Best Lego Train Sets

Review & Comparison, Last Update December 27, 2019
LEGO sets, especially big LEGO sets, aren't cheap. But that's because these sets are as fun as they're educational and beneficial for children and adults in more ways than one. With so many different options, there is always a set out there that your kid will fall in love with. In this review, we'll focus on LEGO train sets. ...Read more ...Read less
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OUR VERDICT
Type
Recommended Age
Number of Pieces
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PROS

The control center comes with signal lights that you can use to keep the train traffic on the move. The forklift will let you move the cargo containers. The crane’s extendable boom arm can lift the logs into the log car. With 16 curved and 16 straight rails, as well as a railroad switch with a lever, you can create many different tracks.

CONS

Certain pieces like the wrench, gold bars, money bills are really small and easy to lose. 

OUR VERDICT

LEGO City 60198 is the best LEGO train set on this list simply because it is the most elaborate and detailed kit here. It offers practically infinite room for open-ended play and imagination. Your kids will be able to put together a runaway train story or their very own locomotive world that will play by their rules.

detailed parameters
Type

Lego City: Cargo Train

Recommended Age

6 - 12 years

Number of Pieces

1226

Extras

Motorized engine with a 10-speed Bluetooth remote control, armored truck, control center, forklift, 6 minifigures with accessory elements included

Dimensions

Cargo train: 32" x 2" x 4"

Armored truck: 6" x 2" x 2"

Control center: 3" x 4" x 8"

Warranty

Exclusive LEGO® satisfaction guarantee 

PROS

The driver's cabin features the most detailed dashboard. You can remove the roofs and assign the driver and the passengers. The way station is detailed too, featuring things like the train services map, seats, lights, as well as a crossing and warning sign. 

CONS

The roof's pretty hard to open. 

OUR VERDICT

LEGO City 60051 will be fun to piece together. At the same time, the train and the station are pretty fun to engage too. Despite the relatively small size, the set is surprisingly detailed. At the same time, the construction is not that difficult to assemble. 

detailed parameters
Type

Lego City: High-Speed Passenger Train

Recommended Age

6 - 12 years

Number of Pieces

610

Extras

Motorized engine with 7-speed infrared remote control, platform with 2 seats, map of train services, warning sign, lights and a crossing, 3 minifigures with accessory elements included

Dimensions

Front and rear cars: 10" x 1" x 4”

Middle car: 8" x 1" x 3"

Way station: 7" x 5" x 2"

Warranty

Exclusive LEGO® satisfaction guarantee

PROS

The railway bridge features this nice little clock and steps leading to the King’s Cross Platform 9¾ through the moving brick wall entrance. The platform has a ‘Wanted’ poster and a newspaper stand with Daily Prophet newspapers. You'll be able to remove the train's top and side panels.

CONS

The rails are not included in the set. 

OUR VERDICT

LEGO Harry Potter 75955 Hogwarts Express will assist imagination, bringing the Harry Potter universe magic to life. You can fly the Dementor into the carriage and torment Harry. You can play out the iconic scene however you want since all the necessary figures are there. 

detailed parameters
Type

Harry Potter: Hogwarts™ Express

Recommended Age

8 - 14 years

Number of Pieces

801

Extras

Train with removable side panel and roof (includes a carriage with 4 seats), King’s Cross Platform 9¾™ with railway bridge, clock, steps, newspaper stand, 5 minifigures and 2 figures with accessory elements included

Dimensions

Hogwarts™ Express: 18" x 1" x 3"

Platform: 12" x 6" x 5"

Warranty

Exclusive LEGO® satisfaction guarantee

PROS

Using the app, the users will be able to find and capture ghosts floating between the station and the train. Turning the color wheel, you can interact with the minigame inside the application. There are multiple challenges that you can complete to unlock Bawa, the boss ghost.

CONS

The app is pretty demanding hardware-wise. 

OUR VERDICT

LEGO Hidden Side 70424 Ghost Train Express does an excellent job mixing physical entertainment with digital fun, making the entire experience interactive and, in turn, about as engaging as these LEGO train sets can be. The app has single-player and multiplayer modes. 

detailed parameters
Type

Hidden Side: Ghost Train Express

Recommended Age

8+ years

Number of Pieces

698

Extras

Compatible with LEGO® Hidden Side™ app (available on iOS and Android), train with foldable ghost wings and ‘de-haunting' cannon, 5 minifigures with accessory elements included

Dimensions

Ghost train and station: 24" x 5" x 5"

Warranty

Exclusive LEGO® satisfaction guarantee

PROS

Kids will be able to use the five action bricks to change the train's direction and turn the lights. Also, these bricks can be used to sound the horn, refuel, and stop the train. The pieces are pretty huge, so toddlers won't be able to swallow them.

CONS

The batteries don't last that long. 

OUR VERDICT

LEGO DUPLO 10874 Steam Train is basic, which is good considering that the set's recommended age range is 2-5 years. At the same time, the set will work wonders promoting spatial thinking and encouraging creativity.

detailed parameters
Type

Duplo: Steam Train

Recommended Age

2 - 5 years

Number of Pieces

59

Extras

Compatible with LEGO® DUPLO® Connected Train (available on iOS and Android), easy-to-build train with sound effects, 2 minifigures with accessory elements and decorated bricks included

Dimensions

Steam train with passenger car: 11" x 2" x 3"

Station: 4" x 2" x 5"

Warranty

Exclusive LEGO® satisfaction guarantee

LEGO City 60198

Create Your Own Runaway Train Story

LEGO City Cargo Train 60198 is LEGO at its best. With this set, your kid won't just be able to build his own railroad, with lots of moving pieces. No, with this set, they'll be able to put together a runaway train story or their very own locomotive world that will play by their rules.

Packing 1226 pieces, this LEGO train set makes it possible to do it all. These pieces assemble into a cargo train with four cars, a control center, an armored truck, a forklift, and rail tracks. More specifically, you'll find 16 curved rails and the same number of straight rails, meaning you get the opportunity to build the most elaborate roads. Using the forklift, you'll be able to move cargo containers. The crane’s extendable boom arm will let you lift the logs into the log car.

The main idea here is customization. A couple of buildable pallets with gold bar elements, money bills, a snow cat, snowmobile, as well as 6 LEGO minifigures, (including 4 train workers, a security officer, and a thief) will allow your kid to construct and conduct his own scenarios. The only downside to these little pieces is that they're really easy to lose but that's not really something that you can change without changing their purpose in first place.

In short, LEGO City 60198 is the best LEGO train set on this list simply because it is the most elaborate and detailed kit here. It offers practically infinite room for open-ended play and imagination. With this little steam train set, nothing is off-limits (railway-wise).

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LEGO City 60051

Travel the LEGO City

LEGO City 60051 is ridiculously detailed considering that there are only 610 pieces comprising this set.

The motorized locomotive can be controlled through the eight-channel, seven-speed IR remote. The high-speed profile makes the train look slick and streamlined. The removable roof comes equipped with electricity contact points. The roof's pretty difficult to remove though but you'll likely get used to that. The driver’s cabin is quite detailed too, crammed with this intricate dashboard.

Other than that, the set includes two passenger cars. These cars also incorporate removable roofs and electricity contact points, in addition to seats and tables. Lifting the roofs, you'll be able to place the driver inside, letting him access the dashboard, and place the passengers upon assigned seats.

Setting the high-speed train aside, the kit features a way station with this tiny little platform that has two seats, a map of train services, a warning sign, lights, and a crossing. The circular track has 16 curved rail tracks and 4 straight rail tracks. The minifigures and accessories include the train driver, passenger, cyclist, and a bicycle.

Long story short, LEGO City 60051 is fun to build, fun to play with, and about as realistic as these LEGO train sets come.

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LEGO Harry Potter 75955

Has Anyone Seen a Toad?

LEGO Harry Potter 75955 Hogwarts Express is exactly what the name suggests: arguably the most famous express in the world (who cares that it is fictional?) and easily the most famous platform in the world. That's right, in addition to the rain, the kit includes the renowned King’s Cross Platform 9¾. The platform even has this moving brick wall entrance to play out the books'/movies' prominent scene.

The express is pretty good too though, featuring removable side and top panels, so you can open the train and play inside. The Trolley Witch hasn't gone anywhere, meaning you can go ahead and order that Chocolate Frog.

Magic trains are supposed to have hidden compartments, so the people behind this set made sure to add some, letting you store secrets aboard the express.

As nice as these details are, it is the characters that make the story, which's why the set wouldn't be complete without Harry Potter, Ron Weasley, Hermione Granger, Remus Lupin, Trolley Witch, Dementor, and Scabbers figures.

Bottom line, everything about this set is great. The train's great. The station is as detailed and charming. The set encourages creative play and will be able to attract nostalgic parents and children alike.

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LEGO Hidden Side 70424

Access the Hidden Side

LEGO Hidden Side 70424 Ghost Train Express won't fail to keep the kids engaged and occupied. First and foremost, the set is fairly detailed, packing 698 pieces. These pieces include the ghost train with foldable ghost wings and the so-called ‘de-haunting' cannon, Jack Davids, Parker L. Jackson. J.B., Ms. Santos, and Chuck. The train station hasn't gone anywhere too.

The set looks good, bright and detailed. That's not the product's biggest selling point though. Its biggest selling point is the set's compatibility with the LEGO® Hidden Side™ app (available on iOS and Android). Using augmented reality, the application lets kids find and capture ghosts floating around the train/station. You'll be able to turn the color wheel, interacting with the mini-game inside the app. It is the app that lets you turn the train into this awesome possessed flying train. The application has many different challenges. Completing them, you'll be able to unlock the boss ghost Bawa.

The downside is that the augmented reality tech is demanding hardware-wise, meaning that old smartphones won't be able to support the app.

Besides that, LEGO Hidden Side 70424 Ghost Train Express works wonders combining physical play with digital entertainment.

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LEGO DUPLO 10874

Sound Effects Too

LEGO DUPLO 10874 Steam Train is pretty basic compared to the sets on this list. That's not the product's disadvantage though. The kit has been designed for kids between two and five years old, so the difficulty and the price reflect that.

There are only 59 pieces here, meaning that kids should have no issues putting the set together. These pieces include 16 track pieces and action bricks, so there's enough here to promote spatial thinking and encourage creativity.

Though not necessarily that detailed, there are some extra pieces here that will make the construction pretty interesting for kids, including a harbor, loading station, boat, café, two cranes, three DUPLO figures, and this adorable squirrel figure.

Apart from that, the aforementioned action bricks are colored. Kids can put them along the track. Compatible with LEGO® DUPLO® Connected Train app, these bricks will be able to sound the horn, turn the lights, change the train's direction, stop, and refuel the train wherever they want. The supplied batteries don't last too long though, so we would recommend stocking up from the get-go.

In closing, the target audience here is obvious: provided you've kids between two and five years old, we can easily recommend this LEGO DUPLO 10874 Steam Train to you.

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What Are LEGO Train Sets?

Toys come and toys go. But LEGOs have been around for almost a century now and it doesn't seem like they're about to lose their popularity either. What's their secret? Well, excellent marketing tactics and strategies certainly do not hurt. But, at the end of the day, it is all about the toys. See, with regular toys, your kid will have some fun, sure. But, sooner rather than later, he will grow out of them. On the other hand, nobody grows out of LEGOs.

They're great for kids because these LEGO kits allow their creativity to run wild. Pushing the little blocks together is a surprisingly effective fine motor practice. LEGOs teach kids the core principles of construction, engineering, and architecture. The educational opportunities with these sets are endless. But, most importantly, kids love LEGOs. The company just gets it. They know how to appeal to kids of all ages.

Take these LEGO train sets, for example. The way they combine the enjoyment of building your very own railway with the sheer fun of driving a sophisticated train model through one of these railroads is something that few toys give you.

But this isn't just about kids either. Don't think so? Next time you visit your parents' house, whip out that old LEGO set of yours and try to pretend like you're not having fun putting the pieces together and creating your very own little architecture landmark to play with.

All that being said, LEGOs aren't suitable for toddlers, the pieces are just too small and even the simplest sets will prove too complicated. So, before you go looking for the best LEGO sets, you might want to consider these marble runs and wooden block sets first.

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Publish Date: 2019-03-19 10:44:24