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Mechanical DIY Tram

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Funicular Fun!

  • Retro streetcar model propelled via a rubber band engine
  • 154 pieces are scored and ready for you to punch out and put together
  • A great project for makers young and old

We don't have any streetcars here in Fairfax, Virginia (home of ThinkGeek's World Domination Headquarters), and therefore we're insanely jealous of cities that have them. Nearby Washington, D.C. has exactly one streetcar line that opened up last year, but we'd love to see the whole area adopt them. Can we request a line from ThinkGeek HQ to the comic book shop and ice cream place in downtown Fairfax? We think it would be great for the local economy.

While we're waiting for our local officials to get on that, we've started putting together our own mini version of our dream tram. This little model has just the look we're going for: tons and tons of gears! You can put one together yourself, and watch it really go. Made from premium grade plywood, the 154 pieces are scored and ready for you to punch out and put together. It's a fun project that requires no tools (although you may wish to have a craft knife handy and a small hammer to help things fit). We recommend that little kids have adult supervision, to help understand instructions, provide brute force, and to keep the smaller pieces from snapping.

When you're done, you can send it to the end of the line with the power of the rubber band engine, or by using the levers to raise either end and create a slope. There's even a little message box to send secret notes to the end of the line, like "Do you want to go get some comics and ice cream? Circle Y/N."
Product Specifications
  • Mechanical DIY Tram
  • Model tram car and track with 19th century styling
  • Rubber band engine makes it go with just a few turns of the wrist
  • Can also work as a funicular (a railcar on a slope) via special levers on either end of the rail track - or raise both ends to make a bridge
  • Levers to start movement and shift direction on the top of the car
  • Carry a message to the end of the track in a built-in box for notes
  • Pieces are precut and ready to assemble
  • Number of Parts: 154
  • Assembly Time: 2-3 hours
  • Materials: Premium grade plywood
  • Dimensions (assembled):
    • Tram car: 6.2" x 2.9" x 5.4"
    • Rail: 30.2" x 2.1" x 2.8"
  • Includes plywood sheets with laser scored parts to punch outs, toothpicks, rubber bands, and instructions
  • No glue needed!
  • Craft knife not required but may help removing pieces from sheets cleanly, and you may want to wax the gears if you use it a lot
  • Kids under 12 will probably need an adult to assist

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