|All Aboard the Santa Fe
OME of the best children’s products in the world emanate from the Italian firm of Peg Perego. The venerable company started 54 years ago when Giuseppe Pérego fashioned a home-made carriage for his baby. The new creation—the carriage (the baby, too)—was such a hit with the neighbors, that everybody wanted one.
When Nina gave us our first son 23 years ago, we wanted nothing but the best. We got a Peg Pérego baby carriage. After all these years we still have that carriage, and it is in perfect condition.
Now that our firstborn, Gabriel, has a baby of his own, Johnathan, we wanted something special for his first birthday: a riding vehicle. Again, it couldn’t be just any ride-on. It had to be a high quality Peg Pérego item, and we found the right one.
Peg Pérego Santa Fe Express is a choo choo train that will delight children from 16 months to 3 years. After that they graduate to the more formidable line of vehicles that the company makes.
The three-piece train comes with 12 curved and 2 straight tracks. Johnathan the conductor zips along the seven-foot oval track at a snappy speed of two miles an hour. The on/off push button is easy for little fingers to operate.
At the front, of course, is the electric engine. Johnathan sits on a “coal tender” behind the engine. Then comes the caboose in which the conductor can store some essential travel gear (a milk bottle, diapers) in the lift-up storage compartment.
The child rides safely with the motor and gearbox totally enclosed and out of sight. There is a rechargeable six-volt battery and recharger. Insert two AA batteries in the horn and you activate authentic train whistles and steam engine sounds.
Suggested retail price for this easy-drive locomotive, made in U.S.A., is $180.