Toy trains sets are available in different prices and any train enthusiasts is able to find a train that resonates with them. In recent years the functionality of ride on toy trains has improved to include ride on capabilities similar to ride on toy cars. Just like ride on cars or stunt scooters, the prices of the best ride on trains usually varies depending on the brand and features it has.

The Best Ride On Trains Review

There are lots of greats options to choose when you want to buy the best ride on train, the options listed below are guaranteed to provide your child lots of fun and engagement.

Name Recommended AgeMax Speed$$$

Battery Powered Ride On Talking Train
Battery Powered Ride on Train
1 Year and older

2 MPH

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Imaginarium Express Train
Imaginarium 6V Express Ride on Train
2 years to 5 years

2 MPH

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Thomas and Friends Ride On Train
Thomas and Friends ride on train
12 Months

1 MPH On track, 2 MPH Off track

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Peg Perego Santa Fe Train Ride On
Best Ride on Train children
18 months to 3 years

2.5 MPH

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All Aboard!

National Products 6V Battery Operated Talking Train puts your child directly in the driver seat and provides hours of fun on or off the trains 19′ track!

Built in electronic sounds usually heard in train stations “All Aboard”, “Stop”, rumbling engine and whistle blowing will ignite their imagination. The hydraulic braking system similar to that of real trains provides easy braking ensuring that your child would be able to stop the train whenever they desire.

The train battery is easily accessible so it can monitored and charged when necessary. This ride on train can also be used off track as walker.

Specifications

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1 years and older

6V

2 MPH

1

44lbs

Indoor

Yes

The Imaginarium 6V Express Train is perfect for children who are looking for a long track to ride on. This ride on train provides the 'train experience'- a feature which all the best ride on trains have. With the LED headlight safe smoke-like water vapor, built in engine train sounds, railroad crossing sign, carriage storage space your child will feel the sensation of operating a train.

The train can be activated by pushing a button and can move both forward and in reverse.

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2 years to 5 years

6V

2 MPH

1

45lbs

Indoor, Outdoor

Yes

If your toddler loves Thomas the train cartoon then Fisher-Price’s Power Wheels Thomas and Friends ride-on train is the perfect toy for them.

It can be easily assembled or disassembled and your toddler can cruise around the track with the built in Thomas sounds. Your child can also stop the train by putting their feet in the train’s footrests in the side or by pressing the start/stop button.

As your child gains more experience with the toy they can begin to drive off-track and increase their range of movement by using the steering wheel.

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12 months

6V

1 MPH on track, 2 MPH off track

1

40lbs

Indoor, Outdoor

Yes

Peg Perego’s Choo Choo Express battery powered ride on toy puts your child in the operator seat. Both kids and adults will have a lot of fun assembling this ride on train that can be ridden on hard, flat, smooth surfaces and on the track providing hours of fun and enjoyment for the child.

This ride on train features realistic features such as working headlights, sound effects of a real train, steering wheel that children would love using.

The wiring and motor of the train are kept safe within the train set itself so your child is unable to tamper with them.

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18 months to 3 years

6V

2.5 MPH

1

45lbs

Indoor

Yes

History Of Ride On Trains

In 1901, Toy maker Lionel created the first battery-powered toy train, the trains were displayed in store display windows to attract the attention of passer by's and at the time were some of the best ride on trains. Lionel’s creations impressive and soon toy companies like American Flyer, Marx, Ives, LGB and Marklin introduced their own versions of toy trains which were a variety of the old tinplate trains. Tinplates were built on tin-stamped metal with plastic parts. Tinplate trains were also very cheap as they were built for the mass market.

The increasing popularity and fondness of toy trains created opportunities for train magazines such as Model Railroader which launched in 1934 and inspired young boys to own their own train set.

For train enthusiasts, collecting toy trains is a hobby and operating them is a craft.

Final Stop

Nowadays, the best ride on toy trains have integrated digital technology and easier customization options improving their functionality and appeal to collectors and children.

Some of the world’s most beautiful toy trains are displayed in exhibits and special displays while others are kept for personal enjoyment. These trains are also equipped with similar sounds and electronic features found in actual trains.