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English Electric - Takargo 1449

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Takargo Rail is a Portuguese rail transport company founded in 2006 by Mota-Engil, the company was the first private train operator in Portugal, operating trains in 2008.The company is involved in the rail transport of maritime intermodal freight and bulk freights.

Takargo only Have 3 Models of Locomotives:

Euro 4000 from Vossloh/Stadler 


MX-620 (class1550) from Montreal Locomotive Works


 and

1400 Class from English Electric.

this is my favorite one, it is smaller, but strong, it is agile.

7wide, lots of snot, the most satisfied part for me was building the cabin with two windscreens 2 x 6 x 2 on sides and flags on top.

this locomotive is prepared to have 9V or PF/PU it have room do pass the cable, but the Battery box have to go on a second waggon (I build a small waggon to that)

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the truth is, this is a second version, because I build this locomotive several years ago with real bricks, before even exist that curved slopes or round plates 1x2

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Just now, SteamSewnEmpire said:

Boy, the real thing is really weird looking - like a staving F-unit. I like how you did the windows.

It looks like a sad puppy eyes :laugh:

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it is not weird to me, I got used to seeing them, in Portugal exists more than 60units most of them are Orange:

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I also did a Lego version:

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Almost 10 year old version
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Some of them are blue:

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And the old version to:

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And there is also a Yellow one:

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There is more, some of the orange were sold to Argentina, and they change the colors also:

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Have you considered using angled 15068s as the cab roof instead of the flags? Yes, it would make it slightly thicker, but the original locomotive's roof is noticeably contoured. 

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Sergio, I really like your ever growing collection of Portugese locomotives, especially since it gives a lot of interesting insight into the extreme diversity of sources for said locomotives.  Like I never knew that they had British designs or even a North American one (As soon as I saw the Takargo 1565, I thought it looked like the type of old Alco road-switcher/general purpose locomotive that was popular in the US from the 1950's to the 1980's, and sure enough, MLW was a division of Alco).  Still it was rather interesting seeing something that looked so familiar running on European rails.

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12 hours ago, SteamSewnEmpire said:

Have you considered using angled 15068s as the cab roof instead of the flags? Yes, it would make it slightly thicker, but the original locomotive's roof is noticeably contoured. 

That's a great Idea, I reuse my older design when the curve slops dont even exist, I never tough before, using on the roof with clips :)

Thank you, I will Improve it all :)

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1 hour ago, Laura Beinbrech said:

Sergio, I really like your ever growing collection of Portugese locomotives, especially since it gives a lot of interesting insight into the extreme diversity of sources for said locomotives.  Like I never knew that they had British designs or even a North American one (As soon as I saw the Takargo 1565, I thought it looked like the type of old Alco road-switcher/general purpose locomotive that was popular in the US from the 1950's to the 1980's, and sure enough, MLW was a division of Alco).  Still it was rather interesting seeing something that looked so familiar running on European rails.

Thank you :)

Currently, the Portuguese train fleet is not as diversified, but in the 1970s, there was a lot of North American diesel material, Alco, Whitecomb, General Eletric. The Portuguese and Spanish gauge is different from the Rest of the world, it was a decision taken to prevent invasions during the Second World War, like all the material that came from an outside that had been adapted to circulate here, and then to proceed with electrification, diesel locomotives were pulled over and replaced by more modern electric ones.

Some american locomotives (already in Lego version)

Alco:
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Whitcomb:

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General Electric:

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Budd:

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3 hours ago, Sérgio said:

That's a great Idea, I reuse my older design when the curve slops dont even exist, I never tough before, using on the roof with clips :)

No problem - I figured that's what it was. 

Ironically, I recently became interested in another English Electric product: the Lightning:

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Weird to think that they built planes and trains.

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That's pretty interesting, Sergio.  You might find it kinda interesting that a railway preservation group in Pennsylvania has a piece of Portuguese equipment that it runs:  The Rockhill Trolley Museum has one of the original Porto street trams that was built by CCFP(STCP) in 1929 and acquired by the museum when STCP was modernizing its tram fleet back in the 1980's, IIRC...

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I would agree that (out of its native habitat) this is an unusual prototype, but it has some great curves to it and clearly a challenge to do in lego. Your windshield trick is brilliant and I would agree with...

20 hours ago, SteamSewnEmpire said:

Have you considered using angled 15068s as the cab roof instead of the flags? Yes, it would make it slightly thicker, but the original locomotive's roof is noticeably contoured.  

... and go further to suggest doing so for the top of the short hood as well (it looks like it would be well modeled with 1x3 curved slopes, but you only have 5 studs to work with)... actually it looks promising for the long hood too.

 

2 hours ago, SteamSewnEmpire said:

Weird to think that they built planes and trains.

Boeing tried to do that too, with abysmal results.

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I really like this model. I've noticed going through all these photos in this thread of your models, is that you have a tendency to have very creative and unique coupler and buffer designs. Super interesting stuff! Can't wait to see more!

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The shaping and parts usage - especially the 2x6 cab windows sideways on for those gorgeous cab windows - on this model is fantastic. And it's topped off by your beautiful renders - I think you've outdone yourself this time, especially with the blue one.

On 7/31/2020 at 11:41 AM, Sérgio said:

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Excellent work all around, well done!

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On 8/1/2020 at 5:19 PM, Laura Beinbrech said:

That's pretty interesting, Sergio.  You might find it kinda interesting that a railway preservation group in Pennsylvania has a piece of Portuguese equipment that it runs:  The Rockhill Trolley Museum has one of the original Porto street trams that was built by CCFP(STCP) in 1929 and acquired by the museum when STCP was modernizing its tram fleet back in the 1980's, IIRC...

The old trams from Oporto are gorgeous :)

 

On 8/1/2020 at 6:44 PM, SteamSewnEmpire said:

In Europe we have some trains build by Fiat, Rolls Royce, Siemens :)

On 8/2/2020 at 6:30 AM, Legownz said:

I really like this model. I've noticed going through all these photos in this thread of your models, is that you have a tendency to have very creative and unique coupler and buffer designs. Super interesting stuff! Can't wait to see more!

Thank you, I always try to avoid using buffer parts and build my own, I like to use some different parts, like old tires and gears and flowers :)

22 hours ago, ColletArrow said:

The shaping and parts usage - especially the 2x6 cab windows sideways on for those gorgeous cab windows - on this model is fantastic. And it's topped off by your beautiful renders - I think you've outdone yourself this time, especially with the blue one.

Excellent work all around, well done!

Thank you :)

That blue one it is the most Prestige/Exclusive train in Portugal, it calls "Presidential Train"

Travel on this it costs more or less the same as build it in real bricks.
https://www.thepresidentialtrain.com/en/home

I was invite to make a 1 hour travel on that just because I build a Lego version (old version, not the render), it was a good experience :)



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My first version made 6 or 7 years ago

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On 7/31/2020 at 9:36 PM, SteamSewnEmpire said:

Have you considered using angled 15068s as the cab roof instead of the flags? Yes, it would make it slightly thicker, but the original locomotive's roof is noticeably contoured. 

I try, and have mixed feelings, now the roof looks more an Alco RS... I think it is more thicker than I expected

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