Train Track Tuesday

Train Track Tuesday (Cloth Diaper Addicts)

After some of the insanely huge builds I’ve made for my kids, I’m starting to favor smaller layouts.  At least that will mean that there’s room to walk in the room.

Elements used (Amazon affiliate links):
1.) Chuggington Wooden Railway Double-Decker Roundhouse
2.) Thomas And Friends Wooden Railway – Early Engineers Busy Day on Sodor Set
3.) Thomas Wooden Railway – Cranky The Crane
4.) Orbrium Toys Large Wooden Train Tunnel for Wooden Railway Fits Thomas Brio Chuggington Melissa Doug Imaginarium
5.) Chuggington Wooden Railway Rocky Ridge Mine Tunnel
6.) Melissa & Doug Skyline Suspension Bridge
7.) Chuggington Wooden Railway Koko & Hodge’s Clock Tower Set

Train Track Tuesday

Train Track Tuesday (Cloth Diaper Addicts)

Forgive the image quality.  This week’s train track was so large that I couldn’t actually fit it in one frame, even with my wide angle lens on my camera.  So I had the husband use the panorama option on his phone.

I’m pretty proud of this creation.  It took a few days… and Eudora didn’t destroy it beyond knocking over the occasional piece.  In the interest of making it more interesting and giving trains more places to go (since it doesn’t seem like a “Very Useful Engine” would just go gallivanting for no reason), some Fisher Price Little People was incorporated.  If you like what you see and want to add to your own collection, please order using my affiliate links below!

Chuggington Elements:
*Chuggington Wooden Railway Double-Decker Roundhouse
*Chuggington Wooden Railway Koko & Hodge’s Clock Tower Set
*Chuggington Wooden Railway Koko’s New Look
*Chuggington Wooden Railway Old Puffer Pete
*Chuggington Wooden Railway Safari Cars
*Chuggington Wooden Railway – Green Wilson Engine

Thomas the Train Elements:
*Thomas Wooden Railway Flynn & Water Tower Figure 8 Railroad Track Set 21 Piece
*Thomas And Friends Wooden Railway – Figure 8 Set Expansion Pack
*Thomas And Friends Wooden Railway – Early Engineers Busy Day on Sodor Set
*Thomas And Friends Wooden Railway – Early Engineers Round About Station
*Thomas And Friends Wooden Railway – Deluxe Over – The – Track Signal
*Thomas & Friends Wooden Railway – Echo Tunnel
*Thomas And Friends Wooden Railway – Harold The Helicopter
*Thomas Wooden Railway – Toby The Tram Engine
*Thomas Wooden Railway – Skarloey
*Thomas And Friends Wooden Railway – Wacky Track (2 pieces)

Fisher Price Little People Elements:
*Fisher-Price Little People Noah’s Ark
*Fisher-Price Little People Animal Sounds Farm
*Fisher-Price Little People Barnyard
*Fisher Price Little People Zoo

Other Elements:
*Melissa & Doug Zoo Animal Train Set
*Bigjigs Rail BJT135 Red Brick Tunnel
*New Wooden Train Cross X Track fits Thomas Wooden Railway and Brio Sets and Tracks
*Train Track Piece – CrossRoad Track – 100% Compatible with All Major Brands including Thomas Wooden Railway System – By Right Track Toys

Train Track Tuesday

Train Track Tuesday - Cloth Diaper Addicts

It’s been a while since I’ve done Train Track Tuesday.  The reasons why are for another post, but now that it’s done, you can see that Norton and Eudora are having a great time playing together!  Our trains are a mixture of elements, but all of them are the wooden track that work together so well.

Elements used (aff. links):

Chuggington Wooden Railway Double-Decker Roundhouse
Chuggington Wooden Railway Koko & Hodge’s Clock Tower Set
Thomas Wooden Railway Flynn & Water Tower Figure 8 Railroad Track Set 21 Piece
Thomas And Friends Wooden Railway – Early Engineers Round About Station
Thomas And Friends Wooden Railway – Early Engineers Busy Day on Sodor Set
Orbrium Toys Large Wooden Train Tunnel for Wooden Railway Fits Thomas Brio Chuggington Melissa Doug Imaginarium

Train Track Tuesday

Train Track Tuesday (Cloth Diaper Addicts)

This week’s train track was fun to build!  Norton and Eudora both had a lot of fun playing with it.

Elements used include: Chuggington Wooden Railway Double-Decker Roundhouse, Chuggington Wooden Railway Koko & Hodge’s Clock Tower Set, Imaginarium Wooden Switching and Crossing Track Pack, Thomas And Friends Wooden Railway – Water Tower Figure 8 Set

Train Track Tuesday #7

train-track-tuesday-7This train layout is what happens when the husband and I build together.  I like big, sprawling layouts.  He favors, small, tight, complex layouts with a lot of symmetry.  (Or: I like my layouts to be like Sodor and he likes them to be like Vancouver’s industrial district.)

Elements used: Chuggington Wooden Railway Double Decker Roundhouse, Toby the Tram Engine, James with tender, Old Puffer Pete, Koko

Train Track Tuesday #6

Train Track Tuesday (Cloth Diaper Addicts)

There’s nothing quite as fun as a huge train layout!  You can get most of the elements of this layout (and then some!) at our Amazon Shop!

Train Track Tuesday #5

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Today’s Train Track Tuesday needed to be photographed from standing on top of Norton’s bed.  It was the only way to get it all in one frame. 🙂  This track lasted a few days.  On more than one occasion, Norton stayed up past his bedtime and played trains quietly in his room.

We’re okay with that. 🙂

Wooden Train Table? Psh.

I’ve been posting pictures of our train track layouts for about a month now.  Really, I think that there’s a distinct possibility that this will become my new addiction instead of cloth diapers.  (My kids won’t be in diapers forever… and Norton is housebroken.)  One thing that keeps getting suggested is that we look into getting a wooden train table.

A Wooden Train Table Can Be Awesome

With a wooden train table, you get a finite space for your child’s wooden train set.  A typical wooden train table is somewhere around four feet by three feet.  (Each model is slightly different by an inch or two, but it’s a general size estimate.)  That’s twelve square feet of possibilities!  Not only that, but they provide a storage space to keep your (or your child’s) wooden train track collection organized.  For the non-creatively minded builder, you may also be able to find sample layouts to fit your table.  Since many also come with track, buildings, and bridges, they can be an excellent value.

A Wooden Train Table Can Be a Hinderance

With a wooden train table, you have a large item to contend with.  If you have a play room, it may not be an issue, but if your play room is actually your child’s bedroom?  That’s a whole lot of space taken up by one object.  In our house, we don’t have a play room.  Not only that, but my our train layouts are huge.  A wooden train table is too small for the layouts that Norton and I build.  We have two bridges designed for train track to go under them.  There’s the Thomas Water Tower Figure 8 set, and both of the expansions.  We have the Chuggington Clock Tower.  We have the Chuggington Wooden Railway Deluxe Double Decker Roundhouse… and I usually split it in two and have track to go over the roof.  I insist on having track paths come off of all five of the potential exits from the roundhouse elevator thing.  And our most recent addition is the Thomas Deluxe Over the Track Signal Station.

I like to use all of the elements.  It takes me hours to build and it takes a lot of space.  There’s no way that a wooden table can hold that many feet of track!  I’m sort of playing with the idea of doing my next build downstairs in my room since there’s a huge amount of open space.  That’ll give the me necessary square footage for a truly elaborate build.

Are you a train fanatic?  Do you use the wooden train table, or do you prefer more open space builds?

Wooden Train Table?  Psh. (Cloth Diaper Addicts)

There’s no way I could put this on a wooden train table. I could barely get it in frame for a picture.

Train Track Tuesday #4

Train Track Tuesday #4 (Motherhood Looms)

At this point, I’m not 100% sure who the massive train track layouts are for.  Sure, Norton enjoys playing with the wooden train layouts, But I know that I really do love building them!

This week’s build spans about eight feet in one direct and about five feet in the other.  I’m not sure how many actual linear feet of wooden train track is being used, but it’s definitely a lot!  For “packs” you’ll see the Chuggington Double Decker Roundhouse (split in two), the Chuggington Figure 8 Clock Tower set, Thomas and Friends Water Tower Figure 8 Set, two expansion packs, Thomas and Friends Echo Tunnel (discontinued), and an unknown no name tunnel and aquaduct bridge.

Have you ever experimented with wooden trains?  What was your favorite element of the build?

Train Track Tuesday #3

Since adding to our train track collection, building Norton’s wooden railway layout has become much more time consuming.  Now it’s officially a once (or twice) a week activity.

Here’s this week’s layout:

Train Track Tuesday (Motherhood Looms)

Since we don’t actually really watch any of the train shows, Norton doesn’t require that we have any brand loyalty.  That means that we have a variety of Chuggington and Thomas stuff.  This layout features the Chuggington Deluxe Roundhouse, the Chuggington Clock Tower playset, the Thomas and Friends Wooden Railway Echo Tunnel, a no name tunnel, and a no name viaduct bridge.