|No puzzle here, BigJigs is the best........|
Favourite brand, a close-run thing, but BigJigs just claims it from Orchard Toys, Calpol and the ever-popular McCoys.
You can't move here for The B's fast-growing wooden railway, the house brimming with trains, trucks, tracks and all the assorted accessories.
He's got the lot: stations (in small, medium and large), bridges (in all shapes, sizes and styles), straights (short, long and even longer), curves (two different lengths), all the different junctions, points systems, and everything else imaginable.
There are some other things that one might not imagine also.
There's the coal mine, for instance, the docks too, and even a car park that can boast a rather splendid helipad.
Favourites items in the collection: the train washer (mine); the signal box (his).
This is a collection that has been growing for just over four years, ever since The B received his first pieces during his maiden Christmas Morning, in fact.
Since then, pardon the pun, it has been full steam ahead for the BigJigs-B relationship.
Total pieces: innumerable.
Hours spent engaged in rail-related activities: countless.
It used to be the trains themselves that held the appeal, The B spending hour after hour crouching down in the classic little-boy-playing-with-small-vehicle position, pushing around assorted engines, carriages and trucks, lost in his miniature environment.
These days, however, it's all about the engineering.
The transit systems being built at present are becoming rather sophisticated and, I must admit, this appeals to me almost as much as it does him.
Indeed, from time to time, there are differences in opinion, me and The B never quite able to agree on the details.
I like to make it realistic, he prefers to use his imagination to create never-seen-before rail configurations that are all about eschewing traditional transport planning conventions.
I don't always manage it, but on such occasions, I attempt to take a back seat and let him do it to suit his own personal preference.
It's difficult, but it is, after all, his railway, and I am old enough to know better.
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