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The Heirloom Toy Train

A five-car Train that's loads of fun for you to build -- and durable enough to be around for your grandchildren and great-grandchildren to enjoy

 

The Coal Car
1.
Cut all pieces to their sizes and shapes, following the patterns provided. Drill 7/16" dia. axle holes in the Drive Wheel Mounts (E), a 7/16" dia. hole in the Car Coupler (U) and 3/8" dia. holes in the Coal Car Platform (V) and the centers of the Truck Wheels (L). Refer to the pattern for proper hole positioning.

2. Glue the Coal Car Sides (W) to the Coal Car Back (X), then glue the Coal Car Assembly to the Coal Car Platform (V) and reinforce with dowels or screws, as you prefer.

3. Glue the Drive Wheel Mounts (E) to the Coal Car Truck Mount (T), taking care that the axle holes line up properly. Glue the Car Coupler (U) to the Coal Car Assembly, referring to the pattern for position. Reinforce with dowels or screws, as you prefer.

4. Temporarily assemble the Wheels to their Mounts. Place the Coal Car Assembly on the Truck Assembly and mark for position. Be sure the Wheels don't rub on the Car Coupler (U). Disassemble.

5. Glue the Truck Assembly to the Coal Car Assembly. Reinforce with dowels or screws, as you prefer. Insert Axles (R) through the Mounts and glue the Truck Wheels (L) onto the ends, being careful not to allow excess glue or squeeze-out to touch the Mounts. Glue Coupler Pin (S) into the hole on the Coal Car Platform (V). The Pin should extend 3/4" below the Platform.

The Basic Car

The basic car and a bottom view of a basic truck assembly

Many different Cars can be made to follow the Locomotive and Coal Car, all mounted on a Basic Car Assembly.

1. Cut all pieces to proper size and shape, following the patterns provided. Drill 7/16" dia. axle holes in Truck Wheel Mounts (D), a 7/16" dia. hole in Car Coupler (U) and 3/8" dia. holes in the Car Platform (Z) and the centers of each Truck Wheel (L). Refer to the pattern for proper positions.

2. Glue Special Car Assembly (Log Car, Box Car, etc.) to Car Platform (Z) before assembling the Basic Car.

3. Glue Truck Wheel Mounts (D) to Truck Mounts (Y), taking care that Axle holes line up properly. Glue Car Coupler (U) to Car Platform (Z). Refer to pattern for proper position. Reinforce with dowels or screws, as you prefer.

4. Temporarily assemble Wheels to Mounts. Place Car Assembly on top of Truck Assemblies and mark for position., Truck Mounts (Y) should be approximately 2-1/4" apart and Wheels should not rub on Coupler. Disassemble.

5. Glue Truck Assemblies in position and reinforce with dowels or screws, as you prefer. Insert Axles (R) through the Mounts and glue Wheels (L) onto the Axle ends, being careful not to allow excess glue or squeeze-out to touch the Mounts. Glue Coupler Pin (S) in hole in Car Platform (Z). Pin should extend 3/4" below Platform.

Design and build as many cars for the Train as your child can push along. Here are three suggestions:

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