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Toy Train Plans(2)

By Nevin Hawlman

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This personalized wooden toy train is the perfect Christmas (or other winter holiday) gift for a young child on your list.

Derek train

These small parts are probably waiting in your scrap bin right now. And if the colors and grain vary, it will add personality to your labor of love.

Clamp and glue parts together — no nails or screws are used in the assembly, except for wheel axles. Wheels are half-inch slices of a broom handle or 1-inch dowel but they could be made from the plug removed when using a 1-inch hole saw.

toy train plans

If you want to use the alphabet, you might find the letters at a flea market or craft supply store. You can also download and print templates from this free site.

Trace them and cut them out with a coping saw or jig saw. 
Alphabet letters are glued into the chassis groove 'x' which is one-quarter inch deep and as wide as the letters you use. The engine and caboose chassis can be added to the 1-1/2-inch-wide chassis board and cut off before the groove is made. The smoke stack is glued into a half-inch hole.

You can also make log carriers, tankers, car carriers, coal hoppers, flat beds, cattle cars, etc. And if the axle holes in the wheels are slightly off-center, it will add a sound and vertical rocking motion to the moving train. Screw eyes and hooks are used to couple the cars.

8/30/2013 10:28:15 PM

Hi How do I find and down these plan?

8/30/2013 10:28:13 PM

Hi How do I find and down these plan?

peter rimkus
4/14/2013 3:51:51 PM

OK, whwer can I find the downloadable plans???

peter rimkus
4/14/2013 3:51:02 PM

OK, I give up. Where can I find the plans???

john drake
1/24/2011 9:22:09 PM

How do I obtain the plans on the toy train

bob rhoton
9/29/2008 9:44:25 PM

Thank you. The article is complete and makes sense now. I have printed the plans and will be making a toy train tomorrow. Thanks again

bob rhoton
9/28/2008 10:00:20 PM

Why have a article that talks about how nice a toy train is and then don't give any information on how to get the plans to build one? I had to read it twice to see if I missed anything the first time. I didn't.