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That’s our toy train table, set up in my daughter’s room. She loves it, and expanding it has been our go-to gift for her lately. Birthday, Christmas, learning to use the potty… all train-centric occasions. And if I’m being honest, I love rearranging the track almost as much as she and her little brother love playing with it.
Most of our engines and accessories are from Thomas the Tank Engine, but did you hear that the license for the entire line has been sold to Mattel? No word on what will change and what will stay the same, but in the meantime, here are the best options for extending your train table (whether officially Thomas branded or otherwise).
Bigjigs Rail Freight Train Set
If you’re starting from scratch, but you know you’re going to want to go all out, this is a great set.
Available now at Amazon, $183.47
Thomas the Train Wooden Railway Coal Hopper Figure 8 Set
This little set is easy to assemble and is compatible with other Thomas the Train Wooden Railway sets.
Available now at Amazon, $35.48
Thomas the Train Wooden Railway Expansion Pack
Once you’re ready to move on from the basic looped track or figure 8, you’re going to need some more pieces and switcher tracks.
Available now at Amazon, $32.00
Thomas the Train Wooden Railways Ascending Track & Riser Pack
These are the best risers out there. Create variety in your track with a more realistic railway design.
Available now at Amazon, $19.99
Bigjigs Rail High Level Blocks
These risers are affordable and a fun way to create a higher track.
Available now at Amazon, $11.99
A must for elevated tracks. These things will save you and your kids so much frustration!
Available now at Amazon, $11.45
BRIO Double Suspension Bridge
You can line these up or arrange them side by side, and you can’t beat that classic Golden Gate look.
Available now at Amazon, $24.99
Thomas the Train Wooden Railway Tidmouth Sheds
This thing is pricey, and I was hesitant to buy it. My daughter LOVES it though. She tells her trains goodnight in a Sir Topham Hat voice, and put them to bed behind each little door.
Available now at Amazon, $66.99
Bigjigs Rail Triple Engine Shed
If you can’t fathom springing for Tidmouth Sheds, here’s a grain train shed for a fraction of the price.
Available now at Amazon, $31.00
Thomas the Train Wooden Railway Deluxe Railroad Crossing Signal
The gates open and close, lights flash, and it makes noise. Your kids will love it.
Available now at Amazon, $19.46
Thomas the Train Wooden Railway Cranky the Crane
Two cranks and a super strong magnet. This is the ones kids gravitate to at the toy store’s train table.
Available now at Amazon, $27.75
Melissa & Doug Over the River Drawbridge
This train bridge from Melissa and Doug is great — and huge! It’s a foot and a half long.
Available now at Amazon, $29.99
Bigjigs Rail Grey Stone Tunnel
I don’t know why the Thomas tunnels are so expensive, but here’s a great, reasonably priced option by BigJigs.
Available now at Amazon, $15.30
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