The plan for this train is inspired by the grand locomotives of the 1870’s shortly after the East met the West at Promontory, Utah. Four hardwoods are suggested to produce the multi-colored effect. White ash, black walnut, purple heart and padauk are available at hardwood dealers or by mail order. Tiny brass brads ring the front of the boiler for rivet accents. The detailed step by step text takes you from the engine and tender car to the passenger car and display base which is adorned with real rocks. It is a classic showpiece. Add lights in the four walkway lamps and in the coach car and engine cab. Small red, yellow and green LEDs can be placed in the semaphore signal. An electronic module, available on the internet, creates authentic train sounds. An ambitious project but worth the effort. Full size patterns. Some lathe work required. 48″ long x 10″ high, Engine 17″ long, 6 1/2″ high. For Intermediate to advanced woodworkers. Our 11″ x 17″ plans take little workbench space. The copyrights allow making a photocopy of the full size patterns. Trim out the patterns, apply spray adhesive on the backs and place on stock prepared to the thickness noted on the pattern. You get accurate parts and no tracing. We mail fast, usually within one business day.
Below is the first in a series of YouTube videos produced by one of our customers who is building the Iron Horse Train. Other segments follow.