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  • In 1957, , based in in southern Sweden, introduced its wooden toy train system with wooden tracks in Europe. It may have been the first company to use the "peg and hole" system to connect the track pieces in mass production. The metal hook system for the rolling stock has since been replaced by magnetic connectors. BRIO was also one of the first companies to use for such products.

    Another Swedish company that started producing a similar toy at about this time was Micki Leksaker in . It apparently produced its first wooden train sets for a Swedish department store in 1956, thus predating Brio by a year or two.

  • California-based Ben Orel filed U.S. patent #2847798 in 1956 and was granted the patent for his "snap coupling" system two years later. He describes how the track could be rotated to create a "rail" and a "road" side in U.S. patent #3013726 submitted in 1960 and granted in 1961. This is similar to the idea that later used for their "" range. He also submitted a patent for magnetic couplings in 1958. This patent was granted in 1960. It may have been the earliest attempt to use magnets with a wooden toy train system. Production stopped in the mid-1960s and the company disappeared from the toy market.

    There was a long tradition of . made wooden figures and Christmas decorations and Blumenau (today a part of ) created building blocks and construction sets. Mass production techniques for polishing and coloring wooden toys were established and perfected in the Bohemian areas. Some of the early sets exhibited train designs that were later used for wooden track trains. In 1949, Hermann , of the Eichhorn family that made the PEWESTI wooden toys in , founded his company for wooden toys in the Bavarian town of . In 1961, he started producing his version of a wooden track railway system. Eichhorn claims that his company is the first to have systematically used the "vario system" for the connectors. Eichhorn applied for a U.S. patent for a "battery powered toy train" in 1994. In 1997 the company had to be sold to the , which moved production to , near Prague in the . By 1998 the company was fully integrated into the Simba-Dickie-Group. In February 1999 two fires totally destroyed the old factory buildings in Egglham and consumed most of the company's archives and work models.

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    The Jack-Built Toy Manufacturing Company marketed its own range of wooden toy trains under the brand name "Jack Built Snap Trains" around 1956 to 1962. These were manufactured in Japan and used a snap system to join pieces of rolling stock and tracks. Rolling stock from Jack Built Snap Trains and could ride on either manufacturer's tracks. However, individual pieces of rolling stock and track from the two brands could not be combined. This is because the coupling systems for the tracks and trains were different.

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Assuming you mean that they’re derailing when they come down off the mountain slopes, it’s a common problem for most wooden train sets with hills/bridges followed by curved tracks. If you have the layout set up as it is on the box, with curved tracks right after the big slopes, the trains will derail at the bottom of the hills. What we always do is add enough straight tracks at the bottom of the hills that the trains can run off some of that speed before they hit the curves.