motorize lego toy story train

HOWTO Motorize LEGO Toy Story Train

So do you want to motorize the 7597 Toy Story’s Western Chase Train? Well, let me explain how I did it.

motorize lego toy story train

To motorize this LEGO Train we have to challenges to solve, first we need to correct the wrong proportions of the train by making it shorter and then we need to add the PF motor parts so it can work.

So before we begin you will need a PF Train Motor, a IR Reciever and a AAA Battery box. It is around 50€ is the LEGO Shop… or you can do what I did, get an extra 7939 Cargo train, you will get all the parts plus a good amount of tracks.

Making the train shorter

The train is too tall because it needs to make room for Toy Story minifigs but if you place LEGO minifigs there you will see that the scale is wrong. So my suggestion to achieve this in a simple way is just to remove one row of bricks…

Much like this.


In the locomotive it is an easy task, it won’t give you problems.

On the Passenger cars it is also quite simple, just remove one row.


On the money car on the other hand, you have a problem because you don’t have really any row to remove, so my advice is to remove as many plates as possible without affecting too much the structure of the model… much like this.


So the simpler part is done.

Adding PF Motor to the set

Ok, now it is time to add the PF Motor to the model. I choose to use the locomotive rear part and place there the motor because I thought it would look better.


By adding the motor there you need to rework the front part of the train because the 9V Motor is slightly larger than the bogey it was using. Another problem I realized later was that as the wheels were quite big the train ran too fast. You can check it on the video.

Placing the IR Controller

For me this one was easy. I placed it on the locomotive. It is slightly visible and it doesn’t left any room for the train driver but I really like the location and the fact that it is hard to notice.

Storing the battery box

And well… the battery box… I really think the best location for this would be the locomotive so that it weight more and it gets more adherence to the rails… but definitively there is room for it, so I move the battery box to the next car.

And here is the final result

Miguel says…

I like the reworked train, it looks much better than the original in my opinion. I perhaps will try to place the motor under the safe car and check what I get.

2 thoughts on “HOWTO Motorize LEGO Toy Story Train”

  1. LegoBuilder3344

    When I was young I had this train, we didn’t put modern day PF’s in it, we put a classic 4.5v motor in it, it was ok, the train is in pieces though now, the 4.5v motor is fine, lost most of the turns for the 4.5v track :( Great how-to though! :)

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