Top 10 Train Sets for Kids 2016-2017

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2016-2017 Best Kids’ Toy and Hobby Train Sets

 
Little boy playing with his train setOne 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 bit hit as gifts for Christmas or other special occasions throughout the year.

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 2016 and into 2017. This is what could be considered the “ultimate” list for boys and girls of all age groups, including toddlers.

For shoppers: For each of the train sets for kids listed on this page, one or more shopping resources is picked and recommended for product availability, low pricing and trusted reputation for safe and convenient online shopping. Links to consumer ratings and reviews are also provided, where available.

What’s Here:

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

1. Lionel Polar Express Ready to Play Train Set

Price: $84.54
You save: $15.41 (15 %)
13 new from $84.5414 used from $63.44

Ages: 4 and up

Finding its way to the #1 spot of the top 10 train sets for kids this year is Lionel Polar Express Ready to Play.

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.

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Lionel Polar Express Ready to Play Train Set, FOR PARTS

$48.99
End Date: Friday Mar-17-2017 6:50:11 PDT
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Lionel Polar Express Ready To Play Train Set

$75.00
End Date: Sunday Mar-12-2017 9:33:38 PDT
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Lionel 711803 Polar Express Ready to Play Train Set - AS IS

$36.69
End Date: Saturday Mar-11-2017 16:26:47 PST
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2. VTech Go! Go! Smart Wheels Treasure Mountain Train Adventure Set

Price: $36.95
You save: $18.04 (33 %)
26 new from $28.999 used from $32.12

Ages: 2 – 4

VTech Go! Go! Smart Wheels Treasure Mountain Train Adventure comes in next of the 2016-2017 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.

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VTech Go! Go! Smart Wheels Treasure Mountain Train Adventure, Open Box

$34.00
End Date: Monday Feb-27-2017 13:37:02 PST
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VTech Go! Go! Smart Wheels Treasure Mountain Train Adventure

$15.76
End Date: Wednesday Mar-1-2017 11:58:52 PST
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New VTech Go! Go! Smart Wheels Treasure Mountain Train Adventure Playset

$39.98
End Date: Monday Feb-20-2017 12:57:10 PST
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3. KidKraft Waterfall Mountain Train Set and Table

Price: $174.99
15 new from $145.998 used from $134.49

Ages: 3 and up

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.

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Waterfall Mountain Train Set and Table KidKraft Preschool Toy Pretend Play New

$172.98
End Date: Thursday Mar-2-2017 14:04:44 PST
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KidKraft 17850 Waterfall Mountain Train Set and Table New =

$130.00
End Date: Friday Mar-10-2017 13:11:12 PST
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Kidkraft Limited Edition Waterfall Mountain Train Table and Train Set W/drawers

$154.95
End Date: Saturday Mar-4-2017 8:21:05 PST
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4. LEGO DUPLO My First Train Set (10507)

Price: $42.70
You save: $2.29 (5 %)
42 new from $33.081 used from $37.15

Ages: 2 – 5

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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LEGO DUPLO My First Train Set (10507) - New & Sealed

$39.00
End Date: Sunday Mar-12-2017 9:14:32 PDT
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LEGO DUPLO 10507 My First Train Set Educational Preschool Toy Building Blocks FS

$49.95
End Date: Tuesday Feb-21-2017 18:24:32 PST
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LEGO DUPLO 10507 My First Train Set Educational Preschool Toy Building Blocks L3

$27.99
End Date: Saturday Feb-18-2017 7:14:50 PST
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5. Lionel Trains Coca-Cola Holiday G-Gauge Train Set

Price: $120.00
12 new from $106.893 used from $88.15

Ages: 8 and up

Fun! The Lionel Trains Coca-Cola Holiday G-Gauge also manages a spot among the 2016 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.

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LIONEL TRAINS COCA-COLA Holiday G-Gauge Metal TRAIN SET, 711488, Red

$132.22
End Date: Saturday Feb-25-2017 3:35:17 PST
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Lionel Trains Coca-Cola Holiday G-Gauge Train Set

$127.98
End Date: Sunday Mar-12-2017 13:40:50 PDT
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Lionel Trains Coca-Cola Holiday G-Gauge Train Set

$118.30
End Date: Monday Feb-20-2017 19:16:34 PST
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6. Melissa & Doug Deluxe Wooden Railway Set

Price: $87.88
You save: $0.01 ( %)
53 new from $79.9912 used from $72.06

Ages: 3 and up

A long-time favorite makes it to the 6th spot among the top train sets for kids 2016 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.

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Melissa & Doug Deluxe 132 piece Wooden Railway train Set

$84.99
End Date: Thursday Mar-9-2017 13:24:56 PST
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Melissa & Doug Deluxe Kids Wooden Railway Train Set 130+ Pieces Engine

$84.95
End Date: Thursday Mar-9-2017 18:43:17 PST
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NEW! Melissa & Doug Deluxe Wooden Railway Set with 100 Wooden Track Sections

$97.09
End Date: Sunday Feb-19-2017 17:42:48 PST
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7. Lionel Trains Frosty the Snowman G-Gauge Train Set

Price: $69.99
You save: $79.96 (53 %)
15 new from $69.990 used

Ages: 4 and up

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. The setup is remote-controlled with a tender, boxcar, and lengthy caboose.

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Lionel Trains Frosty the Snowman G-Gauge Train Set

$93.19
End Date: Sunday Feb-19-2017 4:14:42 PST
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Lionel FROSTY THE SNOWMAN Train Set G Gauge READY TO RUN Christmas Tree 7-11498

$85.00
End Date: Friday Feb-17-2017 19:49:40 PST
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Lionel FROSTY THE SNOWMAN G Gauge Train Set & Figure Pack BUNDLE Lot NEW 7-11498

$115.00
End Date: Friday Feb-17-2017 21:27:27 PST
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8. KidKraft Metropolis Train Set & Table

Price: $173.99
23 new from $173.990 used

Ages: 3 – 7

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.

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KidKraft Metropolis 100-Piece Wooden Train Table Set w/ Trundle Storage | 17935

$179.99
End Date: Monday Feb-27-2017 12:56:17 PST
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KidKraft Metropolis Train Table and Set

$190.00
End Date: Sunday Feb-19-2017 8:23:56 PST
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KidKraft Metropolis Train Table + 100pc Train Set #S1811

$206.45
End Date: Friday Mar-17-2017 10:32:29 PDT
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9. Paw Patrol Adventure Bay Railway Train Track Set

Ages: 3 and up

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.

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New NIB Paw Patrol Adventure Bay Railway Track Set Motorized Train Exclusive

$25.00
End Date: Tuesday Feb-21-2017 5:59:51 PST
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Paw Patrol Train Set Adventure Bay Railway Track Boys Toddler Toy Car Truck New

$36.75
End Date: Tuesday Feb-28-2017 12:05:08 PST
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Paw Patrol Train Set Railway Track Adventure Bay Preschool Boys Rubble Rescue

$36.30
End Date: Sunday Mar-5-2017 9:04:39 PST
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10. KidKraft Bucket Top Mountain Train Set

Price: $31.49
You save: $7.34 (19 %)
30 new from $31.494 used from $25.82

Ages: 3 – 8

The final item of the 2016-2017 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.

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KidKraft Bucket Top Mountain 56 Piece Train Set Compatible With Thomas

$51.99
End Date: Friday Feb-24-2017 21:05:34 PST
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KidKraft Bucket Top Mountain Train Set

$43.67
End Date: Wednesday Mar-8-2017 23:28:01 PST
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KidKraft Bucket Top Mountain Train Set

$44.19
End Date: Friday Mar-17-2017 7:30:54 PDT
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Update note: This page was modified to reflect current information on 10/28/16.

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