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Doepke Rises. Backyard Train

Posted by: moresnow

October 31st, 2008 >> Doepke

Well it was only a matter of time but somebody knocked off the original Charles Doepke Backyard Train.  Hopefully somebody from his family gets royalties.

This is the heirloom locomotive reminiscent of the ones encountered at carnivals and fairs in the 1940s that uses the simple pushing and pulling of a child’s arms on a hand-crank to propel it around an outdoor track. Each of the two included locomotives is made from cast aluminum with stainless-steel crank handles, and supports a single child up to 100 lbs. Minimal effort is required of children as they crank, so each train glides easily on precision-crafted, cast-iron wheels with a familiar “click-clack” sound with no slipping. The 30′ diam. 12-gauge circular track is made of welded steel, and sets up in under one hour with the included fasteners and wrenches; fits into its own 45 1/4″ L x 19″ W x 9 3/4″ D rolling storage cases. Includes two locomotives and track. Includes two nylon covers to protect locomotives.