The Locomotive and Power Unit
Trains 4 Fun Trains were designed for day to day as well as commercial use with virtually no maintenance. The solid heavy duty fiberglass locomotive body is also lightweight and almost indestructible, and it comes with all the bells and whistles, this includes: A four inch rubber mounted headlight in a lantern style box on the front of the locomotive, a large mounted brass bell, a four flute bellows-type whistle that can be heard for approximately two blocks. The power unit, under the fiberglass locomotive body, is a John Deere model X745, three cylinder, 24 horse liquid cooled, diesel. This also has a hydrostatic transmission and can travel up to speeds of 8 mph. from point A to point B.
The Train Car
The second half of the new design concept of the trackless train is a fiberglass train body with three bench seats all facing forward with padded bench seats with safety belts and padded back rest, made with black marine vinyl so they will not mildew. And all cars have a permanently attached, full canopy fiberglass roof. The roof is supported by four one inch steel ornamental design post, all welded together. Steel is then powder coated (this is much stronger than paint). All steel used in our products has been powder coated.
The Train Chassis
Under the train body is a super strong welded steel chassis that will last a lifetime. The steel used in the making of the train chassis is two inch square tubing. Four wheels and tires used on our train chassis, are 480-8 inflatable rubber tire for a smooth soft ride. Wheels are mounted on 1inch steel spindles with tapered bearings, grease seals, grease caps to insure many years of use. This is a larger steel spindled than Ford uses on the Ranger pickup truck. Each car has front end articulated steering for better tracking, (like on a car). And for a very attractive final touch a gold and black wheel cover. Each train car has a user weight rating for 2,850 lbs.
In 1997 after seeing trackless trains, I decided to improve the design and create a new bigger better trackless Train. With a locomotive that had a new fun look. A diesel power unit under it strong enough to carry the larger train cars and more passengers. and to build that larger train car, so families with six or eight people could all ride in one train car. And that makes a train ride a whole lot more fun.
First I teamed up with Mr. Bill Elliott to build the fiberglass locomotive. Bill has a diverse 44 years of transportation, and entertainment experience in patternmaking and molds. Bill asked me in one of our conversations what I wanted the locomotive to look like. All I said was when you see the locomotive it puts a smile on your face, looks like fun and you want to ride the train. As you can see from the pictures it is still one of the best looking locomotives in the industry today.
As designing engineer and AutoCAD person I started on the design of the new larger train bodies and their chassis. A very precise description of how the train is built is as follows.
The color selection for your Train can be made to match the theme colors of your location or park. By using automotive paint on the fiberglass the product looks much better and last years longer.
Full Train – Locomotive and Three Cars
Your Full Train consist of the fiberglass Locomotive, painted in any two colors of your choice. Under that the power unit John Deere model X745 24 horse diesel power unit. Behind the Locomotive three fiberglass train cars and their full canopy fiberglass roof, and their chassis. Your train is fully operational when it arrives, no assembly required.
This is a very small part of what goes into the making of each and every Train here at Trains 4 Fun. Please feel free to call us with any questions on how we can build your special Train. Call today.
7 ft. 10 in. long
5 ft. wide
5 ft. 10 in. tall
6 ft. tall
3 ft. 10 in. wide
train car Fiberglass 8 ft.
Steel tongue and hitch add 3 ft. to each car for a train car total of 11 ft.
total Train is 41 ft. Long
The train will hold 2 full-size adult men per set for a total of 18 passengers per Train, or Dad Mom and one child per set for a total of 27 passengers per Train