Steam Engine & Tender

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Project by nitewalker41 posted 12-28-2012 03:23 AM 1282 views 3 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is the last of the projects for 2012, it is from plans from T & J’s, Do not have a lathe so had to make the boiler and stacks the old fashion way using a chisel, file and sandpaper, took lots of time, but at my age all I have is time:) Wheels do turn but I can not figure out how to get them to fully rotate? Boiler & Cab made out of Cherry, platform out of Oak & Alder, cow catcher out of Alder. I found much enjoyment in this one even though it did tax this old man’s brain, not bad for an old guy who took “Office Machines” instead of “Shop” in High School:)

-- "older I get, the more fun I have"

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#1 posted 12-28-2012 04:12 AM

Pretty nice, How long did it take to make?

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#2 posted 12-28-2012 04:15 AM

Took about a month

-- "older I get, the more fun I have"

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#3 posted 12-28-2012 04:48 AM

Nice job buddy.
You should have the whole train now right?
All the train pieces you made are nice.

-- Eric, central Florida

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#4 posted 12-28-2012 05:44 AM

Very nice, cool job

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#5 posted 12-28-2012 07:28 AM

Cool job. Looks fun.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#6 posted 12-28-2012 11:29 AM

First of all, great job, next this is amazing considering how you made it. From one toy maker to another Awesome build.

-- A childs smile is payment enough.

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#7 posted 12-28-2012 12:00 PM

Great looking Steam Engine & Tender. Nice work!

-- Tony C UAW, St Augustine FL, My high school shop teacher said "You can do it"... Now I can't stop!

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#8 posted 12-28-2012 12:38 PM

Really smart job nitewalker41 – especially without using a lathe.

I sympathise with your efforts to get the wheels rotating fully – when I made this simpler version

for my grandson, I innocently assumed that I could put side rods (or coupling rods) linking the wheels on each side to make it look more authentic. However, no way would the wheels rotate without the rods jamming. After lots of failed attempts, I started thinking about the geometry involved. I realised that there could be very little tolerance on the lengths and diameters involved for the system to operate, which would be difficult to achieve in metal, let alone wood! So I gave up on the rods, but I don’t think my grandson noticed :-)

-- Don, Somerset UK,

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#9 posted 12-28-2012 04:11 PM

great looking train. I really like all the nice details.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#10 posted 12-28-2012 07:34 PM

great job on the train nice detail

-- robert dignam

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#11 posted 12-28-2012 08:48 PM

That’s a champion.

-- "someone has to be wounded for others to be saved, someone has to sacrifice for others to feel happiness, someone has to die so others could live"

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#12 posted 12-28-2012 11:40 PM

I won’t pretend I constructed this, but someone sure did.
This is 4 feet long and the wheels turn the piston rod in the cylinder.
I had purchased this from an Antique shop in our town.The woman said it was included in an estate sale.
This had to take months to construct as it is very detailed. One of the bumpers was missing and I duplicated a new on on my lathe.
It sits on the shelf I made in my woodshop.

-- When I was a boy, I was told "anyone can be President", now I'm beginning to believe it!

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#13 posted 12-29-2012 11:39 AM

Beautiful toy!

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#14 posted 01-28-2013 10:29 AM

G’Day “nitewalker”,
You’ve certainly done a fine job on the train & tender…...well done.
Very good detail and it looks like it’s been done by a seasoned toymaker.
How did you do the white wheels please….
Cheers, crowie

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

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