Our Top Choice
KidKraft Waterfall Mountain Train Set
KidKraft has been a leading global manufacturer of toys and furniture, allowing children to explore and expand their imaginations.
It is easy to assemble, and provides hours of fun and activities. It is well constructed and colorfully designed.
There are isolated complaints that the paints chip easily.
36 months - 3 years
T-molding and melamine
48.8 x 34.2 x 16 in; 57.3 lbs.
Lionel Polar Express Train Set
Since the 1900s, Lionel has been making toy trains and original locomotive train models for children to play with, and as prototypes for real carrier trains.
It is detailed, well-made, not easy to derail and very easy to set up.
It is not compatible with other Lionel track systems.
4 - 15 years
24 x 6 x 18 in; 6 lbs.
Bachmann Rail Chief Train Set
Bachmann Trains has a commitment to quality and, for many years, has been creating award-winning lines of model railroad products.
Its headlight and taillights grow brighter with increasing speed. It has a high-quality power pack and wiring, and a realistically detailed finish.
The engine does not have a horn or whistle.
14 years and up
47 x 38 x 3 in; 6.9 lbs.
Melissa & Doug Wooden Railway Set
For several years, Melissa & Doug has been making collections of toys of different types that stimulate a child’s creativity and imagination.
It is compatible with other wooden railway systems. It's made with hardwood, making it extra durable. It is easy to assemble and provides creative fun.
It derails easily if the train is pushed down the tracks too hard.
3 years and up
29.5 x 18.5 x 6 in; 22 lbs.
Fisher-Price Thomas & Friends TrackMaster
Fisher-Price is a world-renowned manufacturer of toys that appeal to children’s imaginations, as well as baby gear that always puts smiles on kids' faces.
It is easy to assemble and even easier to use. It works smoothly and is entertaining, even for adults. It comes with well-detailed instructions.
The bridge needs quite an effort to snap back in place.
36 months - 6 years
18 x 4 x 13 in; 3.5 lbs.