Best Kids’ Toy and Hobby Train Sets
One of the most classic toys for kids is trains – with various sets designed for various ages of children, they are some of the most enjoyable long-term toys for kids and teens, and are almost always a big hit as gifts for Christmas or other special occasions throughout the year.
The top 10 train sets for kids continues the wonderful tradition of train-tastic fun for little ones, and includes plenty of wonderful and easy options ideal for small hands. We’ve got options with landscapes inspired by waterfalls and mountains, as well as “first” sets and those centering around Frosty the Snowman. There’s no shortage of fantastic possibilities here!
Teaching your children about trains opens them up to whole new worlds of travel and adventure. They might start wondering about the many kinds of trains in the world and where they go, or want to learn about each famous railroad’s start and stopping point. Regardless, these educational toys will be a blast for your kiddos to play with.
What’s here: On this page is a “top 10” list of the best train sets for kids in terms of consumer popularity and overall ranking for the Christmas holidays of 2017 and into 2018. This is what could be considered the “ultimate” list for boys and girls of all age groups, including toddlers.
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Post Updated: April 9th, 2017
1. Lionel Polar Express Ready to Play Train Set
2. VTech Go! Go! Smart Wheels Treasure Mountain Train Adventure Set
3. KidKraft Waterfall Mountain Train Set and Table
4. LEGO DUPLO My First Train Set (10507)
5. Lionel Trains Coca-Cola Holiday G-Gauge Train Set
6. Melissa & Doug Deluxe Wooden Railway Set
7. Lionel Trains Frosty the Snowman G-Gauge Train Set
8. KidKraft Metropolis Train Set & Table
9. Paw Patrol Adventure Bay Railway Train Track Set
10. KidKraft Bucket Top Mountain Train Set
Top 10 Train Sets for Kids:
Ages: 4 and up
Polar Express, a Christmas classic, is one of my favorite movies and books. So, of course, I absolutely love the idea of making an entire train set based on the stories. Powered with batteries and inclusive of a steam engine, this train comes with a real-working headlight and authentic sounds.
Ages: 2 – 4
VTech Go! Go! Smart Wheels Treasure Mountain Train Adventure comes in next of the 2017 best kids’ train sets.
For toddlers on the go, go, go! The Treasure Mountain Train is a three-part setup with landscape accessories, like a mountain of gold and cavernous tunnels. And there are nine “smart” locations around the track to teach kids about letters, numbers, shapes, and colors. Connects to other Go! Go! sets.
Marking the 3rd spot on the list – KidKraft Waterfall Mountain Train Set and Table.
Waterfall Mountain is a beautiful, scenic landscape…on a table. Yep, this train setup comes with its own space. No mess or fuss in the floor.
There are three red bins for under-the-table storage of train cars and removable scenery elements.
One of my personal favorites on the “best of” list for kids this year – LEGO DUPLO My First Train Set.
Does your toddler love trains? Because this DUPLO setup is a pretend-play first that your youngster would love to build. There are 52 pieces, including scenery, mini figures, and the train itself. Includes a fuel station and a 22-inch track.
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Ages: 8 and up
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Fun! The Lionel Trains Coca-Cola Holiday G-Gauge also manages a spot among the 2017 Christmas holiday best kids’ train sets.
When I was a kid, Coca-Cola commercials were the absolute best because they were the most creative. Especially around the holidays, because the polar bears and Santa Claus were involved. This train set makes me think of those advertisements, complete with the sparkly Coca-Cola trademark and real-working bells and whistles.
A long-time favorite makes it to the 6th spot among the top train sets for kids 2017 and into 2017 with the Melissa & Doug Deluxe Wooden Railway.
Melissa and Doug are king and queen of wooden toys, and this train set is no exception. There are over 100 elements, including arrangeable track sections that kids can build and rebuild over and over again. Lovin’ the six-car train too, with a cargo car, four-car passenger sections, and flatbed.
Another great kids’ train sets for Christmas morning – Lionel Trains Frosty the Snowman G-Gauge.
Frosty the Snowman makes me want to watch Christmas movies in October. Ha, ha! This train setup is blue and white in dedication to Frosty and his awesome magic.
Next up on the list – KidKraft Metropolis Train Set & Table.
I’m not sure which part of this train set I love more—the train and scenery, or the table it all sits on. Accessories-wise, there is a two-tier bridge, arrangeable 100-section tracks, and tunnels. Plus, lots of wooden figures, like a construction worker, police officer, gas station attendant, and firefighter.
A newer concept arrives next on the list with the Paw Patrol Adventure Bay Railway Train Track Set.
Paw Patrol is a big kid favorite right now. The Adventure Bay Track comes with a motorized train racer with Rubble, the miniature pup, as the passenger.
There are elements for kiddos to recreate a rescue scene with a tunnel and rockslide, lowered guard rails, and a destination train station.
The final item of the 2017 top ten train sets for kids is KidKraft Bucket Top Mountain.
The Bucket Top Mountain is a fun, 61-piece setup with an arrangeable, lengthy track that winds over a mountain and through a small town. The town comes with firetrucks, police stations, lots of attendants and little wooden townspeople. Lovin’ the reusable storage bucket that kids can tote around anywhere.
This Top 10 Train Sets for Kids page was modified to reflect current information on April 9th, 2017.