Lou Banning runs his 1/8th scale ride-on trains on 2,800 linear feet of track covering 2-1/2 acres of land at his home in Pahrump, Nevada. His trains are pulled by commercially purchased live steam and gas-powered locomotives.

Using his Lincoln Weld-Pak® 100 (current model is an Easy-Core™ 125) wire feeder welder, he has manufactured numerous scaled train cars including a tanker car, two working hopper cars (used for ballasting the track), a log car, two box cars, two cabooses and multiple flat cars complete with boat seats which are used to carry his family and friends on the Pahrump Valley and Amargosa Railroad.

Most of the construction material consists of .060 one-inch square and .095 inch, 1 x 2 inch rectangular tubing, flat stock up to 3/8 inch, and 18 gauge flat sheet steel.

While ride-on scale trains is his current hobby, Lou points out that his Weld-Pak® 100 has also been used to assemble a lot of Dune Buggies, utility trailers and other steel projects that he produces for himself, friends and neighbors. Lou couldn’t be happier with the reliable performance of his Lincoln welder.

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 Hopper Car  Log Car  Tank Car Caboose


*The above project images and descriptions have been published to show how individuals used their ingenuity for their own needs, convenience and enjoyment. Only limited details are available and the projects have NOT been engineered by the Lincoln Electric Company. Therefore, when you use the ideas for projects of your own, you must develop your own details and plans and the safety and performance of your work is your responsibility.