Tahoe Train

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Project by Bill Duane Brooks posted 07-21-2014 04:56 PM 1847 views 3 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I was noticing one day a picture of old time locomotive and realized that many of the parts of a model train could be made on the wood lathe. It kinda started out as a small toy for a child but the more I thought about it the more I decided to make it more elaborate, loarger and with more exotic woods. I drew plans of each part and set about making each piece using different exotic and domestic woods I happen to like.

The woods I chose include Mesquite, Peruvian Walnut, Purple Heart, Yellow Heart, Padauk, Poplar, Bass Wood, Cherry, Red Oak, and Sycamore. After the train and track section were complete, I was going to get a piece of plywood to attach the track to and then do landscaping around it much like model train folks do for their displays but I got to thinking about where I would display the finished project. I thought of a table just the right height but I didn’t have a table. That meant buying one or making one. Then I saw a photo of an old wooden trestle in a book and decided to make that for a display stand instead of a table. Back to the drawing board to design a realistic looking trestle based upon some old engineering drawings I found on line.

The project is assembled entirely with glue, woodwork joints, wood dowels, etc. No metal fasteners were used. The finish is wipe-on poly. Each piece was finished before assembly. When in the course of making this project I found a photo in my file of a train engine that was taken in a train museum in Pennsylvania while I was on vacation. The engine had the name Tahoe and it looked strikingly like my project so I then carved that name in the side of the cab.

The caricatures of the engineer and the fisherman were carved and painted by my good friend Lloyd Claxton.

-- duane

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#1 posted 07-21-2014 05:03 PM

Simply. Gorgeous.

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#2 posted 07-21-2014 05:34 PM

That’s awesome.

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#3 posted 07-21-2014 05:52 PM

You have done a fabulous job! WOW!
Love the attention to details.

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#4 posted 07-21-2014 06:27 PM

That is amazing work! Thanks for sharing!!

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#5 posted 07-21-2014 07:51 PM

really nice, beautiful!

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#6 posted 07-21-2014 09:55 PM

Very nice…I bet that we will see more train cars in the future.

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#7 posted 07-22-2014 12:03 AM

Very nicely done—a real eye catcher.

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#8 posted 07-22-2014 12:18 AM

Very cool!

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#9 posted 07-22-2014 01:21 AM

This is really beautiful. I’ve been looking for a design of a train to build. Could i talk you into sharing the plans?

-- Leonard H.

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#10 posted 07-22-2014 04:40 AM

Sorry Leonard5 I do not plan to release these plans to anyone.

-- duane

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#11 posted 07-22-2014 06:51 AM

OK, I can understand that. It’s is a beautiful design.

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#12 posted 07-22-2014 08:46 AM

Great job on that train Bill…very nice

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#13 posted 07-22-2014 12:05 PM

wow beautiful work. That is a complete package, a great looking locomotive, tracks and display stand.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#14 posted 07-22-2014 03:03 PM

It’s a beautiful miniature.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#15 posted 07-22-2014 06:41 PM

More than a beauty.


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