Grandson's Choo Choo "ALLABOARD" "mostlywhiteoak"

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Project by wwwgreglyonsconstructioncom posted 05-24-2022 10:53 PM 947 views 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

*At birth our grandson has been obsessed with trains, so the pull-behind engine brings us great joy. He lights up every ride we take while I pull him around the yard with the mower. So in that sense, it’s really like a caboose. He is 2 1/2 yrs old and he believes it’s a real train engine while he spins the steering wheel and shifting gears, he is dinging the bell and blowing the whistle. WHOO, WHOO!! Oh I could go on and on about him…..........

The train:
ENGINE NOSE- Old house oven vent grill
ENGINE COMBUSTION CHAMBER- Mower pull behind yard roller
WHEELS- Wooden electrical wire spools
SMOKESTACK- An old tiki torch
DASHBOARD- Speed limit 5mph sign
STEERING WHEEL- Something we picked up at an antique store
TRAIN BELL PROP- Half of a fireplace tong
GEAR SHIFT- Another fireplace tool
CHASIS APRIN- Leftover swimming pool aluminum coping
CHASIS- An old yard wagon, cut in half and extended
ROOF- General contractors construction site sign

And yes…..Mostly White Oak, but this train has nothing on my grandsons smile!!

Thanks for viewing.


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#1 posted 05-24-2022 11:34 PM

Now that’s about the coolest thing I’ve ever seen!

Memories forever!

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#2 posted 05-25-2022 01:36 AM

Cool train. Now who is having more fun, grandpa of the grandson. Well done.

-- Eric, building the dream

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#3 posted 05-25-2022 01:38 AM

Very cute!! A video of this in action would be fun to see!!

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#4 posted 05-25-2022 01:42 AM

That has got to be a huge hit, I can only imagine the look on your grankids face. Nice work.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#5 posted 05-25-2022 12:08 PM

How wonderful and creative! What kid wouldn’t love a train like this and I bet he is thrilled every time he drives it. You did such a great job on this train.

-- We all make mistakes, the trick is to fix it in a way that says "I meant to do that".

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#6 posted 05-25-2022 01:05 PM

Very creative project! You definitely win grandfather of the year for that one.

-- Ron Stewart

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#7 posted 05-25-2022 01:15 PM

Grandchildren are a gift. And you just repaid the gift. Wonderful creation.

-- "As are the things we make, so are we ourselves." - Lin Yutang

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#8 posted 05-26-2022 01:41 PM

Great project, I’m sure your grandson loves it. Great use of stuff.

Phil :)

-- The main thing is to keep the main thing the main thing. From a sign on a surfer bar in So. Calif.

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#9 posted 05-29-2022 12:31 AM

Nothing better than watching a child enjoy something you made. Fantastic.

-- Julian

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