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05-02-2018, 01:47 PM
Hi everyone, I’ve always wanted a Santas Express train for my lawn at Christmas. I picked up ride on Thomas from peg perego and was wondering if anyone has ever converted one of these things. There is a button you hold down to make it move. I’m wondering if I could rig it up so that I could control it with something like a renstick. Anyone ever tried something like this?

05-02-2018, 05:33 PM
Do you mean like Walter Monkhouse's train? http://www.magicchristmas.org/

05-02-2018, 10:13 PM
I wish I had something like Walters. This is a child’s toy. Like a power wheel. I tried to upload a pic but it fails to upload.

05-02-2018, 11:53 PM
I haven't done one (yet), but investigation over the years has been simply exchanging the built in controls with appropriate relays/dimmers controlled by either DMX or a channel on a Pixel controller. It would be interesting to see how you do it. And then, of course, is a method to make it stay on some sort of a track.