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MOC: Santa's White Steam Train

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Howdy dear Train fans,

I've been busy rearranging all the X-mas decorations and putting them back in their respective boxes (while I still have the time for that - otherwise they'd probably still be out by the end of the month!) and in the meantime I decided to take a few pics of our lil Christmas MOC.

Admiteddly, the composition or the engine itself is nothing special and both are most definitely inspired by the Holiday Train. However, I still tried to add my own touch to it and seeing as this is my first Train MOC ever, I thought I'd share it with you in hope that you might have some constructive criticism or comments for me :sweet: . This one was built in a hurry since I only had an hour or two and I just had to finally have a train going underneath the Christmas tree - I knew how much Asya would love that! For obvious reasons, I wasn't too keen on using the Super Chief or the GP-38, so I came up with Santa's White Steam Train without really aiming for any sort of realism... I actually wanted it to look a bit more... how shall I put it -- LEGO-like.

Hopefully, in 11 months I'll have some more spare time and I'll be able to pick an actual real-life engine on which I'll base Santa's 2010 Steam Train. Until then, I guess I'll keep studying Tony Sava's Polar Express :tongue:

On with the pics then...

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hahaha, I like it.

The swirly piece at the nose and the smoke coming out of the smoke stack is really clever.

It's a few days late for Christmas, but we'll let it slide. :laugh:

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It's the first time that environmentalists actually encourage the use of steam trains. As Homer would say:

538219_Homer-Simpson.jpgMmmm....Sweet smoke....

:grin::wink:

Very nice work neighbour! It really feels like Christmas! Having this weather here though, I can easily say say that this is not the Polar Express but the Solar Express! :laugh:

About the Christmas issue, Christmas never pass/leave, only come! We are not 10 days after Christmas, just 355 before!

Thanks for sharing!

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Homer replacement

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Very interesting!

White color is really appropriate for the theme, and I think it is not too late for this MOC!

Beside from great delicious color scheme, train has cool details!

Too bad we cant see a picture with the train under the tree!

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Great MOC TheOtters! :cry_happy:

I really like the nose and the steam, the little cart in between the two bigger ones is really cute. :thumbup:

Very nice MOC, lookingforward to "santa's 2010 Steam Train"! :cry_happy:

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Cute train 'The Otters' ! :wub:

Looks wonderful in white with red trim. :grin:

Ready for next Christmas, excellent work 'The Otters' ! :sweet::grin::laugh:

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Very cool! I would love to see that train put into a wintery Lego scene with lots of trees and perhaps a few snow covered buildings. :classic:

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Howdy dear Train fans,

This is a cute Moc and especially nice for a first train. I too like the smoke.

If you rebuild or tweak this one for more realism, I have a suggestion; The distance between the coal tender and the engine is too big. The poor fireman would have to make a huge jump with every shovel load of coal :cry_sad: In real life the tender often had a platform which extended over the coupling for the fireman to walk on, and you could also mount the couplings further back to bring the two closer together.

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Wow, thank you all for the nice comments guys! For a MOC this simple, I'm very happy you've enjoyed this one :)

The swirly piece at the nose...

I guess I should thank Tim, his monkey and the Professor for that :tongue: I've always liked the Time Cruisers, to be perfecly honest!

As Homer would say:

Having this weather here though, I can easily say say that this is not the Polar Express but the Solar Express! :laugh:

It's almost like that up here as well... The thing is though, we keep having an amplitude of ~25 degrees over 2-3 days which is a bit weird. Heavy snowfall yesterday, it's over 10 degrees outside today. Perhaps I should have bought a bike and learnt to ride it in the winter?!

Too bad we cant see a picture with the train under the tree!

On Christmas, everything is possible - even if it's in the past tense:

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Very nice MOC, lookingforward to "santa's 2010 Steam Train"! :cry_happy:

Me too! Looking forward to a MOC-full 2010 and Santa's 2010 Steam Train should be the icing on the cake :]

Looks wonderful in white with red trim. :grin:

Thanks mate, I was wondering whether I should go for red or green trim, but I'm very happy with the final colour scheme. Glad you like it :)

I would love to see that train put into a wintery Lego scene with lots of trees and perhaps a few snow covered buildings. :classic:

Santa's 2010 Train -- promise!

If you rebuild or tweak this one for more realism, I have a suggestion; The distance between the coal tender and the engine is too big. The poor fireman would have to make a huge jump with every shovel load of coal :cry_sad: In real life the tender often had a platform which extended over the coupling for the fireman to walk on, and you could also mount the couplings further back to bring the two closer together.

Thanks a lot mate, that's precisely the kind of feedback I was hoping for. Obviously I didn't spend anywhere near enough time researching this, but that distance you've mentioned is something I'll definitely take into account in future (hopefully, more elaborate) train MOCs!

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:cry_happy:

The combination of Santa's White Steam Train and Winter Toy Shop is just great! Bird's eye view really makes the engine look like it has snow on it!

:thumbup:

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The combination of Santa's White Steam Train and Winter Toy Shop is just great! Bird's eye view really makes the engine look like it has snow on it!

:thumbup:

Hmmm, I know what you mean, but snow doesn't stay on a moving steam engine very long, as the boiler gets pretty hot. :tongue:

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Hmmm, I know what you mean, but snow doesn't stay on a moving steam engine very long, as the boiler gets pretty hot. :tongue:

It's Santa's train and with him on board everything is possible! :wink:

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On Christmas, everything is possible - even if it's in the past tense:

Indeed it is! You sound like Santa with those words :classic:

Looks great, but most important thing is that you made one special person happy, right :thumbup:

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