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Maxim Enterprise, Inc.Track

Maxim Enterprises is a Chinese company that, among other things, manufactures wooden railroad track that is compatible with the BRIO system. The track is manufactured in China.

Maxim sells a 3" Mini Straight track that is 82mm in length, which is about 10mm longer than the BRIO A3 track and thus a very useful size. They sell a number of other custom track pieces, as well as track that is equivalent to pieces retired from the BRIO line.

Wood

According to their Web site, Maxim track is made from "100% hardwoods", but the specific type of wood is not identified. The track I purchased does not appear to be beech wood based on the grain and the coloring.

Construction Quality

For the most part the quality of construction is good, but not as good as genuine BRIO track. The grooves for the rolling stock all seem to have a smooth finish with no rough spots, however some of the pieces I purchased do have rough or tattered edges at the connectors. This sugests substandard quality control.

Size

Overall, the track perfectly matches the BRIO standard. Edges along the grooves are chamfered. The track cross section is almost indistinguishable from BRIO track.

Measurement Maxim BRIO
Track width
40mm
40mm
Male connector diameter
12mm
12mm
Male connector length
18mm
18mm
Female connector diameter
13mm
13mm
Groove depth
3mm
3mm
Groove width
6mm
6mm

 

Packaging

The track I purchased came packaged in a sealed box sized to fit the track.

Overall Impression

This is a decent quality track that matches the BRIO standard. The use of a wood other than beech wood means it might stand out in your layout, as it has a different color and grain pattern, but this is a minor complaint. More serious is the quality control issue in manufacturing, and the occasional rough edges can give a shoddy appearance. Two of my eight pieces of Maxim track have this problem, though only one of those is noticable at a glance.

 

Packaging for Maxim Enterprise Inc. track.

This piece has a particularly rough cut in the female connector and some chipping. This was not typical, but it shows how bad it can be.

Maxim is made from hardwoods, but not beech wood.

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