Toy trains started to go on sale during the mid-1800s. Early models were made of brightly painted wood, and often had a wooden track to run along. Soon, metal trains went on scale, many of them made from tinplate. Some of these metal toy trains had wind-up, clockwork motors. Clockwork toy trains were first sold in the USA during the 1880s. The most sophisticated model trains were steam-powered, with tiny engines fired by methyl alcohol burners. Later models were powered by electric motors.
Railroad companies often devised special color schemes, called liveries, for their locomotives and carriages. Steam locomotives had brass and copper decoration, and some also carried the company’s logo or badge. Many toy trains are also painted in the livery of a real railroad company. The shape of the locomotive you can make in this project has an engine house that is typical of the real locomotives made in the 1930s. The driver controlled the speed of the train, and the fireman made sure there was a good supply of steam.
10¼ x 10¼in card, ruler, masking tape, scissors, 4 x 4in card, pencil, white glue and glue brush, stiff card for templates, paints, paintbrush, water pot, underframe from previous project, two thumb tacks, 4¼ x ½in red card, split pin.
Just like a real locomotive, the basic color of your model train has been painted with red, black and gold decoration. The locomotive is now ready to run on the railway line you made in the "Making tracks" project.