Paul's Train

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Trains are, according to most small people, one of the most fascinating inventions of all time.  From classic books like Polar Express and the Little engine that could, to video series and toys like Thomas the tank engine, trains have a real knack for capturing kid's imagination.  Now with next to little money and some of your time, you can build that special little guy something they'll really love.

Paul's free train playset plans feature fun details and interactive play kid's need to keep a healthy mind.  If you have the basic tools, you can build this!  Don't forget to give your new locomotive it's very own train station.

These free plans are also here to help wet your appetite to our complete, playground grade train, play-set plan.  Named the Sunny Valley Locomotive, this 7 car design is easy to build and will provide your kids with many hours of play.  Check it out!


  • 27 ft² in usable play space
  • 3 total entrances/exits
  • Engine compartment can be crawled through
  • 4.5' max interior head room
  • Designed for children aged 3-7
  • 27 page, step by step PDF plan

Plan Category:

🪚 Free Playset Plans


  • 5' Wide (w/ side steps)
  • 7' 7" Deep
  • 5' 7" Tall

Framing Details:

  • Joists: 2x4 - 16" O.C.
  • Walls: 2x4 - 16" O.C.

Roofing Details:

  • 14 ft² of total roof coverage.  Typically, 10% should be added to the roofing material order to account for waste and overlap.

Lumber List:

(10)  5/4” x 6” x 8'
(3)  5/4” x 6” x 10'
(1)  5/4” x 6” x 12'


(13)  2” x 4” x 8'
(3)  2” x 4” x 10'
(2)  2” x 4” x 12'

(1) 2” x 6” x 8'
(1) 2” x 6” x 10'

(10) 2” x 2” x 3'

(3) 4' x 8' x 5/8” Plywood PT

Hardware List:

  • (5 lbs) GRK 3” R4 Screws
  • (5 lbs) GRK 2.5” R4 Screws
  • (Optional) GRK 4” RSS Screws


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Customer Reviews

Based on 3 reviews
John V

Paul did an amazing job with these plans. They are easy to follow, flexible, accurate, and he walks you through everything. My daughter loves her train! Thanks, Paul!

Glenn McCurley
wonderful plans for kids

the plans was easy to follow and fun to make. granddaughter loves it. painted it violet for that is her favorite color. has told many people to go to this web site to get there plans. this is not the last thing i am going to build for her. pauls playhouses is the best site i have ever found.

Specific and detailed instructions

My dad, Hector, wanted to make something ultra special for his grandson in our backyard. I searched on the Internet for ideas, and that's when I came across Paul's plans.

The plans were easy to follow and had specific and detailed instructions on how to build the train, step by step.

It's by far the favorite 'toy' of our son. He loves it, and there isn't one day that he doesn't go to play there. His little friends love it too! It's definitely one of the biggest attractions in our backyard.