I designed this train entirely in Lego Digital Designer, and as I do not yet have the parts to build it, all my pictures are from LDD. Each picture is also a link to a bigger version of said picture.
A couple things of note. The clips on the sides and from of the water tanks are meant for flex tubing - which isn't in LDD. As well, the wheels of the engine are supposed to be the Large Train Wheels that come in the Emerald Night set, which are also absent in LDD. And finally, each end of the coupling rod is meant to be the "half" version of what it is (To allow clearance with the rear steps into the cabin).
This photo I think really highlights the shapes of the 5700. I did my best to incorporate all the cab's sloping and unique angles, and you can see the gap between the boiler and the "floor" of the engine. The tool box and the few greebles behind it are a little hard to make out with the blackness of the engine, but they're there. I would have loved to do a GWR green version but sadly, a lot of these parts don't come in Earth Green.
The front and rear bumper are both a little low for the train to be accurate in that regard, and this I blame solely on my desire to keep this engine compatible with all standard LEGO trains.
This rear view shows off more of the engine's curves, and likely gives a bit of a glimpse as to how I built the cab. There are controls are a door for a firebox (Which, while the firebox DOES open there is nothing of note behind it. That space was eaten by mechanics). The train was designed to be powered by the new PF Train Motor with Emerald Night wheels on the axle, and that gap in the rear is actually a tunnel for the cord. Unfortunately this model would require both the battery box and IR receiver to be in whichever car it's pulling - I juts couldn't figure out how to fit either of them.
Oh, and that lamp is sitting funky because LDD wouldn't let me hang it how I wanted.
Here's a head on shot. It's hard to see the little metal steps on the front of the tanks/boiler, but they're there in the appropriate areas. The front and rear windows are not as far to the sides OR as round as I wanted them to be - but the thickness of the slope brick made it necessary. Call it a modified 5700.
Sorry about that gap there to the sides of the windows - I couldn't find any parts that filled it appropriately. On a positive note, the anti-studs match up pretty well with all the welded bolts on the real engine. You can see there that the sideways SNOT sort of wraps around the back of the cab, and the bottom of the coal box is filled in by some hidden angle bricks.
And here's an overhead shot. One of the nice things about LDD, for the observers, is that with the brick outlines it's a lot easier to see how things are situated. The boiler makes heavy use of SNOT and many bricks on the train are sideways, upside-down, or even raised a half a plate. I did my best to make sure it was all securely attached so theoretically this engine should be fairly sturdy.
If/when I ever build it I'm also going to add those struts that go alongside the wheels near the track, but having them empty on LDD looked goofy so I kept them off.
That's all the pictures that I have, and hopefully later tonight I'll have an LXF for anybody interested. For as much criticism as I've levied against my own engine in this post I am actually really proud of it, especially since it's the most difficult engine I've ever designed. (My previous engines were all very simplistic 6-wides). Hopefully I can figure out how Bricklink works and actually buy all the parts for it.
I've added the LXF!!
Actually, there are TWO LXF files. One of them is exactly how you see it in the pictures, with the substitute wheels and the brick-built replacement for the PF motor. The second one has neither of those.
Minus the Substitute Parts
Any comments, criticisms, suggestions or questions are all very much welcome! I would love to hear your feedback.
On that note, I would like to ask the more experienced Train fans a question: This engine is 8 studs wide (Ten with the steps, I guess). Do you think it would look silly or out of place running on the same layout as the Emerald Night?
Edited by Daedalus304, 08 March 2011 - 09:08 AM.
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