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I've researched this thoroughly and I have only come up with two possibilities.

You can't buy the standard plastic wheels that the commercial trains have. Not anywhere I can find.

I thought I would throw this out here and see if anyone has any other ideas for wheels.

I'm not in the least bit interested in making track. I can buy it for less than $1 per section on Amazon. I can't make it for any where near that price.


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Are you looking for a railroad wheel Bob? http://toysandjoys.com/rr-1316-13-16-railroad-wheel.html http://caseyswood.com/shoppingcart/zen-cart/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=220_129&products_id=1324
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Are you looking for a railroad wheel Bob? http://toysandjoys.com/rr-1316-13-16-railroad-wheel.html http://caseyswood.com/shoppingcart/zen-cart/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=220_129&products_id=1324

I like the wheel at Casey's it looks like it would work well.

Other than for the fun of it or to make something unique I'm not sure its worth the effort to make these. The Chinese are all over the wood train business. I can by cars an locomotives for less than I can by the wheels and magnets. 

I got pulled down this rabbit hole when my gradson had to be dragged screaming form a train set.


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Back when I made some play pals for my daughter, I noticed her using them on the wooden train track the kids have...perfect fit. I used the 19mm (3/4 inch) standard wheels on the play pals.
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Back when I made some play pals for my daughter, I noticed her using them on the wooden train track the kids have...perfect fit. I used the 19mm (3/4 inch) standard wheels on the play pals.


How thick was the wood you made the play pals with?

I thought these wheels might work.



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I used 19mm (3/4") stock for the playpals [smile]
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I used 19mm (3/4") stock for the playpals [smile]


I tried one of these and while it worked great on the straight track they wouyld not go around the curves very well and would not go around the tight curves at all. Perhaps your wheels are thinner than the ones I have.

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I found them: 3-Piece Wheel Assembly/set of 2

3-piece-wheel-assembly-for-wooden-tracks-set-of-2-14.gif.jpg 

They cost $0.85 each for a set of four wheels and two axles. Kind of expensive if your making one. But my guess is that these come from China and if you could find the source they would be a lot cheaper. I did find them for sale on ebay.in. I'm not sure what country that is in.


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Good find.
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I found them: 3-Piece Wheel Assembly/set of 2

They cost $0.85 each for a set of four wheels and two axles. Kind of expensive if your making one. But my guess is that these come from China and if you could find the source they would be a lot cheaper. I did find them for sale on ebay.in. I'm not sure what country that is in.


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Likely India.....

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Bob

Likely India.....

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What makes you say India?
Do you have some sources in India for this sort of thing?

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Good find.


Unfortunately they want $9.95 for shipping.

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What makes you say India?
Do you have some sources in India for this sort of thing?


Bob 

I have no sources in India for your parts. 

My "guess" that "In" stood for India was based on a loose knowledge of international internet domain names....ie United Kingdom is UK, etc.

That said, Google "country domain list". One of the hits I got was for:

http://www.domainsherpa.com/country-code-top-level-domains/

I opened it, and scrolling, I find:  .in   India

Click the link for India, and you get a Wikipedia page telling you all about it.....

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OK, thank you. I'm going to see if I can find the Indian seller and work something out. Maybe I can get him to give me hs source.


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I found the seller on ebay India. Its the same company that sells them in the US. but they sell them in bulk on the Indian eBay.

http://geb.ebay.in/ImportHubViewItem?itemid=111546582738
pdf choochoos4you.pdf

The PDF is a screen shot.

Then I found them on the US eBay.

choochoos4you is their seller id.

I've been looking hard for these wheels and it looks like they are the only game in town.

There is a place in New York that will 3d print them for you. That doesn't seem like it would be cost effective so I didn't bother to ask how much.

There are american companies that make these trains so there is a source somewhere and I bet they are not paying $1.00 a wheel.

Check out Whittle Shortline If you want to see some nice ones. They used to sell wheels and magnets but don't any more.


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