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This little engine baby-sits.

An electric train circles the room

IT'S THE BEST baby-sitter we've found," say Lynne and Brian Bielaski of Bellevue, Washington. They're describing the three-car G-gauge model train that circles year-old Brice's room on a high shelf lined with plywood desert, forest, farm, and city. Inspiration for the round-the-room train came from Disneyland's round-the-park version.


The train runs on a 12-inch-deep shelf cut from 3/4-inch plywood. To allow the track to turn, the shelf widens and angles across the room's corners.

For easiest installation, build the shelf and paint it before mounting. Mask its front edge (and the track) with 1-by-2s turned on edge; glue and nail them flush with the bottom of the shelf. Next, attach 1-by-2s, on edge, to the studs with 2-inch woodscrews; position the 1-by-2s so the shelf can be screwed into their undersides.

Using a scroll saw, Brian Bielaski cut a city skyline, desert bluffs, and a forest from 1/4-inch birch plywood. After painting them with acrylic paints, he screwed them to the wall above the shelf with 3/4-inch drywall screws.

At the room's corners, Bielaski tacked the train track to the top of the shelf with a glue gun. He then cut trees and cactus from 3/4-inch MDF (medium-density fiberboard), painted this freestanding scenery, and glued it in place.

For an unusual night-light, the Bielaskis positioned a string of 100 small white Christmas lights behind the track. The transformer for the train and the switch for these lights were mounted inside a closet.
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Title Annotation:electric toy train
Author:MacPherson, Jena
Date:Dec 1, 1992
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