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Project by hunter71 posted 1560 days ago 3793 views 5 times favorited 22 comments Add to Favorites Watch

About 4 months in the making [part time of course] I finally have my 1860’s Locomotive somewhat complete. I decided to move to another type of “big Boy Toy” and do a train this time. Research was done mostly on the internet where I found that no 2 steam locomotives were ever made the same. Each was ordered for a purpose for the company’s specific needs This allowed me to make the Alabama 710, my personal steam locomotive [my DOB is 7/10/49].
Northern Black Walnut and Western Red Cedar were my choices of wood, the bell is cherry. I know, strange combination, but I feel the contrast came out well. Without any formal plans I had a lot of printed material to download and copy and a couple trips to get a good look at a real steam locomotive. I gained a healthy respect for the people who designed, worked on, and drove these monsters of our past. I had to build a work station to build it on to keep things straight and flat. I used a pine 6×10x40” with temporary tracks. This was screwed to a pipe that was welded to a tractor wheel weight. This was in the middle of my shop so I could work all sides of it. I am glad to have it gone now. The final base is White Oak. Ballast rock covers the hand cut ties. I do have 1 piece of metal in this project. A bolt through the base keeps the locomotive and another the tender held to the track. Every piece was hand formed and the little pipes and drives were tough on the fingers. Finish is sand & seal, 2 coats sprayed on semi gloss poly. Thinking about an acrylic cover for it. Now back to trucks and tractors I think.

-- A childs smile is payment enough.





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toyguy

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#1 posted 1560 days ago

Very nice…well done. I have always want to do a train, but just never seem to get around to it….maybe someday !

-- Brian, Ontario Canada,

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Loucarb

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#2 posted 1560 days ago

Great job & very nice wood combination.

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brunob

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#3 posted 1560 days ago

Very well done. I like trains.

-- Bruce from Central New York...now, if you'll pardon me, I have some sawdust to make.

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woodworm

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#4 posted 1560 days ago

An amazing project that not just anybody has the patience and diligence to do.
You did it very very well.

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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measure2x

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#5 posted 1560 days ago

Very nice…well done!!

Terry

-- Terry, Fredericton, NB Canada

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scrounger

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#6 posted 1560 days ago

Well done! You justly have to be proud of your attention to the detail. Not many have the patience to do it right and I think you have accomplished that. I think the cover would be a good idea.

-- Dave, Southern IL.,

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CharlieM1958

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#7 posted 1560 days ago

Excellent job! Great detailing.

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

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Dave

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#8 posted 1560 days ago

vary nice can you make one for me now lol

-- ))penmaker((

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John Gray

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#9 posted 1560 days ago

Excellent!!!!!!!!!!! I too have a thing about toy trains.

-- Only the Shadow knows....................

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Dennis Zongker

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#10 posted 1560 days ago

Sweet!! Looks like you had some fun making it. Great job.

-- Dennis Zongker

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RetiredCoastie

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#11 posted 1560 days ago

Well done Hunter!

-- www.thepatriotwoodworker.com Proud Supporter of Homes For Our Troops

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Karson

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#12 posted 1560 days ago

There was one at the Baltimore Wood show, so I was able to get a little closser look and there is sure a lot of details in the construction.

A beautiful creation.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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hunter71

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#13 posted 1560 days ago

Thanks for all the kind words. At a close estimate I might have 80 hours over the 4 months it took me to complete it this far.

-- A childs smile is payment enough.

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Monty Queen

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#14 posted 1560 days ago

Doug: You did a awesome job on that train. I love the choice of woods you used and the lathe work you did, it was most excellent. Great job. I would love to make one of them but my wife would not let me keep it in the house. Because her brother was a conducter for a train and it rolled back on him and cut him in half. Thanks for posting.

-- Monty Q, Columbia, South Carolina.

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stefang

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#15 posted 1560 days ago

Great work. I love everything about it except the white bedding rocks used for the rails. Just fire wood and water and our forefathers could cross a continent with passengers and freight. They were pretty smart.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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