This is a human powered parade float for a Christmas night parade. It was built by the Human Powered Vehicle Operators of Ottawa (HPVOoO) http://hpv.tricolour.net . More details can be found on http://hpv.tricolour.net/train.html .  The base platform is a human powered tandem recumbent tricycle towing a home made 4'x8' tandem axle 3/4 ton flatbed cargo trailer which in turn is towing a kid's wagon.  The trike lies entirely underneath the bottom locomotive boiler line.  The rest is added superstructure.  The red, green and blue lights are 130m of 2.5mm electro-luminescent wire.  The horn is a real diesel locomotive air horn.
I would love to build this for Christmas time!!! I was just wondering where you bought all of the EL wire, inverters, and connectors.<br>
Here's a description of the wiring:<br><br>http://hpv.tricolour.net/train-elwire.txt
Approximately how much did it cost?
The EL wire is about $1.20/foot and there is about 400'. There are also 8 inverters that are $10 each? Connectors all told were maybe another $50?<br><br>The wood was almost all recycled. The bike rims were in a scrap heap, as was the stove pipe. <br><br>A friend gave me the diesel locomotive air horn, but those can fetch anywhere from $300 to $900. The air tank and connectors were $75-$100.<br><br>The tandem recumbent trike you can find here: http://greenspeed.com.au/gtt.html<br><br>The trailer was about $200 in metal plus labour.
Can we see it in daytime? I would like to do this to my Rhoadescar.<br><br>
Sure, there's lots more photos linked from here in a number of levels of detail: http://hpv.tricolour.net/train.html
An interesting article. Thanks)
At first I thought this was a light-painting but this is way cooler!
how heavy is this thing?
Here's a rough guess:<br> tandem: 80 pounds<br> trailer: 100+ pounds<br> kid's wagon: 25 pounds<br> diesel loco air horn: 20 pounds<br>On top of that is three 10' sections of 2x6&quot;, a bit of 2x2&quot; and smaller lumber, 1/2&quot; conduit and the lights basically weigh nothing compared to the rest of this.<br>So, 275 pounds as a guess? Then you have two adults pedalling, 12 kids in the big trailer and a couple of kids in the wagon. The big trailer is good for 1500 pounds (3/4 ton).
That's incredible. If I had the time I would so make something like this.
I was searching for the right words to sum up my thoughts, but all I could come up with is &quot;WOW!&quot;
On eof the most awesome thing ive seen someone make in awhile
Super Awesome

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