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If you have one does it work out well?<br><br>
I want to get my kids one (ages 2, 4, 6, and 8) because my 3 boys LOVE trains and will spend hours playing with them. But, DH thinks maybe a train table will be too small for the long tracks they build - and thus, not used much. I think it may be worth it just for a little bit of storage (drawers) and a hard flat surface to play on - my 2 yr old would love it for cars, I think.<br><br>
Just wondering if it would just take up space or be well loved...<br><br>
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I found one for a great price on Craigslist, and refuse to get rid of it b/c I know how expensive they usually are. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink"> That being said, ours mostly takes up space. Ds does like playing on top of it: he uses it more for cars than for trains. I do like the extra storage space too.<br><br>
I don't know if this has helped any or not <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">...I think it would be a good purchase for you if you have three boys that like trains/cars. One of them's bound to get some use out of it!
 

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ours mostly takes up space but only because my ds doesn't care for automobiles much. wish i'd known that sooner <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"> if your kids love trains it wouldn't be a waste buy, imo. only thing to keep in mind though: we find that unless you nail down the tracks they don't seem to stay up too long. maybe it's because they're wood, have elevation (bridges etc) or whatever but that's one of the reasons my son gets frustrated with it easily. you'll notice whenever they have those tables at bookstores etc. they always have the tracks nailed down.
 

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We have had a train table for several years and it gets used most every day. It stopped being used for trains about a year or so ago (my kids are 5 and 6) and now they use it for everything else. They play board games on it, color, build marble runs, play with blocks, legos, eat <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment"> , and pretty much everything else. It's their table and it's great to have one where the crayons and markers don't roll off the edge!
 

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Yes, they do take up a lot of space, and at times they do tend to attract clutter. But our train table has gotten more use than anything else in our house! I have three boys, ages 8, (almost) 6 and 2.5. The train table has been used non-stop for many years! Mostly for trains (the nailed down train sets are easier to use) but my kids love to set up new tracks every day.<br><br>
We have also used our table for cars, games, puzzles, etc. We have a very small playroom, and if things are on the floor, they get knocked over easily. So we need the table.<br><br>
I also bought Lego/duplo play boards (hard plastic) that fit the train table exactly. For the rare times my boys DON'T want to play trains, we've used it as a giant lego table.<br><br>
I would definitely buy a used one if I were you. First we had a used (authentic) Thomas table, but it was made of MDF, and started to get chipped up. Next we bought a used Nilo table, which is excellent! Nilo tables are very expensive new, so I searched Craigslist every day for almost a year until I found a used one for $75 LOL!<br><br>
Good luck with your decision!
 

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Wanted to add one more thing: Buy the large standard-size train table (approx 50" long). That will be big enough for wooden track layouts. There are a few smaller-sized tables on the market, which are NOT big enough.
 

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Thank you all so much for your responses!<br><br>
I didn't even think about them using it to build with legos or blocks, or puzzles. I think they would love that.<br><br>
The one I am looking at is on sale at Target this week for $59 - so I figure even if they don't like it (which seems unlikely) that I could sell it on CL for $40. I'll have to check on the size, b/c if it's smaller than the average train table, I'll see if I can find one a bit bigger.<br><br>
Thanks again <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin">
 

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My kids much prefer to play with their train tracks on the floor. That said, we do use the train table daily - it is great for puzzles, block building, sometimes we put the dollhouse on it. The raised edge is so great because it keeps all the pieces on the table.
 

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My DS doesn't use his table so much for trains, but he used it to play with everything else. I <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love"> the huge bins on wheels that hold all his toys. It takes up space yes, but it also holds most of the toys so it has really been a great organizer for us. We have the one from PBK.
 

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Ours gets used every day. We use it for all different things, not just trains. It's the perfect size for little kids to stand at and for older kids and grown ups to sit at.
 

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Ours gets used all the time. Currently it is housing a marble run and a parking garage. Trains are also periodic visitors to the table. And DS prefers to drive his cars and trucks around the edge of a table over on the floor.
 

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Ours is a beautiful handmade train table with a drawer that has been loaned to us for as long as we want to use it. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up"><br>
It is usually a "block table" as opposed to a "train table" but it gets used A LOT<br>
We usually get a smaller size, cut tree for our Christmas tree. We've been cleaning the train table completely off, putting down a clear shower curtain liner (to protect against any water damage) and covering the liner with a solid, dark green sheet and putting our Christmas tree and stand in the middle of the table. The boys build an oval track around the tree and they spend hours and hours sending trains around the tree using one of those little battery operated Thomas the Tank Engines. We use a tunnel and an elevated draw bridge (we get to borrow TONS of trains and track along with the table-we are blessed and grateful) and all manner of LEGO mini-figs take rides around the tree. It will definitely be a sweet memory for them.
 

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DH and his BIL made a train train table for DS's 4th bday in Sept. It cost $30 to make and it has been used for either trains or something else every single day since then. We love it!
 

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Our trains and track get a lot of use but our train table just takes up space. Ds prefers to play with his trains, blocks, Legos and cars on the floor.
 

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Thanks, all, for your thoughts. I didn't order the one from Target yesterday b/c shipping was $20 - but if I have time today I am going to my store to check them out. I've decided it would be a good gift, so now it's just choosing one (and checking CL, b/c used would be even better).
 

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I agree with your DH in the thought that train tables really aren't the best for trains. You have to configure the tracks to fit within the space of the table...can be a pain in the butt. When DS first got his (awesome garage sale score for $10!! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin">) it was only used for trains (Thomas). Then he got his GeoTrax which do not fit. So now it is sometimes used for trains, sometimes for Little People/Imaginext play, cutting on, etc. I wouldn't pay a lot for one but do think they can be worth it. But they are space hogs. And the storage is good, but I wouldn't buy one just for the storage.
 
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