The top-rated mini trains are the Lionel Pennsylvania Flyer, the Lionel 2-4-2 LionChief and the Lionel Polar Express, according to Top Ten Reviews. All of these trains are available to buy on Amazon.com and have favorable reviews as of October 2015.
The Lionel Pennsylvania Flyer features a bell, whistle and special announcement sounds that the user can activate. The freight cars feature ladders, metal handrails and working lights. Users can activate these sounds from a remote control that also lets them control the forward and reverse speeds of the train with the twist of a knob. The train comes with enough track to make a 40-inch-by-50-inch oval.
The Lionel 2-4-2 LionCheif is another remote control mini train that is suitable for people 14 and older. It features working headlights and sounds as well as a working smoke stack. This remote-control train is powerful and has a recommended 10 freight car limit. The remote control features a knob that allows the user to control the forward and backward speeds of the train. There are also three buttons on the remote that control sounds such as bells, whistles and special announcements from the train crew. While the train itself receives power from an A/C adapter, the remote requires three AAA alkaline batteries, which are not included.