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kk4pvz
04-03-2015, 10:19 AM
have been working on the train for this Christmas.. been big job but getting there.
Have some pictures if i figure out how to get them on here
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got alot of finish work and painting to do.. right now just a primer coast to soak into the wood. will spray pain whole train later when its all ready.

kk4pvz
04-03-2015, 10:20 AM
have had several ask me to put pictures on build on here. any questions just ask.. Will take more pictures as i go.

toozie21
04-03-2015, 10:38 AM
Looks awesome so far, nicely done! What kind of motor are you using the drive it?

tucsonlights
04-03-2015, 10:45 AM
So do the wheels just ride on the outside of the track to guide the Train. Looks like a low rpm high torque motor from a conveyor belt?

kk4pvz
04-03-2015, 10:55 AM
the motor is from a wheel chair.. can run 12 or 24 volt.. the wheels run on top the rails with caster inside.. will find picture and place on here28136

kk4pvz
04-03-2015, 10:58 AM
will 28137\
here is better picture.. all wheels can be rotated. the casters will follow the tack and keep the wheels on top the track.

kk4pvz
04-03-2015, 11:02 AM
I wanted something different then steam engine.. so doing a diesel engine;.. passenger car is double decker.. will have lights inside.. all cars will have 12 volt led around cars and i can make them chase, flash, on full time or different effects. will be two flat cars between engine and passenger car. one will have santa, sleigh and raindeer on it.. other will have snoopy as red barron with his dog house and propeller on it.
still looking for passengers to put in the car. will add the plexi glass windown when everything is painted.

Scot Meyers
04-03-2015, 12:05 PM
so where are you with your train build this is great been a while since i have seen anyone build a train. i see you r caster gudes on both sides of the wheels have you tested for drag yet. I had uge issues with drag on my 1st build took me 3 years to get it right and ended up going mono rail

kk4pvz
04-03-2015, 01:16 PM
yes tested and it works fine.. had to do some adjustments but ok now. now in process of getting the cars ready. lots of work yet ahead of me. someday would like to do a overhead monorail. everything supends from rail.. but that will be in the future. got enough right now... need to get this to painting stage and start on the ferris wheele. then sometime in there start working on system to hold the lights on the house and mega trees.

kk4pvz
04-03-2015, 01:19 PM
the hardest part was building the curves. getting them to be exactly the same all thru the curve.. made a jig and that helped.

TazChaLet
04-03-2015, 02:03 PM
looking great looks like alot of hard work and planning

Gilrock
04-03-2015, 02:14 PM
Just noticed this...that looks great!

kk4pvz
04-09-2015, 09:55 PM
well i have all the cars built.. all sanded but the engine. then will be ready for spray painting.. Has been big project28194 this will be the passenger car. bottom area is baggage and bathrooms top is passenger.. just like the real ones.
Have all my led lights for all the cars.. they came in 16 foot strips. as soon as everything is painted will start wiring ever thing.
engine red trim in black.. flat cars all black passenger car silver with black trim. might just get it all done by next month then can start on ferris wheel.

LightUp
04-10-2015, 08:55 AM
the hardest part was building the curves. getting them to be exactly the same all thru the curve.. made a jig and that helped.
What size of radius are your curves?
Did you use 2X4's for the track?
Do you bend the wood to form the radius or cut them from wider boards?

I have to set up a small HO scale for my 2 yr old grandson in the near future as he loves trains for some reason. Your scale is just too large for my basement. LOL

dmcole
04-10-2015, 05:52 PM
... my 2 yr old grandson in the near future as he loves trains for some reason. ...

I contend that all boys are genetically hardwired to love trains ... girls and cars are deep teen distractions, though, and sometimes the love just never comes back. :-( ...

... But sometimes it does ...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GVC3wkNsZVg

\dmc

kk4pvz
04-10-2015, 06:36 PM
well for the questions.. i took 2x4 and cut down the middle .. this gives me two rails.. i used 1x4 and cut into 16 inches long.. they are glued and screwed to the rails.
the curves i made out of plastic brick modling.. it can be bent.. the radius is 3 foot. made a fixture with 3 foot radius with notches cut in it. then i take the brick mold and lay in upside down and pull around the fixture untill it is locked in.. the take the next one and do the same thing. they are spaced 10 and 1/8 inches apart.. then same as rails, use 1x4 16 inches long. glued and screwed to the brick mold. only thing i found that can be bent without splitting or trying to glue pieces togeather. all the rails are 8 foot long.
Hope that answers your questions. the curves are 1/8 inch wider then the straight track so the casters have some play and follow around the curve.

DanoNJ
04-10-2015, 08:00 PM
Great project! Keep updating!

kk4pvz
04-11-2015, 08:13 PM
had to make four more tacks so i have enought for the yard. the track is 48 feet long and 16 feet wide plus the curves.. so end up just about 20 feet wide.
started painting the cars. using enamel paint so it will last for awhile. going to use led lights on the ends of the cross ties to light up the track and will be sequenced to music.
all cars will also have 12 led's i found on net that i can either have on all the time, flash or change colors.. have remote for that.
as soon as i get one car painted will put picture on here of it and show others as they are done.
now looking at stuffed things to put in passenger car. big job is going to be wiring up everything when im to that point.
Still have to make the hitches yet. not sure how i'm going to do that yet. but thinking about it.

kk4pvz
04-13-2015, 01:53 PM
well passenger car is painted.. red with white stripe.. now to add the lettering Christmas express.28201
will start painting other cars now then add the hitches on the cars. then wiring every thing. getting there slow but sure.

kk4pvz
04-15-2015, 11:40 AM
282112821228213 well the engine is painted and lights on front installed.. soon be time to start all the wiring inside the cab..
all cars are now painted. now to finish up the hitches between cars then install all rgb lights on the cars.
getting closer to being done.. thank goodness.. has been a big job. now can start installing windows on the inside. using plexiglass 1/16 inch thick.. one long piece on each side of passenger car.
after everything is ready will take the tracks outside and spray them with thomson weather proof deck sealer.. should protect all the wood and rails.
still have to build the covered bridge and snoops dog house yet, but that won't take long.
hope all like so far what i have done.

toozie21
04-15-2015, 11:57 AM
Looking awesome so far, keep the pics coming! You running on battery? How are you planning to charge it up?

KeithTarpley
04-15-2015, 12:39 PM
Greetings,,,

Looking good.

Keith

DrNeutron
04-15-2015, 01:22 PM
282112821228213 well the engine is painted and lights on front installed.. soon be time to start all the wiring inside the cab..
all cars are now painted. now to finish up the hitches between cars then install all rgb lights on the cars.
getting closer to being done.. thank goodness.. has been a big job. now can start installing windows on the inside. using plexiglass 1/16 inch thick.. one long piece on each side of passenger car.
after everything is ready will take the tracks outside and spray them with thomson weather proof deck sealer.. should protect all the wood and rails.
still have to build the covered bridge and snoops dog house yet, but that won't take long.
hope all like so far what i have done.
Well I think it looks freaking awesome!
It inspires me to think about something similar but on a smaller scale.
Great job so far, can't wait to see a video of it running.

DanoNJ
04-15-2015, 02:29 PM
It's begining to take life!

NDNS00ner
04-15-2015, 04:29 PM
Amazing......

kk4pvz
04-15-2015, 05:12 PM
im going to put a charging port on back of engine.. just plug in and it will charge battery's.. will have two in engine.. one runs the motor for the train.. the other will run all the lights.
still have alot of things to do but getting there.

kk4pvz
04-15-2015, 05:12 PM
im going to put a charging port on back of engine.. just plug in and it will charge battery's.. will have two in engine.. one runs the motor for the train.. the other will run all the lights.
still have alot of things to do but getting there.

chadowamsley
04-15-2015, 06:38 PM
Looks very nice. I was thinking of building a train for my side yard, but my skills don't allow it.
Looking forward to seeing the finished product.

DanoNJ
04-16-2015, 05:41 PM
Looks very nice. I was thinking of building a train for my side yard, but my skills don't allow it.
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How do you know if you don't try? Start with a small simple one. I made a table top model which uses a wiper motor for power. Just dive in and start a build. As you go along, things will come together.

kk4pvz
04-16-2015, 06:38 PM
thats what i did.. looked at other trains. then decided how i wanted mine.. no one had done a diesel engine.. now looking for small set of air horns for it. took today off from it to relax and let my brain take a break lol.

kk4pvz
04-17-2015, 10:26 PM
here is picture showing the vent side and lights in the front of the engine2823728238
had to layoff for couple of days to get some other work done.. will be back on it monday.
hope all enjoy so far.

kk4pvz
04-18-2015, 10:30 AM
2823928240 for some reason did not post yesterday.. engine taking shape now.. lights installed in the front.
now have to make the railing that go around it and ladder that goes up to door. still lots of things to do.. time, time, time..
never enough time in a day.

kk4pvz
04-18-2015, 10:32 AM
now have two post of same.. lol... well hope all enjoy the buld so far..

kk4pvz
05-04-2015, 11:57 AM
have started wiring everything.. will post some pictures as soon as i get the engine wired then will show cars also.. Has been long project.. started in jan and here it is may.
hope to have it all done by june so i can start on light layout and sequencing for everything..
lots of channel this year..
train tracks will be lit with led's.. engine and cars all leds with remote controller.