Breakfast Express - Toy Train from toilet roll tubes

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Welcome to this instructable!

In this I am going to show you how to make a toy train using household scrap. This is a simple, easy to build project and kids love the final product! This train could be a decorative item on your TV or the shelf.

Caution: Train built using soft materials. It is best for you to demonstrate the running of this train to your kids and friends. That way you save all your efforts that you have put in this project else everything will be back to scrap in no time if mishandled.
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Step 1: Materials and Tools

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• 3 Toilet roll tubes
• 12 Milk Bottle caps
• 2 Twist Ties [4”]
• 24 Tea Light candle Pins
• 6 Ear Bud sticks
• Plastic pourer [non-refillable cap, found in Olive Oil bottle]
• Wire [3” x 12]
• Ad Paper [A4 x 2, slightly thick that normal]
• Color Paper [A4 size, 3 colors]


• Nail filer
• PVA Craft Glue
• Scissors
• Steel Skewer
• Pen/Marker
• Ruler/Scale

Step 2: Make holes on the tubes

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For Wheels

• Take a toilet roll tube and mark centre, length wise
• Mark 2 points 10 mm apart on either side of the centre line and 15 mm from top and bottom of the tube
• Using the skewer make holes through the marked points
• Repeat above steps on other 2 tubes

For Chimney

• Pick one tube that you want call the Engine
• On the front side of the tube [side opposite to holes made for wheels] mark a point 25mm from one end on this centre
• Mark a circle of 1 Penny diameter [approx. 20mm]
• Using the skewer cut the circle out from the tube [don’t worry even if the cut is not smooth]
ornarvaezjr8 months ago

Nice!! Good little project to do with my grandson!!!

ChrysN5 years ago
Nice, it's so bright and cheerful. I like how you used household scrap, you even found a use for those tea light candle pins.