Updated: Train Sets: 5 Top Picks [Plus Buy-It-Now Prices]

Preschoolers are fascinated by trains. In poll after poll, readers have told me that train sets and train tables are toys that hold their kids’ interest for years, with the peak ages of interest being about two to four.

Here’s a rundown of five popular train sets and tables. I’ve linked to the items at Amazon so that you can learn more and read reviews.

Screen shot 2013-11-05 at 4.02.55 PMThomas the Train TrackMaster Castle Quest Set:  The Castle Quest set comes with Thomas engine, cargo cars, King’s Crown and track set and is compatible with other Thomas sets. List price: $59.99 Buy-it-now price: $46.

Screen Shot 2014-11-12 at 2.06.07 PMKidKraft Waterfall Mountain Train Set and Table: KidKraft is known for well-built wooden toys. This wide train table comes with three built in storage bins and 120 pieces. List price: $159.99 Buy-it-now price: $130.

Baby Cheapskate's 6 Top Train Set Picks for 2013Step2 Deluxe Canyon Road Train & Track Table: What’s great about this table is that it has a lid. When the train isn’t in play, your kids can use the table for coloring, building with blocks, etc. Another great feature for mess-weary parents is that the tracks are molded into the table and can’t be lost or scattered about. On the other hand, because the tracks are molded into place, you can’t change the track layout. Includes three-piece train set. Made in USA. List price: $99.99. Buy-it-now price: $80

Baby Cheapskate's 6 Top Train Set Picks for 2013Plan Toys Road and Rail Deluxe Train Set:  This set is made from chemical free, sustainable rubber wood, and its paints have been tested for safety. Includes three cars, 18 track pieces, 6 road pieces, traffic light, train signal, train station, two people, and a few trees. Table not included. List price: $90.99. Buy-it-now price: $56. Currently $59.98 at Amazon.

Baby Cheapskate's 6 Top Train Set Picks for 2013Melissa & Doug Deluxe Wooden Railway Set. This set comes with 100 pieces and 30 accessories including  six-piece freight train with cargo, a four-piece passenger train, and a three-piece flatbed truck with cargo. At less than $30 Melissa and Doug’s Basic train set is a more affordable choice if you’re on a tight budget. Tracks in both sets are compatible with other wooden sets. List price: $129.99. Buy-it-now price: $85.

Two more money savers: Toys R Us’ budget-saving Imaginarium sets are also worth checking out. The 80-piece Imaginarium Mega Train Set retails for $29.99, for example. If you have an IKEA nearby, don’t miss their 20-pc. LILLABO basic train set. It’s only $9.99!


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  1. elizabeth says:

    Where do you get the Buy it Now prices from? I would like the Melissa & Doug set.

  2. I base my BIN prices on price histories for items sold at Amazon. Sites like CamelCamelCamel.com let you see these histories. HTH!

  3. Melissa says:

    Do you know if the Thomas trains work on the other sets?