|Project by huff||posted 06-10-2009 12:47 AM||3368 views||9 times favorited||35 comments|
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 @ http://www.thehuffordfurnituregroup.com