I have been provided a product in order to facilitate a review. No monetary compensation was received unless noted otherwise. All opinions are 100% my own. Some posts may contain affiliate links that I receive commission or payment for in exchange for referrals. In the event of a giveaway, the sponsor is responsible for delivery of the prize, unless noted otherwise on the giveaway post. I only recommend products or services I personally use and believe will be a good fit for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 225: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”
Before I get into my review of the train I would like to tell you a little about the company. Whittle is a 20-year-old company that was started in a garage in Kirkwood, MO (a suburb of St. Louis) in 1996. The company was started by accident by a father of four and one of his sons. The father was supposed to build crown molding for his wife's dining room but instead went on to make trains (she still doesn't have her crown molding). All of the members of the family have helped out in some capacity throughout the years. Whittle started off making trains that were modeled after US trains but now, because of interest from customers, they have begun also making international trains. All of Whittle's trains are made by hand from start to finish using child-safe paints and finishes. Whittle's goal is to make all of their trains as realistic as possible while staying within toy-train scale. They also make all of their trains to be compatible with major companies such as Thomas, Brio and Chuggington. Please take a moment to watch the video to learn more about the company and their products.
All of that being said, let's get to my review.
My initial thoughts were that I loved the simple packaging. The train was packaged in a very sturdy, plain cardboard box and each train was individually packaged. I love that the box is a sturdy cardboard because i can use it to store the train when the kids are not playing with it.
The trains themselves are nice and solid and you can tell that they are made out of a great quality wood. I was very impressed with the paint on these trains because I was expecting something that wasn't quite as polished because it is done by hand but, the paint job on these trains is amazing. Each train looks exactly like a Union Pacific train right down to the lettering on the train.
Now for the promotion: If you would like to purchase a Whittle train of your own you can get 20% off of a mixed set (only mixed sets apply for the promotion) by putting the code WeLoveWhittle in the comments section when placing your order (available while supplies last) on their website. Click the link to view their vast selection of trains. Whittle Shortline Railroad