I've sold a number of these trains over the years. Every couple of weeks, I'll post the newest one for sale on my Facebook page. I'm invariably asked by hobbyists or parents who would like to build one with their own kids if I would make the plans available. So, I spent a day and drew up a full set of plans for building these plans.
The plans are four pages long and can be used one of two ways:
The pages of the plans are as follows:
I always like to get the hard part out of the way first. This page is dedicated solely to the locomotive and how to cut and assemble it. Every piece is drawn out and measured for maximum ease.
The locomotive instructions include:
Once you've completed your locomotive, the remaining cars will be a breeze to cut and assemble. Page two covers the dimensions of your remaining three cars, as well as where to mark your axle holes and front and rear hookup holes for connecting other cars. If you want to cut custom wheels for your cars, rather than buying them, this is detailed here as well.
These three cars are very similar and so I make them at the same time. This page of the plans includes the following:
There are two ways to build everything; the fun way, and the way the pro's would do it. This page contains an master wood-stock diagram, complete with markings for every cut necessary for your entire train (including the locomotive). It also contains two separate tool's lists; one for the pros who have a fully-stocked woodshop, and one for the hobbyist or scout troop master who might want to have the bare essentials. There's nothing I hate more than getting halfway through a project and realizing I don't have a necessary tool to complete the job. I've done my best on this page to make it possible for you to take the whole page straight to your hardware store and purchase all the wood and tools you'd need to do this project from start to finish.