My son was a huge Thomas the Tank Engine fan when he was little. When the Lionel Train Crossing Bank first came out and we saw it in a catalog, we ordered it right away.
The bank stands 4 feet tall and is designed to looking like a real train crossing signal. When you insert coins into the slot, the train whistle blows, the bells ring, the lights flash and the engine roars. He absolutely loved it. A word of warning to parents here, after the first few hundred times, the train sounds get a little old for adult ears but not for kid ears so beware. It does have a switch that allows you to turn off the sounds but my son will not let us touch it.
The problem I have had with this bank is it's size. The tube which holds the coins runs down the center of the bank and stands nearly 3 1/2 feet. Part of it slides into the base unit and you have to put in a bunch of change before you even start to see it in the tube. The tube holds a large amount of money and no matter how much spare change we have put in it over the years, we have never made it past the half way point.
My son has been a little frustrated that he has not been able to fill it up but he still enjoys it none the less. It is an entertaining way to save and store your money and a great collectors item for train lovers of all ages.