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  1. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5uDV4J81AdQ&t=20s lol 2013... so long ago, I had forgotten this was online still. This train was first built starting Aug 2010 and with the 1st 4 cars ready to go by Thanksgiving weekend. Many husband hours of tinkering after work and 12-15 hours on the weekend to get this done. I was the painter and decorator. We are not the original idea but we used similar technique. Ours is built mostly with a wood base and the other person who is no longer running his train built his with metal. We just dont know how to weld. Wood still works. Start with the mobility wheel chair motor with a limited slip differential if you can find one. This will determine the width of your track. Ours is 14 inches inside to inside. We then made a cardboard cut outs to get a visual how to cut the framework of the train. I going to let the pictures tell the story. The sheet metal is air duct tube and reducer, i searched high and low till i found one that look like a smoke stack. The whole tube opens up to insert the battery. Its hinged at the front by the grill. Each flat car is the same build with diff paint jobs and decorated accordingly and each has flat top that fits into each frame of the car so it can be removed for storing and the cars base can stack on top of each others besting on the castor framework. Lazy susan allows it to bend around the corners and the small castor wheels is what keeps its within the track. the red wagon(garden) wheels are for aesthetics and we can no longer get the 6in red wheels and now have converted to white. Tried painting them red but that came out lousy. About every 2 seasons or 100 miles+/- the wheels will wear down from riding the track, they will separate at their rivots and cause a mini train wreck...lol it just blows a fuse. Always have spare fuses, wheels and an extra battery on hand. We made a templates for the track and used brick stop for the curves and 2x3s for the straights. For the coal I used lava rock and spray painted them and glued to a flat piece of plywood to give the illusion that its full. The coal box is just that, a hollow box sitting on a car. Each car can be taken apart and stored. We have wires that piggyback to each car for added lights and all lead up to the engine car for power. !st yr of laying track was short, since then we have tripled the track length. We made a dolly so we can take the train off the track each night and put away, there are 2 in this pic and today we now have 4 dollies. Connectors to each train and the leash gets connected to provide power to the lights. I need find one more picture of the back of engine where all the wires are connected too. Will post at a later date if it means we have to pull the engine out and snap a new picture.
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  2. That has got to be the coolest Christmas train ever!!!
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  3. Made these last year with molded PVC, connectors, lights and staked down with a rebar. Made 6, and this year hope to finish making 8 more. Will be adding a 2nd set of color lights to each hat to emphasize the color. They stand 10 tall and a little over 3 ft at the widest. If you have a pvc bender its easier to make these otherwise your going to have to improvise. I have measurement upon requests. We are not the original maker, we had to measure off another build but they look extremely close in size.
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  4. Hello fellow Christmas friends. Thanks for the invite. Hubby and I are DIY'er. More like I see something and I need him to build it for me. I am only semi creative, meaning I can try and copy but I wish I have original juices. Instead we drive around various neighborhoods just to get ideas and go home and see if we can make them. 2010 I saw a Train build, researched and got a hold of a young man how had plans online and communicated for pointers. Otherwise we built something similar but with different approaches. Next we built a Mega Tree, then an arch that spans the double driveway, then the snowmen, the recycled doll house and ride on cupcakes. This year we have become empty nesters so there goes our decorating help this yr, with help it takes us 3 weeks to set up plus we are in a parade which is the 1st Sat in Dec so trying to lay track, pull everything out, attach the 200lb decking to the trailer (4man job) and get the yard down by Dec 1st is very tedious. I think we have to scale way down as hubby and I are not spring chickens anymore plus he still works and yard display is his nighttime job... See below for our Griswold production. Mix of what we built is all on the outside and within the center of the tracks we call commercial island of store bought displays.
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  5. The Mrs Clause cookie house was found on the side of the road shattered. It was the window that i saw that survived but when i touched it i realized it was plastic and thought I could add it as a cute window to my Christmas shed we had just built. Instead hubby and i went by real late at night and grabbed all the pieces which is really illegal off the side of the freeway. So we rebuilt it and had to make a lot of pieces that didnt survive. So instead of keeping it as a playhouse i painted it, then went shopping at Hobby Lobby and found all the add-ons. The following year we found the exact same doll house and fixed it and painted it for her and drove it up 2 states to deliver since she wanted Mrs. Clauses Cookie house. As for the cupcakes, those were in a 4 yr thought after seeing them at the Makers Faire... I found the plans online and at the time we had twin boys with us so we built 2. The purpose was to have the kids drive the cupcakes around the moving float as we traveled the parade route and they were the run away cupcakes from Mrs. Clause.... they were a hit in the parade. Twins are gone now after graduating so for us to use them in the parade we need to find some younger kids in the neighborhood to take on the task.... The cupcakes are built off a scooter and it takes 2 per cupcake, {chopped and altered) the box next to the handles holds the 4 12v batteries.
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  6. That's a neat train there! Thank you for sharing!
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  7. Very cool!!! LOVE IT!!!!
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  8. Thank you for sharing the video. Very appreciative of the hours spent building and operating this train. Awesome. Hope you’re still using it.
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  9. Last of the pictures.
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  10. Remarkable, absolutely. This is what most of us think or dream about doing, but you guys did it. And such attention to fine detail. Will we ever see s video?
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  11. Looks cool, I have been thinking about doing something like that.
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  12. Very impressive....
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  13. I seen that. Very cool piece. Glad it wasnt Christmas related or I would be spending a bunch of money I dont have.
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  14. That is a awesome display.
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  15. I’m just about speechless. How did you come up with the Santa house and the cupcake?
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  16. Love the train, nice work.
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  17. This time of year I always start seeing used Christmas equipment changing hands. We currently have a Buy/Sell/Trade area in the PlanetChristmas forums but it's pretty crude. Can't help but think there's a way to make this easier. I need to keep pondering this. My goal is always to keep PlanetChristmas pertinent to today's decorator. Facebook has certainly made that challenging when it comes to posts. To me the hundreds of thousands of old PlanetChristmas posts are a real treasure trove of information but the newbies seem to care less about how we solved a problem a year ago... much less 20. I do like Ted's idea of reducing the number of subject forums to something less threatening. Lights, lights, lights Blowmolds Heads Up Any other suggestions?
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