Frequently Asked Questions About Our Trackless Trains
What is your lead time on building a trackless train?
Occasionally we have trains in stock, but typically our lead time is 5-7 weeks from date of order depending on seasonal backlogs.
Where can the train operate?
Mall Train and Electric Trackless Train – Can be used for both indoor and outdoor use.
Gas Trackless Train – The train is powered by a gasoline engine and therefore must be used outdoors.
Trains will run on any hard, level surface, including asphalt, pavement, concrete and firm lawns. The area MUST be level, however, to ensure the safety of your passengers. The turning radius is sharp enough to easily maneuver within a city street.
What is a trackless train made of?
A combination of wood and metal. The housing for the cars and engine are plywood, the boiler, stack and smokebox are metal. Of course, all wheel and axle hardware are metal. The wood is painted with a durable acrylic latex paint that makes scratch touch-up easy. Unlike fiberglass models, no special bodywork knowledge and toxic paints are required to perform minor repairs and repainting.
Can one person load and unload the trackless train?
Yes. We recommend using a flatbed trailer, such as a 7×12, which is capable of hauling an engine, 2 cars and a caboose, with a side ramp for the engine and a rear ramp for the cars. The engine can easily be driven onto the trailer, and the cars are light enough for one person to load via the rear ramp.
Do you provide shipping to my location?
We now offer delivery to anywhere within the continental US. Prices are based on a per mile rate, and may vary depending on current fuel cost. We can give you a quoted price when you order your train. We also can ship by common carrier, but this requires special packaging to prevent damage. Contact us for a quote.
Do I need insurance?
Insurance is always a good idea when operating any amusement ride especially with children involved. Check our web page on Insurance Providers for quotes and information.
What periodic maintenance is required for a trackless train?
Checking to ensure proper oil level, inspecting all wheels, axles, steering mechanisms and hitches should be performed often to ensure safe operation. We recommend performing a visual walk-around, inspecting wheel pins, doors and latches, hitches and bolting hardware before each ride.