Train IN the Tree

Trent Nunnelee Nov 10, 2019

  1. Trent Nunnelee

    Trent Nunnelee TrainBoard Member

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    I will get a picture.... yes coupler....I kind of make up my own vocabulary, lol. It got broke because my kid was trying to reconnect it after it became "un-coupled?", I want to say unhitched (in Arkansas where I am from, that means divorced.) Long story short, she ended up dropping it and it broke when it hit the floor. Strangely the candy was fine.... note to self, don't eat that candy. I would love to find something that pretty much permanently coupled the cars.
     
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    Unimates.
     
  3. Trent Nunnelee

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    Here are the couplers I have. Notice the one the right is broken.
     

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  4. mtntrainman

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    A few solutions:

    If sticking to prototype isnt that big of a concern...take a truck off a 'spare' car and install it.

    If it DOES matter....contact Kato and see if they have a replacemenet truck.

    If Kato doesnt have one...contact MT and see what they have one in the way of a replacement truck.

    If all else fails...put that car at the end of the train...the missing coupler wont be that noticeable. ...unless you are running a caboose. Then ya get to go thru my list and try again...:p
     
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  6. Trent Nunnelee

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    Mtntrainman I do have some other cars that I am not using, guess I will rob one of them... just wasn't sure if there was something better out there. I thought about putting it on the end, but this car is very heavy and when I had it on the back previously it kept flipping over... So will rob another car.
     
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  7. catfan

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    PM me your mailing address please. I will send you some trucks and couplers. Lets make sure we can all see this masterpiece running on Christmas morning.
     
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    Beautiful! How creative! One lucky kid! (y)
     
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  9. catfan

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    Hang on.. Help is on it's way.
     
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    Hang on.. Help is on it's way.
     
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  11. Trent Nunnelee

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    Shout out to Catfan!!!! He has saved Christmas!! I will post some more pics of my newly axled train on here next week!!! Merry Christmas everyone! Especially Catfan.
     
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  12. MK

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    Go Catfan! Go Catfan! Go Catfan! (y)(y)(y)(y)(y)(y)
     
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  13. gcav17

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    I am really impressed! Awesome job and it definitely inspires! I can only imagine how many little ones will stare at it blankly!
    Merry Christmas !

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  14. gcav17

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    Two questions. How many hours do you think it took you to build this?
    And second. How do you plan to store it? Or will you leave it out all year?

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  15. Trent Nunnelee

    Trent Nunnelee TrainBoard Member

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    gcav17,
    1. I honestly have no idea, it was alot more that I could have ever imaged. I can tell you I started this project in October of 2018 and literally finished it the day before Thanksgiving 2019. (I had set a goal to finish it FOR Thanksgiving.) I was NOT a slam dunk. The weekend before Thanksgiving I built the ramp coming up from the ground because the original was so steep the train derailed on the last curve of ground level. So that was alot of rushed hours that weekend.
    2. The main reason this took so long was because I knew the tree would have to be "taken down" and "put back up." I had thought about this for years and read any article I could find about Bill Henning's Christmas tree and the troubles he had. With my limited experience with trains I came up some theories. So I decided to build it in the same style as fake trees are built. The center Helix is the "pole" of an artificial tree. It cannot be broken down. All the board that makup the center Helix are screwed and glued. Then I made 4 planks that screw to the Helix using furniture bolts so they can be removed and stored. There are shelves that I can remove that brace the planks but also have custom pieces on them to help brace the downward spiral. I don't 100% know how I am going to store it yet. I am thinking I will build some custom pallet or box to hold everything. We will see.
     
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    For those of you that were curious. I finally have the tree stored and here is what it looks like. The bottom holds the shelves and limbs. The second box holds the downhill curves (they are all cut in half moons). Then there is the center helix all still in one piece (not breaking that down.... ever!) Then a rack that sits on top that holds the 4 wings that holds everything. The the base is bolted to the side of everything! Everything is on swivel wheels so I can roll it into storage.
     

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