American 4-4-0 Locomotives

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Project by Ron Messersmith posted 02-24-2012 06:06 PM 1182 views 2 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

These locomotives are made from drawings in an early issue of Hands On Magazine put out by shopsmith. I have been making this particular toy for about 28 years. I love this toy because it is relatively easy to vary the design features of each locomotive. I usually make the locomotive with 4 additional cars: a tender, box car, log carrier and caboose. This toy is very sturdy and is designed to be played with. My more recent locomotives are much more detailed and have too many delicate parts to trust to the hands of a 5 year old!

-- Jupiter

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#1 posted 02-24-2012 06:13 PM

I like them. Trains are great and kids love them. there is something special and mystical about steam engine locomotives. I have built a couple and they are special for the builder also. Thanks for posting.

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#2 posted 02-24-2012 06:30 PM

Very cool locomotives Ron ,looks like some have been antiqued or used a lot.

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#3 posted 02-24-2012 06:36 PM

Hi Jim,

I do antique most toys that I paint. I think it gives the toy much more character than just painting. I also add several coats of shellac after painting.

-- Jupiter

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#4 posted 02-20-2013 05:59 AM

G’Day Jim, You certain do make a nice train, love the distress look.
How did you do the beaut looking drive wheels, please??
Cheers, crowie

-- Lifes good, Enjoy each new day...... Cheers from "On Top DownUnder" Crowie

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#5 posted 02-20-2013 06:09 AM

Awesome attempt!

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#6 posted 02-20-2013 01:56 PM

These are nice and I’m sure that the kids love them.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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