Train Reviews


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Remote Control Switch
Made by BRIO
Age Group: 36 months - 6 years
    Amazon base price: $24.98
    List price: $39.99 (that's 38% off!)
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    Remote control your railway
    I got two of these switches in my Brio railway system. They come with an infra-red controller that works on up to about four meters distance. The only problem with the design of the remote control system is that it can be difficult only to control one of the switches at a time if they are placed closely together in the track system. It would have been nice if Brio allowed two or more different encodings of the IR communication so that the control of the switches would not interfere with eachother. They have done this on the remote controlled train so why not on the switches?
    Apart from this the IR switch works great. It makes noice and lights when operated from the remote control or the buttons on top. If you want to save on the batteries, you can operate it by manual control as well.
    A good investment if you want to create a more advanced Brio railway system with battery powered trains, etc.
    Now, Brio needs to come up with a left turning version of the switch as well.


    Rescue Train
    Made by Little Tikes
    Age Group: 24 months - 5 years
      Amazon base price: $9.98
      List price: $16.99 (that's 41% off!)
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      Fun Toy
      My 18mth old son got this as a Christmas gift, and really enjoys playing with it. He likes to put the people in the cars and have the sirens sound.


      Thomas and Friends 8 Inch Ascending Track
      Made by RC2 BRANDS, INC
      Age Group: 36 months - 6 years
        Amazon base price: $11.99
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        Not compatible with other railway systems
        Well, the store I bought these tracks in doesn't sell the matching blocks to hold the tracks up, so I figured I would take a trip to Ikea and get their package which has 6 of these raised track support blocks.

        It appears that the tracks are the same width, they are the same lengths, they are even the same thickness. But the elevation of the Thomas tracks are in fact higher than with this other system. I managed to use the blocks anyway, but the tracks are fairly shaky at the moment and at the apex of the ascent and the start of the descent, the tracks do not align correctly.

        Today I will take a block of wood, route out a grove, and cut to the correct height a few replacements. This should improve the situation.

        That being said, I have to continue to tell the good part of these tracks. My son Thomas at the moment is 2 years 4 months old. He loves his Thomas the train toys. I sometimes hide it from him for a few weeks at a time so he won't get bored of it so easily. Every few weeks he feels like he gets a new toy since he forgets that he had it. Well, he loves his trains and these new elevation tracks are just great since the add the extra dimension to the tracks. If at some point today I managed to find more of these tracks around town, I'll buy them to add a second level.

        Before buying this tracks make sure you can get the blocks that go beneath them


        Thomas and Friends Switch T. Track
        Made by Learning Curve
        Age Group: 36 months - 6 years
          Amazon base price: $12.99
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          Only one in the box
          Since I can't buy Thomas the Train through Amazon outside of the U.S., I'm forced to buy this toy locally. It cost an additional 70% over the amazon price, however it was worth it. The major disappointment came when I opened the box and found out that for the high price, I only received one unit. This was a disappointment since I already had a great track layout in mind which required two and the store only had one in stock. Of course it was my fault for not reading more carefully. In fact, the box labelled 2x the other piece and 1x for the T.

          At the moment, we only have 2 Thomas engines which are both battery powered and we have a single Brio engine which is a light and sound toy. I don't typically like Brio trains since the Thomas Trains are of much higher quality. When running the Thomas the Train battery powered engines on this track, entering from the stem of the T, the trains would simply drive straight forward without turning. This means the train goes straight off the table. I would have imagined that they would have tested this.

          Also, the turn is so sharp that the battery powered trains can hardly make it, even when pushing manually on the battery powered trains, they tend to slide out of the track.

          So my son plays a lot with the Brio train on this track section instead. I'll have to go out and buy James without batteries today I think.


          Thomas and Friends Train Toddler Bed
          Made by Little Tikes
            Amazon base price: $219.99
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            poor construction
            I just got this bed for my 22month old son & wish that I hadn't!! The construction on this bed is horrible, it feels like my son could pull it apart by himself, or that it will come apart if he jumps on it too much( what toddler do you know that doesn't love to jump on beds?). My 4 year old's bed was cheaper & feels a hundred times sturdier, I lay with my boys for bed time eveynight & I'm afraid to sit on this bed( I am not a big person either!). Also the bed did not come with anything to support the mattress, considering that we paid $220 for this, it should have atleast had something!!! I recommend the fire engine bed by stage 2, it was cheaper & 10 x's sturdier!!!!


            Choo Choo Zoo Train
            Made by Little Tikes
            Age Group: 24 months - 5 years
              Amazon base price: $14.99
              With real train sound effects and a menagerie of chattering circus animals, this three-car train is ideal for young engineers and circus lovers alike. The set includes a red plastic locomotive with a friendly engineer who rides on top. Push him down and listen to the whistle blow and the chug-chug-chug of the engine. The next car is purple and carries a monkey, a tiger, and an elephant. Each figure sits atop a button, so that when they're pushed, they chatter, roar, or trumpet. The engineer and the animals are removable and they can take turns sitting alone on the last car, a short yellow caboose. The cars link easily, making this train the surest way to bring the circus to town. --Lee Strucker
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              Zoo Train
              This was one of those random buys for my son when he was 1&1/2. He had no interest in it at all--at first. Now he's almost 2, & has been overcome by this sudden addictiveness to the animals!!! They ALL (including the conductor) have to go everywhere with him. From his crib to the grocery store. Forget the train... the animals wobble around too much, and the caboose always falls off. He has no interest in the caboose anyway, since it doesn't make any noise. The animals have helped my son learn how to make elephant, tiger, and monkey noises. As far as durability goes, I'm not too sure about the train, but the little critters are great.

              Neat noises!
              We bought this train for our daughter because she was afraid of the train that went by our house. The noises on this train sound very realistic and the animal sounds aren't too annoying. My only complaint is that the animals do not stay on the little sound knobs. It is nice however that the animal sounds will still work without the animals being on the knobs. It is made well, like most Little Tykes products and we were very glad that we bought it to help our little one with her fear of trains. It seems to be working!

              Mom of 2 loves this Choo-Choo!
              This is one of the cutest toys I have seen in a long time! My 1 year old got it for his Birthday and loves it! It makes animal sounds and a train sound.(not loud and obnoxious either!)It has the cutest baby animals that come off, and the train has 3 detachable parts. Super toy! A great deal for not alot of money! Made this Mom happy.


              Thomas the Tank Engine & Friends: Sodor Engine Wash
              Made by Learning Curve
              Age Group: 24 months - 6 years
                Amazon base price: $29.99
                When Thomas the Tank Engine and friends get dirty after a long day's work, they can head straight for the Sodor Engine Wash. This 6-inch-tall wooden building snaps directly into your Thomas the Tank Engine railway system. Just drive the engines up to the building, turn the large red knob on the roof, and the blue foam grips will pull the engines through the wash in either direction. The Sodor Engine Wash has a smooth black roof with a silver water tank perched on top and brick facades with fancy archways on either side. This handsome and durable structure will add lots of interest to your Thomas the Tank Engine railway system. --Elisabeth Fredrickson
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                Excellent addition to my son's collection, he loves it!
                My son is 4 and 3/4 years old, and received the engine wash for his third birthday. He has had no difficulty operating it, and it is holding up wonderfully. The foam wash rollers look just like new after having countless trains run through them. There are a few pieces that may get caught up a bit but it's quite easy to release them by giving them a little push from behind.

                The same engine wash is part of the local toy store's set, which obviously gets tons of wear. It is holding up very well, and is clearly a favorite of the children who sample it at the store.

                I would highly recommend this piece to any Thomas enthusiast age 3 and up. I can imagine it may be challenging for a younger toddler to operate it, but it isn't intended for that age anyway.

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                Very fun
                My son loves this! I don't know what people are talking about. The trains go through just fine, even a long line of them. My son is two and a half and very rough with his toys and I have never had a problem with this piece. it's one of his favorites.

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                sodor engine wash
                This piece has had many bad reviews but we recently got this one and it works just fine. Maybe the manufacturer worked out the kinks because or trains go through really easy, even in a long line. One of my 2 1/2 year old sons favorites.


                Thomas the Tank Race on Rails
                Made by International Playthings
                Age Group: 36 months - 6 years
                  Amazon base price: $29.99
                  List price: $34.99 (that's 14% off!)
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                  Thomas race on Rails Review
                  I got this for my grandson's 3rd birthday. He absolutely loves Thomas, as does his older brothers. All of them were enthralled with the race at first, but the toy didn't last very long. It tips over quite easily, and that's frustrating for the little ones. Also, after a few uses, the trains wouldn't race anymore. They couldn't go down the tracks without a push. Changing the battery didn't help, either. If there were replacement parts, I would buy them, but unfortunately, I can't find any, so I guess the set will go in the trash. Unfortunate for such a cute toy.

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                  This toy is a keeper!
                  My son is 3 years old and is beg. to like thomas the train- I purchased this toy as a starter to see if he would take the time to play with a train set. It is very cute - however, it is on the noisy side. The legs do come off very easy and cannot be glued (they come undone) He plays with it all the time and I would recommend it to others. The cars are very small so if you have other young children in the house you may want to think about that. It was definately worth the [money] we paid for it.

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                  A big hit at our house!
                  I got this for my now 4 yr old son for Christmas. He absolutely loves it! In fact, when we put it together Christmas morning, every single kid in the house gathered around it for ages, including nephews and a niece ages 4-8. We have it on a play table in our living room, so it doesn't get carried around, and we just leave it set up all of the time. That way, we don't have a problem with the legs. They do need some adjustment occasionally.
                  My only complaint is that the noise can get on your nerves after a while. Of course, since it's in our living room, it seems worse! :) My son can operate this toy very easily, which is a plus. Every one of his friends who comes over just gravitates right to it. The engines are small, however, so I had to make sure he knew not to carry them around so they don't get lost.
                  I'd recommend this for any Thomas fan over 3.


                  Thomas the Tank Engine and Friends Big Loader Set
                  Made by Tomy
                  Age Group: 36 months - 5 years
                  • Thomas, Percy, and Terrence cars included
                  • Requires at least a 2-by-2-foot space
                  Amazon base price: $19.99
                  List price: $24.99 (that's 20% off!)
                  Watch out for falling rock! Railroad construction ahead! Thomas the Tank Engine and Friends Big Loader will bring out the train conductor in any child. When the big loader is running, use the control buttons on the track to make the train change direction. Itsy-bitsy engineers control whatever it does next. The track includes hoppers, loading docks, and transfer ramps. The motorized chassis fits under Thomas, Percy, and Terrance, the toys' included companions. After parents take a few minutes to read the simple instructions, make sure a 2-by-2-foot space is available for construction. Requires one AA battery for operation. --Andrea Linsky
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                  Not very happy
                  We got this train for our daughters 4th Birthday and when we took it out of the box the main train that pulls the rest was broken. We tried to figure out how it goes together and never did so she has not got a chance to play with it! The box was in great condition so I really do not know how it was in so many pieces when we got it! I am not happy about that, but as far as fun...can't say due to it never working!! I hope others that purchase this toy have better luck that we have had.

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                  GREAT GIFT!!!!
                  My son received this toy for his 3rd birthday- and it is, by far, his favorite gift. He loves watching the trains do their jobs loading and unloading the "rocks." And, after it goes around the correct way a few times, he likes to switch things up and see what happens if he puts the trains in the wrong places. The parents who are complaining that this is not an interactive toy need to realize that it is interactive if you let your kids try different things with it. It doesn't always have to work in the right order for the toy to be fun. As a matter of fact, by putting things in the wrong order to see what happens, my son gets a great lesson in cause and effect.

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                  Took a while to assemble but IT WORKS!
                  My son is 2 and a half. I'm a 34-year-old Network Engineer. I had not heard of the original "Big Loader" toy or how it worked, but my son saw the box in the store with Thomas, Percy, and Terence the Bulldozer - and that was it. He was sold. He didn't care what the toy actually did, as long as it had these three characters. So I figured "What the heck" and purchased it.

                  First off, I will also agree with many of the opinions - the included instruction page (note: singular) needs some more detail. I also had to resort to the box illustrations for help.

                  However, I *DID* manage with the instructions. I didn't have any problems with the battery compartment, the tracks fit nicely, and the whole track stayed assembled.

                  The next challenge was to figure out the motorized routine. After about 10 tries, I finally was able to coordinate the motor's direction, orientation, and the train-cover layout to get it all working.

                  And me and my son just stared at that toy for ten minutes straight. Whenever the train changed from Thomas to Percy, he would giggle. Same for when the bulldozer activates. He does appreciate the "fragility" of the system by telling everyone to "stand-back" while it runs. I also think a lot of it had to do with me having fun with the toy as well. Since I didn't get (too) frustrated with putting it together, he wasn't afraid or put-off by it either.

                  Tomy also has an even larger kit that adds-on to this one. I might have to save that for another day....

                  BOTTOM LINE: Not a typical train-set. Takes some effort to construct *AND* operate. Features 3 popular Thomas characters.


                  Pull Along Thomas
                  Made by Tomy
                  Age Group: 12 months - 3 years
                    Amazon base price: $19.99
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                    The perfect gift for my 2 yr. old nephew
                    I recently purchased this item for my newphew's second birthday. He pulled it around the room for a full two days after receiving it! My sister says it keeps him busy and out of her hair.
                    When there is tension on the pull-string (leash), it plays a two-second clip of train noise over and over. It's not very loud, though, since the speaker is on the underside of the train and is aimed straight at the carpet.
                    The cars wiggle front-to-back, not side-to-side, and the cars are wide, so it doesn't tip over easily. Even when it does tip over, the cars are big and square, so the little guy can fix them on his own.
                    Even his five-year-old brother loves this one. It's a hit!

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                    A great TOY
                    I have a cusion and he loved this toy. I cant tell ya'll how much that he loves it because everymorning he wants it and nothing else it is a great toy to have.

                    It's Cute, But LOUD
                    This is a nice little train, although, it does tend to fall over a lot. When you pull the string it makes a chugging train sound then a loud horn noise. It's really really loud and scared my son the first few times. But now he seems to like the noise and occasionally dances to it, stangely enough. But for me, it's annoying. Thankfully there's an on/off switch. I would suggest this toy to die hard Thomas fans only.


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