Thomas the Train is a Big Winner!

Thomas the Train is a Big Winner!

Norton’s first train

Last week, I’d mentioned that we were thinking about getting some Thomas the Train toys for Christmas this year… in spite of the complete and utter lack of interest he had in train sets last Christmas.  We went to Gingerbread Toys, our local toy shop yesterday, so that Norton could investigate their rather amazingly well set up Thomas the Train wooden track table set up.

This year’s reaction was far different than last year’s.  He loved it.  We don’t watch Thomas and Friends or Chuggington, but he was still absolutely riveted by the set.  He spent his time putting the trains on the track, connecting them, and moving them through.  The look of intent concentration on his face while he focused on not derailing his line of trains as he pulled them around a curve and through the tunnel was phenomenal.  And I loved watching him try to puzzle out why a particular car was too tall to fit through the tunnel.  (There was a giraffe in the car.)

He was also thrilled by Harold the Helicopter, as helicopters are one of his favorite things.  (That’s because he likes to watch his daddy fly RC helicopters around the basement.)  It was the perfect set of toddler toys.

The only downside was that Norton was so engaged that he threw a tantrum when we tried to get him to leave.  The husband started to walk towards the front of the store and said, “Bye, Norton!”  Norton didn’t even look up; he just said “Bye bye, Daddy!”  We even tried to bribe him into leaving by buying him an Early Engineers Thomas the Train.  No dice.  In the end, I went up and bought the little engine in hopes that it would be helpful in settling the tantrum in the van.

So, yup, we’ll definitely be investing in some other train bits.  He’s been hauling around his little train since he’s gotten it, rolling it along and saying things like “Choo-choo!”  He went to bed with the little catalogue the toy store included.  He was looking at the pictures of the other trains with great delight.  With that in mind, we have to have more Thomas the Train Christmas gifts under the tree.

Is your little one a train fan?  Where did you find the best supply of trains for the buck?

About Suzi

Suzi is an American ex-pat living in British Columbia. She's a cloth diaper addict, wife, mom of three, and President of the Prince George chapter of Cloth for a Cause.


  1. I’m’ not surprised! My nephew is obsessed with Thomas the train! it certainly seems to be a big hit with the kids!
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  2. My son is 15 months old and LOVES his train toys! He pushes them around the house all afternoon. I’m sure he will soon recognize Thomas. :]
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  3. Our kids adore Thomas. We have the trains, tracks, train table, and DVD’s galore. Glad that your kids love it too, since you were nervous about it (Thomas is a bit pricey).
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  4. SO cute!! 😀
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