Top 10 Train Sets for Kids 2015-2016

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2015-2016 Best Kids’ Toy and Hobby Train Sets

 
Toy 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 rankings through the holiday season of 2015 and into 2016. This is what I consider to be 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. VTech Go! Go! Smart Wheels Train Station Playset
2. Lionel Polar Express Train Set (G Gauge)
3. KidKraft Waterfall Mountain Train Set and Table
4. Orbrium Toys Triple-Loop Wooden Train Set
5. Lionel Crayola Train Set
6. KidKraft Bucket Top Mountain Train Set
7. KidKraft Farm Train Set
8. KidKraft Metropolis Train Set and Table
9. Melissa & Doug Deluxe Wooden Railway Set
10. Thomas the Train: All Around Sodor Train Set

1. VTech Go! Go! Smart Wheels Train Station Playset

Ages: 1 – 5

At this top of this year’s list of the top 10 train sets for kids is the VTech Go! Go! Smart Wheels Train Station Playset.

A beautiful combination of fun toy train set and learning center — practically the perfect toy for train lovers who are very young. As is true with other Go! Go! toys, this one has “smart technology” that pinpoints specific points and interacts with little ones. Kids build their own track, using their own creativity and off they go…

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VTech 80-146700 Go! Go! Smart Wheels Train Station Playset

$62.49
End Date: Friday Feb-12-2016 1:09:39 PST
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Go Smart Wheels Train Station Vtech Playset 80 146700 New Factory Sealed Toy Fun

$62.72
End Date: Friday Feb-12-2016 1:46:09 PST
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VTech 80-146700 Go! Go! Smart Wheels Train Station Playset

$65.02
End Date: Friday Feb-12-2016 9:55:57 PST
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Price: $116.23
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2. Lionel Polar Express Train Set (G Gauge)

Ages: 4 and up

Not surprisingly, the Lionel Polar Express comes in as a strong second among the ten best kids’ train sets for 2015-2016.

This train set repeatedly hits the “hot list” each Christmas – it has a magical theme that is so loved by children and all of the details that one could hope for. It also has a realistic bell, whistle, working headlight and a familiar “All Aboard…” message. Kids can use the remote to control the train and re-enact their favorite scenes from the story book and movie.

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Lionel Polar Express Train Set G-Gauge Childrens Gift Collectable Remote Control

$167.14
End Date: Thursday Feb-11-2016 8:47:53 PST
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Lionel Polar Express Train Set G Gauge Locomotive Perfect Gift New Christmas Toy

$146.69
End Date: Thursday Feb-11-2016 9:52:01 PST
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New G-Gauge Remote Control Lionel Polar Express Train Set with Cars

$174.45
End Date: Thursday Feb-11-2016 12:38:39 PST
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Price: $151.03
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3. KidKraft Waterfall Mountain Train Set and Table

Ages: 3 and up

Another huge hit in train sets for the holidays of 2015 and into next year – KidKraft Waterfall Mountain Train Set and Table.

I love KidKraft! Their toys are so well thought-out and durable – and extra fun for kiddos. This train set and table are no exception! At just the right height for kids, it has ample room on the table for one or two children to have plenty of room – plus some. The set comes with a solid wood train track, train and plenty of accessories to add creative touches. (And guess what parents? There are three storage bins to keep things organized and tidy.)

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Waterfall Mountain Train Set and Table Free Shipping No Tax

$207.59
End Date: Friday Feb-12-2016 23:26:13 PST
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KidKraft Waterfall Mountain Train Set and Table - NEW!

$125.00
End Date: Saturday Feb-13-2016 22:27:20 PST
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KidKraft Waterfall Mountain Train Set and Table DISTRESSED BOX ITEM IS PERFECT

$139.99
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4. Orbrium Toys Triple-Loop Wooden Train Set

Ages: 3 – 15

Next on the list is the Orbrium Toys Triple-Loop Wooden Train Set.

This train set is getting amazing reviews as being amazingly durable, creative and well-made in general. A great value for what is in the box, it is made of solid wood and comes with tracks, train and some fun accessories. (Also if you are looking with a set that is compatible with other wooden train sets, this is a great pick.)

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Price: $104.99
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5. Lionel Crayola Train Set

Ages: 4 and up

Another great product from Lionel makes the top train sets for kids this year – here is the Crayola set.

Another set from Lionel that kiddos love – rising in popularity this past Christmas, it is again looking like a huge hit for the holidays in 2015. A beautiful set, colorful (as one would expect from Crayola), it also has a working headlight, a moving door on the boxcar and a remote control to get things moving along. :) It is said to be a good beginning set, even for young kiddos.

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Lionel CRAYOLA Train Set G Gauge FACTORY SEALED Christmas Tree Hallmark 7-11548

$89.99
End Date: Sunday Feb-14-2016 7:05:22 PST
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LIONEL CRAYOLA G-GAUGE BATTERY POWERED READY TO OPERATE TRAIN SET, UNOPENED

$100.28
End Date: Monday Feb-15-2016 10:18:58 PST
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Lionel 11813 Crayola Train Set Works Great LQQK

$19.99 (0 Bids)
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Price: $47.99
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6. KidKraft Bucket Top Mountain Train Set

Ages: 3 – 7

Next up – #6 on the list is the KidKraft Bucket Top Mountain Train Set.

Another fabulous toy from KidKraft. Created from wood, this set has long and winding tracks for moving the train along, a mountain with a double waterfall, a fire truck and a little police station – plus some other great touches. After playtime is done, this set includes its own storage box — with the set’s mountain as the lid!

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KidKraft Bucket Top Mountain Train Set

$62.56
End Date: Friday Feb-12-2016 13:14:38 PST
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KidKraft Bucket Top Mountain Kids Wood Train Play Set - 61 Piece | 17826

$48.99 (0 Bids)
End Date: Monday Feb-15-2016 18:09:39 PST
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KidKraft Bucket Top Mountain Kids Wood Train Play Set - New

$38.95
End Date: Tuesday Feb-16-2016 15:17:41 PST
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Price: $59.99
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7. KidKraft Farm Train Set

Ages: 3 – 7

Finding its way to 7th place among the best train sets for kids 2015-2016 — KidKraft Farm Train Set.

Another wooden-crafted train set that will melt the hearts of farm animal lovers everywhere. Kids can wind their way through the farm, say hello to the farmers, the animals and even drive through a mountain! It also includes other accessories such as trees, a duck pond and boat. A wonderful set!

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KidKraft Farm Train Set

$77.29
End Date: Friday Feb-12-2016 11:14:47 PST
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Farm Train Set Free Shipping No Tax

$65.80
End Date: Friday Feb-12-2016 23:26:13 PST
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NEW ORIGINAL KidKraft Farm Train Wood Set Kid Children Educational Toy Game Gift

$75.73
End Date: Saturday Feb-13-2016 1:38:56 PST
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Price: $221.60
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8. KidKraft Metropolis Train Set and Table

Ages: 3 – 7

Next – at #8 of kids’ top train sets this year is the KidKraft Metropolis – with table.

When I saw this the “Metropolis” set, my thought was, “Amazing!” So much included with it that is actually hard to detail out – in short, a wonderfully crafted wooden train set with a table that takes care of all the important details. So much fun for kids – the table gives them a “leg up” on the play since it is easier to reach everything. Also roll-under storage takes care of the clutter (yay parents!).

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kidkraft Metropolis Train Table and Set made from wood 100 Piece, New

$307.84
End Date: Saturday Feb-13-2016 12:41:17 PST
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KidKraft Metropolis Train Table And Set

$297.70
End Date: Sunday Feb-14-2016 0:10:53 PST
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KidKraft Metropolis Train Table and Set

$219.99
End Date: Monday Feb-15-2016 1:23:53 PST
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Price: $107.44
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9. Melissa & Doug Deluxe Wooden Railway Set

Ages: 3 and up

A familiar “face” enters in next on the list – here is the Melissa & Doug Deluxe Wooden Railway Set.

Based on my experience, Melissa & Doug never disappoint when it comes to well-made and creative toys for kids. This train set most definitely falls into that category — year after year I have seen it rise to the top ranks of “most loved” toys, especially during the holidays. Solid wood construction, colorful and fun train and other pieces and accessories complete the rather extensive and versatile set.

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Melissa & Doug Deluxe Wooden Railway Set

$115.50
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Melissa & Doug Kids Toddlers Play Deluxe Fun Wooden Railway Set 130 Pieces Play

$137.91
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Melissa & Doug Deluxe Wooden Railway Set New

$153.27
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Price: $37.00
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10. Thomas the Train: All Around Sodor Train Set

Ages: 18 months to 6 years

The final pick this year of the top ten train sets for kids is Thomas the Train: All Around Sodor.

For even the youngest of little engineers, this rather simple (but oh-so-fun) set is just right for Thomas fans. There are three activities for Thomas to stop and do – but he never stops for tooooo long, since he is such a busy guy! Construction of this set allows it to be easy to handle for little hands, and makes more than 50 (!) sounds and fun phrases.

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Thomas All Around Sodor Train Fisher Price Play Set Shipping Friends Talking New

$52.87
End Date: Friday Feb-12-2016 12:27:13 PST
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Fisher Price Thomas the Tank Engine Talking Train All Around Sodor Play Set

$55.00
End Date: Saturday Feb-13-2016 20:17:34 PST
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Fisher-Price Thomas & Friends All Around Sodor Interactive Train Set

$37.99
End Date: Tuesday Feb-16-2016 6:33:41 PST
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Update note: This page was modified to reflect current information on 10/08/15.

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