If your kids are loco for locomotion, Lego train sets are a guaranteed hit. With every kind of model from old steam engines to modern high-speed trains, they have something for engineers of all ages, and with a huge range of educational benefits, it’s easy for parents to jump on board!
Lego City Cargo Train Set
Lego Duplo My First Train Set
Lego Monster Fighters: The Ghost Train Set
Lego City High-Speed Passenger Train Set
Lego Creator Winter Holiday Train Set
Lego Duplo Number Train
7 Best Lego Train Toys
1. Lego City Cargo Train Set
Get on track with the Lego City Cargo Train Set! This awesome collection gives you complete control over a cargo station. Use the crane, cargo truck, or forklift to load up the three carriages with cattle, fuel, and cable drums. When it’s all ready to go, put on your driver’s hat and get rolling using the 7-speed infrared remote control. Zoom around the tracks until you reach your destination, and then unload your cargo and get it to where it’s needed. An immersive gem with tons of interactive features, this superb set makes the perfect gift for any junior train fanatic.
Requires: 9 AAA batteries (not included): 3 for the remote control; 6 for the train motor.
Educational Factor: With its 888 pieces, this beautiful Lego train set is a challenging build for younger kids. The construction stage encourages STEM skills and procedural thought and produces a genuine sense of achievement. The immersive play stage boosts creativity, storytelling, and social skills.
Tech Specs: The Lego City Cargo Train Set includes: 1 cargo train (3 x 35 x 2 inches), 1 cargo station with sliding crane and retractable hook (7 x 10 x 9 inches), 1 cable drum carriage (3 x 8 x 2 inches), 1 fuel drum carriage (3 x 9 x 2 inches), 1 cattle carriage (2 x 5 x 2 inches), 1 cargo truck (2 x 5 x 2 inches), 1 forklift (3 x 4 x 1 inches), 30 railroad track pieces, 2 cable drums, 1 fuel drum, 1 cow, 1 train driver, 1 truck driver, 1 forklift driver, 1 farmer, 3 bales of hay, 1 wheelbarrow, 1 trolley, 1 trash can, 1 battery box, 1 infrared receiver, 1 train motor, and 1 remote control.
Optional Extras: If you want a longer track for the train to whizz around on, get the Lego City Flexible Tracks and Lego City Switch Tracks. This collection also combines perfectly with any other Lego City set, particularly the Lego City Train Station.
2. Lego Duplo My First Train Set
How about a cool Lego train set for littler fingers? The Lego Duplo My First Train Set lets your budding train driver steam around the tracks, pull into the station, pick up passengers, refuel, stop at the traffic lights, and speed off again for more fun. The steam train is made of colorful child-friendly bricks and comes with 3 cute figures to play with. Load up cargo, passengers, animals, or any of your own toys onto the spacious back carriage. Push the button to get the engine off to a flying start, complete with realistic sound effects. There’s no need to worry about the batteries running out too quickly—it automatically turns itself off after 2 minutes. A perfect playset for Lego-loving preschoolers!
Motorized: Push-button start; no remote control.
Requires: 3 AA batteries.
Educational Factor: The Lego Duplo My First Train Set is ideal for teaching shapes and colors. It also encourages fine motor skills, storytelling, social skills, imaginative design, and creative play. Piecing it together is a great puzzle for developing minds, too, boosting early critical thinking skills.
Tech Specs: This set includes: 1 steam engine (3 x 5 x 2 inches), 1 passenger/cargo carriage (3 x 6 x 2 inches), 1 train station (7 x 7 x 2 inches) featuring a clock, window, and fuel pump, 12 pieces of railroad track (22.8 inches long), 1 traffic light, 1 train driver, 1 passenger, and 1 goat.
Optional Extras: You can add more tracks with the Lego Duplo Track System Train Accessory Set. It also works well with many other fantastic Lego Duplo train sets, such as the Push Train or the Deluxe Train Set.
3. Lego Monster Fighters: The Ghost Train Set
Get ready for some monstrous fun with this ghoulishly good train and plane set! Lego Monster Fighters: The Ghost Train Set features 20 glow-in-the-dark ghostly elements for spine-chilling late-night play. It follows the adventures of Frank Rock and Ann Lee as they try to stop the evil Ghost Train from escaping with the magical Moonstone. Jump into the cockpit of a stunt plane equipped with 4 flick-fire missiles, a ghost-capturing vacuum, a spinning propeller, and retractable landing gear. Hop on board the spookily designed Ghost Train with its ghastly grille, bony wing-flapping carriages, and green-flamed smokestack. Can you capture the three ghosts and recover the Moonstone – or will you be tossed into their skeletal prison cell? Win or lose, there’s tons of high-spirited entertainment to be had with this phantom-tastic Lego train set.
Educational Factor: As you might imagine from the suggested age range, this set offers a complex build for younger Lego lovers. Completing the build will strengthen vital STEM skills and help to develop confidence and self-esteem. This particular set also offers wonderfully imaginative play and encourages kids to be brave and fight for what is right.
Tech Specs: The Lego Monster Fighters: The Ghost Train Set includes: 1 ghost train featuring 1 engine car, 2 detachable train cars, and 1 detachable prison car (4 x 19 x 4 inches in total), 1 hero airplane (3 x 8 x 8 inches), 2 hero mini-figures, and 3 ghost mini-figures.
4. Lego City High-Speed Passenger Train Set
Keep behind the yellow line—the Lego City High-Speed Passenger Train is fast approaching! With its sleek modern design, the high-speed passenger train really rockets around the track thanks to the included 7-speed remote control. Check the station map to make sure your passengers are waiting at the right platform. Lift the train’s removable roof to help them to choose their seats—or let them ride up front with you. But don’t zoom off just yet—the warning lights are flashing! You’d better wait until the cyclist has safely crossed the tracks. Hours of fast and furious fun, guaranteed!
Requires: 9 AAA batteries (not included): 3 for the remote control; 6 for the train motor.
Educational Factor: As with the other larger Lego train sets on this list, putting this collection together is a challenge that strengthens STEM and critical thinking skills as well as fine motor skills. It also boosts creativity and social skills through play.
Tech Specs: The Lego City High-Speed Passenger Train Set includes: 1 high-speed passenger train with 3 carriages (4 x 30 x 1 inches in total), 1 station platform (2 x 7 x 5 inches), 20 railroad track pieces, 1 track crossway, 2 warning lights, 1 train driver, 1 passenger, 1 cyclist, 1 bicycle, 1 briefcase, 1 battery box, 1 infrared receiver, 1 train motor, and 1 remote control.
Optional Extras: The Lego City Flexible Tracks and Lego City Switch Tracks are also compatible with this train set. As with the Cargo Train Set above, the High-Speed Passenger Train Set pairs well with any Lego City toys, especially the Train Station Set.
5. Lego Creator Winter Holiday Train Set
Celebrate the holiday season with the beautiful Lego Creator Winter Holiday Train Set. Another tremendous Lego train option, this one is certain to get you in the festive spirit. After a busy day out shopping, your little Lego family’s hands are full with mini Christmas gifts. The kids are playing while they wait at the platform for the train to arrive. They’ve got a mini robot, a little fire truck, and many more teeny tiny toys to play with. Suddenly, the wonderful winter train pulls into sight, its Christmas tree rotating as it chugs along the tracks. White smoke pours out of its gorgeous vintage smokestack. No time to gawp at its beauty right now—they’d better load up all their gifts and hop on board before it has to head off to the next station. All in all, this stunning Lego train set makes an ideal Christmas present for any little loco lover.
Educational Factor: Lego rates this build complexity at “expert” level, so it’s a great challenge, even for older kids. It can be a super family project, bringing everyone together at this special time of the year. As with the other Lego train sets on this list, it also boosts STEM skills, procedural thinking, and creativity.
Tech Specs: The Lego Creator Winter Holiday Train Set includes: 1 Winter Holiday Train featuring 1 engine car, 1 coal car, 1 flatbed car, and 1 passenger car (4 x 20 x 2 inches in total), 1 boarding platform, 1 lamppost, 1 train driver, 1 ticket collector, 1 mother, 1 girl, 1 boy, 1 Christmas tree, and numerous festive decorations and miniature Christmas presents and gift-boxes.
Optional Extras: The engine can be motorized with the addition of the Lego Power Functions sets 8879, 8884, 88000, and 88002, which will require 9 AAA batteries in total. Details of how to integrate Power Functions are included in the instruction booklet.
6. Lego Duplo Number Train
Looking for a train you can count on? The Lego Duplo Number Train is an attractive and educational train set featuring a cute chunky engine and three colorful carriages. Preschoolers can piece it all together with relative ease, and it helps them to learn the numbers 0-9. Encourage them to put the numbers in order, and then load up your passengers and roll off. Not so fast… Don’t leave the poor kitty cat stranded at the station!
Ages: 18 months–3 years
Educational Factor: The Lego Duplo Number Train is designed to teach number recognition and counting. These key skills are reinforced through play. Two passengers and a cute cat are included for imaginative roleplay and social skills training.
Tech Specs: This set includes: 1 train engine, 3 carriages, 10 number blocks, and 3 mini-figures (1 boy, 1 girl, and 1 cat). The pieces are specifically designed to be safe and suitable for tiny hands.
Optional Extras: This number-building set makes a great gift alone or with the Lego Duplo My First Bus and Lego Duplo My First Tractor sets. The My First Bus toy teaches letter recognition, while the My First Tractor set focuses on colors and common fruit names.
7. Mini Pink Train Engine Dangle Earrings
These stylish Mini Pink Train Engine Dangle Earrings are a must-have fashion item for any budding engine-ears. Available in many colors, these gorgeous handmade earrings make a fantastic gift or party favor. The creator, Folded Fancy, also has Mini Train Engine Necklaces for sale. With over 300 five-star ratings, these cute Lego accessories are a surefire hit!
OK, you’ve heard our favorites—now it’s over to you! Do you own any of these Lego train sets? Or did your favorite one fail to make the list? Let us know all about it in the comments section below!
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