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Vintage 1963 Musical Railroad Xylophone Train Toy by Child Guidance

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What would happen if you combined the exciting action of a motorized Train Set with the musical joy of a Xylophone? Well, here it is! The fully functional Musical Railroad!

This really incredibly clever toy is actually much more than that. It allows you to set up your circular track, place your notes (the railroad ties) under the rails in their slots and engineer your own songs!

Switch on the motorized train for you to watch and to listen to the song you created as it rolls past each note, the little rounded hammer in the back of the train strikes each note in time! Each time it loops around, it plays the song again! Want a new take on an old classic? Turn the train around and play it in reverse. It's just brilliantly designed!

The notes are brightly colored painted metal and coordinated by both color and by stamped numbers 1-7. There are a few larger 1’s, which I think are for the next octave. There are more notes than there are slots, so you have extras depending on the song you choose to create. As the box declares, “It’s so easy to change from one song to another,” and it really is simple to set up. It is marked for ages 3-10.

If you’re not sure that you have the notes set up right as you go, you can use the included plastic “test mallet” to play the notes like a xylophone by hand and listen to them that way as well. If you’re tired of music, just take out the Notes and play with the train by itself and watch it go!

The train engine is made of durable plastic. It has stickers on each side of the happy little engineer and the colorful engine in red, blue and yellow also has a sticker with the trains own big smiling face on it! The barrel lifts off and you can put the 1 D battery in there to make it go.

Hard to believe this is nearly 50 years old and it still works perfectly! My two year old and I thoroughly tested this toy and it was tons of fun!

The set includes Interchangeable Notes, Snap-Lok Multi-Directional Tracks, Xylophone Testing Hammer. However, it does not have the Color Coded Instruction Book, which would have had the sample songs in it.

The box has significant vintage wear, including rips and stains, but is still in fair shape. All of the contents are in excellent condition!

The box is marked:
Musical Railroad No. 4010
Manufactured by Child Guidance Toys, Inc.
New York, 10472
Made in USA
Motor and Notes made in Japan

The box measures 4 inches high X 15 ½ inches long X 10 ½ inches deep and the entire set in the box weighs 2 lbs 8 oz.

I have NOT seen another one of these for sale anywhere. I am sure they exist, but they've eluded me! Maybe nobody wants to sell the one they have.

House of Awesome Item #1078

Vintage 1963 Musical Railroad Xylophone Train Toy by Child Guidance


  • Vintage item from the 1960s
  • Materials: Plastic, Cardboard, Paper, Copper, Steel
  • Only ships within United States.
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