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What ever happened to toy trains?

There was a time when this was America’s most popular toy.  A little engine puffing around the Christmas tree remains one of our favorite icons of the Holiday Season.  Most model train systems are not for children anymore; the focus seems to be on meticulous detail and realism.   But, a $400 scale model locomotive is great for grandfathers, not for little boys and girls.  

We love toy trains!  At Rokenbok, we decided it was time to design a modern version that would be fun and hold the interest of today’s kids.  We choose to make a fundamental trade-off, by giving up realistic detail in favor of rugged play value.  Here’s what we thought was important in designing a fun, new classic in toy trains:

  • Fun interactive jobs to do, like loading and unloading cargo.
  • Make interesting track layouts including switches and crossings.
  • Build trestles and bridges quickly and easily.

Toy Trains and Rokenbok

Because it's part of the Rokenbok system, our toy train would have to work with everything else Rokenbok.  We even came to the conclusion that making the tracks out of building pieces was the way to go, so that our customers would not have to collect special track pieces.

All of this added up to a very tough engineering challenge, but soon the Rokenbok Monorail was born!  

This unique vehicle glides across a track created from standard Rokenbok building pieces.  You can easily add rail switches and crossings, design a station or depot, or build tall trestles and drive your Monorail through multilevel Rokenbok worlds.  There are no transformers or wires in our modern toy train. The ROK Star Controller sends the Monorail gliding down the track, and commands the powered cargo car to load or dump.  That means the Monorail can interact with water towers, conveyor and chute systems, and every other machine in the Rokenbok fleet. 

The Rokenbok Monorail: Simple Yet Advanced

The Monorail looks deceptively simple, but it has two microprocessors, self centering power dump bed, a hidden rail gripping stabilizer, and cruise control. The Monorail is a tough, real working machine built for rough play, crashes, and spills. It’s not an ordinary toy train, but a precise and very rugged ROK Star controlled robot. 

The Monorail is easy enough for a three-year-old to drive and operate.  Older children and adults love building more complex layouts and creating interesting interactions.  The powered cargo bed can both load and dump.  It actually reaches out and can push open the door of a bin box, bump the switch on a ROK Lift, or reach across to dump a load of cargo into a nearby conveyor.    

The Rokenbok monorail certainly isn’t your father’s old scale model train, but your kids will love it and so will you!

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