Train Ideas Needed
Posted 19 January 2010 - 12:16 AM
I've been busy at it again expanding the Old Mexican Village which I've been sharing in the History Forum. Now that I've got a pretty good sized town going, I created a 9V rail line right through the heart of the town with plans to add a train.
It got me thinking, what sort of train might I add to the village? passenger perhaps? cargo? or a mixed-style Western train? The village is set around the late 1800s to early 1900s.
BMW's Pancho Villa Train serves as a great "inspiration train", but not only is it way too detailed for my town, but it's far above my building expertise. This brings me back to the classics with ideas from 12V and 9V sets.
Do any of you have any ideas in regard to what might make a nice train addition? I'd appreciate any ideas/suggestions you might have.
Posted 19 January 2010 - 12:53 AM
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Posted 19 January 2010 - 01:33 AM
PS: Or mabey you could have like an army transport train. I know you do have alot of old Wild West sets, so why not make a troop carrier?
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Posted 19 January 2010 - 05:43 AM
It's all fairly lightly detailed and you could strip it back even further or just use it as some basic inspiration. I tried to keep it all fairly simple.
It was even slightly inspired by your work. I liked the elegant simplicity of your Western themed work and tried to imitate it a little.
Edited by gambort, 19 January 2010 - 05:45 AM.
Posted 19 January 2010 - 08:59 AM
You've clearly drawn inspiration in the past from official sets, but I think you've limited yourself because it's too easy if you have similar parts to just recreate or recolour an official set. Gambort has in other places said he dislikes the 9V train door because they don't look like real trains, I'm coming to understand why, because once you abandon the obvious choice, you find better if more difficult brick built solutions.
My suggestion is to have a look at some of the 4.5V trains such as this one. The idea being I'm pretty sure you wont have a lot of the 4.5V era parts which may force you to novel solutions to recreate the basic look and shapes, and the models are simple so I'm sure you wont hesitate to improve them.
Posted 19 January 2010 - 10:01 AM
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Posted 20 January 2010 - 04:05 AM
Great thoughts and suggestions all. I look forward to hearing any others.
EDIT: I should mention that I have a few cars and engine from 3225 Classic Train currently set up, but want something unique.
Posted 22 January 2010 - 01:22 AM
Prototypically speaking, the Mexican railroads typically bought used from the American railroads. So for late 1800s you would find 4-4-0s Americans and 2-6-0 Moguls pulling mixed trains. Lots of brass but it would all be weathered brown and the loks dusty. Simple black with white accents.
Rolling stock would include a passenger car combined with flats, boxes, and cattle cars. The freight equipment provides great opportunities for little details which add so much character.
The new TS Train looks like a fantastic place to start. The new pilot alone adds so much. And go watch some great western train movies.
Posted 24 January 2010 - 03:22 AM
Appreciate all the tips.
Posted 24 January 2010 - 04:25 PM
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