Murdoch17

five vintage 1980's - 2000's Lego train building MOC's

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The following five models were originally built by my dad without the aid of Bricklink as it didn't exist yet. Only sets bought in stores or parts packs ordered from LEGO directly were used. (at least at first!) Some of these pictures are also quite old, so please bear with me on them.

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This old gray tunnel was built in the early 1990's. (I added the tan baseplate and RC tracks when I received it from him as a present.)

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This grain elevator model was around 1999 / 2000. Like most of his MOCs from that time, he built it before he had a BrickLink account. With this one he never finished it 100%, probably due to having us kids (including me) tearing it down and scattering parts every other weekend while he fixed it during the week. Eventually, he put them up out of reach except for special occasions such as the two weeks bracketing Christmas. This vintage model has been used by our family for layouts at his house at Christmas and other times for a long while, throughout most of my childhood up to 2012 or so when we stopped doing a tree + floor layout.

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These two finger-hinged doors hold the grain back until it is needed to be loaded. He eventually gifted this model to me about in 2021 because he built the Brick Train Depot version and it is better / bigger by like double in size. I added the conveyor belt and tan baseplates for the bottom, as it fits with the rest of my buildings better.

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This double track train shed was built before I was even born, in 1989. It was originally single track and used parts using quite a few copies of set 6380 (Emergency Treatment Center) from 1987.

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The rear of the shed. Around 2003, he rediscovered the model and decided to add a second stall to the engine shed, which he did (using a rather new website called Bricklink) He even added brick built re-railers to in-between the rails.

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The girder bridge was built in the mid -'90's and features the base-plate from set 6552 (Rocky Retreat) from 1993. The guard rails were added in the mid-2000's.

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This factory was constructed around the years 2001 - 2004 with parts from several Sand Red supplemental packs available at that time. It does not feature any interior, nor does it have a removable roof. But this thing is built STRONG: you have to really put your weight on it to press the roof together.

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It  has never been determined what this factory made in-universe, though for my own purposes, I pretended it made beverages. What beverages, you ask? Why, Leg O. Brick's Root Beer of course! :tongue:

Thoughts on these five older MOC's?

Edited by Murdoch17

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2 hours ago, Murdoch17 said:

What beverages, you ask? Why, Leg O. Brick's Root Beer of course!

WHAT? Almost all black, and then that chimney? Come on. That monster did not distill/brew root beer, for sure, did it???

:pir-laugh:

Best,
Thorsten

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2 hours ago, Darkkostas25 said:

Nice and simple(in a good way or in the meaning of clean) builds 

Thanks @Darkkostas25, they do have a look not seen in many builds these days... a kind of a quaint, old-fashioned charm.

58 minutes ago, Toastie said:

WHAT? Almost all black, and then that chimney? Come on. That monster did not distill/brew root beer, for sure, did it???

:pir-laugh:

Best,
Thorsten

You got me @Toastie. Leg O. Bricks Root Beer really is a subsidiary company of the Soylent Corporation as they are slowly branching out from Soylent Red, Yellow, and Green to soft drinks of a "refined" taste. (It's also part of a partnership with Axis Chemicals)

Spoiler

By refined I mean it's secretly made from "refined" industrial pollution: lead, used motor oil, chemical dyes, industrial-strength acids, etc. May also contain Smylex as well.

:tongue:

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Nice builds!

The train shed, looks closeish to a train repair shed. Any room for those .. lift systems that run close to the roof? I can't remember the name. The things that can lift stuff?

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40 minutes ago, Shiva said:

Nice builds!

The train shed, looks closeish to a train repair shed. Any room for those .. lift systems that run close to the roof? I can't remember the name. The things that can lift stuff?

Sadly, it does not have a transfer crane in it, @Shiva. (though I wish it did!) It does look like a locomotive repair shed, though.

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Nice to see this ”old-school”  😉👍 LEGO train buildings. What trainset 🚂🚋🚋 did your father use at that time? 

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11 hours ago, Vliebricker said:

Nice to see this ”old-school”  😉👍 LEGO train buildings. What trainset 🚂🚋🚋 did your father use at that time? 

Thanks! He has 90% of the the 9v trains lineup (and most freight cars in multiples) from 1991 to 1995 along with a few 12v era train cars from the '80's that he converted. The few 9v exceptions he doesn't own are 2150, 3225, 4532, 4512, 4513, 4514, 4459, 4560 / 4561, 4654, 10173, and 4565. Some sets such as 10027, 2126, and 10218 are also missing from his collection, though I owned them in mine at one point. (mine are long gone)

Does this answer your question @Vliebricker?

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