Steam Engine

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Project by huff posted 06-10-2009 12:47 AM 3517 views 9 times favorited 35 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I built this steam engine and coal car for my father a few years ago. He had a great love of steam engines so when I found a set of blue prints for this Reading Railroads engine ( he was from Pennsylvania) I had to make it for him for Christmas. I have over 200 hours in the engine, coal car, track and bridge. All made in walnut from my scrap pile. After my father passed, my mother thought I should have it back. Since then I found the blue prints for the passenger car so decided to make two of them to add to the set. It’s taken a long time to get all the seats done and now I’m ready to do the sides and top. Once the sides and top go on you won’t be able to see all the detail in the seats, but that’s Okay, I KNOW!! I now have the blue prints for a coal hopper and the cabbose. (that’s next years project). The engine and coal car is approx 3 feet long, the two passenger cars will add another 3 1/2 feet to the overall length and when finished with the coal hopper and cabbose the overall train will be over 9 feet long. Looks like I have a lot more track to make. My Dad loved the steam engine, so I want to finish it even though he is no longer with us.

-- John @

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#1 posted 06-10-2009 12:53 AM

Once the sides and top go on you won’t be able to see all the detail in the seats, but that’s Okay The important thing is you know the details are there and on a great piece like this thats what makes the difference. Wonderful project.

-- if the hand is not working it is not a pure hand

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#2 posted 06-10-2009 01:08 AM

The Train is stunning!!Your skill and Love for your Dad show thru in this project


-- If at first you don't succeed...Don't try skydiving

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#3 posted 06-10-2009 01:51 AM

Beautiful job! I know your Dad was proud of this. Handmade gifts are the most cherished. Thanks for the post.

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#4 posted 06-10-2009 02:10 AM

Wow! Incredible detailing!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#5 posted 06-10-2009 02:26 AM

Exquisite detail and design. I am sure your dad was very pleased with his gift. Thanks for posting.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#6 posted 06-10-2009 02:57 AM

Oh My!!! This is Outstanding, you did such a Great job.

Thanks for posting!!

-- Rj's Woodworks,San Jose & Weed Ca,

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#7 posted 06-10-2009 03:29 AM

Fantastic job! Great detail. Lots of love and patience went into this.

Keep it up.


-- Scrap Wood's the best...the projects are smaller, and so is the mess!

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#8 posted 06-10-2009 03:33 AM

wooooo wooooo wonderful outstanding job outrageous details so fine

-- Custom furniture

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#9 posted 06-10-2009 03:50 AM

Beautiful work, and it’s already become an heirloom piece!

-- You know.... I think that old wood needs to be furniture.

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#10 posted 06-10-2009 04:24 AM

What incredible detail work! Thanks for sharing such an outstanding train. (It really beats a Lionel.)

-- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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#11 posted 06-10-2009 04:42 AM

Absolutely incredible attention to detail. I am sure you made your father proud. Greeeeat job.

-- Nubs,Reserve

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#12 posted 06-10-2009 04:56 AM

That is fantastic. I had to show my wife that it isn’t only me that worries about details nobody else would know about. Thanks for sharing.

-- Chris,Atlanta Georgia,

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#13 posted 06-10-2009 04:59 AM

This it it!!! The perfect blend of my 2 favorite hobbies. I absolutely love it. If my son had made something like this for me…I don’t think I even have words for that. Great, great job. -SST

-- Accuracy is not in your power tool, it's in you

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#14 posted 06-10-2009 05:34 AM

Wow! Truly great attention to detail. Your skills really shine.

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#15 posted 06-10-2009 08:51 AM

Great Job and love the attention to detail.

-- Major Walt Timoschuk,III

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