Awhile back I made a toy train layout for my nieces out of a modified, 3 dollar, toy train set. It was fun (some may remember the pictures links I posted), but limited in size and the one thing I didn't like was that the factory set speed of the Engine was too fast. It's not flying off the track at curves but just doesn't look right. So I've been thinking...
If I could find a battery operated toy of any kind with axles that would fit between regular HO or N track, I could probably build cab and cars with HO or N wheels attached and make a custom train set with regular model railroad track (which would give me freedom as to the size and design) -if of course the motor speed was right and it had enough power to pull a few cars. My first thought was a Thomas engine but from what I've seen, the motors are too wide. The the other day I thought I recalled there being battery operated cars or engines of some sort that run on regular model track (for track cleaning or something??). I can't imagine logically what it's purpose would be but that's my main question for the group at the moment: is there an HO or N battery operated device that's designed to run on model track, and if so, what's the speed like and do you suppose it could be modified to pull cars?