THE LOCOMOTIVE and POWER UNIT
Trains 4 Fun Trams 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, which 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 TRAM CAR
The tram car is also a fiberglass body with four 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. All cars have a permanently attached, full canopy fiberglass roof. The roof is supported by six steel ornamental design steel posts, all welded together. Steel is then powder coated (this is much stronger than paint). All steel used in our products is powder coated.
THE TRAM CHASSIS
Under the tram body is a super strong welded steel chassis that will last a lifetime. The steel used in the making the tram chassis is 2 inch structural square tubing. Due to the size and weight of the tram car, leaf springs were added to insure a much smoother and more comfortable ride.
The four wheels and tires used on our tram chassis are 570-8 inflatable rubber tires. Wheels are mounted on steel spindles, that are the same size as those used on a dually pick-up with tapered bearings, grease seals, grease caps to insure many years of use. Each car has four wheel articulation steering for better maneuverability and tracking in tight quarters. Each tram car has a user weight rating for 3,550 lbs. (The video image is of the tram chassis taken upside down.)
In 2000, a few years after our trackless train was up and running and on the market, and we began receiving requests for something even larger than our train. We started engineering and developing what would become the Trains 4 Fun – Tram. More passenger capacity and much longer. Early in the development stages we found the tram with three and four cars long needed something more than just front end steering. The tram was going to need four wheel articulating steering for better maneuverability and tracking in tight quarters, such as warehouses and factories. So all tram chassis are build with four wheel articulation steering to this day.
In October 2000, The Jelly Belly Candy Co. contacted us in search of two 65 passenger Trams to move their guests around and through their new candy facility in Pleasant Prairie, Wisconsin. In July of 2001 was the Grand Opening of the new Jelly Belly Center in Pleasant Prairie, WI. On opening day they had the first two operating Trams from Trains 4 Fun. The next year, 2002, Jelly Belly Candy Co. purchased their third Tram. By 2009 over one million Jelly Belly guests have ridden the Jelly Belly trams.
The trams have been a great seller since their grand opening in 2001, they will go anywhere with the four wheel articulation. Many clients use their own power units to pull our tram cars around a stadium parking lot, mall, amusement park, zoos. It’s a great way to move a lot of people around an event, and even better way to create a cash revenue.
7 ft. 10 in. long
5 ft. wide
5 ft. 10 in. tall
7 ft. 6 in. Tall
5 ft. 5 in. wide
train car Fiberglass 11 ft. 3 in.
Steel tongue and hitch add 5 ft. 2 in – for a tram car total of 16 ft. 5 in.
total Tram is 60 ft. long
The tram will hold 3 full-size adult men per set for a total of 36 passengers per Tram, or mix it up with dads, moms and children per set for a total of 64 passengers per Tram.