Two of my grandchildren are identical twins. Here is a recent photo of one of them. Not much point showing a photo of the other one. He is identical.
Anyway, I had made a wooden train set for my other grandchildren, and my other daughter, the mother of the twins, suggested that the twins should have one also. I decided to CNC most of the parts, and it was not much more time to make two compared to one, so here they are.
The design, slightly modified, is from a book by Jim Makowicki “Making Heirloom Toys”. The trains are ready for painting by SWMBO. She is planning to use wood dyes, and finishing with a clear laquer.
The materials are whatever I could find in my workshop, so there is an eclectic mixture of Australian hardwoods, plywood, and pine. The panels were all CNC milled, and the chimneys and domes were CNC turned.
It has been a fun project. I will post a photo when they are coloured.
That’s a nice project John. Now the dicision what color for who, so that they could not argue who is who’s.
Their names are engraved on the engines, Huib, but I have not shown them for privacy reasons. I leave the colour decisions to my wife, because she is a very talented artist.
Great present from the grandparents! They will be treasured, I’m sure.
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I would like to make contact with you in relation to your beam engine. I have a partially constructed engine that I am taking over and was wondering if there were any issues with the OB Bolton drawings that you came across.
Hi Doug, I do not recall any significant issues with the drawings. If there are any specific areas of concern to you I would be happy to check. John
ps. I do recall that the steam connections are not mentioned at all on the plans. You can see my solution from my photos.