Ride-On Train

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Ride-On Train
Posted by mrbighead on Sunday, May 13, 2018 9:44 PM

I am creating a ride on train in my backyard but on a strict budget. The tracks are made from PVC conduit pipe and the ties are made from stained garden post wood. Crushed rock acts as the ballast. The distance between the "rails" is about 5.5 inches.

I am partially half way with the drive train of the locomotive. The motorized carriage has four lawnmower wheels with 7 inch toilet flanges acting as the wheel flange. The front axle has a sprocket for attaching the roller chain coming from the 24 volt 250 watt scooter motor. I plan to put the motor at the front of the locomotive. Also, I plan to add two additional wheels on an axle (without the flange) in the space between the current wheels so that this locomotive will have a 0-6-0 configuration.

Any feedback is appreciated! Thank you











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Posted by chocho willy on Tuesday, May 15, 2018 10:08 AM

Had a friend that did pretty much the same thing, had it for years and the kids just loved it. Pretty much just flat wore it out. Brings a new meaning to outdoor trains. Thanks for the share and keep us invenyious ones posted Bill

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Posted by Greg Elmassian on Tuesday, May 15, 2018 11:49 AM

Very creative!

How did you secure the pvc pipe to the ties?

Did you consider to make a depression in the tie to keep the tube from rolling when getting pressure on the side?


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Posted by PVT Kanaka on Tuesday, May 15, 2018 9:59 PM

My kids will expect me to build something like this now.  Thank goodness for small yards!  Looking forward to the updates!

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