Maker and tinkerer Peter Sripol noticed a similarity between the reciprocating motion of a Sawzall and the drivetrain of a steam-powered locomotive. Perhaps jealous of William Osman’s power tool races, he got to work rigging up a reciprocating saw to drive a G Scale locomotive. It works surprisingly well.
Takara Tomy’s Masterpiece G figures are based on the 1980s anime Transformers: The Headmasters. There are figures of Trainbot Getsuei, Seizan, Shouki, Yukikake, Suikan, and Kaen – each capable of transforming from a heavily-armed robot into an inconspicuous choo-choo train. Combine all six figures to build Raiden.
Sometimes we forget to put our trash cans out until the garbage truck is already outside. What we need is Max Maker’s Trash Train running on a schedule. Max built this automated railway for his cans when he had to start storing them on the other side of his house. Engineering and fabricating it was more complicated than it looks.
You’d think that a bullet train whooshing by you at 200 mph might be jarring, but this video of Japan’s Shinkansen high-speed railway zooming by in the snow is oddly soothing. YouTube channel It’s railway! shared this compilation of footage captured on snowy days at the empty Kurikoma-Kōgen Station.
This sped-up video shows how workers produce those big steel wheels for trains. They start with a rod of molten-hot metal, flatten it with a mechanical hammer, work it into a clean round disc, press grooves in the wheel, then punch a hole into its center for an axle. Here’s how a more automated factory does it.
We’ve seen some pretty epic LEGO railroad builds over the years. This simple figure eight track won’t win any awards for complexity, but it’s the precise length of its train that makes it noteworthy. Every time it passes through the intersection, it comes within millimeters of ramming into itself. Ramp up the anxiety at 10x speed.
Artist Lorenzo Drago created this life-like environment using Unreal Engine 5 and Lumen for the lighting. The location is based on Etchū-Daimon Station and is a dead ringer for the real deal. In order to capture the greatest detail, he rendered it at 7fps then sped it up, but it can be rendered in real time with less detail.
Woodworker Peter Waldraff built this unique piece of custom furniture that conceals a working model railroad beneath its surface. The circular side table has a pop-up center section that houses an N-scale train that chugs along the rails through a scale scenic backdrop inspired by Close Encounters of the Third Kind.
Germany’s Miniatur Wunderland is home to the most amazing miniature scenery on the planet. This video lets viewers ride along every section of its model railway, offering a 360º view of the tiny world, including the insides of its tunnels. The mounting position of the camera makes the train partially disappear though.
You might not know it, but depending on the location, trains might roll on different gauges of tracks. That normally means railroad engines and cars can only roll on compatible width tracks. But this ingenious rail car has an undercarriage that automatically adjusts its width to adapt between 1-meter-wide and 1.43-meter-wide tracks in Switzerland.
Half-Asleep Chris created this wonderful LEGO railroad which winds through a snowy winter scene. The indoor-outdoor ride takes the tiny train through a gingerbread village, an ice cave, a spinning storybook tunnel, and a giant snow globe made from a geodesic dome. The journey starts around the 7-minute mark.
Railroad operators in Darmstadt, Germany have a unique way to learn how to operate signals without risking real trains. Tom Scott shows off this special model railroad which is operated by real railway controls, including different kinds of switch consoles installed in various eras.
Gnuk Animations has an obsession with LEGO trains, and likes to see what it will take to stop one from rolling down the tracks. On their TikTok channel, you’ll find videos of a LEGO train taking on spaghetti, Q-tips, Pokémon cards, paper straws, tin foil, and more.
A while back, Brick Experiment Channel built a 100-wheel LEGO car that drives like a train without rails. Now, they’ve applied the same idea to boats. They linked together a set of 10 different boats using ball joints to see how they would handle the water and waves. The brick-built flotilla reminds us of a water snake.
The Jose Cuervo Express — AKA the Tequila Train — journeys every other Saturday from Guadalajara, Mexico to the “magical town” of Tequila where the spirit was born. Travel first-class in the Jose Cuervo Express Elite Wagon with panoramic views, an open bar lounge, and guided tastings. Operating at 65% capacity means you can stretch out.
LEGO and railroad fan BananenBuurman teamed up with collector Pet van de Luijtgaarden to arrange for a journey through Pet’s extensive collection of LEGO and Playmobile toys. The finished ride is over 130 feet long and incorporates lots of colorful lighting effects. We love how they used all the old CDs and disc cases.
We all know how much Christopher Nolan likes to play with time, space, and physics in his movies. NADUDE pokes fun at the classic docking sequence from Interstellar with a model train that rides around a circular track which then starts moving in the same direction and the same speed.
A while back, YouTuber Mr. Michal showed off a simple railway he built from coils of wire, batteries, and magnets. Now, he’s back with a much longer and more complex train set that still operates on the same electromagnetic principles. This time, the track measures in at over 20 meters long, or about 66 feet.
When we think of how trains get their locomotion, it’s typically from diesel engines, electric motors, or maybe steam power. But there was a time when train builders thought they could make railroad cars go faster by fitting them with airplane engines. Curious Droid has the story behind these forgotten relics.
Builder Ivan Miranda claims he’s built the fastest model train of its size. The powerful electric train has no payload other than its motors, wiring, and battery pack, and can hit a scale speed of 485 km/h, or just over 301 mph if it were upscaled to the size of a real train. We wouldn’t want to be a tiny passenger on that thing when it derailed.
JK Brickworks shows off another one of his neat LEGO creations – a train that hangs from a track instead of riding on rails below. The design uses LEGO roller coaster track and motorized rollers above the gondola-style railway cars. Watch the build, or skip to 4:27 to see it running.
Zach Peterson is a plumber by day, but he loves to build things in his spare time. His greatest creation to date is a steam-powered backyard railway. The train is big enough to carry people along the world’s longest ride-on train trestle – at over 680 feet long. Coolest Thing introduces us to Zach and his amazing railway.
Jason Shron loves trains. In fact, he loves them so much that he built a perfect replica of one in his basement. Based on a 1980 Canadian VIA commuter rail car, it has every detail, from the original red passenger seats to the cheap plywood storage locker doors to the branded litter bags in the seatbacks.