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    Default Christmas Train

    Here is a Christmas yard train that run on a simple mono track.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bPNNSNPBi_A

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    Would love to see details on the build!

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    Quote Originally Posted by DrewDennis View Post
    Would love to see details on the build!
    Same here, but gotta wonder how well it will hold up with all the rain we get here.

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    If Walter built it - you can bet it will hold up! Thanks for sharing Walter.
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    I love the train, I’m also very interested on how it was built.

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    Same here

    Walter, mind sharing details on your build please?
    Cheers!
    Steve

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    The Loco is powered by a wheel chair motor and 12 V deep cycle battery . Underneath the loco and cars centers are nylon rollers that keep it on the track , The track is made from 3/4 " exterior / treated plywood with several coats of paint . The mono rail is sections of 1/8 " thick aluminum angle 1-1/2 " X 1-1/2 " which is screwed to the plywood . For the mono rail turns, the aluminum angle is cut every 2 " on one side that allows it to bend to the turn radius . Each 8 foot section of track is connected together by screwing to 2 X 8 wood joiners . Each 8 ft section rests on 5 , 2X2 wood cross ties laid between the joiners . The track is not screwed to the cross ties , they just lie underneath and support it . It takes a while to assemble the track , depending on length , but the track does store in a relatively small footprint . The train will run for 4 to 6 hours depending on outside temperature . The deep cycle battery is located underneath the cab and directly over the drive wheels for traction .

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