A Model Train Locomotive You Can Eat

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This is the model of the daya model train locomotive you can eat!

The pics were set in by Charles E. Mason II who is a pastry chef in Hillsboro, Oregon.

Here’s what Charles had to say about his work of art…

I’m a 33 year old pastry chef at Whole Foods in Tanasbourne Oregon USA.

I’ve been a pastry chef for about six years with a degree from Le Cordon Bleu in patisserie and baking, where I found my love for building gingerbread projects.

Every year I choose something that makes my soul jump for joy.

I get started right away around March getting ready for Halloween. I have tradition and passion for the month of October.

I don’t do gingerbread projects for Christmas because I have a “Rustic” style of creating pastries.

It took me one year to plan, scale, budget for this gingerbread train.

Eighty-four hours to build, about one month.

The train is about two feet long.

When it comes to what I used, lets start from front to back. It is about 85% edible.

The front grill is tooth picks, the steam core is gingerbread cake wrapped in black fondant, the two humps are white chocolate truffles, the chimney is an ice cream cone, the steam is popcorn.

Wheels are thin mint cookies with pocky sticks.

I made the engine core out of wood because I used a model train fire light to give the look of a hot coal fire. I didn’t want to melt any parts with the heat coming from the light. I boxed it in with fondant.

The back I stacked gingerbread cake, shaped it, covered the outside with fondant, top is pretzels and coffee as coal.
– Charles E. Mason II

Wow that is a huge job Charles and very impressive… Thanks for sharing!

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Dan Morgan

Dan Morgan fell in love with model trains at the age of six when he visited an NMRA Convention in Seattle with his father. Forty two years later, his passion remains just as strong. After achieving a successful career in architecture, Dan’s particular interest is within layouts and buildings. With a wealth of knowledge on the subject, Dan loves nothing more than sharing this with others and is delighted in the forum of members who are brought together over the hobby they have in common. Dan lives with his wife Helen in Washington. As a professional painter, Helen has learnt through Dan about Model Trains and they now enjoy working on projects together. The only member of the family who isn’t allowed to join in is their over-enthusiastic Labrador called William who has been strictly banned from the workshop! You can find Dan on Google here!

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  1. Dan
    6 years ago

    That is the most awesome “home made” train I’ve ever seen! Is it for sale, and if so how much?

  2. Brad
    6 years ago

    Incredible!! The talent that some people have just absolutely amazes me!!

  3. Ray Mager
    6 years ago

    just beautiful you must have a lot of patience

  4. Isidoro
    6 years ago

    Excellent work.Hats off to you. It is amazing what hard works and devotion to your career can do!
    Happy Holidays.

  5. Randy Leishman
    6 years ago

    Thank you for thinking about me on the Atherns Engine. But I am kind of stuck in the past on Steam

  6. James Sylvester
    6 years ago

    WOW! the creater sure has a talent. I really like what he has done. Merry Christmas

  7. robert
    6 years ago

    that is cool,,well done,,,,,,,, i was hoping for a big boy but that close enough,,,,,,

  8. henry kozora
    6 years ago

    i love it good work.

  9. David Wahl
    6 years ago

    Totally awesome train. That is really something to see. How long did it take for people to eat the darned thing after you were done?

  10. Randy, St Pete Floria
    6 years ago

    Looks great to me! And I also think it works for Christmas! Thought it may be ‘Rustic” many Christmas Decorations are done in fashions and styles that replicate the past!

  11. Charles E. Mason II
    6 years ago

    Thank you for publishing me. It’s a great day for me. I didn’t think about selling it before but we can talk.

  12. Bob Rickert
    6 years ago

    Extremely well done-artwork at it’s best. You are to be commended Mr. Mason for your creativity and dedication for distinct detail. BRAVO!!!

  13. wayne
    6 years ago

    very good very good, I’m getting hungery !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! wayne

  14. Rob.Billing
    6 years ago

    A very SWEET job well done. Love the items you used, ice cream cone, tooth picks. Very good. All the best. Rob

  15. William
    6 years ago

    WoW, That is Amazing!!! I think that Chef Mason done an absolutely wonderful job on his creation. What a great talent, I love the smoke as well as all the detail put into this model. I am afraid if he had made it for me I would have to find a way to preserve it forever! I would enclose it in a glass case of some sort and show it off, along with Chef Masons autographed Photo. Thank you for sharing such a wonderful piece of art.

    William & Family

  16. Mike McKeever
    6 years ago

    Very Cool!

  17. Karen P.
    6 years ago

    This is absolutely gorgeous … and even better in person!! We love Charles’ creations and are so lucky to have him at OUR Whole Foods!!! Way to go Charles!!!

  18. vince
    6 years ago

    FANTASTIC!!! As being in restaurant business in and out for over 30yrs and model railroading for over 40+yrs. I appreciate seeing true talent. Keep up the great work.

  19. Dan Morgan
    5 years ago

    Well done Charles… Lots of people loved your modelling skills. What did you eventually do with your creation? Cheers Dan

  20. Charles E. Mason II
    5 years ago

    I just want to thank you all for understanding how much work goes into these projects. And to answer the burning question in all of your minds, what do I do with the train? I keep it for a year until the next one is built.

  21. Junie
    2 years ago

    This On30 Heisler looks great, I hope that it comes with sound, then it will not require the gyaicstnms of adding it on. Now that Bachman is going to re-issue the two Porters with DCC & sound I am going to have some Porters that I have been wondering how to add DCC & sound without a tender, I guess there will be a grave yard of old Porters down by the round house.

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