As many of you know, Stacy and I are really into Harry Potter and have an ever growing section of our layout devoted to Harry Potter. Awhile back, I decided I would try my hand at building the Hogwarts Express. At the time, only steam wheels from Big Ben's Bricks were available. For some reason, I never got around to ordering them and subsequently never built the MOC. With the release of the Emerald Night, I found I had a renewed interest in steam trains and decided to give this one a try.
Here's the money shot showing a nice ISO view of the engine. The driving rods are okay...but I find that the design binds after about 15 minutes of continuous running. I am in the process of redesigning these. Others have noted the same issue with the Emerald Night. I based the boiler off of the official LEGO set and then did the rest myself.
To go with the engine, I had to build a few coaches. I originally did the roof in black, but after watching Goblet of Fire again, I realized that the roof of the coaches was actually gray. Good thing I had enough of the curved slopes in light bley to cover all three coaches. The windows are done with a SNOT technique I learned from one of James Mathis' presentations.
And a couple images of the train sitting on my layout at home. I've got a few kinks to work out of this MOC yet, but overall I really like how the design came out. You can see more images on my Flickr page.
Edited by TheBrickster, 21 July 2009 - 05:49 AM.