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All prices mentioned are US$. Please note I do NOT sell these trains. Listings are for informational purposes only.  
Last Update: Nov 2010

About these listings: These links are not meant to be exhaustive and they are not meant to be advertising for any particular site. In May 2004 I have decided to eliminate listings that sell only BRIO and Learning Curve products because these products are so wide-spread that I felt listings here are not necessary and I want to keep the page size down. If you want to find a shop that sells BRIO or Learning Curve, just do a simple web search on "BRIO" or "Thomas Trains" and you'll find a ton of hits. I have, however, kept a few of these "general toy store" listings in the General Toy Stores section at the bottom of the page. I have also added a section for Thomas Specialty Stores.

The sites listed here have been selected because they sell sets from companies such as Maxim, Maple Landmark, Whittle Shortline Railroad, and so forth. I would like to reiterate that this listing is not exhaustive.

Finally, do not necessarily take a listing here as a recommendation from me. I have purchased from only a handful of the companies listed here. This list is provided merely as a starting point to help you find where you can purchase some of the items discussed on the other pages. Also, note that Internet companies come and go. Each time I update these pages, I find at least one or two sites that don't exist anymore.


Manufacturer Home Pages
Wooden Railroad Dealers (not all inclusive)
General Toy Stores
Thomas Specialty Stores
Other Links

Manufacturer Home Pages: (alphabetical order)

Bachmann Trains - Electric HO gauge Thomas:
BRIO in the USA - Wooden Railways:; Sweden
Choo Choo Track - Small manufacturer track, display cases;
DazyUSA - Suretrack Wooden Railroad stabilizers:
Eichhorn - Wooden Railway:
ERTL Toys - Hometown Roadway, die-cast Thomas (discontinued):
Heros Trains - Wooden Railway:
Hornby - Electric and clockwork HO Thomas:
IKEA - sells Lillabo sets (in-store only):
Imaginarium Railway - Wooden Railway: (takes you to ToysRUs)
Learning Curve International - Thomas Wooden Railway, Take Along Thomas, Lionel Railway Adventures:
Lionel -G/O27 gauge model trains, Little Lionel:
Maple Landmark - NameTrains(TM) and Railblox(TM):
Maxim Enterprise: Tumble Tree Woods Wooden Railway:
Micki-Leksaker (Sweden) - Wooden trains and toys:
Nilo-Toys: Flexatrack manufacturer:
Safari Ltd. - Alpha-Zoo animal trains: (no longer make AlphaTrains)
Strombecker Tootsietoy - Winnie The Pooh Wooden trains:
T.C. Timber Company - Wooden Railway: (no longer make TC Timber Trains)
Tomy Corporation - Tomica World Plastic Battery Thomas Trains, etc.:
Whittle Shortline RR - Wooden Railway:

Wooden Railroad Dealers:

Abacus Toys: New Zealand site: Heros brand train sets & wooden toys

Britannia Models: British Columbia, Canada. Source for electric Thomas trains by Hornby & others

Choo Choos 4 U: Georgia. (Also known as Wooden Railway Adventures). Feature Learning Curve, Maxim, Whittle Shortline Railroad, Safari Ltd. Alpha-Zoo Trains, and Maple Landmark. They also produce their own made-in-the-USA train table, and feature a kids section with general info on wooden railroads. They also have a monthly newsletter available. Photos online.

Choo Choos Online: Alpharetta, GA. Full line of Whittle Shortline Railroad trains and other train related products with good photos. Has a neat Imaginetic Train display board that holds 12 trains suspended by their magnets.

Choo Choo Track: Pacific, MO. Small manufacturer of Thomas/BRIO compatible track, including a nice all-wood 6 door roundhouse. They also carry the Whittle Shortline Railroad line of cars. They also have a unique expandable wooden train display case (Create~a~Case(TM)) for your entire collection, and some nice looking under-the-bed train tables!

Create City: Worcester, MA. Create City features several personalized products, including Maple Landmark Name trains and selection of Maxim Tumble Tree Woods sets at discounted prices.

Gifts-And-Toys: or Peoria AZ. Features Maxim Tumble Tree Woods line of wooden train sets, including the new trains with people characters. Prices are decent.

Choo Choo Bob's Train Store: St. Paul, MN. Features Maple Landmark Name Trains and sets at discount prices, and other train related merchandise.

Gummy Lump:, New York. Gummy Lump features high quality wooden toys, including Melissa & Doug train line and provides photos.

Handmade, Homemade Toy Shop: Maple Landmark's Name Letter trains and animals and track; BRIO compatible (meaning, it will run on Brio track, not that it will fit under bridges!)

H&R Trains:, Pinellas Park, FL, features model trains, Learning Curve Thomas Trains, and BRIO. No graphics. Laguna Hills, CA. Carries Thomas, BRIO, Eichhorn, Maxim, Plan City, Alphazoo Express, and TC Timber!

La Toys:, Cedarhurst, NY, offers Maxim, BRIO and Learning Curve Thomas trains at discount prices. Provides photos of products.

Laughing Giraffe:, Brooklyn, NY. Offers T.C. Timber line. Nice photos of the TC Timber (Haba) line.

My Toy Box: Cincinnati, OH. My Toy Box features trains and sets from Brio, Learning Curve, Maxim Tumble Tree Woods, Plan City, and Safari Ltd. AlphaZoo Express. .

Norm's Train World: Lusk, WY. General train store features Bachmann HO Thomas, Learning Curve wooden and Take Along Thomas, some ERTL die-cast, some aftermarket track, and Maple Tree Landmark nametrains. Good photos.

Spruce Caboose: Davis, CA. Spruce Caboose has been around for a while and offers good prices. They carry the Maxim Tumble Tree Woods line. SpruceCaboose also features some train track layouts you can view at the website.

Squirrel Tracks Wooden Trains Carrboro, North Carolina. Bolded because it is my favorite site! Has lots of good train information, an informative newsletter, and monthly giveaways! Carries Eichhorn, Maxim and Learning Curve trains. The site is very well done, and the owners are very friendly. Even though I like them so much, I have to admit I've never purchased anything there as we pretty much have everything we need! Recommended!

Toy Store: Germany. Carries BRIO, HEROS, Eichhorn products. Site is in German, so look for brand names in the left frame. I've been told through e-mail that they ship internationally. Nice site, good photos.

Toy Train Emporium: Mount Laurel, NJ. This is the store-front page for a brick-and-mortar train shop in NJ that sells Learning Curve products. Placed here because it is my "local" store!

Trains Are Good:, San Diego, CA, offers lots of Learning Curve Thomas the Tank Engine Products as well as BRIO and Whittle Shortline Railroad trains. Also features Thomas videos, puzzles, and general railroad maps and gifts. Provides photos/drawings of some products.

Trains4Tots: Ozark, MO. Carries Learning Curve, BRIO, Whittle Shortline Railroad, Maple Landmark Nametrains, Maxim, and Safari Alpha Zoo. Nice site.

Trains Galore: Fishers, IN. Extensive train selection including Learning Curve Thomas, BRIO, Safari AlphaZoo, Whittle Shortline RR, Amtrak, Maple Landmark, and some Maxim items. Feature sales and closeouts.

Walden Hobbies:, New York. Features Learning Curve, Tomica World, ERTL die-cast Thomas, Hornby and Bachmann electric trains, Whittle Shortline RR, and Maxim. Small photos are available for most products.

Western Depot:, Yuba City, CA, carries model trains, Learning Curve Thomas, and ERTL die cast Thomas. No graphics.

<>Wooden Tracks: Portland, Oregon. Offers extensive line of Maxim Tumble Tree Woods sets, trains, and accessories

General Toy Stores: Generally sell BRIO, Learning Curve, Lionel Adventures 

A to Z Toys:, Wheaton, IL, offers BRIO, Learning Curve Thomas, and Lionel Great Adventures at discount. Photos are provided, including shots of the new Lionel track and action cars.

All Aboard Toys:, CO. BRIO, Learning Curve Thomas and Lionel sets.

Diana Toys Store: Stroudsburg, PA. Diana Toys Store features lots of learning toys, and includes Learning Curve's Thomas the Tank Engine products as well as the new Melissa & Doug wooden train sets. They also offer discount prices and free shipping on USA orders over $99.

e-Bay Auction Site: Check e-Bay listings for toy trains under Toys:Trains, Toys:Trains:Brio, and Toys:Wooden. Most of the sets end up going for about the same price they are offered on the Internet, although sometimes bargains can be found!

eToys Direct™, Inc., Denver, CO. Sells a wide range of Thomas products including Tomy and Learning Curve.

Elements of Nature:, Winnipeg, Manitoba CANADA. General toy store carries BRIO, Learning Curve Thomas, and Lionel Great Adventures. Photos of each product.

J.T. Puffin's:, Madison, WI, offers the full line of BRIO at discount prices, Lionel Great Adventures trains, and Learning Curve Thomas at discount. Photos are provided.

SomeDayIsle Toys:, Vermont, USA, features many toys including BRIO, Thomas, and Lionel Railway Adventures. They don't seem to have complete stock, but offer discount prices. Small graphics for each item are presented.

Train Cellar: Oakhurst, NJ. BRIO and Learning Curve Thomas sets, some Bachmann HO. Not a flashy site, but offers discount prices.

Train Express: Indianapolis, IN. Offers BRIO and Learning Curve Thomas, with a few leftover Little Lionel and Great Adventure pieces. Some photos.

Thomas Specialty Stores: Almost exclusively Thomas!

My Favorite Toys, Waunakee, WI.Specializes in Thomas the Tank Engine wooden railway, videos, DVDs. Also features a detailed Thomas the Tank Engine & Friends Character Guide, printable track layouts, history of Thomas and more.

Thomas' Toybox:, PA, USA. Features Learning Curve Thomas, Ertl Die-Cast, Take Along Thomas, Clothing, and Schylling merchandise. Lots of photos.

Thomas' Trackside Station:  An Officially Licensed "Thomas & FriendsTM" Store. Located next to the Choo Choo Barn, in the Shops Of Traintown, Route 741 East, Box 130, Strasburg, PA 17579 (717) 687-7911 -or- (800) 450-2920 Fax: (717) 687-6529. Email: Features Lionel, Learning Curve, ERTL Die Cast, Hornby, Bachmann, Tomy/Tomica, Books, Videos, Clothing, etc.

Totally Thomas Toy Depot:, San Diego, CA. Offered are Learning Curve Thomas, ERTL die-cast 1/64 scale Thomas and playtrack, TOMY/TOMICA City Thomas battery powered trains, TOMY My First Thomas, Lionel Railway Adventures and Lionel 0 Scale Thomas sets, Hornby Clockwork and Electric Thomas, and not to be left out, BRIO trains. Photos are provided for most products.

Other Links (General Interest or Referenced on Other Pages)

Personal Sites:

My Thomas And Friends Forum: A discussion forum for everything about Thomas the Tank Engine, Wooden Trains sets, and more! This just started Jan 2006, but it looks like a nice site and is a welcome resource to the wooden train community.

Hoogerland National Railroad: Todd Hoogerland's train pages, featuring Todd's home-made trains. It also provides some excellent graphics of track dimensions. Very informative site.

BRIO ray trace pages:  Seagull's (a.k.a. Sky Schemer) pages feature some excellent ray-traced graphics of his BRIO train collection. It also has some good information on the vario-system format utilized by the majority of wooden train set manufacturers.

Brian K. Donnelly:  Brian's Jigs and Notes for Making Wooden Trains and Tracks. Lots of great information on the dimensions and tools needed for making your own trains, tracks, and even a play table.

David Harper:  David Harper's Wooden Railway Page features photos of his extensive BRIO train collection in Australia as well as information on buying trains and so forth.

Michael Holigan's Your New House: One TV episode features building a wall-mounted train track that could be used for your wooden railroad (search Wall Train Tack segment 5153: has transcript, step-by-step instructions, and video)

Drew & Jamie's Unofficial Thomas The Tank Engine Page:  Drew & Jamie's page is an excellent "fan" site with lots of information about the Thomas television shows and characters.

New March 2009: LaToya's Toy Collector Site: with blogs and tons of information for toy collectors.

Train Tables & Plans

Nilto Toys: Makes play tables, storage solutions, Nilo Jax track supports, and FlexaTrack flexible vario-system train track.

KidKraft: KidKraft makes several train table designs, and offer a few with train sets (the sets appear to be from Maxim)

Squirrel Tracks:, Durham, NC. Desmond and Helena Mullen's besides being a shop offering Maxim, Eichhorn, and other products, also features a simple, free set of train table plans, many layout ideas, and other general information on trains.

Gadget Masters, L.L.C.:, Binghamton, NY. Produces a "Double Decker Play Table" and a unique Train Tack Play Board that utilizes pre-routed MDF boards to allow quick trainplay with a simple but expandable layout.

Sunshineandlight's Live the Good Life Now eBay store: http:///, features "Easy-2-Do Train Table Plans" at regular auction.

Arch. Light: or, features 3 different plans for Train Tables. Site features clear photos.

BYO Swingset:, FL. BYO specializes in wooden swingsets, but also offers plans for a nice looking recessed top train table for $8.50.

The Saw Horse Workshop, Don Owen offers a free set of plans in his "How I Made It" section of this well-done woodworking website.


Squirrel Tracks:, Durham, NC. Desmond and Helena Mullen's besides being a shop offering Maxim, Eichhorn, and other products, also features a simple set of train table plans, many layout ideas, and other general information on trains.

Dazy, Inc.:, Dublin, OH. Dazy, Inc. makes a great tool for securing the connections between wooden track pieces called SureTrack. They also feature a nice set of track layouts on their site.

Learning Curve: The Learning Curve Thomas The Tank Engine site features PDF downloads of multiple track layouts.

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