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    Quote Originally Posted by Strother85 View Post
    . what's your plan for dealing with snow that piles up around the track?
    He has a wife to dig it out every night.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DanoNJ View Post
    He has a wife to dig it out every night.
    Lol that works.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mkozik1 View Post
    Is that a wiper motor? 2x4 or 1 by for the track?

    Nice work Chuck!
    Of coarse it's a wiper motor with a Lawn Boy mower transmission hooked up to it.
    It's PVC trim, 1x2
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    Quote Originally Posted by beeiilll View Post
    Looking good Chuck.
    I think that you might want to consider a switch in the track and then you can let the train "put itself away" each night if you wanted too! Just a temp closure of some form out of the way to allow a cover over the train and also a way to be able to put a charger so you can recharge the battery when the train is in the station.
    After all if you are going to all this work to build it, you might as well go all the way and make it easier for you to maintain it over time.
    Wouldn't take much more work to make a connector "port on the engine that could allow it to plug in to a charger when the train "parks" for the night.
    Finale plan, it will not need charging. I'm building into the track a charging system along the rails. Thought about a spur, but the way my house is laid at and where it's going, to difficult to add. I may end up making a cart for it like the one in Arizona does.
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    Really cool
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    Sweet.

    I especially like the rail-pushing wheels on the side to keep it aligned; very reminiscent of how Disney built its monorails (those wheels point inward toward a single rail versus yours where they point outward toward two rails).

    I also like that it's a trolley as opposed to a railroad (not that I have anything against railroads). A trolley going back and forth is just like the real thing.

    Seventy-five pounds does sound like you're going to need an engine hoist to get it inside every night.

    Great work.

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