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Project by toyguy posted 12-03-2015 11:58 AM 11214 views 16 times favorited 37 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The golf clubs are cleaned and put away until spring; The Corvette is under cover for its winter hibernation; It time to make some sawdust.

There are a number of things I like about wood working. Building models / toys has always brought me a great deal of enjoyment. Woodturning has to be my favourite pass time in the shop, so it was a simple decision to get this winter underway with Toys & Joys plan 99, “Old 99”.

As stated above, this plan requires a great amount of woodturning. This is not a hard plan to build, but like anything in woodwork you must study the plans and be aware of how all the parts fit together. This plan has a number of moving parts that must be accurate if you want them to work when done. Take your time and measure twice, cut once. Anyone can build a model like this.

Like any of the toys I have built, no stain has been used. I prefer to use woods that are the appropriate colour to achieve the effect I am after. The only finish is a coat or two of rattle can Varathane. The only parts that have been purchased are the wheels; then altered to meet my requirements. Also purchased are dowels of various diameters. And of course the 8 page plan from T&J.

I guess you could build this from a host of different woods. The materials I used in this train are mostly domestic Black Walnut. The darker wood, cabin, tender and the cow catcher are made of Nogal; (Peruvian Walnut from south Mexico). There is also been made use of Maple, Oak and a little bit of African Padauk. The track rails are yellow cedar.

The approximant dimensions of the finished train are, from cow catcher to rear of tender – 26 inches, it stands about 9 inches high and is about 5 inches wide. The track is 38 inches long.

Next up for this winter is a continuation of this train. Now that I have the engine and tender, I think a passenger car, T&J plan 80 and of course I’ll need a caboose plan 77. But these builds may have to wait until after Christmas when I have a bit more available time.

Here is a small video of my train in motion:

-- Brian, Ontario Canada,

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#1 posted 12-03-2015 12:09 PM

Brian, I am glad you solved your posting problem as this project deserves being posted. You made a very detailed train engine.

I have read other posts where the poster indicated that plans from Toys & Joys routinely have errors in them. This makes me hesitant in ordering plans from them. Did you have any problems with the plans?

-- "I love it when a plan comes together" John "Hannibal" Smith

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#2 posted 12-03-2015 12:21 PM

Very well done…

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#3 posted 12-03-2015 12:28 PM

Just incredible. There is a guy at the museum gallery I sell at that sends in a lot of toys like this, (and they sell like hotcakes), but he buys all his wheels and I often say his projects are easy since he is just making the easy square parts. His detail is nothing like yours. Wow…

Boy, you take this to a super quality level. Just a beautiful piece. Thanks for posting!

-- Tsunami Guitars and Custom Woodworking, Cleveland, TN

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#4 posted 12-03-2015 12:35 PM

A few minutes ago I saw it also on TandJ. Well done Brian. I like it very much. Also colers are great. This will be a TOP 3.


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#5 posted 12-03-2015 12:42 PM

I appreciate the kind words from you all…..but coming from Dutchy means an heap…....... TY.

-- Brian, Ontario Canada,

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#7 posted 12-03-2015 01:51 PM

Very Very nice well done , you should be very proud,nice build

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#8 posted 12-03-2015 01:55 PM

Brian, that is absolutely awesome, what a fabulous job you did.
Thank you so much for sharing.


-- Bob, Western Australia, The Sun came up this morning, what a great start to the day. Now it's up to me to make it even better. I've cut this piece of wood 4 times and it's still too damn short.

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#9 posted 12-03-2015 02:45 PM

Great job.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#10 posted 12-03-2015 02:48 PM

A stunning job on your project! So so nice!

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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#11 posted 12-03-2015 02:49 PM

Wow! Brian, what a beautiful project. This is a wonderful miniature and will definitely be an heirloom; and what an eye catcher. I love it.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#12 posted 12-03-2015 03:53 PM

Brian, that’s real nice. Someday I would like to add cars to my engine.

-- A childs smile is payment enough.

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#13 posted 12-03-2015 04:44 PM

What a beauty! Nice work. Love the video.
I can’t even seem to get my basic Model T from the Great American Toys book cut out and put together… But this looks like tons of fun.

-- Jim, Georgia, USA

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#14 posted 12-03-2015 05:21 PM

Great job… I made that same train several years ago.. out of Moose antler.. Canadian Pacific Railroad did an article on it.

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#15 posted 12-03-2015 06:47 PM

From another toy maker you have done a fantastic job on the train. I like T and J plans I may need to get some more to build in the new year

-- Derek, Kent, UK,

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