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Making these trains involved a great deal of lathe work, hand detailing and many kinds of exotic woods. (click images to enlarge)

Train 1

The train was constructed of several kinds of wood: pine, oak, mahogany, teak, ebony, paduka & several other exotics. 

It measures about 2' in length.

 

The train tracks were made by stripping the brass rails off a LGB plastic track & nailing them to my handmade mahogany ties. The stones on the trestle were hand picked for size & color.

 
train1 3.JPG (96144 bytes) A drive mechanism to turn the large engine wheels was created using a small motor & battery.

 
The passenger car top is removable.  It was made using 1/8" mahogany strips glued together to form a curved arch. A water base clear gloss lacquer finish was applied with an airbrush to enhance the natural wood colors. No stain was used.


Train 2 - "The General"

This train was made completely from white oak with brass accents. A router was used to form a slot for
a pen or pencil.

 

The miniature logs in the coal car were made by cutting little branches off a tree in my backyard.
    The train tracks were made by stripping the brass
    rails off a LGB plastic track & nailing them to my handmade oak ties. 
  A water base  clear gloss lacquer finish was applied 
with an airbrush 

  Train 3 - "The General II"

This train is a duplicate of #2 except it was made from rosewood. 

 

Scrap pieces of rosewood used for shipping support for a large fiberglass statue from Italy were perfect for making the train.

 
The General II Lettering

Lettering on the plaques of both 'General' trains were hand applied.

 

 

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