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Modified 71044 - C.K. Holliday - Disney

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After about 5 months of work (off and on), I've finally finished my modified C.K. Holliday train (Lego 71044). During high school and college in the 90s, I was a conductor on the DLRR, so this set hits close to home and is something I've wanted for a long, long time. It also means I was keenly aware of where the stock model wasn't quite accurate. 

This was my first time modifying a Lego set, and I'm pretty happy with how it turned out.The engine was pretty heavily reworked, and I made some changes to the parlor car as well. Approximate mod list includes:

  • Changed boiler jacket to dark blue, inspired by @TJJohn12.
  • Lengthened the engine by two studs.
  • Increased engine width at pistons to 9 studs.
  • Reworked the pilot to use a double-pin system similar to the Constitution.
  • Reworked pistons inspired by @Carefree_Dude.
  • Drive rods by @zephyr1934.
  • Redesigned cab interior.
  • Parlor car extended by 4 studs, additional chair inside.
  • Replaced stock wheels with ball bearings and rods.
  • Custom stickers by OKBrickWorks

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What do y'all think?

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Damn! That's what it should have looked like to begin with! Glad the stickers worked out. I bet you're one of the only ones to add some extra carriages.

 

Now I actually want to build one for myself!

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That remake looks AMAZING~!  I might have to swipe that technique you used for the chairs, because that not only looks incredible, but is entirely functional, too!

 

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Amazing job, with just a few small adjustments you took a "toyish" set and made it look real. Some clever new tricks on the backhead in the cab.

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Great work on the modifications. It really makes it stand out compared to the original model.

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Amazing!  When the Disney train came out, I remember being pretty disappointed, as it didn’t look right.  I decided not to get it - though it looks like you’re changing my mind...

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