRIO has posted some videos of their upcoming 2016 lineup on their YouTube channel.
Some images of BRIO's new-for-2016 products have appeared on their Web site.
This site is divided into several sections:
Track has information on the various BRIO track pieces, the track ID chart, and the mathematics of joining track together.
Layout Planning provides helpful information for those wanting to build large BRIO layouts. You'll find advice on train tables and layouts, an idea book for railway elements, and a track problem solver.
Resources is an aide to finding and identifying BRIO accessories and sets. Look at BRIO catalogs from various time periods, browse the BRIO product database, and get advice on buying (and selling) retired components.
Links will take you to various web sites on all topics related to BRIO.