Animated Train Staff Pick

  • April 22, 2012
  • Blender 2.4x
  • Render: Blender Internal
  • Creator: ChrisKuhn
  • License: CC-0
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This is an old steam-powered locomotive.

Originally I was just going to rig some wheels and pistons. I wasn't planning to build a train, but somehow it happened anyway.

The model is approximately 20K faces... I tried to strike a good balance between detail and polygon count. If you've got limited computing power, you can delete the bolts, pipes, and beveled edges. That should get you down around 7K faces.

All the mechanical parts are parented to the wheels. I set them up on an extrapolated (linear) IPO curve that cycles @ 1 rotation every 49 frames. I also threw in some basic smoke that starts at frame -20 and goes to frame 100. Just hit "play" and it should work for you.

I didn't do any modeling inside the cab... lots of room for improvement. Also, all the textures are procedural, and I haven't UV mapped anything. Feel free to make it better.



  • thomaswornall profile picture

    Looks amazing thanks for sharing

    Written April 23, 2012
  • giova_replicant profile picture

    awesome thanks

    Edited June 09, 2012
  • gpathy profile picture

    Super stuff!

    Written June 19, 2012
  • Julian Ray profile picture
    Julian Ray


    Written July 28, 2012
  • oceanguide profile picture

    Used this train in my video "Ghosts of Kinsol Trestle."

    Many thanks . . . great work by you.

    Written December 12, 2012
  • lynx952 profile picture

    Very cool , great work, thanks for sharing.

    Edited January 01, 2013
  • Small Troll profile picture
    Small Troll

    This is a great looking model and the way you animated the pistons, while complicated to my little understanding, was useful in answering some questions i had on how to rig my own simpler model (simpler as in less moving parts)

    Written January 30, 2013
  • wulankazak profile picture

    I've seen this video on youtube ,,Nice job ! I like it !

    Written April 27, 2013
  • richardfireone profile picture

    very cool just to check out

    Written December 14, 2014
  • Zsombor profile picture

    Now this is what you call something ! Awesome work !

    Written February 04, 2015
  • Bloomer profile picture

    Amazing animation thank u very much for sharing :)

    Written April 29, 2015
  • Row2209 profile picture

    its wonderful i wonder how you did it!!!!!

    Written June 17, 2015
  • PhineasJ profile picture

    Awesome job! Thanks!

    Written August 21, 2015
  • EardrumManna profile picture


    Written December 08, 2015
  • Torulo profile picture

    Thanks a lot for this!

    Written March 14, 2017
  • Toshibasatellitec655d profile picture

    Great train!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Written June 01, 2018