For the 2010 Ottawa Help Santa Toy Parade members of HPVOoO took on a project to build a lit wireframe train.
This time, our idea came when we were perfectly sober drinking vietnamese tea (compared to last time we were drawing on napkins in the pub and came up with the original idea for the organ trailer).
The parade was November 20th, 2010.
We started with doodles on a placemat at our current weekly hangout, and then graduated to a collaborative blog to continue with the idea flow.
Through contacts in the local electric vehicle and railway enthusiasts groups, a real diesel air horn was acquired for the job.
The base vehicle for the steam locomotive is RGB's Greenspeed GTVs6 tandem convertible recumbent tricycle towing the HPVOoO organ trailer dressed up as a passenger car and a kid's wagon that served as a caboose.
The ElectroLuminescent wire came from That's Cool Wire. Here's a description of the wiring.
Here are some photos from the build...
...and a relevant recent Rick Mercer Report...