HoMa

40 years of Grey Era LEGO trains ... celebrating with some 12V MOCs

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In 1980 the golden (grey) age of LEGO trains started. The Grey Era was lounged with a firework of great sets like #7740 and #7750 and the train station #7822 and the entire rail system with remote controlled switches, signals and later level crossing and decoupling unit.

After collecting the missing sets over the last years, I thought of building some MOCs in the classic grey era style, maybe using some newer colours and elements. But to keep the characteristics of the original sets. @Paperinik77pk already came up with a lot of extraordinary stuff for the grey and blue era. So I took the social isolation time this weekend, lowered the blinds and got the photo equipment ready for some shots.

Mallet Steam Engine (inspired by #7750 and the Baureihe 99 … I just wanted to build a "large" 12V style steam engine without copying the great work of @Paperinik77pk or the large steam engine in #7777)

LEGO 12V MOC Mallet Steam Engine

It opens like #7750

LEGO 12V MOC Mallet Steam Engine

Rear view:

LEGO 12V MOC Mallet Steam Engine

Full side view:

LEGO 12V MOC Mallet Steam Engine

With historic cars:

LEGO 12V MOC Mallet Steam Engine

I build 3 of these cars, inspired by Hofzug Kaiser Wilhelms II.

LEGO 12V MOC Mallet Steam Engine and Coaches

The cars are longer then the classic 6x28 train base plate. I added a 2x6 plate at each end. This requires a special way to lengthen the couplers and buffers. The bogie plate can not be moved outer due the limitations of the train base plate. And see the simple solution to fix the minifigure shield which I use as logo of the train:

LEGO 12V MOC Mallet Steam Engine and Coaches


V100 diesel engine (based on #7755 with shorter base and 5-wide body)

LEGO 12V MOC V100 and Silberlinge

V100 diesel engine and so called "Silberlinge", very typical local train in Germany in the 1970s/1980s:

LEGO 12V MOC V100 and Silberlinge

Trains like this were able to operate in both directions due to a steering post in the end car:

LEGO 12V MOC V100 and Silberlinge

Side view of the "Silberlinge":

LEGO 12V MOC V100 and Silberlinge

Classic 12V style interior in both cars:

LEGO 12V MOC V100 and Silberlinge


Small electric engine in medium/blue and hopper car #4536 in brown, ready for the 12 volt system:

LEGO 12V MOC Electric Engine in medium blue


Small electric engine in green/red hopper cars #4536 in brown, ready for the 12 volt system:

LEGO 12 Volt MOC engine and #4536 hopper in brown


Green electric locomotive with a red 12 volt motor inspired by Baureihe E 44:

LEGO 12 Volt service train with 7814 crane an MOC engine and waggon

Green electric locomotive inspired by Baureihe E44:

LEGO 12 Volt MOC engine

 

Enjoy and stay healthy these days!

Best regards,
Holger

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Great MOCs Holger!!! That mallet locomotive is spectacular!!! :laugh::wub:

And many thanks for your kind words!!! :sweet:

In these days we need a new slogan! "Keep Calm...and Build 12v!"

Ciao!

Davide

Edited by Paperinik77pk

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Here are excellent creations!

Use of Green, Dk.Gray and Old Brown gives an authentic look to these trains. It's so rare to see stainless stell cars creations fitting for 12V layouts.

I love the way you've put the shield on the Kaiser car. It's just missing some white train windows. Good technique to make such offset doors on these cars.

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33 minutes ago, Evans said:

I love the way you've put the shield on the Kaiser car. It's just missing some white train windows. Good technique to make such offset doors on these cars.

@Evans thanks for your feedback! If you look a prototype pictures of the "Hofzug" cars you see that they are not rounded and more traditional rectangle styles windows. So I decided to use the newer windows rather then super expensive train windows and especially glass for train windows. If you google for "Hofzug Kaiser Wilhelms II" you will find some Märklin images. I reducued details like brown frame around the windows and many other details. But hey, it's 12V toy train ;-)

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3 hours ago, HoMa said:

But hey, it's 12V toy train ;-) 

I understand your choice concerning the windows shape, considering it's a wooden car.

12V being a toy train is the best vision we can have. Most important it to evocate a model, and give some impression with some important details or with a particular paint scheme, rather than overdetailling in order to be accurate. These inaccuracies are what makes 12V system coherent and fantastic.

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Amazing models, this is the red motor festival! :grin_wub:

The steam engine (also on the front page) is crazy for the gray era! :wub:

I like your building technique for the buffers to allow longer wagons :thumbup:

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Nice idea and excellent execution!

Pity they didn't make the 1x6 with light prisms in more colours.

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What a nostalgic and enjoyable collection of custom trains.  Love it.

The Kaiser Wilhelm train is most creative!

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Hello Holger,
as usual,  amazing work! :excited:

The colour scheme of the "Silberlinge" doesn't fit in my opinion. If the grey parts would be beige too, it may look better. But maybe this is because I have only the picture of the ÖBB 5145 in mind?..

On 4/5/2020 at 11:53 PM, HoMa said:

Trains like this were able to operate in both directions due to a steering post in the end car:

LEGO 12V MOC V100 and Silberlinge

To compare:
1200px-Austria_514501.jpg

Best Regards from Austria
Patrick

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Wow, love these! The larger green engine is especially reminiscent of early 12v designs but on steroids! I think my favourite is the little blue engine, like an updated 7720... :)

Edited by PeteM
Clarify which green engine I’m talking about!

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11 hours ago, Thai bricks said:

Patrick,

I think Homa had this German version in mind:

https://images.app.goo.gl/Z4L4fH3sNZBJWM3m9

Totally correct. The German end cap on Silberlinge was tan/blue and the rest was unpainted metal with a silver shine (when new). The grill bricks from Santa Fe wagons work well here. 

Holger

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I'm a fan of trains, and really do like seeing these awesome builds. I've got a small Boxtank locomotive in the works right now myself.

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These are awesome re-imaginations of the classics! I think the V100 Diesel is my favorite. I really like how you integrated the exhaust tower.

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*huh* , WTF. Yours green locomotive is a beauty :wub:. Very clever to make use of those rods and 2 12v motors. I think I want that too, got an instruction :excited:.........

All other trains, very nice done with those colors.

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On 4/13/2020 at 11:24 PM, HoMa said:

Totally correct. The German end cap on Silberlinge was tan/blue and the rest was unpainted metal with a silver shine (when new). The grill bricks from Santa Fe wagons work well here. 

Holger

oooooh. :innocent:
Never saw it before. The model itself is very accurate to the original. But the Silberlinge looks still strange for me.

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I just rediscovered my old 12V cargo train set and I must say, I really like your builds. They look very good, and first time I see a steering post in Lego, nice feature!

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