UGears is a Ukrainian company that produces do-it-yourself, wooden model kits with moving parts using a patented plywood joint design. No tools or glue required!
All UGears models come with step-by-step, full-color, truly easy to follow instructions. Step-by step video instructions are also available online.
This locomotive has been a perennial best-seller at Sterling Place. One of the more challenging UGears projects, it contains 443 parts and takes an estimated 10-12 hours to complete.
- The locomotive is driven by rubber bands and a gear array, but otherwise its main mechanism looks and operates very much like that of a real steam engine.
- Up close you can see working pistons and valves that transfer power to the locomotive’s drive wheels through a moving system of rods, linkages and cranks.
- Small touches like a fully detailed engineer’s cab with retractable step ladder, art-deco boiler trim, and open-up Tender with coal doors.
- A perfect family project for hands-on STEM learning.