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Sun, Jul. 15th, 2018, 12:18 am
vriad_lee:

tram toy

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Sun, Jul. 15th, 2018 08:22 am (UTC)
stillcarl

What's the wire at the top for? To simulate connecting to electric wires?

Sun, Jul. 15th, 2018 09:31 am (UTC)
vriad_lee

I think so, since it's clockwork it couldn't be used for anything else.

Sun, Jul. 15th, 2018 10:59 am (UTC)
stillcarl

Perhaps you have a string running through it and when it hits what it's tied to the wire flips over and switches it into reverse? Then it'd run back and forth along the string.

Mon, Jul. 16th, 2018 04:37 am (UTC)
vriad_lee

the wire flips over? that would be awesome, but i've never seen anything like that. you mean it would have levers on both ends throwing it into reverse when it bumps?

Tue, Jul. 17th, 2018 11:44 am (UTC)
stillcarl

Just the act of reaching the end of the string would flip it over. The wire would act like a gear stick. It would look a bit wrong though, as the wire would be leading, not trailing like on real electric trams.

I've just done a search for something like this, and haven't found anything. (The things I waste my time on! :) ) You should make one for your next toy fair...

The only new clockwork motors (other than for clocks and watches) that I could find...

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/10-x-Clockwork-motors-with-keys-NEW-Clock-work-wind-up-educational/221389562412

I doubt they're reversing ones though. The only ones of those I could find were vintage Meccano ones. But still, think what you could do with ten cheap little clockwork motors!