Nexus Force ALCO RS-11 diesel loco with freight train - LDD MOC (so far)

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A utilitarian space / Arctic freight train for my ice-bound Nexus Force base... it may not look very spacey, though. (I tried, it's more difficult than it looks!)


This MOC features:

- ALCO RS-11-like four axle diesel loco

- boxcar with removable top and opening doors.

- Nuclear waste flask car. Try not look at the glass sections for very long!

- two couple of sectioned gondolas loaded with comet / meteorite samples.... and maybe a few frozen aliens inside!

- bay window caboose for nuclear flask guards and train crew


This model was originally a ALCO MRS-1 (which you can see in his instructions store here) built by @SavaTheAggie, but has been so severely modified that it no longer looks like the prototype loco. So I went searching and found another ALCO locomotive, a RS-11 that looks (kind of) like my new loco. Both my MOC and the new prototype have the four wheels, and the same basic hood and cab design as the MRS-1 that preceded it.

I changed out the original grille bricks at the rear for grille tiles SNOTed-in sideways for a more consistent look when compared to the roof vents. I added back in Sava's maintenance cabinets from the MRS-1, yet attached them differently using newer parts. I also shortened the frame by six studs to fix the spacing problem created by the missing two wheels.


The long hood of the loco has been designated the rear. The printed Nexus Force logo (from CITY Arctic 2014) goes on the curved 2 x 2 x 2/3 slopes on the front and rear hood ends, underneath the lights.


This boxcar was heavily inspired by Time Gould boxcar design from the dying days of the 9v-era, otherwise known as 2008. (You can see it and his entire vintage train it came from, here on Rebrickable for free.)


The roof comes off this car type and the loading doors open up.


This nuclear waste flask car is loaded and ready for delivery to a waste storage facility at an undisclosed location.


These open air gondolas are loaded with icy meteorite fragments, which may or may not contain hostile alien life frozen inside!


No interior on this part of the train, as it's too crowded inside due to needed SNOT-work for the bay windows. This car was originally puzzled-out from this MOC's pictures.

I'm already parting out the diesel engine, but the train will have to wait.


You can see more details on the arctic / space base shown above in this thread in the Sci-Fi forum. Be warned, it needs to be updated with some newer stuff I designed!


EDITED 9/6/21: added nuclear car photo and updated the main picture.

Edited by Murdoch17

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