I would like to share some photos of my Regional Express train that I have recently rebuilt, the train consists of a De 4/4II Motor Baggage Car for the locomotive, a 1st Class Coach, 2nd Class Coach and a 2nd Class Pilot Coach which is used to control the train when it is traveling in reverse, this style of Push-Pull operation is very common in Europe.
I originally built this train about 3 years ago and decided recently to revisit the design as I wanted to improve the performance of it, when I first built the coaches I made them 36 studs long using a chassis made from plates, the train worked well on exhibition layouts where there was ample track to gather up speed but on smaller layouts with a lot of curves the performance suffered to some extent. The main issues were the length and weight of the coaches, lengthwise the train was suffering from excessive drag when it was negotiating sections of track with a lot of curves in it, they also have a decent amount of interior detail and on average they were tipping the scales at 460grams a piece which didn't help with the drag issues on curves. To remedy these issues I decided to step back in time and embrace the humble 6 x 28 Train Chassis plate http://www.bricklink...tem.asp?P=4093a , this has helped a lot in performance as it has cut down on the drag issue associated with moving long stock through the tight radius of curved track, the coaches have also lost about 60 grams in weight in the process. I have had to sacrifice some seating in the coaches but I am still able to fit a good number of minifigs inside, 1st Class 5 seats, 2nd Class 8 seats and the 2nd Class Pilot Coach 6 seats, each seat is capable of fitting a minifig in a relatively comfortable pose.
Views of whole the train
De 4/4II Gepacktriebwagen
1st Class Coach
2nd Class Coach
2nd Class Pilot Coach
Edited by Steinkopf, 10 April 2012 - 07:16 PM.