Wooden Toy Train

Made with care from Wisconsin Hardwoods

wood toy train

My love of small details in my wooden train was restricted by the need for durability, but you will still find a sliding door on the box car, an opening gate in the circus car, an drive-away automobile on the auto car and working hook on the crane car. Most of my train cars have movable parts. I usually include at least 8 woods in each train, (Sugar Maple, Tulipwood, Beech, White Ash, Red Oak, Hickory, Black Cherry, Elm and Walnut often appear). Many people begin by purchasing a few train cars and rekindle a child's enthusiasm each birthday or holiday with additional cars. Each car has a leather hitch as shown. Each is 10 inches long.

Each wooden train car is $33.00 .... except the Piggy-back which is $39.00. Orders over $75.00 are elegible for free shipping in 48 U.S. States.

Consider my train car-a-month club.

I will ship one car each month wherever you like for as long as you like. The cost with shipping is $38.00 per month, billed to your charge card. Imagine the delight when a child gets a new present in the mail each month. After the first two or three they begin to anticipate each month's new arrival, often pestering mom or dad with questions like, "When is my new train car coming from grandma?"

Train day for Ollie

A cute youtube video featuring my train

and a brilliant engineer, Ollie.

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I have made these hard wood trains and other wooden toys since 1976.

toy train car

Coal Tender

Train Engine

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Tilting Hopper Car - new in 2013

Box car - with sliding door

Giraffe train car

Circus car - with opening gate
firefighter train car
Auto car
Firefighter car - new 2012
Coal car
Passenger car
Tanker train car (tank is removable)
Crane car (age 4 and up)
Piggy-back car - w/ 18 wheeler
Searchlight car

Log Train Car

Pickle Barrel car (8 hollow barrels on pegs)

Bulldozer Car


Lumber train car
Milk Can car / 8 cans in holes

Can train car

Lumber car



Windmill car unloaded (small parts ride inside hollow column)
Windmill car
Train Caboose

container train car toy

Container Carrying Car


3 kids playing with toy train

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Dear Mr. Linck,

We have been very happy with your trains over the past three years. The colors and textures of the woods are lovely, and they have been virtually indestructible. My grandmother has been buying 2 cars for our older son (now 4) for each birthday and Christmas, and he is starting to have a close to complete collection. He plays with them almost every morning, as he gets up early and has "quiet" play before his 2 year old brother wakes up. They've taken a lot of hard use from both of them and still look Great.

These are heirloom toys, and we want our younger son to have his own set to pass on to his children, so my grandmother has started to give him his own set. Its great for her too, as she can't shop easily and feels good about giving them hand-made toys that will stay with them for years.

Thank you and best wishes. Eric


Mr. Linck: I showed this picture to my son and husband who were as amazed as I at its beauty and simplicity. I’ve been sending my grandson train cars for the last three years and he loves them!!

It must be wonderful to know your legacy will live on for generations and generations of children with these beautiful trains.

We all appreciate your artistry and talent.

Kind regards,
jv - 2/2013

Hi John,

Oscar has been really enjoying looking at your catalog recently. Today he asked what parts on the train cars were made of wood. I said all of them except the string and metal hook on the crane. He said - "and the paint". When I told him you don't paint your toys, that the colors came naturally from the wood, he said "Woah! No way! So cool!" That's my boy...

jenny 10/2013


Hi, once again John,

Received your number 6 train car today, and it looks really great. Please keep them coming. The workmanship and different kinds of wood are really beautiful. Can't wait for the end of December.

Thanks again John, Walter




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Fine Hardwood Toys For Your Children's Children 

John Michael Linck - Toymaker - 608 Tall Pines Way - Madison, Wisconsin 53593

Web site catalog at - www.woodentoy.com

Telephone ( 608 ) 231 - 2808

email - john@woodentoy.com

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