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Brainy Trainy

Just a basic track, station and locomotive combo has thrilled kids for generations, but this one kicks up the entertainment (and educational) value with high tech tricks. Letters are projected on a screen when the train rolls over them, and the choo-choo can trigger song time ("Oh Susannah!"). While awaiting the next departure, kids can amuse themselves with the talking clock tower, animal figures who identify themselves when plopped into slots around the track and a mini-piano (a must on the roof of any train station). A train set connoisseur will be unimpressed by the one boring loop of a track, but it's a good start for aspiring conductors.

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