How can I make toy trains more creative?

How can I make toy trains more creative?

Cargo cars make a world of difference, because they allow kids to take characters they love and create new narratives. As parents who have had to drag their screaming children away from bookstore train tables know, many Thomas sets used to contain a set of black cargo cars. These retired items are still available, but expensive. Many of the large wooden railway sets (like the Vicarstown Dieselworks my son is so fond of) include a cargo car as well as an engine, so they can be a good value. If you don't need any more tracks, cargo cars are harder to find in toy stores. But there are plenty of cargo cars for the online hunter to find. I've rounded up some of the best options below. 

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