After recently acquiring (or using a term I endearingly apply, 'rescue' ,) the remnants of two disused copies of 7722, a manual Level Crossing, a good deal of 4.5v track and a 12v motor on eBay, I decided to have another shot at creating a full MOC consist after not being too terribly thrilled with my first attempt last month. So after cracking open both of my 10183s (with a little assistance from 4996,) I give you the Classic Goods Train! (:
Looks like the morning haul is heading through town.
The locomotive - a small diesel mechanical model of German prototype, based heavily around the blue 7760, but drawing some influence from 7755 and incorporating 4563's 'pinstripe' color scheme. Normally I'm not a huge fan of decals, but I felt that they lent a fair amount of detail and interest, in this case.
I wanted to keep a small, stocky, and stubby appearance throughout the loco's profile, reflecting it's classic influences. Tiles cover the running board and hood, resulting in a mostly studless design.
The loco from the rear. The original 1980's style magnet coupling has been fitted to both pairs of buffers to better authenticate the classic feel.
A typical feature from sets of the day was the ability to easily lift the roof away from rolling stock in order to place minifigures inside, and this has not been overlooked here. The roof (and doors!) lift away in a single piece, connected only by the studs at the bottom of the doors themselves, which provides a surprisingly sturdy connection while in operation but still retains easy removal. The cab windshields are mounted upside-down to the body of the loco by fitting a jumper plate into a headlamp brick with the 'rear' facing vertically.
Here's a ballast wagon, fresh with shiny new 1x1 tiles. A tiny piece of rolling stock at only six by twelve studs. I designed the wagon to resemble various similar types of mineral trucks frequently found in classic European trains.
The car is even complete with a detailed braking system, as was typical of prototype!
Here's a completely brick-built working tipper wagon. Tipper wagons were staples of the blue era, yet oddly made no appearances during the grey era and were largely replaced by the hopper wagon during the 9v era.
As is fairly obvious, turning the wheel at either end dumps the load. Unfortunately with my limited supply of parts on hand (95% of my collection is currently 2,000 miles away from me at the moment!) the tipper capacity is rather shallow..
Here's a covered goods van, complete with ladder, detailed underframe and 'locking' doors. What could such a van be carrying?
Why, a Small Car of course! Some lucky owner in town must be having it shipped direct from the manufacturer. Costly indeed!
Yard sorting duties..
And heading out for another run!
40 mph winds are not great conditions for LEGO photography, but I didn't let that deter me. While attempting to stage a braking mishap in the sidings (as seen in the lower right hand corner) the wind finally decided to toss my whole setup around! Such is the railfan's peril.
I hope you've enjoyed and I hope to bring you something better next time!
Edited by TheBrickster, 04 May 2010 - 01:51 PM.