Children love trains , and when they turn into toddlers and preschoolers, they are finally able to manage their wonder worlds of choo-choo trains and steam engines. Table sets are just the best for running this kind of advanced transportation system. The sets provide the background for your child’s imagination: scenic mountains and rivers, trees, people, trucks , and towers. Before you choose a table, we’ll review some of the best Imaginarium train tables.

Our Top Picks

KidKraft Waterfall Mountain-Train-Table

Best Overall

KidKraft Waterfall  Train Table

Kraft Wooden Play Table Train

Upgrade Choice

KidKraft Ride Around Train Table

How to Pick the Best "Train Table Set" for toddlers

There are many choices for consumers when looking for train table sets. Some are just a hard surface on which to play trains that lays flat on the floor. At the other end are vast cityscapes with flyovers, bridges, construction sets, and municipal buildings.

1. Recommended Age

Paying attention to the ages recommended by the manufacturer is important. You don’t have to agree with the recommendation, however. Most of the train set providers set the bottom of the age limit to 2 or 3 years. The recommendation might be fine for you but may not be. If your 2-year-old is in the middle of a molar eruption and puts everything into his mouth and chews, it might be best to wait a bit longer. Also, they throw things a lot when they’re cranky. On the other hand, there is no upper age limit. You might find a new hobby.

2. Accessories

The sets run the gamut, from no accessories to more than 100. The accessories are usually wood or plastic in the same set. There might be the bare basics, or a set might contain other vehicles like ambulances, planes, and cars. There is nothing like knowing your kiddo. Some dig right in and have a ball with a big set of accessories. Other children will feel overwhelmed and want to run a train around the table.

One important thing to remember when purchasing any set for children: yes, the choking hazard. It might be wise to assemble the collection when your children aren’t around. You can take each accessory piece and run it through an inexpensive Choke Hazard Detector or just an empty toilet paper roll. If a toy can pass through the opening, it’s important to keep it away from kids less than three years old. You can always put the accessory away for the future.

3. Storage

If your child has a lot of accessories and train-track pieces, storage may play an important part in your decision about a play table. There are options for bins, large drawers, and even racks to hand train cars. It’s a good idea to anticipate the storage problems your first choice demands and then plan where you’ll put the umpteen dozen people, trees, cars, and unicorns.

4. Double-sided Tables

These tables are handy for anyone. One side is a graphic-laden expanse of train world. Flip it over, and you might have more train stuff or maybe just a regular play table. You can use that second side for art projects, clay molding, or games. There’s one thing to watch for, however. Be sure that you can flip the table over easily by yourself.

5. Table Dimensions

Size might not seem such a big deal when you’re picking out a train table, but it might be one of the most crucial factors. Some of these choices are very large in the context of the normal bedroom or playroom. If you have a big basement rec room, no worries. If your little one has an 8’ x 10’ bedroom, you need to be careful. It might be a good idea, once you’ve settled on a table set, to take a tape measure and check the planned space to be sure.

6. Weight

Can you lift this table? That’s the big question, isn’t it? I admit I’ve been slacking on my poses and planking lately. I’m not certain I could heft a 50-pound table hither and yon. It may not be an issue for you, but if you’re six months pregnant or just had knee surgery, you either want to get a table you won’t be expected to move around or something you can handle alone.

The Winners

Below are our reviews for 7 of the best imaginarium train tables we’ve found. There is probably a great table for every need in this group. Some are large and extensive; some are modest. Whatever your child would enjoy, we hope our reviews and awards will help you decide on what your best train table will be.

#1

KidKraft Waterfall  Train Table

Best Overall

The KidKraft Waterfall  Train Table  set has enough room to entertain an entire playdate’s worth of kids. Dozens and dozens of wooden and plastic play pieces make sure everybody can have a turn at once. Three red bins hide under the table to store the play pieces. There is even a handy 1.5-inch lip around the table to keep toys in check. This table set might be a good choice for a family with siblings who are about the same age and who always want to play with the same toy at once.

  • You'll love
  • Large table for friends and siblings to play
  • Plenty of set pieces, track, and people

Recommended Ages: 2 +
Accessories: 120 pieces
Storage: Yes
Double-sided: No
Table Dimensions: 48.8 x 34.4 x 16 inches
Weight: 47 pounds

#2

KidKraft Ride Around Train Table

Upgrade Choice / best imaginarium all in one train table

This combo trainset and table feature a multi-level bridge, a hospital with an ambulance, and an airport with a helipad. It even features a drive-through area in a construction zone. There are room and accessories enough to entertain several siblings or friends. Best of all, the KidKraft Ride Around Train Table all tucks away in the storage bin.

  • You'll love
  • Has both table and train set
  • Built-in storage

Recommended Ages: 3 +
Accessories: 100 pieces
Storage: Yes
Double-sided: No
Table Dimensions: 47.8 x 34.2 x 16 inches
Weight: 43 pounds

#3

Maxim Wooden Train Set

Best Budget Buy

This all-in-one train and table set has a feature every parent will love. The Maxim Wooden Train Set table has four locking casters that make under-bed storage a reality. I would have enjoyed this feature. Train tables take up a lot of bedroom real estate. If trains aren’t in the picture one day, the surface is smooth so your child can use it as an activity playboard.

  • You'll love
  • Table on locking wheels
  • Multi-use surface

Recommended Ages: 2 +
Accessories: 62 pieces
Storage: No
Double-sided: No
Table Dimensions: 32.8 x 24.8 x 10 inches
Weight: 26.2 pounds

#4

KidKraft Wooden Play Table Train

Best Imaginarium Wooden Train Table

This table is a wooden table for play or arts & crafts. Flip the table over, and you have a basic train scene. Turn it over again, and there is an arts and craft surface. This would be a good table for children who already have an extensive collection of trains and scenery. If your children need a good, sturdy table to use with their toys and trains, the Kraft Wooden Play Table Train ​might be a practical choice.

  • You'll love
  • Double-sided for expanded play
  • Built-in storage

Recommended Ages: 3 +
Accessories: No
Storage: Yes
Double-sided: Yes
Table Dimensions: 47.6 x 31.6 x 15.8 inches
Weight: 40 pounds

#5

Thomas Fisher Price Railway Playtable

Best Imaginarium Wooden Train Table

The Thomas Fisher Price Railway Playtable is a double-sided board featuring graphics from Thomas & Friends that a fan of the show will appreciate. When he moves her train set around the board, he will be able to imagine better which of Thomas’s locations are coming up at the next stop. The table is compatible with all Thomas & Friends product line. If Johnny or Susie is really into the Thomas & Friends show and have lots of Thomas toys, this could be the hit of a gift-giving occasion.

  • You'll love
  • Totally Thomas compatible
  • Two-sided graphics

Recommended Ages: 3 +
Accessories: No
Storage: No
Double-sided: Yes
Table Dimensions: 5.5 x 53.5 x 18.5 inches
Weight: 22 pounds

#6

KidKraft Transportation Station Train

Another combination table and train, the KidKraft Transportation Station Train set has two tracks. One is long and winding that a child can put together. The second is a stationary plastic track affixed to the table. Set includes a moving working crane, airport with plane, train, and bulldozer. The airport even has escalators and a helipad. This set might be good for kids with a more general interest in transportation than just trains.

  • You'll love
  • Comes with train set
  • Airport and helipad

Recommended Ages: 3 +
Accessories: 58 pieces
Storage: No
Double-sided: No
Table Dimensions: 34.2 x 26.8 x 26.2 inches
Weight: 24.2 pounds

#7

Bigjigs Rail Magical Wooden Train Set

Best pink train table

Well, we’ve seen it all now. Alice’s birthday is just around the corner, and I think I’ve spotted a great gift for grandpa to buy. The pink table, Bigjigs Rail Magical Wooden Train Set is a little girl’s imaginary fairy tale kingdom with a train set. Not only that, but there are carriages, a unicorn, and even fairies themselves. Naturally, there is quite a lot of pink going on. If your little girl is shy about liking brother’s train set so much, here is a way to choo-choo away without judgment. Plus, it’s pink!

  • You'll love
  • Fit for a princess
  • Unique accessories

Recommended Ages: 3 +
Accessories: 59 pieces
Storage: No
Double-sided: No
Table Dimensions: 28.7 x 40.4 x 12.6 inches
Weight: 31 pounds

DIY, Craft and Décor: Ideas for Train Table Sets

Accessorize!

There’s no need to settle on the accessories the manufacturer includes in the train table set. Your kids will love making their own creations. Clay that hardens in air or homemade modeling dough can make some awesome monsters to attack the town.

Cut and Paste!

Save magazines and one rainy day, the whole family can cut out small pictures of autos, trucks, scenery, or whatever strikes your fancies. Paste the photos onto cardboard, then cut around the edges. If you choose some pictures of people, glue them onto craft sticks or tongue depressors – automatic puppet!

Mobile-ity!

Well, we’ve seen it all now. Alice’s birthday is just around the corner, and I think I’ve spotted a great gift for grandpa to buy. The pink table is a little girl’s imaginary fairy tale kingdom with a train set. Not only that, but there are carriages, a unicorn, and even fairies themselves. Naturally, there is quite a lot of pink going on. If your little girl is shy about liking brother’s train set so much, here is a way to choo-choo away without judgment. Plus, it’s pink!

Quick Decision

KidKraft Waterfall  Train Table – Best Overall
A large and impressive train set that would thrill any child.

Bigjigs Rail Magical Wooden Train Set – Best pink train table
For sheer imagination and creativity, in addition to finally paying attention to the girls.

Maxim Wooden Train Set – Best Budget Buy
Just a table – a beautiful, graphically Thomas & Friends-centered table.

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Hannah H.

Hannah H.

Hannah is both a parent and a freelance journalist and author. You go, girl! She is an impeccable wordsmith and her warm and witty outlook on life makes her pieces a joy to read.

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