Q: Are the male end connecting pieces rounded like a ball or flat/curved?
A: They are flat/curved.
Q: Is this compatible with IKEA train tracks?
Q: Can someone tell me the distance between the two rails that the train runs on? I have a Veggie Tales Train and need to know if the guage is the same.
A: I measured 3/4 inch exactly.
Q: Do all the male sides now have those cheap looking pegs instead of each piece being a single piece of wood?
A: No, all the pieces are just a single piece of wood. The pegs in those one are pretty sturdy though. I know sometimes on other sets I have seen they fall out, but these ones haven't given me a problem.
Q: Appropriate for a two year old?
A: It is absolutely appropriate for a 2 year old. I would construct various train tracks and let my son help. After a while, he would construct them on his own. At 2.5 now, he can build very large tracks! It is fun to keep adding to it as he gets the hang of each step. Great for brain development and creativity!
Q: Do connections spurs ever come off as per a choking hazard?
A: No they never have come off and are actually part of it
Q: Lookign to buy this set as a my son's first train set. Can this be made into a figure 8? Looking to put it on the coffee table.
A: If it's built correctly, yes. There are enough large curved piece sand a crossing that will work.
Q: Does it have some male-male pieces and some voluble female piece?
A: Yes it does.
Q: what age child uses this track set?
A: My four year old and 13 year old grandsons enjoy them with me!
Q: What wood are they made from?
A: ToysOpoly only made their toys from Beech wood. The highest quality with eco-friendly wood. All pieces were sanded very smoothly