First up are some passenger coaches. I did not have many, just three to run with my Emerald Night which were pretty bog standard EN coaches apart from being seven wide as opposed to LEGO standard six studs. So I decided to make a few more. In order to keep with the theme of most of my steam engines being from around the C1900 era I made them twin axle four wheeled ones. I am currently working on longer four axle ones but they are not finished.
Anyway, these are similar to the ones that used to operate on the branch line that ran behind my parents house when I was a very small child. Although by the time I came along it was just used for goods traffic my mother informs me that up until the early 1960's they still used this type of small coach. I have not been able to find any reference to that so I will have to go on her word. But anyhow they seemed like a good thing to make. Originally when I started making them I built the first two with connecting corridors, but found that in order for them to not touch on standard curves they needed to have the couplings placed in such a way that the main body of the coaches were 5 studs apart which looked ridiculous. Also upon further investigation I was not able to find a single photo of old twin axle coaches that had connecting corridors so I changed them to stand alone wagons which made them look a little more real (As far as LEGO can.) and that they were able to run closer together.
I decided to make three standard coaches like this and then a final brake coach to bring up the rear. I looked at various designs for these and most of the early ones seemed to have the birdsnest arrangement for the guard to look out of, however and partly due to clearance under my station, I did not want to go down this route (Although I probably could have just about got away with it.) but instead decided to go with the ducket version as you can see from the pictures. I did find some evidence for these although not so much so maybe they were not as popular? Interestingly every spell check and dictionary I have looked in wants to spell ducket with two 't's but in every railway related thing I read for it there is only one 't?'
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The other wagon I wanted to share with you was a standard twin axle box goods truck. Where I grew up we used to get long trains of these down at the harbour where they took fruits and vegetables off of ships that came into port. This one was made using the bits from the Toy Story train and although I did like the idea as it reminded me of my youth I wanted it to look a bit more 'real' and also British. I have made some goods trucks like this before but with standard doors and also more readily available LEGO yellow and white bricks. I hope to get enough of those sliding doors to make a few of these eventually, but they will have to wait a while.
It is also a whole brick higher than my standard wagons of a similar design that I mentioned, but this is simply down to the height of the sliding doors and there was not a lot I could do about that. (Other than make the older ones higher I guess?.) There is a comparison photo in the gallery.
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PS. As a side is anyone else having trouble with the insert image icon, I am clicking it but it is not opening the box to put the link in?
Edited by TheBrickster, 15 September 2012 - 02:49 PM.