Woopud

Lego trains lenght

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I just started getting interested in LEGO trains, always been a fan of LEGO and I love everything trains...  I only started looking online a few days ago and discovered LEGO trains and the one thing I don't like is for example the high speed train sets, why do they make the individual cars so short?  It could look at least a little more realistic.

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5 minutes ago, Woopud said:

why do they make the individual cars so short?

Hi Woopud,

It is really as a consequence of the length of train bases Lego currently makes, either 6×24 studs (like in 60051) or 6×28 studs (like in 60052 and 60098), thus everything seems a bit short!

Personally, I extend the locomotives, carriages and wagons Lego makes in their offical sets by c. 4 to 8 studs, then they look just fine! Just takes a little bit of modification.

Another option is to build custom things, like I've been doing for years, though it takes some getting used to.

If you're not very confident with building mocs, or need some help getting started, please feel free to ask! 

I'm sure myself and fellow Eurobricks users will be able to answer most questions! :sweet:

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They are toy trains and not model trains.  Correct scale and prototype accuracy are not high on their design requirements.  You can always MOD-ify the train sets to your liking.  It is not to hard to extend a LEGO train. Unlike traditional model trains, no cutting, gluing, and painting are required.   :wink:

Keep in mind that LEGO standard curves and switches are fairly sharp.  Making your cars too long can lead to operations and running problems unless you upgrade to 3rd party tracks with larger radii.

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True that the curves are very sharp. However, you can usually MOC your train cars so that they can take the LEGO curves. Sometimes they can look pretty silly as shown below (my 5 unit articulated double-stack container car)

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That is why I'm seriously looking at 3rd party tracks, such as Bricktracks R120 curves.

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Dan-147

 

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The only reason for them to use the 24 stud plates is costs I think. 28 is slightly longer what looks better, while still short enough for a playset.

I think I'll go with 46 studs max for six-wide carriages in MOCs.

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