LAYOUT: Train Town 6
Posted 15 February 2010 - 05:40 PM
Last night, I got busy and started dusting my Train Town. As I did so, I quickly found my modulars and road plates rearranged. I thought, what the hay - I'm going to change things up a bit. With the addition of a few new blue baseplates, I redid the town completely. I've been wanting to add a water element and bridge for some time, finally making it happen in the late hours of last night with Pandora playing in the background.
While the track is only set one brick high, it does provide the needed clearance for the bridge. Yes, I would have liked to make the bridge taller and raise up the main town/modular section, but such things take some work. In fact, I initially tried doing so with a few books, but thought, this is too much work - maybe Train Town 7 will incorporate the concept.
With the addition of water, I've added the cargo pier and crane (from 7994 City Harbour), as well as a small section of desert - still need to add some desert bushes and rattlesnakes. The building you see in the desert is my last standing Mexican Village structure, a Mexican Church (awaiting the new Mexican with Sombrero minifig).
One of the challenging things is that the Modulars take so much space on your layout, and they dwarf all other structures. I had to loose my Train Station, and Town Plan Cinema . In any case, I like the water, cargo crane, and desert section. This time, LEGOs RC Cargo Train Deluxe is running on the track.
I'll share some additional pictures soon.
Posted 16 February 2010 - 01:41 AM
I've since raised the bridge to three studs high and have the entire loop of track climbing from the rear to the high point of the bridge.
A small forest to the left adds some green and interesting landscaping:
To the right is the small desert with Mexican Church:
The entire layout shot at an angle:
This is still a work in process as I'd like to add some additional landscaping. More to come.
Posted 21 February 2010 - 06:54 PM
After the great discussion about Train Tunnels, I had to add one - even if it was just a small one. Sort of like the LEGO Duplo Tunnel, very basic - but it does work:
The tunnel/forest fills space toward the front left curve:
Moving on to the desert, I've added a small stream out of some extra blue and tan plates:
The desert stream fills the front right section of the layout:
Generally, I find myself not adding much to these corners of my Train Town, so the additional landscaping fills the areas nicely.
EDIT - The entire layout:
LARGE Higher-Resolution Picture
Posted 06 March 2010 - 06:49 PM
Unfortunately, I had to lose the Town Plan gas station to make room. I may work on changing the desert area since it's too small for my revised Mexican Church. If I only had more space.
(Gas pumps and Town Plan water fountain will be relocated soon)
Posted 06 March 2010 - 07:37 PM
The tunnel looks very nice too and I really like that you've added a desert scene.
The small river coming from the sea is an excellent idea.
Btw, was there an old town where your new town is now? Perhaps a Ghost town?
Someone or something still haunts the place.
So many LEGO so little space...
"Bricks and stones, timber and tiles - are of no use when dumped at random..."
Xenophon - "Memoirs of Socrates"
Posted 06 March 2010 - 07:41 PM
Posted 21 March 2010 - 03:53 AM
One thing I'm not too sure about is the docks though. The container ship can't fit into port there, because it's blocked off by the bridge. Not a major concern, just something to look out for if you're going for "total realism".
The music matches the train theme, too.
I am Baulf in TinyPiesRUs' Ragnarok Now Redux!
Posted 11 December 2012 - 01:12 AM
It looks like the 10027 Train Engine Shed
Posted 13 December 2012 - 09:01 PM
I'm particularly impressed by :
- the little lagoon that runs through the sand and how you have put the plants along its edge.
- the small rise in the track, making the bridge effect so much more real
- the little birds (I think they're birds) on top of the Grand emporium.....I think these are additions (aren't they)?
Posted 19 December 2012 - 11:33 PM
Some day, when I finally have room to build my full layout (I get a temporary one for Christmas every year, but I can't leave it up), I was planning on actually lowering a section for water. I have a Sponge-Bob set my kids gave up on that I'd like to add, and with the CMF divers I figured it would be a good way to include them... maybe a shipwreck.
But given the constraints of a level table, I love the raising of the track just a little bit to bridge over it - nice job!
It all looks great - the train, the shipyard with the crane, the modulars, the greenery... nice.
Posted 20 December 2012 - 04:21 AM
I think this was the last Train Town (#7). Had to lose the water to make more space:
Not to get too far off the LEGO Train topic, but the diorama was first eliminated to decluter and dust - that was a great feeling to have cleaned a very cluttered room and table:
But the neat and tidy table quickly turned into another display - Playmobil Pirates one summer (in vacation mode at the time):
I'm always changing the table with my moods - it's been a LEGO Classic Town, Wild West town, Grave Stone, Fantasy Castle, an Egyptian desert, and even an Indiana Jones Jungle Adventure:
Classic Town Restoration Project
Indiana Jones Jungle Adventure (one of my favorites)
The latest is this WWII diorama:
The table is about 3 x 5 feet (approx), but can be extended, and I've added boards to make it wider for the Train Town display. I follow no train community guidelines or standards, just strategically position various baseplates and buildings to fit as much as I can at any given time.
LEGO is the most tedious as dusting is really difficult.
Thanks again for the recent comments.
EDIT: My FlickR photostream if any of you want to see my latest projects: http://www.flickr.co...s/25848889@N03/. You're most welcome to visit and drop a note at any time.
Posted 23 December 2012 - 06:31 AM
Posted 23 December 2012 - 03:39 PM
The four that are the same size (almost 24 inches long x 4 1/2 inches wide) are from Target. They cost $10 each. It's been a few years since I purchased, but Target would most likely still carry them. I've seen them in white as well - their standard 2 foot shelf.
The top shelf is a bit different - more fancy. I picked that up in a home store a few years ago. I liked the length as it fits the Maersk and it wasn't much.
If you've got a Target near you, check it out. You might even be able to purchase longer shelves. Good luck!
EDIT: oh, here's a better shot:
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