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November 23, 2014 by Jessica Petersen 74 Comments Holidays and birthdays are a classic time for a child to receive a first train set.
I’ve broken down my recommendations by train brand, with the brands listed in my order of preference, starting with Thomas and Brio and then moving on to some excellent brands that are more budget-friendly. Oh, and I should mention that I’ve added photos where I can to illustrate the general look of the different brands. Looking at the Thomas sets currently on the market, I would not be quick to recommend this basic set. If you’re game to spend a little more on a Thomas set, I like the look of this Tidmouth Timber Company Deluxe Figure 8 Set. Based on this year’s Thomas DVD movie, Tale of the Brave, the Thomas’ Fossil Run Train Set is another platform set, this time with an exciting, curving slope to speed down, trying to evade a rolling boulder! Among the newest Thomas Wooden Railway releases is the Musical Melody Tracks Set, which looks pretty cool.
Finally, our favorite wooden train set of all time is the Gold Mine Mountain Set, which can be found online or in-store at Toys-R-Us. Thomas Wooden Railway also has a line of exclusive train sets that are only being sold in their online store and a handful of specialty toy stores around the US.
Playing with those sets gave me a great appreciation for not just the quality of the trains but also the brilliance of the train set designers at Brio.
Brio’s version of the entry-level train set is their Little Forest Train, which features a cute little steam engine with a log car, along with an oval of wooden track and a pair of trees. Another simple set to look at is the Brio Safari Railway Set Train Set, featuring a monkey that swings from a tree until the train comes by and it sticks to the magnet on top of the cargo!
Brio has also come out with a new pair of bright, colorful train sets that are recommended for 18+ months (instead of 2-3 years and up like most wooden train sets), the Brio My First Railway Beginner Pack Train Set and the Brio My First Railway Starter Pack Train Set. The Brio Roller Coaster Set Train is adorable and fun, and I was really happy to see that it does stay together and the roller coaster cars stay on the track. The Railway Station Carry Set allows you to pack up a small train layout inside of a very cool two-level train set. I especially love Bigjigs’ Heritage line of trains, featuring models of famous British locomotives. If you’re in the market for a train table as well as a train set, take a look at the current Imaginarium train table set.
By the way, the layout in the picture above was created using elements from our Imaginarium train table set and the Timber Log Spiral set (and lots of different brands of track).
Ikea is perhaps your least expensive option for a first train set, and there are things to like about Ikea trains. Once you have your train set picked out, you’ll want to browse our Train Play archives for lots of ideas of what to do with them! Related PostsBest Wooden Train Tables for Toddlers and PreschoolersWooden Train Tracks — The Play Trains! Even when we’re just going to put the tracks back together again in a new configuration, I like to organize them anyway.
The other reason to organize the tracks between layouts is that it’s a good habit to get the Little Engineer into. For the engines and cars, we use the Kusiner box with compartments, found in the children’s department at Ikea.
We don’t use this for trains at home, though, because the lid gets in the way of the Little Engineer getting at the trains.
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This is a fantastic idea, our trains are usually set up in the middle of the floor (which we walk over) or in a number of bins. Well, our trains and track are about the only things that are organized around our house a lot of the time! Some product links on this site are affiliate links for products we think are worth checking out.
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By clicking Confirm bid, you are committing to buy this item from the seller if you are the winning bidder and have read and agree to the Global Shipping Programme terms and conditions - opens in a new window or tab. By clicking 1 Click Bid, you are agreeing to buy this item from the seller if you're the winning bidder. October 4, 2013 by Jessica Petersen 1 Comment The first time we used our DIY mini light boxes with wooden train tracks, the Little Engineer immediately saw the stacking potential (which I hadn’t noticed yet). During our recent visit to the State Fair, the Little Engineer decided to go on his first ever roller coaster.
You could use sloping tracks and supports or other blocks to make a similar up-and-down roller coaster track, but the light boxes definitely gave it a carnival flair. I originally intended to build the track with the low points between the light boxes, but they aren’t quite the right height to make that work.
When the Little Engineer walked into the room and saw what I was doing, he ran and got his battery-operated Thomas and Percy.
After sending Thomas and Percy chuffing along the roller coaster track I built for a while, the Little Engineer took it completely apart and made his own design. If you’d like to make your own mini light boxes like ours, or are looking for more train-themed light box or light table ideas, we have you covered.
Home→Is it compatible with Brio ?→Ikea wooden train track – does it fit Brio or Bigjigs Railway?
In this article we look at the wooden train set sold by Ikea and check to see whether it fits with Bigjigs railway, Brio or any of the other leading brands. You can see that unlike most brands the Ikea track uses a plastic insert to form the male joint. What we also find surprising is that Ikea explicitly promote their set on their website saying it “Combines with most other railway systems on the market” when in our testing it quite clearly didn’t. I also think, that the plastic joints are really an Ikea-like solution, that way only one tool is needed for doing the wooden parts, plus I can remove them to make same-end-partd (also, in the kindergarden, they have Eichhorn, and those wooden joints tend to break if overstressed).
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There’s a crane and a log loader, the hill looks lovely and should stay together, and those curved tracks with the log piles attached to them might prevent some derailments of engines speeding down the hillsides. There’s a little gate at the bottom of the hill that opens for Thomas to escape through, and then closes to stop the boulder before it hits him.
Like the other sets in the Creative Junction line, the Mix, Match and Build Set encourages creativity by letting children assemble the pieces of the set in different ways, in this case to create different destinations. I love to see Fisher Price experimenting with what can be done with a wooden train set, like the musical chimes on the long downhill slope in this set. The Celebration on Sodor Set has a cute party theme to it and could be fun for a birthday present. This is an updated version of train layout that used to be at all the bookstores where my son fell in love with Thomas. It includes both a fantastic and versatile three-level mountain and Cranky the Crane, making it (relatively speaking) a good value.
I want to mention them because the sets themselves look awesome and have been getting good reviews, but I have mixed feelings about this development. If you’re hesitant about giving wooden trains that are rated for older children to a toddler, these might be a great option for a younger toddler who is interested in trains, and you may also want to check out the cute Brio My First Railway Train. The Little Engineer loved that it came with two passenger trains, one red and one blue, with drivers dressed in colors to match their trains. My kiddo is already talking about using the pieces to design his own, bigger roller coaster.
Like Nuchi, their line is just a hair below Thomas and Brio in quality and far more affordable. Their My First Train Set is quite possibly your least expensive option for a small, high-quality beginner’s train set. If your child loves construction vehicles as much as trains, I’d suggest taking a close look at their Construction Train Set. Though I would rate them lower than most of my other recommended brands, you get a great level of quality in comparison to the low prices, which can go even lower if you shop sales and sign up for Toys-R-Us’ rewards program to get coupons. While not as pretty as the Thomas-brand spiral set we also own, it’s functional and fun. We have the one from a few years ago, and while the train table has gone on from taking up space at my mom’s house to a new home, the buildings, trains, and accessories from the set, especially the roundhouse, are still useful pieces in our collection.
I was happy to see two new additions to the line last fall, a suspension bridge and a turntable.
Their wooden train tracks were barely even compatible with each other sometimes, much less other train brands.
You may want to read our Guide to Wooden Train Tracks for advice on expanding upon a basic train set as well.
There is also the possibility of a magnet coming loose, although the only time we’ve had that problem in the past three years was on a Brio freight container when the plastic square concealing a magnet came loose. Please take this into account when buying a trains set for your children, as well as their own stage of development when it comes to putting things in their mouths. I’m planning to write a Train Gifts for Girls guide soon (if I can find the time), so you may be interested in that, too.
But we have so much train stuff we can’t play with it all at once, so more and more there is actually stuff in the organizers at any given time. Ours are just thrown in the train table drawers and it is quite the frustration when trying to find the exact piece needed to build a new track. While playing trains for the last four years, my Little Engineer and I have had a lot of fun and learned so much together. Find out more about your rights as a buyer - opens in a new window or tab and exceptions - opens in a new window or tab.
By clicking Confirm bid you commit to buy this item from the seller if you are the winning bidder. Import charges previously quoted are subject to change if you increase you maximum bid amount. He put one light box on top of another and ran off to get our tallest ascending track to send a train rolling down from the top.
It was such a surprise that my baby was both tall enough and ready to go on a kid roller coaster without us!
So I used some of our taller ascending track pieces (you could use multiple regular-sized ascending tracks and track supports) to get up and down from the boxes.
That worked out, because it meant the he wasn’t as hands-on with the trains so the tracks got jostled around less on the slippery tops of the light boxes. He stacked all four light boxes on top of each other and created a very steep drop down from them.
For whatever reason the people at Ikea made it shorter than the Brio or Bigjigs joint so with the samples we had it just doesn’t fit – see image below. Take a look at our picture below of Thomas the Tank Engine, from the Thomas and Friends range, on the same track (Ikea track actually) and attached to the engine that comes from Ikea.
Ikea wooden trains are a great buy to see if your child will enjoy a wooden train set, or if you’re happy for your child to be restricted in the layouts they can make in the future.
She recently got into watching Thomas, and with the two engines Ikea supplies (there is also a red one in the bridge&tunnel set), she can re-play all the stories.
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The artwork on this set is very detailed, giving it a story book feeling, and the set will appeal to any child who is a fan of both trains and dinosaurs. I think this is a great idea, and would be perfect for a child who would love having more destinations for telling the stories from the show and books. It comes with a super cool Thomas storage box (which is much larger than it appears in this photo) that has a cushion for a cab roof, so your child can pretend to be Thomas’ driver. The set has changed a bit since we bought it three years ago (the main differences seem to be more plastic and no gold dust paint on Salty), but I see that you can still get the older version if you really want to spend more money for more wood and somewhat better looks (though it’s probably not worth it). For a long time, I thought we’d never own any Brio trains, but then we started our Brio collection when our local Toys-R-Us was clearing it out over a year ago. The Cargo Harbor Set was a birthday gift last year, and we just love the container ship and the lifting bridge. The Brio Monorail Airport Set comes with a control tower and airplane as well as a powered monorail train and special monorail wooden tracks.
Additionally, they make a lot of unique and extremely clever pieces, especially when it comes to their freight cars and destinations.


While it includes passenger coaches instead of freight cars, and so doesn’t offer the fun of loading and unloading freight, it does include two people and two houses. All of our Imaginarium train stuff has stood the test of almost three years of train play and still looks great.
The spiral supports can be used with straight or curved track to make any number of different elevated configurations, and it comes with a cute steam engine and two great freight cars (my son loves having the blue one for Thomas to pull). However, be aware that the plastic connectors on their track are a very tight fit and don’t work easily with some other wooden train track brands.
However, they’ve completely changed the track now, so my hope is that they work better. I also recommend signing up for our email newsletter to keep up with our new train ideas and activities as we post them. We were fortunate that the Little Engineer was beyond the mouthing stage when he was only one year old, so we were able to buy wooden trains from the start of his interest in them.
I’m hoping to write about all the cool stuff to add to the basic wooden train sets soon, too. I'm excited to share our discoveries with other people who have kids who love trains in their lives.
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We thought it would be fun to take that idea and make ourselves a wooden train roller coaster track! But I should have known once we pointed out that a roller coaster was another type of train, he would want to give it a whirl. Then I put track supports on alternating light boxes, so that the track went down to one and then up to the next. OK, maybe the odd piece will just about squeeze in, but we haven’t been able to make it do that, and we think it could be immensely frustrating for a young child. The red one is usually James, and the black one Donald or Douglas, but whichever story comes to her mind, they can be equally Gordon or Percy. It is important that the returned items are in their original packaging and best possible condition. One thing to know about this set in general is that you’re only given enough track to connect two of the three levels of track on the mountain, so the set needs to be supplemented at some point with additional track. And while Brio does use a lot of plastic (their trains are mostly plastic), it’s extremely high quality, heavy duty stuff, and it looks great they way they do it. This is a cool set, especially the passenger-holding airplane, but be aware that the tracks need to be secured in some way to each other and the risers (I recommend no-residue duct tape for wooden train tracks). Also, their trains are very small, so some larger trains from other brands don’t fit beneath Ikea bridges.
Of course, now their trains have non-magnetic couplers, which means that they are not compatible with other brands of wooden trains. Even so, I did put a number of smaller pieces away until I was sure, and I always closely supervised him with his trains. Ultimate Wooden Train GuideDamage-Free Decorating for Wooden Train LayoutsWooden Train Freight Cars — The Play Trains!
Conversely of course the male end of other brands, being that bit longer, fits loosely into the female end of Ikea track, making a wobbly and unsatisfactory connection.
Admittedly the Thomas Engine costs ?2.00 more than the whole Ikea set, but doesn’t it just look a lot more fun for a child?
If you’re looking for a very basic starter set that includes Thomas, take a look at the basic but classic Thomas Wooden Railway Oval Starter Set. I can understand having one line of sets that is made with more wood than the other, but the sets they’re putting into the regular toy stores and online shopping sites deserve as much thought and care in their design and play-testing as the high-end sets, even if there needs to be a difference in the quality of the materials. Their Village Train Set is an expanded version of the same theme, which is then expanded further in the Town and Country Set. I’m particularly fond of their freight cars, which make great Troublesome Trucks with the addition of some Troublesome Truck face stickers. Ultimate Wooden Train GuideAlternatives to Gluing Wooden Train Tracks to a Train TableWooden Train Bridges and Elevated Tracks — The Play Trains!
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If you think your child will be happy with a basic layout and will not want to extend it as they get older with crossings, engine sheds, T-junctions and other fun items that include elements of track – extras that Ikea don’t currently have in their range – then this is a good way of doing so.
The problem is that the Ikea track that we bought just doesn’t fit easily with the numerous other makes of track we have, despite their own claims.
The ones in bold are freight cars and sets that we either own or have played with in the past.
Others I recommend based on the knowledge I’ve gained from playing with all the others.
Note: these come with a wooden animal for each car, which is great, but be aware ahead of time that the animals are too tall to fit under bridges and through most tunnels. We own the Cookie Factory Cargo Pack with Rickety Troublesome Truck, which is the predecessor of this and the Troublesome Trucks and Sweets pack I’ll talk about below, and we love it. We’ve even made the cookie recipe that comes on the back of the Cookie Factory Cargo Pack and driven the cookies around in the circus cars above with the cookie factory freight cars.
Another strong point about these freight cars is that they’re perfect for adding our DIY Troublesome Truck Face Stickers to! BrioBrio makes some very interesting freight cars!
There are generally a few different freight cars with removable freight in a couple of styles and a few different colors.
I was very excited to see some unpainted train cars back on the market (Thomas Wooden Railway used to make them, but sadly no more), although I can tell already the quality is just not the same.
They are, however, slightly less expensive than what I paid for the unpainted Thomas box cars and tank cars we have, and they come with an engine (with an oddly short boiler) and three different cars, which is fun. There is also the possibility of a magnet coming loose, although the only time we’ve had that problem in the past three years was on a Brio freight container when the plastic square concealing a magnet came loose.
Even so, I did put a number of smaller pieces away until I was sure, and I always closely supervised him with his trains.This guide will be expanded with time. Thank you for such a great resource.Reply Leave a Reply Cancel replyYour email address will not be published.
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