Dear friends of Lego trains (hm, that sounds a bit formal, eh?),
I've been following the train forum for a few months now and have marvelled at some of the truly amazing work I've seen here. And while I'm far away from the perfection of some people here, I'd still like to show you my project I've been working on over the last weeks:
The Austrian Federal Railways' (ÖBB) Railjet high speed train
I've chosen this train for my first MOC project as I'm travelling on it frequently, it has an interesting design and as it's somewhat unusual for a high speed train. With a top service speed of 230km/h it's admittedly rather on the slow side for high speed trains and no match for the likes of TGV and ICE - but then again, the geographical situation of Austria makes building real high-speed lines pretty hard (there are only upgraded section along the Western Railway). The train currently operates on services between Budapest, Vienna, Salzburg, Munich and Zurich.
The trains were built from 2006 on by Siemens and are based on earlier EuroCity rolling stock.
What makes the train sets unlike most other high-speed trains, is that they are technically standard push-pull trains hauled by off-the-shelf electric locomotives which were already used before, but adapted to give them features known from high-speed trains. In normal service a trainset is made up of a Taurus locomotive plus a rake of seven permanently-coupled carriages, each rake being assigned one locomotive which normally remains attached to it. The carriages and the locomotives were designed and painted so they visually form one unit. Due to the carriages being permanently coupled, the interior of the carriages has the look and feel of an EMU (essentially, the train is a push-pull train disguised as an EMU).
My understanding as to why ÖBB made those unusual design decisions (it seems that originally, they planned to build EMUs) is that they needed new rolling stock but didn't have the time nor the resources for developing an EMU. They did, though, have a surplus of Taurus locomotives they once ordered for an expansion into Eastern-European markets which never happened and had some carriage designs which were usable for their new train with only slight adaptions. And lastly, they probably wanted to have a high-speed product instead of just buying new carriages because with the planned liberalization of passenger rail traffic in Europe they are expecting competition from private high-speed train operators on profitable InterCity connections and needed something to counter them.
My rendition of the train is in 6-wide to keep it the same size as the stock sets and carriages are a lot shorter than they should be if they were to scale (that also has financial considerations).
Well, now here are some photos of the original (taken from Wikipedia):
And here is my interpretation:
Version with 4 carriages
Version with 2 carriages (1)
Version with 2 carriages (2)
More photos here:
- The design of the carriage doors was inspired by Bricktrix' Eurostar
- The interior design of the Loco is a mixture of real elements and inspiration by JGoods19's Highspeed Trainset
- There are some nice designs for the Taurus loco like Hannes1806's and AshiValkoinen's
Hope you like it and I'd be happy about comments and ideas how to improve it :-)
Edited by Odyssey, 01 November 2010 - 11:38 PM.