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Brio Versus Bigjigs Railway Train Sets

Bigjigs Rail are often viewed as the second choice when it comes to wooden railway play sets. Here we myth bust about this quality UK brand and compare it against Brio.


At Timeless Toys, we stock Bigjigs Rail who currently produce an extensive railway collection of over 150 wooden railway pieces. Despite being a UK company with a reputation spanning 30 years, it is Brio's brand and legacy as one of the first companies to introduce train sets to the European market that prevails as the popular choice. I therefore wanted to share their similarities and differences and introduce you more to the quality brand that Bigjigs Rails is.


Bigjigs began in 1985 in a shed in Kent by husband and wife, Peter and Liz, both teachers. The company remains family owned and based in Folkstone where their office and warehouse are powered by 216 solar panels! Brio was founded in 1884 in Sweden and have produced railway toys since 1957. They are now owned by the reputable German brand Ravensburger.


Bigjigs trains, track and accessories are made from rubberwood sourced from managed forests. Whilst they have a few battery powered trains they have remained focused on wooden based track accessories and trains including a UK selection of Heritage trains, a nod to British history. In store we sell the Virgin Pendolino, the Sussex Bluebell steam train and the Flying Scotsman for example. They also produce many themed railway sets, trains and track accessories: Construction, Safari, Medieval, Dinosaur, Fairy, Pirate, Fire & Rescue, Farm and Christmas.