Tried and True Favorites
Trains are favorite toys for boys and girls of all ages, and they come in a wide variety of styles and designs. From classic toy sets with bridges, tunnels, and stations to train-themed toys of all types, it is possible to ride the play rails in many ways. Before buying any toy trains, parents should always investigate the toy carefully to ensure it is appropriate for their child's age and abilities.
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Deluxe Train Sets
This deluxe canyon train table set keeps everything in one place so that pieces don't get scattered everywhere. It features a multi-level track and bridges that can't be removed. This set is perfect for kids aged three and up.
Plush train toys are perfect for young children. Some toys will have magnetic or Velcro attachments to add cars, while others may come with a plush conductor or station carrying case. Always check the toy's construction carefully to ensure there are no sharp or loose pieces that can be choking hazards to young children.
This Baby Plush Pillow Buddy by Stephan is perfect for cuddling up with at night. It has lots of applique details for textural interest.
Lego Duplo Trains
Lego model trains are fun kits to build and play with. Flexible tracks are available, and children can combine sets to create play worlds full of imagination. Duplo train sets with larger pieces and simpler designs are also available for younger train enthusiasts.
Thomas the Train
Thomas the Train is a well-loved children's character, and he and his friends are available in a range of toys including figurines, tents, bathtub squirters, plush toys, and a wide range of other merchandise.
This set of three bathtub-ready trains features the character of Thomas and two of his friends. They also feature squirt action that your child will love. For ages 18 months to five years.
Themed Toy Trains
Themed trains are popular variations of these fun toys. Circus trains are always popular, but other themes include Christmas trains, dinosaur trains, and learning trains where each car is numbered or lettered.
This KidKraft themed train set is based on dinosaurs. It is a 95-piece set that comes on a round table, so your child can easily reach every corner of the train track without bumping into corners or having to lean over the table. It comes with a volcano and a tunnel made from dinosaur bones. For ages three and up.
One of the most basic toy trains is a pull train. These wooden trains are often loaded with colorful blocks that can be stacked on the train cars or used to build other creations. Plastic models are also available.
This Melissa and Doug wooden train set is stackable, helping children with manual dexterity and color recognition. It comes with 15 pieces and is recommended for ages two to five.
Highly detailed model trains are perfect for older enthusiasts. Realistic proportions and authentic details make these trains highly sought after by collectors, and both modern and vintage designs are available.
This model of an early Chicago and North Western diesel train is a vivid yellow. It is recommended for ages seven and up and has a safety warning to keep away from children under three years of age.
Wooden Railway Sets
Wooden train sets come complete with tracks in various shapes and sizes. Trains are included of course, and you'll also find fun extras like wooden trees and railway signs.
This 130-piece wooden train set comes with 100 track sections, 30 different accessories, and a six-piece freight train. For ages three and up.
Trains for Girls
Girls love trains just as much as boys do. While they can use any toy train or set on the market, certain themes and colors may appeal a little more.
This pretty, purple My Little Pony train set is fun and functional. Perfect for ages 36 months to 8 years, the train also comes with a small pink pony in the train car. The train is motorized and runs on AA batteries.
Trains for Toddlers
Start your child's love for toy trains young by investing in a plastic set with big pieces. This Vtech Go! Go! offers the interesting feature of "learning points." As your child pushes a train car over different points on the track, he will hear sounds and learn new things, such as the letter "T" for "train." Recommended for ages 12 months to 5 years.
Whether you opt for model trains, plush train figures, or trains operated by remote control, there are lots of options for train enthusiasts of all ages.