Inspired by a sketch of a ride on toy train which was a bit large for my liking, I liked the idea so much that I decided to make a smaller version, this one being only 40 inches long and about 4 inches high.
Photo shows the start of making the boiler: strips cut at a 60 degree angle and glued together to make a hexagonal shape reminiscent of the way they used to make barrels in the olden days.
Good idea to make two halves and the edges are much easier to true up. Used hot melt glue here for its gap filling properties and because I could not think of a practical way of clamping at this angle.
Glued paper disc on both ends as a guide to making it a cylinder using a smoothing plane.
Hole drilled for chimney, and the pencil arrows indicated the direction of the grain.
-- Tony, Australia, http://www.wooden-toy-plans.com/