When your child outgrows their toy wooden trains, sit down together and sketch out a railway with fields and trees, towns, bridges, sidings, hills and valleys, and railyards surrounding a train line. Then, working together, construct a few modular tables and create that railway - developing basic craft and carpentry skills that will be useful lifelong.
Traditionally done with electric trains, design and construction of a railway table with wooden tracks and trains is more forgiving. Accessories can be constructed from salvaged or recycled materials for little or no cost, making wooden railways accessible for families on a budget. Wooden railways are also more rugged and easier for small hands to build and play with.
Plans and examples can be found online. But treat these as guides and incorporate your own ideas into a project that is uniquely yours. When you have something in work or completed, share your project with others as part of a railway community. Finished railways can be taken to local train shows. Church and community events, children's hospitals, and railway museums are other places to show and share. My children discovered they had value when babysitting too.
This site is still under construction, but in the coming weeks it will incrementally develop into a more complete source for wooden railway tables, trees, and custom locomotives. The tables and trees will be available for purchase and pick-up locally in the Seattle area or online through Etsy. Of course, the instructions and dimensions are already online for your use at wTrak.org. But in response to questions about purchasing a table or kit, modules will now be more accessible to those without a workshop to help you get started with your own modular wooden railway.