View Full Version : Mini Train

09-11-2012, 09:05 PM
I've wanted a train for some time now. Due to several reasons, I'm fabricated a smaller version of a train that most people have. The train travels in an 8' circle. The cars range in size but average around 7" wide by 14 - 18" long. The train is be powered by a wiper motor.


I'll post more info if anyone wants.

09-11-2012, 11:30 PM
Sweet dude,
I like the idea. it looks good!
I'd love to see more of the inner workings!

09-12-2012, 07:47 AM
You must be somewhere warm. Just the right size to put a plastic bubble over it to keep snow off?

09-12-2012, 08:09 AM
very nice,'how are you powering the train?
didnt see contacts in track.

also the snowman was very cool

09-12-2012, 05:45 PM
Yes, both snowman and train are quite nice. I too would be interested in hearing how you powered the train ...


09-12-2012, 10:38 PM
Train power pickups link is: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ycv4yhQMeo0&feature=relmfu

09-13-2012, 10:49 AM
Yup, that's the new and improved version. I hope to get to post some pictures of the origianl pickups and some construction pictures later.

09-13-2012, 06:37 PM
Mutilated Lionel track ... don't think I would have thought of that ...

Good work.


09-13-2012, 08:58 PM
Here are some pictures of the build:

These are the trucks I made. They are constructed out of alum bar stock with casters for wheels.

(since I can't figure how to post pic / works / pic there will be several posts)

09-13-2012, 08:59 PM
Motor assembly

09-13-2012, 09:01 PM
Engine car

09-13-2012, 09:03 PM
How the cars are tied together. I used cloths hangers.

09-13-2012, 09:09 PM
This was the set up for the pick ups I used last year. 12g wire I stripped the insulation off and stapled to the table top supplied the power. I then used clothes hangers which were attached to the engine car and then to the motor. Problem I had was the wire would move thus stopping the car and while the pick ups worked it seems that they would put just a little too much down force at various points on the table and lift the drive wheel just enought to spin.

09-13-2012, 09:12 PM
Base for the table top. I used door hinges to attach each section which allows for easy storage.

09-13-2012, 09:14 PM
Ready for the front yard.

03-28-2015, 09:25 AM
very nice work:thup2: