The Best Toy Train Sets for Kids

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What Are the Best Toy Train Sets?

Toy train sets are a great toy for kids of all ages.  The best toy train sets aren’t just for boys!  Girls can play too, of course!  They great for children at any age, from the infant/toddler phase of cognitive learning to the grade school child phase of roleplay and cause/effect learning. Train sets come with many different features that engage children’s creativity, imagination, problem-solving skills, and fine motor skills. Some come with a table for your child to place their set upon, while others simply go on the floor.

In our list of the best toy train sets for kids, we have selected a wide variety of top-rated train sets.  We’ve included train sets that are specifically for infants and toddlers, table sets and floor sets, and realistic collector’s edition train sets for school-age children who may like to collect them.

The Best Toy Train Sets for Kids

Product NameImagePriceFeaturesRating
Lionel Polar Express Remote Train Set$$$$$2-8-4 Berkshire-style locomotive and tender,
2 coach cars and 1 observation car,
Polar Express decorative bell,
4 Polar Express character figures,
8 curved O36 FasTrack sections, 1 straight track section, and 1 terminal wall pack section,
LionChief Remote Control,
Wall pack power supply
(Remote control batteries not included),
Sounds and phrases from the Polar Express movie.

Lionel Hogwarts Express LionChief Train Set$$$$$Puffing smoke effects,
Lighted car windows,
Working headlights,
Working sounds and phrases,
O-gauge set,
4-6-0 locomotive and tender,
two passenger coaches,
one combination car,
40” x 60” oval FasTrack,
Plug-n-Play FasTrack Power Lock-on track.

VTech Go! Go! Smart Wheels Chug and Go Railroad Train Set$$Working lights and sounds,
SmartPoint locations activate interactive sounds,
Compatible with other Vtech Go! Go! sets.

BRIO 33052 Deluxe Railway Set$$$$$Made from beechwood,
Chip-resistant paint and finish,
Over 80 pieces,
Multiple vehicles, trains, and figures,
Box unfolds into a play mat.
LEGO City Cargo Train **Editor's Choice**$$$$Includes 4 minifigures,
Motorized locomotive with 8-channel,
7-speed infrared remote control,
Driver’s cabin with opening doors and dashboard,
Cattle wagon and 2 cargo wagons,
Fuel wagon and fuel tank with chain,
Pallet with wheelbarrow and a forklift,
Cable drum with 2 large cable drumsin holders and a lifting chain,
Sliding overhead crane with hook to load and unload heavy-duty cargo,
Office with computer and cup, sack barrow, trash bin and a fire extinguisher,
Full circular track with 20 curved rail tracks and 8 straight rail tracks.
KidKraft Metropolis Train Table & Set
$$$$Wooden table with painted table top,
Elevated train track set,
3 car magnetic wooden train,
Other features including a bridge, mountain with tunnel, building structures and town figures.
KidKraft Ride Around Train Set and Table
$$$Hand-painted wooden figures and vehicles,
100 colorful pieces include a plane, helicopter, and moveable crane,
Tabletop setting enables kids to be closer to the action,
Tongue-and-groove track pieces are easy to connect.
Melissa & Doug Deluxe Wooden Railway Train Set$$100 wooden track sections and supports,
Over 30 accessories,
Six-piece freight train with cargo,
Four-piece passenger train,
Three-piece flatbed truck with cargo,
Includes easy-to-follow instructions for four different track configurations.

Lionel Polar Express Remote Train Set

The Best Toy Train Sets for Kids

This realistic collector’s edition from Lionel models the infamous Polar Express train.  The set comes with realistic sounds from the Polar Express movies, as well as phrases from the conductor.  Included with this set are 2 coach cars and 1 observation car, a Polar Express decorative bell, 4 Polar Express character figures, 8 curved O36 FasTrack sections, 1 straight track section, and 1 terminal wall pack section, a LionChief Remote Control, and a wall pack power supply.

The passenger cars include interior lighting, silhouettes in the window, rounded observation platform, and decorated drumhead on observation car. This set is great for school-age children who like to collect train sets.  It does not come with a table.

Pros
  • Life-like set and sounds
  • Includes track sections
  • Comes with LionChief Remote
  • Has wall pack power supply
  • Includes 4 characters
Cons
  • Expensive
  • Does not include table


Lionel Hogwarts Express LionChief Train Set

The Best Toy Train Sets for Kids

Another collector’s set from Lionel, this train is modeled after the Hogwarts Express from the beloved Harry Potter books from J.K. Rowling. This set has many realistic features, including realistic features including puffing smoke, an operational headlight, interior illumination in the passenger cars, RailSounds RC sound system with steam chuffing, a horn, a whistle, a bell and user-activated movie specific announcements.

The set Includes a 4-6-0 Locomotive, 2 passenger coaches, and 1 combination car. It comes with 8 curved 036 FasTrack pieces, two 10″ straight sections. 1 FasTrack terminal section, one 10″ straight FasTrack Plug-n-play power section, a 54W wall pack power supply, and traction tires. Another great option for children who like to collect.  It does not include a table.  It does not include character figures.

Pros
  • Life-like set and sounds
  • Includes track sections
  • Has a LionChief Remote
  • Comes with a wall pack power supply
  • Real puffing steam
  • Working headlights
Cons
  • Expensive
  • Does not include table
  • Does not include character figures


VTech Go! Go! Smart Wheels Chug and Go Railroad Train Set

The Best Toy Train Sets for Kids

This train set is great for your littlest ones!  Vtech brings you an electronic train set with bright colors, multi-lingual options, and interactive lights and sounds.  The set’s eight SmartPoint locations activate various sounds, phrases, and conductor announcements.  Your child will sharpen their motor skills by lifting the gates and moving the switch tracks.

The Smart Wheels Chug and Go set is compatible with vehicles, items, and accessories from any of Vtech’s Go! Go! playsets, giving your child hours of customizable fun!  This set does not come with a table.

Pros
  • Multi-lingual options
  • Lights, songs, and phrases
  • Battery powered moving train vehicle
  • Compatible with other Vtech Go! Go! Playsets
Cons
  • Does not include table
  • Buyers stated that the batteries in the train run down quickly

 


BRIO 33052 Deluxe Railway Set

The Best Toy Train Sets for Kids

BRIO brings you the ultimate Delux Railway set, which includes more than 80 pieces!  Your child will enjoy hours of imaginative play while they construct their own little town centered around this train set!  This set includes two trains; a metro passenger train and a freight cargo train! Also included with this set are road and rail tracks, stations, bridges, cargo cranes, container ship, truck, bus, play figures and more.

The play set is made from beechwood and is not electronic.  It’s finished with a chip-resistant paint, giving each piece a vibrant look.  The box unfolds into a play mat for your child to build his or her town upon!  When finished, simply fold back into box form to store away and organize all the pieces!

Pros
  • More than 80 peices
  • Two trains along with other vehichles, boats, and figures
  • Made from beechwood
  • Chip-resistant paint and finish
  • Box unfolds into a play mat
Cons
  • Expensive
  • Not electronic


LEGO City Cargo Train

The Best Toy Train Sets for Kids

**Editor’s Choice**

For the Lego lovers, here’s a great train set that combines the classic Lego brick style with a train-and-track design!  The train is motorized and includes an 8-channel, 7-speed infrared remote control that can transport almost anything.  It features a driver’s cabin with opening doors and dashboard, plus a cattle wagon and 2 cargo wagons.

Also included are a forklift, an overhead crane, a fuel tank truck, and much more along with several lego worker figures!  This set will not disappoint!  It’s loaded with features and cool toys for your little one to explore and build!

Pros
  • Motorized train with 8-channel
  • 7-speed infrared remote control
  • Several figures and toys
  • Build-it-yourself Lego brick style
Cons
  • Short track
  • Does not include table


 

KidKraft Metropolis Train Table & Set

The Best Toy Train Sets for Kids

KidKraft’s Metropolis train set comes with a very large table and a versatile train and town set!  Your child can build and create their own world centered around the elevated and winding train set with 100 colorful wooden pieces.  The two-tier bridge and long wooden track make for a winding railway and hours of fun.  The wooden train has three magnetic cars.  Included with this set is a mountain with a tunnel, buildings, cars, signs, and other playful structures.

The table is made of sturdy solid wood and has a nice espresso finish.  The top is painted with a detailed layout of a town with roadways, a body of water, and trees.  The perfect start to your child’s “town”.  The table also has a large drawer for storing pieces when not in use.  Hours of creative and imaginative fun await your child with this set!

Pros
  • Train set with table
  • Wooden set with hand-painted details and figures
  • Large storage drawer below
  • Painted and detailed table top
Cons
  • The train is not electric
  • Some buyers reported difficulty keeping the track together


KidKraft Ride Around Train Set and Table

Another set from KidKraft, this set is similar to the Metropolis table set, but a few things set it apart.  First, the table.  It has open leg room and has two plastic bins that slide out on either side of the table for storage.  The table itself is wider, and the painted table top includes features such as an airport runway, a farm, a park, and a construction area by the mountain.

The train track is also elevated, allowing your child to explore a winding and versatile track with the three-car wooden train. Hand-painted wooden figures include farmers, construction workers, doctors, an ambulance, a fire truck, signposts, trees, farm animals, an airplane and a helicopter.

Pros
  • Train set with table
  • Wooden set with hand-painted details and figures
  • Two sliding storage bins
  • Painted and detailed table top
Cons
  • The train is not electric


Melissa & Doug Deluxe Wooden Railway Train Set

The Best Toy Train Sets for Kids

The Melissa and Doug brand is well known for its pretend play toys.  Here they bring us a 130 piece wooden train set with vibrant colors and many ways to play!  Included in this set are a six-piece freight train with cargo, a four-piece passenger train, a flatbed truck,  train engineer figures, two magnetized crane assemblies, a suspension bridge, trestle bridge, a five-way switch, and a roundhouse engine shed. Several trees and road signs are also included.

The easy-to-read instructions provide four different track layouts, allowing children to “build it yourself” Creative and imaginative fun for hours!

Pros
  • 130 piece set
  • Vibrant colored wooden track
  • 4 track layouts with easy-to-read instructions
  • Various ways to play
Cons
  • The train is not electric
  • Does not come with a table


Safety First

As always, our first consideration is your child’s safety, as is yours.  Here are some helpful tips for safety when using train sets.

  • Analyze the intended age range on any train set.  If the set is not specified for infants or toddlers, it likely contains small pieces which could present a choking hazard or electrical pieces that could put your child at risk of electrical shock.  Follow these suggestions from the manufacturer.
  • When using a table set, regularly check that the table feels sturdy.  Inspect for loose or broken pieces.  Children should not be allowed to climb on the tables.  It may be prudent to place corner guards on the table if the corners are not rounded or smooth.
  • Ensure there is enough room in the area of intended use for large tracks or table sets to eliminate the risk of falls.

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