Murdoch17

Classic 1980s-style passenger train with streamlined locomotives - real world MOCs

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The coaches are inspired by train sets 7715 / 7718 from the 4.5 Volt era in the early to mid 1980's.

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The Lego Land Railway runs the train from World City to Heartlake City with stops at Classic Town, Paradisia Coast, Duplo-Ville, Ninjago City, (where the electric loco is replaced by a steamer or vise versa for the rest of the trip) Fabu-Land, Technic Town, Fort Legoredo and the Castle Realm. (with extensions into the Forest of Failed Themes and the Outer Dimension of Galidor at certain times of the year.)

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This loco's styling of the steam loco was inspired by the two Dreyfuss Hudson locomotives by Anthony Sava. I narrowed the boiler back down to it's original 4-wide width for a cleaner, more accurate look. (Please note, the tender and wheels / running gear still exist in real life from the previous version, but the rest are a under refurbishment to this updated design standard.)

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The rear of the engine has a ladder, two hand rails and a red marker light. It should also say "Lego Land Railway" in black 1 x 1 printed tiles on the tender sidewalls, while "8929" goes on the cab.

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As both sides are the same (even for the headlamp color), I decided to take only one picture of the ends of the bi-polar electric loco. As you may have noticed, the LEGO version has two "floating" third axle bogies that were inspired by Anthony Sava that allow the engine to float over switches and curves easily. The engine runs beautifully over the little bit of track I still have access to, but due to my lack of a layout and tables at the moment, (I've been forced to pack it all up for about a year now) I couldn't get any pictures of that taken.

This model was inspired by both a 1999 version of the engine built by Flickr user legosteveb user and a couple of digital-only designs by @Sunder. There are two opening doors in the middle compartment, though they don't really go anywhere.

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The engine features moving panto-graphs for picking up (imaginary) electricity from the overhead wires. They are both in the lowered position here, though normally the one closest to the train it was hauling would be used. The exception to this was if the rear panto-graph was knocked off or damaged by overhanging debris, which the engine would then have it's lead panto-graph raised in order to limp to the repair shop. Also, in case you didn't know what bi-polar means in a mechanical sense, here's the basic meaning: They are called the Bipolar's for each of the locomotive's 12 motors had only two field poles, mounted directly to the locomotive frame beside the axle. The motor armature was mounted directly on the axle, providing an entirely gear-less design.

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This baggage / passenger car is called a combine which is short for "combination". All the doors can open on this train, even the sliding ones shown here.

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The three 1980's-style coaches are identical in every way.

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The observation car, the rear-most coach on the train, features a platform for sight seeing.

Comments, questions, and complaints are always welcome!

EDIT 12/17/19: Added revised real life pictures. Comments, questions and suggestions are always welcome!

Edited by Murdoch17

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Edited 10/20/16: restructured and revised entire main post and edited the topic title. The topic now includes my GG-1 and passenger train plus a color swap for the steam loco.

I hope it looks better now, and I'm sorry for the bump.

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BUMP: engine and coach ordering has begun, parts should be here soon! also, I updated the steam loco with a new (cheaper) boiler.

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The Lego-Land Railway runs the train from World City to Heartlake City with stops at Classic Town, Paradisia Coast, Duplo-Ville, Ninjago City, (where the electric loco is replaced by a steamer or vise versa for the rest of the trip) Fabu-Land, Technic Town, Fort Legoredo and the Castle Realm. (with extensions into the Forest of Failed Themes and the Outer Dimension of Galidor at certain times of the year.)

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1 hour ago, Murdoch17 said:

with extensions into the Forest of Failed Themes and the Outer Dimension of Galidor at certain times of the year.

:laugh::laugh: What times of year would that be? I want to book a ticket!

Very good locos, these are going to look good IRL. Have you ever published videos of your fleet (I believe it's quite extensive now) running? How many locos/wagons and coaches/complete trains are there now?

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I really like the steamer, very nice design, I would do a couple of things like trying to center the main headlight in front of the boiler and hide those studs on top of the cabin, but apart from that, good couple of locos :)

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3 hours ago, ColletArrow said:

:laugh::laugh: What times of year would that be? I want to book a ticket!

Very good locos, these are going to look good IRL. Have you ever published videos of your fleet (I believe it's quite extensive now) running? How many locos/wagons and coaches/complete trains are there now?

The times they leave from are just before midnight every Friday the 13th (The next one is in October of this year)... that and the February 29th leap year special (but that's only once every four years) :tongue: and no, I don't have any videos, because none of my trains have motors. I actually have more trains than track! (last count was somewhere near 82 total with 22 locos, 2 streetcars, 39 passenger cars, 19 freight cars)

1 hour ago, rahziel said:

I really like the steamer, very nice design, I would do a couple of things like trying to center the main headlight in front of the boiler and hide those studs on top of the cabin, but apart from that, good couple of locos :)

Thank you for commenting! The way the nose is designed, it would be weaker to be centered. Sorry.

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These are very nice, I love streamlined locomotives! There are unfortunately not very many MOC examples of them, but Anthony Sava's 4-6-4 is a favorite of mine! :thumbup: :sweet:

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On 6/11/2017 at 9:54 AM, Digger of Bricks said:

These are very nice, I love streamlined locomotives! There are unfortunately not very many MOC examples of them, but Anthony Sava's 4-6-4 is a favorite of mine! :thumbup: :sweet:

Thanks! Here's my latest update: 

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A project three years in the making is finally taking shape. The red and blue streamline trains project is coming into the station.... soon.

(Yes, that's a GG1 sitting there. The steam loco seen above is a 4-6-4 streamlined NYC-style Hudson.)

 

EDIT: added new picture with the steam loco... progress is being made! 

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I took apart the GG-1 and turned it into a bi-polar electric loco with a streamlined shroud. See the first post for more details and updated pictures!

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On 12/17/2019 at 11:09 PM, zephyr1934 said:

You could use a few of theses

SNIP

for the cars

I wish I could, @zephyr1934, but unfortunately, that part is not available in quantity in blue in the USA. Otherwise, I would buy 10 of them in a heartbeat.

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Also, I just uploaded a updated Dreyfuss -style Hudson to the first post.... it isn't complete in real life yet, but it's close.

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