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Simple project easy to make wooden toy train. There is a secret compartment in the boiler accessible from the cab.
Making a round cylinder for the boiler is a challenge if you don’t have access to a wood lathe.
I made the boiler cooper style. Who was it that suggested making a stack of disks and gluing them together. That would be quite solid, and you would lose the secret compartment inside the boiler.
Unless you can figure out how to make a series of rings instead. Easy enough on a wood lathe. Without one, I would do it the way I make large wooden wheels.
You may have other ideas, like using a tin can or a cardboard tube.
A work in progress, I am trying to make a ¼ scale model of the backyard train designed and built by Robert Woolson.
Part of an article in the 1965 edition of Popular Mechanics, but the plans are no longer available. I have made a 3D model in SketchUp.
This toy train is based on the design of a display model of an eighteenth century switching engine by Alfred D Slater
First published in an article in a magazine with illustrations.