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Best Train Set for Kids

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Trains are a beloved and classic childhood toy. And there’s nothing more fun than putting together a train set and watching the cars zip smoothly around the track. Train sets can be fun for all ages of children and adults alike. If you’re looking to introduce your child to trains or upgrade a current collection, check out these train sets. 

This kids train set comes with 120 pieces that not only include the trains and the track, but also additional scenery, cars and people. There are other automated items like the crane and construction vehicles that move on their own for additional fun.

This kids train set comes with a locomotive and three cars along with eight curved tracks and two straight tracks. It also has a charging cable and a water bottle to create odorless smoke. All parts are non-toxic and made of ABS plastic.

This set is battery-powered and features a steam locomotive and tender with two additional cars, 24 curved tracks and eight straight tracks. There’s beautiful realistic detail throughout the train design to match the theme’s book and movie.

Little ones will love this brightly colored train set. It is easy to assemble and features magnets to connect train cars and other items throughout the town scene. This set also comes with a working cargo crane and truck toy.

This easy to assemble kids train set has curved and straight wooden tracks and includes a raised bridge. It also comes with brightly colored trees, animals, signs and buildings to create simple scenery for more realistic scenes.

Frequently Asked Questions about Train Sets

1. At what age do kids like train sets?

Every child is different. But you’ll find that many train sets are designed for toddlers as young as three. A good starting point is a classic wooden train set. There are simplified versions that feature more durable components for babies and toddlers. Usually, wooden sets for children are designed with magnetic parts and train tracks that feature a simple puzzle-style interlocking system.  

2. Which is better, Bachmann or Lionel?

Lionel and Bachmann are two popular brands for realistic train sets. Which is “best” is going to depend on a variety of factors beyond price. Lionel tends to be more expensive. However, they offer a wider range of scales and designs, and their train sets are crafted with collectibility in mind. Bachmann is a more affordable brand for someone who wants to start getting into collecting trains. Though that’s not to say that a Bachmann train isn’t a collectible — they do offer a line of trains specifically intended for collectors. 

3. Which model train scale is the best?

If you’re shopping for a younger child, you may find that a G scale is better because it’s a larger option. A G scale is 1:22.5 to a full-size train. If you’re shopping for collectibles, then an HO scale will do. HO is one of the most popular sizes and has a relation of 1:87 to a full-size rain. This scale is a popular option for train enthusiasts and hobbyists who want to create custom layouts. It’s fairly easy to find tracks and scenery accessories for this scale. 

4. What do children learn from playing with trains?

Playing with trains is an immersive experience for young children that not only builds physical, mental and social skills. Specifically, younger children can build and improve fine motor skills as they work to carefully assemble train tracks or place a train on a track with other cars. As kids play with their train sets, they’ll also build cognitive skills such as problem-solving. If playing with others, children can learn important social behaviors such as how to share, language development and gain an understanding of social cues. 


About The Author

Dorian Smith-Garcia

Dorian Smith-Garcia is a diverse writer across beauty, fashion, travel, parenting, consumer goods, and tech. She has written for Inverse, Healthline Parenthood, The Confused Millennial, XONecole, Glowsly, and The Drive along with a variety of other publications. She is a bridal and beauty expert/influencer and the creative director behind The Anti Bridezilla. When Dorian’s not writing she’s collecting stamps in her passport, learning new languages, or spending time with her husband and daughter.