As we were doing a transport theme last term, we gave it another try.....
I'd say it was pretty successful. The reason that I have held onto it all these years is that it's actually a pretty good toy for the 'cause and effect' stage. You have to put the driver in the train to get it to move.
Both James and Charlie got the hang of this really quickly and were quite interested in watching the train go around the track. I also took out a few bits of track so they could do a bit of the construction part which they seem to get the hang of too.
In the end despite definite progress, the temptation to take it apart for tapping was too great!
'Footnote'.......Please excuse the dirty feet!! My sons are strangers to foot wear inside and outdoors!!!!