Picture of Make a loco from junk
When I was a kid, and later as a grown up I wanted a train set. Not one of those little ones (which are very nice I am sure) but a really big one with finely detailed engines and carriages. They cost thousands and I don't see any way that I could justify spending that much money (even if I had it) on a toy like that. However, instead I decided to make a train set out of Junk. Here is the locomotive. The key to the success of this model is the brainwave I had of making the wheels like a real train's wheels... with FIXED axles. the rotation (because these wheels actually do roll) is provided by the way they are simply fixed to the chassis. This method of making the wheels is good for all sorts of train carriages from Circus Box Cars, to Tenders and should give hours of making fun and subsequently heaps of playability. This project appears in my book, dadcando: Build make do... the best way to spend quality time with your kids, which can be bought on amazon.co.uk http://www.amazon.co.uk/Dadcando-Build-Make-Spend-Quality/dp/0852652011/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1277445745&sr=8-1 or soon (after 5th July) on Amazon.com.

Once you have the idea of the wheels in mind, you will quickly see that you can make any type of train loco from diesel through electric to good old fashioned steam, using drinks cartons or cut down cereal boxes as the bodies.

As this is a model made from junk the exact components are open to what you have at hand, or can easily get, but ideally you will need:
  • Bottle caps
  • thick and thin cardboard
  • coat hanger wire
  • hot melt glue (ideally)
  • set of compasses
  • single serving
  • drinks bottle
  • black and one bright colour paint (ideally spray paint)
For all the rivet counters out there... this is only a model built for fun using junk and is NOT meant to be a replica of any particular engine ;-)

anres3215 years ago
awesome !! but how did you make such an instructable ??
orvis anres3213 years ago
See his instructable about how he illustrates his instructables:
Wasagi4 years ago
mary candy5 years ago
oh my God! I really loved it!!! great, great and great!!!!
kelana5 years ago
Awesome !! My son will love that. He's crazy about train Thanks
Kaiven5 years ago
When I noticed the pictures weren't photos, I thought "This has to be by KaptinScarlet" :D
Not just the fact that they weren't photos, but they were so well done is what tipped me off!
KaptinScarlet (author)  Kaiven5 years ago
Thx, yes been a very busy year, but shortly to be attempting to do more instructables... but nice to be back.
Good to have you back :D
agis685 years ago
brilliant and very nice presented far more than 5/5!!!
KaptinScarlet (author)  agis685 years ago
thanks, you're too kind, glad to you it
excellent im thinking about makeing a track for it and puting a motor in it would you like to see the pictures? ps. the instructions were the clearist and easyist ive ever seen! :) D
KaptinScarlet (author)  Daniel Deacon5 years ago
Good idea, I'd love to see the pictures. I suggest also that you weigh the body down with some screws and some glue gun glue in the boiler area if the motor isn't heavy enough, because as mine was just a push-along model made of lightweight plastic and foam board it is very light. But the track turned out great and of course the train ran on it really well, all you have to do is make a jig as a track spacer and then lay the track gluing it with hot melt to the sleepers as you go. ps. thanks, that's the way I like to do them :-)
chabias5 years ago
Nice to see you back with another excellent 'ible. You must've been spending all that time away, busy with your book. Congrats!!! I hope it does well! Will it be available in the US?
KaptinScarlet (author)  chabias5 years ago
Yes, that and the Kymera Wand. Thanks for the congrats, the book will be available form Amazon.com on the 5th.
wsanriv5 years ago
Very good job, I can imagine this as an perfect cristmas toy, now we just need some one to cast the rails and another one to build an Arduino Controller. Jeje I love Instructables.com
KaptinScarlet (author)  wsanriv5 years ago
Actually you can easily make realistic looking railroad track from cardboard strips on edge and thin card sleepers. But motors and controllers, now that would be cool.