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Building advice

Easy projects for beginners

Project Train Start, For beginners and new fans of LEGO trains: TheBrickster

Building a Classic Train Wagon: TheBrickster

Train Building Ideas: Darthluke824

Improving official set designs

10194 Emerald Night

Emerald Night rebuild ideas: Watchman

Emerald Night Atlantic rebuild: Matt Dawson

Emerald Night Extra cars: MrTools

Emerald Night MOD to 4-6-4 to hide the XL motor: Deeks


Deluxe Cargo Electric Train Locomotive Design? Zach M.

New 12V Trains: AJW

Substituting Lego Train Wheels, Has Anyone Tried It? TheBrickster

Modifying 7939 Cargo Train - Suggestions Needed: Tarby99

Remaking the Super Chief: Legoroni

Solution for the 3677: red battery box sides: JopieK

Replicating the Lone Ranger movie Constitution Train: jrathfon

Troubleshooting official sets

10194 Emerald Night

Emerald Night Fix, A fix for one of the flaws in Emerald Night design: Bruce

Emerald Night, drivetrain failure, and how to fix it: Freddie

Emerald Night, driving rods and platforms, whats the best fix? Teddy

Emerald Night Wheel Fix: What to Do if Your Emerald Night is Locking: TheBrickster

Anyone else have this same problem with their Emerald Night? Goldenmasamune

Help needed: Emerald night modification: kage28

Emerald Night Tender Problem?: Hrw-Amen

Emerald Night Problem: legotrainfan

Problem with Emerald Night Derailing: Ritz Brick

Building Emerald Night. Is correct what I did?: robt

Emerald Night derailing issues: ssgdave

Emerald Night Engine help - These instructions are confusing me: BrickNub

10219 Maersk Cargo Train

Maersk Binding Issues: Rob Klingberg

Maersk Train Problems: Legoluchlol


4841 - Hogwart's Express ... on tracks: PerryMakes

Octan Coach from 7939 Grinds in Bends: Missing Brick

Detailing rolling stock and engines

Advice for Building a Cowcatcher for Steam Locomotives: Jonwill

Rolling Stock Undercarriages: TheBrickster

Thinking Outside the Boxcar, Boxcar Hints & Tricks: TheBrickster

Weathering Trains: A-17

Making/adjusting Flex cables for steam-engine: legodjw

Pantograph?: Hrw-Amen

Help with Building a Pleasure Dome: Tearloch

Passenger Car Roof Question: fluffybunny

Catenary: Hrw-Amen

Pantographs: From Old to New: roamingstudio

Wooden freight cars: Spitfire2865

Building in 7-, 8- and 9-wide

7 Wide guides and ideas: CBFasi

6 and 7 wide, do they go well together? *thomas*

What Size to Build In?: Locomotive Annie

Steam Locomotive questions: Spitfire2865

Train Widths - What works best? bricked one

Advanced building techniques

Building upside-down, A way to create those not-existing parts: Selander

Reverse Engineering Help - 'Cheese Nose': Legoroni

Bogies and wheels

Bogie Suspension, Working suspension under single carriage weight: Bricktrix

Moccing a new train with a 3-axle bogie, help wanted: aawsum

Help - I need some help on train stuff, train bogie help: crabboy329

How to attach bogies to 7 wide carriages, Technique Question: peterab

Power Function Train Bogie with three axles: Magina

Powered Trucks for Split Train Base: roamingstudio

Help w/ Building a Jacob's Bogie: Spike the train builder

3 Axle Trucks for PF: Tearloch33

Pushrods on RC/PF Motors: Konrad

Double Train Track Possibility: OrangeKNight

Long Carriages on Standard Rails: NitroX infinity

Replacing my 12 train rolling stock wheels: Tarby99

12V Connecting Rods on Wheels: roamingstudio

Modifying PF Wheels for 12V Connecting Rods: roamingstudio

Wheels binding up - please help: Railman66

Rubber on PF wheels: Lazarus

Ordering Six Med Flange Wheels?: Prince Manic

Dummy PF Motor Bogie: stu808

Couplers and close coupling

Train Couplers: towerwarlock

LEGO Train Wheels and Couplers Where to buy? efullner

Coupling, Help and/or tips asked for a coupling: Richie

Couplings issues: locoworks

Tram Building Tips: MetroiD

Couplers?: Lilbrix

Kadee Couplers and Lego: DetroitBricks

Heavy Trains & Couplers: Nicolas

Advice on Neodymium Magnets for Trains: Sokratesz

Direct Coupling of Train Wagons: efferman

Knuckle Couplers on LEGO Trains: legoboy3998

Train buffer mods: riograndefan

Magnet trouble: Duq

7938 Passenger Train Help: Ritz Brick

Non-standard scales

Miniland Scale Trains, Shay Logging Locomotive. Have you tried building this scale? TheBrickster

Non-L Scale LEGO Trains: Spike the train builder

4 Wide Trains + 4 Wide Track + PF = ?: soundwave_sw

Wide gauge technic trains: nicjasno

New official parts

New wheels on Toy Story Train? Matt Dawson

New Train Parts on Shop at Home: fluffybunny

12V train wheels with a red pin: legotrainfan

Custom parts

LEGO Steam Engine Drivers Vs. Big Ben Bricks, An admittedly biased report: SavaTheAggie

Big Ben Bricks - traction: BryanKinkel

Tutorial: BBB wheels with rubber O-rings: Toastie

Can HO-scale Wheels be Used for LEGO Trains?: spanks_4

A Modding Idea: Frank STENGEL

Ideas and uses for BBB Clear Wheels: Daedalus304

custom 1xN ladders: zephyr1934

Custom power pickups: alainneke

Custom Steam Locomotive Rods: zephyr1934

Set restoration

7740 Restoration: ced64k

Classic Set Restoration: 181-1 Complete Train Set with Motor Signal: kyphur

Stickers and decals

Stickers/decals for trains: simonskluk

Decals for lego trains, creating custom decals for trains: Legoboy3998

Train company Logo Stickers for MLCAD: Voodoo Hand

Shadows' Decal Index (in the MCW forum -- includes train decals)

7750 Stickers: Sokratesz

Making Decals for LEGO Train MOCs: Tearloch33

TTX Stickers Available at Ministicker.NL: SpokaneSteve

Emerald Night Sticker Sheet: azuremoon

Santa Fe Stickers: Hechristensen

Decal Help Needed: Lego1975

Lego Train Set Sticker Scans: broomhandle

LEGO BNSF (10133) strange font differences with the real thing: JopieK

Building instructions

Using On-line Instructions of Train MOCs: LegoTrainFan

Instructions To Build ALL 30 Models Of The Lego Hobby Train (10183) : Community

Building Instructions by Me: kyphur

Building instructions needed: Henrik Ludvigsen

Looking for Some Plans for a Mineral Wagon: Lazarus

4563 Load and Haul Instructions Needed: Chief Justice Lego

Train Model 314 Comes from Which Loco?: roamingstudio

Beware: eBay fraud -- Train MOC instructions: Steinkopf

C40-8W and similar instructions, where to find?: edsmith0075

Queens Bridge Victorian Station by brickbuilderspro: Locomotive Annie

Box Cars and American Trains: galacticslave

Building specific prototypes

New York Central: S-2 Electric - Thoughts? Advice?: Buzzetta

More building help

A Question About a "Megatruck" for a Train: Madcat2000

Anyone doing armored trains?, Looking for photos: larry marak

Pneumatic Steam Engine: Mark Bellis

7898, 7997 and 10194 side by side. Do they really fit together: Segambit

Building a display for the Emerald Night: gotoAndLego

Comprehensive 10025 to 10022 Conversion List, 3 part lists for the 3 versions of 10022: fyparr

Weight Brick - how much does it weigh? Belchher

Building My 10194 Emerald Night, Video: Julencin2000

What carriages do you use with BNSF & SFSC?: thegurumb

Creating a Monorail In a Lego City: RileyC

What do you do for End of Line Bumper Blocks?: kyphur

3677 Windscreen in a Santa Fe: roamingstudio

Looking for Bridge Addition Suggestions: jackson233

Help with LEGO Colors: Tearloch

Turntables: Rail Co

Painting parts?: Lego1975

Tips on building a longish ramp: jonwil

Emerald Night Coach Questions: DaveBey

A holiday train question: TheLegoDr

General building discussion

* Train Parts Q&A: nebraska

* LDD Help with Trains: Hrw-Amen

Duplo trains anybody?, planning to convert Duplo trains for minifigures: Marko

Christmas Trains: muell

Finding a train to build and sizing it up: BelValcor

How Do You Create Trains?: Frank STENGEL

Looking for Tips & Techniques to Build Steam Engines: FlyerNut

Monorail Rules: cei

Monorail ca. 1971 seed: zephyr1934

The 4.5v Idea Book! PF Style!: Electricsteam

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Track and layout design

Tips for beginners

Just bought my first Train set - what next?, Track laying questions: Thrawnseg

Switching up Tracks, How can you diversify your train tracks? Adam

How much track?: IAmWillGibson

New to trains - need some advice: tmctiger

Starting a Monorail: mattman

Track layout question from a newbie!: markz68

Newbie- Track Design: jerewrig

Laying track

Enhance lego track with flat tiles: PeoplesFarmer7

Making Curved Track Look Better: DHCP1121

Anybody else nail their tracks down? Brik-el

How to make long smooth curves from straight track: lego9vtrainfan

Big Loops Testing: HoMa

Fixing curved track to baseplates: catbricks

RC Train Tracks: Reversing loops: vladoniki

Silencing a train layout: JSN

Flexi-track ideas: Mark Bellis

Found a use for my hated Flexible Track!: kyphur

Flex Tracks & 10219 Maersk Loco: Bernie56

Level Crossing on Curved Track?: mrblue

4.5/12V Parallel Track Crossover: zzap64

12v 'interference-free' / 'isolated' conducting pieces: Sokratesz

Attaching Tracks to MDF Sheet: Paul B

How Do You Secure Tracks to Baseplates?: kasmca

How to Disassemble 12V Tracks without Breaking Sleepers: ced64k

Modifing 12v Track to Half-Length: Sokratesz

Long Steam Locomotives (x-8-x) and Regular Curve Track: LEGO Guy Bri

Tracks: DIY rail crossing with PF tracks: DjiM

12v Turning Loop Tech Talk: Shazam12

Elevated Train Track Curves: sokolean

MOC custom PF crossroad track: dugmence

Inclines and multi-level layouts

Bridges & Inclines, Building Tips and Strategies: TheBrickster

What grade of an incline is best for the new train sets?: Ludzig

Idea for Multi-Level Track Layout: Sokratesz

Angle of Incline: Geomem

Lego Train inclinations: Haddock51

9V Extreme II - Twin Spirals with bridge: Haddock51

Lego Monorail spiral?!: bowen179

Anyone made a "vertical transverser"?: John Hill

Narrow gauge

Narrow Gauge Railroading, Ln30/Ln3: greenmtvince

Narrow gauge trains, Narrow gauge trains, why not make one? crabboy329

Roller Coaster rails in Joker Funhouse: Pingles

Narrow gauge track: norm103

Narrow Gauge LEGO train including points etc.: JopieK

Combining Silver Mine Shootout and Temple of Doom tracks?: mccool

Knock Off 4" wide straight tracks: Gavinfuzzy

Track maintenance

9V Track, Cleaning & Protection: Otters

Cleaning 9v train tracks: BrickWild

Cleaning / Repairing old 12V blue track + switches: roamingstudio


Joining old and new track, track compatibility: Drdavewatford / SavaTheAggie

Making/Modifying 9V track: FreeBee

Classic 9V Track to PF Adaptation: Cndlego

PF trains running on other tracks? Would it be possible?: Eilif

Rail Crossing for 9V RC brand, Missing stuff: LEGO Train 12 Volts

RC Track Crossing & Cutting: broomhandle

Duplo and LEGO track compatibility: Jaroslaw

Track issues: retrotecchie

PF trains on 4.5V points: whosscruffylookin

Is 9V Track Compatible with PF Track?: sevs

Conversion of Power Functions to 9V Track: The Lego Wizard

9v Flex Track: codefox421

4.5V to 9V Track Solution: Eric J. Olson

Track Compatibility: phoinix

Switching from 12V system to 9V system: AlmightyArjen

Retro using the12 volt system and being caused to use bad language: Locomotive Annie

Emerald Night compatible with old track?: naf

Custom track

The next evolution... ME Track: Eric J. Olson

ME-Models Track arrives!: Rob Klingberg

Me models 9v track: Gareth

New Track Design from BBB: monai

Custom LEGO track (not mine): zephyr1934

ME Models R56: Eric J. Olson

ME-Model Rails for Indiana Jones Track: roamingstudio

Anyone running Lego train on OO/HO track: mobi

LGB tracks: rebelego

Discovery: Easy Tram Tracks: azuremoon

Embeded track system project: James_T_Menendez

Switch troubleshooting

Defect 9V switch, Have you ever had one? legotrainfan

Defective RC switching track? Trains derail: Goldenmasamune

Problems With Switch Track: Captain Green Hair

Dismantling monorail switch? Lego Otaku

Monorail track switch- got a dead one: Lego Otaku

Repairing 12v points: Andromeda

Switch motorisation and conversion

Remote Switch Tracks, motorising switch tracks on RC tracks: zul alpha 3

7996 Switch Track, Conversion to 9V: hoeij

Electrifying 7895 - help with the ideas, electrifying 7895 points to use with 9V motors: pdxbricks

Electify your train switches; I have built 10 electricly operated RR switches: dlp4341

9V Remote Controlled Switch: AFOL12v

Just starting with Lego trains, Automatic LEGO Train Switch: kolaf

RC 7996 Dual Crossover modification: Tearloch33

Some help needed with 7863 Magnetic Remote Control Unit: distortme

Motorized switches etc.: Deadparrot

7996 Modifications howto?!: JopieK

Barman's Lego Power Functions-Controlled Train Switch: DLuders

Ronald Vallenduuk's Power Functions Points Motor: DLuders

Switch Point Motor with PF Servo Motor: Mark Bellis

Electric Switch Tracks Set: deejay

Repairing 12V point switch, Modding manual to remote: Andromeda

RC switch 9v conversion troubles: Jdur321

Electric/RC/PF points: best way and best PF motor?: Pierre_Cochereau

Planning track layout

Actuall, Track and layout size questions: Noworries

Track layout Geometry, changing the track pitch: Teddy

Track layout question: muell

Train Track question, How close can you get track: sebby

Multiple Trains on the Same Track 9 Volt, Best layouts? Maltem

Wall-Mounted Layouts?: Rob Klingberg

Digital layout design tools

Bluebrick Layout Software, Use it to design your dream layout: Cyclone Breezerider

BlueBrick Layout Designer: Set and Parts Index: missouri_bb63

Digital Designed Layouts and Track Plans, Show all your digitally designed layouts here! Richie

Track designer type program in 3D? Lego Otaku

LEGO SAH Train Track Planner: Fuzzylegobricks

Sariel's Lego Monorail Network Planner Tool: DLuders

AnyRail™ Model Railroad Software: Lego Man Can

Any bored BlueBrick wizards out there?: eliminator

Looking for a LEGO Train CAD Program: spanks_4

Where are PF tracks in Bricksmith / LDraw?: robt

Does BlueBrick support elevated layouts?: daveybai


A Railway Controlled by Lego Signals An interesting way to operate a Lego railway: Xrisl

Automated train -- extended: Kolaf

How many trains run on your lego layout at a time?: 12vretrofan

Commuting train using 2 RCX's: Duq

4 RCXs to control two trains and one car automatically: mikezang

RCX controlled deCoupler and reverse loop: mikezang


Western Train Scenery - With Instructions: Gambort

New, Interesting Way to Do your Scenery on the R.R.: Brickstarrunner

Lego Trains & HO Scale Landscaping, Have you tried combining? TheBrickster

General track and layout discussion

Rail Crossing: The Forgotten Piece, Do You Build With 4519? TheBrickster

Track Mix, Grey, Bley, & Metal Rails, How Do You Mix Your Train Track? TheBrickster

Garden Railroading & Large Layouts with Lego Trains: TheBrickster

Trains in the garden ?, Garden Railways: Paul

How to go about railways in the Garden?: Hrw-Amen

Garden Railways - A Lego Layout in the Garden? Is She Nuts?: Locomotive Annie

Garden Railway: emm

Layout Choices, What type of layout do you prefer? TheBrickster

Pizza Displays, Creative Idea for Smaller Layouts: TheBrickster

Small Train Layouts: Chromenight

Lego 7996, is this piece being discontinued? grogall

Platform height and clearance: Frankie Roberto

No more straight and curve packs (7896): halfpenguinhalflego

The Integration of Trains & Boats: TheBrickster

Balancing Towns with Trainyards: TheBrickster

Help me design a new train layout: mostlytechnic

How to Build a Lego Monorail (Without Monorail Tracks): DLuders

Help with My Layout Design: Lego Man Can

Inside Curve Study: kyphur

How do you Clean Your Layout?: kimi

Track Storage: Legoroni

Custom 9V Track Durability?: edsmith0075

Unbending Tracks: Frank STENGEL

Advice on Acquiring Track: MarkV

Lego Track Availability: zephyr1934

9V train track contacts 5306c01: brickie

Layout: How Much Volume?: JamesP

More train track variety, please ?: jtr

Goofy through-the-wall idea?: brickgrrl

Suspended Lego Train Track: MCNwakeboard

Red RC track, too good to be true?: graafderk

Track and layout polls

Straight and curved tracks in one set?, your opinion: Klaus-Dieter

Building Lego Train Track, Parts vs. Prefab: TheBrickster

Your layout, table or floor? Which of the two do you prefer? Brickviller

Size of your layout? Thrawnseq

Track wish list: andythenorth

Should Lego change the way they sell Track ?: The Yellow Brick

Layout inspiration

Blocksford 2010, Captain Zuloo's Exhibition Layout: Captain Zuloo

Cargo Train Fun, Share pictures of your cargo trains at work: TheBrickster

Large busy Dutch Lego City: LegoSjaak

My Lego Layout at Our Local Train Show: hoeij

Miniatur Wunderland: fred67

Layout: Marshalling Yard: AussieJimbo

Layout: Serveja Vilage: Sérgio

LAYOUT: Welcome to the Piney Woods: SavaTheAggie

Planning My Layout: cimddwc

Train shows and events

A Hobby for All Generations..., ToT-LUG Makes the Big Time: Davey

TLG to Participate in NMRA National Train Show 2009, Annual ILTCO layout is 10-12 July in Hartford, CT USA: Riplego

Hungarian Model Show II: Stiel

Photos from COLTC at the WGH tour in Columbus OH: mostlytechnic

Trainshow 2011: lightningtiger

Lego World 2012 Copenhagen Train Layout: Esben Kolind

Houston Fall Tour Train Show, Orange TX: SavaTheAggie

GFLUG at Plant City Train Show near Tampa, FL, USA: brickbuilder711

Brickworld 2012 FPS: A View From the Front of the Train (and sde): CarollFilms

Trains at Brick Fiesta 2013: SavaTheAggie

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Power, lighting and advanced functions

Basic notions

Will someone explain gearing and motors for me? Goldenmasamune

What is the best way to power a train layout? mobricki

Advice for Train Newbie: Power Systems & Motors: rriggs

Power Functions 7745 Advice Request: martyboy70

What train-motor is the best?: OleBM

9V or Power Functions? Which is Better for Long Term Track Expansion?: Phil Slender

Gearing a power function motor: edsmith0075

Powering unpowered locomotives

10133 Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF) Locomotive

Problems powering BNSF using 8866 PF Train Motor: Tearloch33

BNSF with PF motor ?: mrblue

Converting BNSF to Power Functions: Piranha

MOD: BNSF conversion to powerfunctions: ronenson

10173 Holiday Train

Power Function with the Holiday Train? fnorfurfoot

Powering Holiday Train 10173: Jamzee

MOD: 10173 Holiday Train with PF: spacepilot3000

Motorizing the Holiday Train: alan_muhl

Motorized Holiday Train: adello25

Holiday Train 10173 + Power Functions?: jamzee

10194 Emerald Night

Powering Emerald Night: iamzee

I don't know much about legos. Help?, Gift (Powering the Emerald Night): ChristineS02

10194 Emeral Night 12 Volts, How to convert set 10194 into 12 Volts: LEGO Train 12 Volts

9 Volt motor on Emerald night?, Best way? Maltem

Emerald Night Express, which way of power functions? Caramon352

Emerald Night Tech Question: Scooter

nuno2500's Mod to Emerald Night to Get 9V Track Power: DLuders

Emerald Night Question: Scooter

Emerald Night battery pack added to coach car: thebrickbutcher

Emerald Night with M Motor Issues: TomixNscale89

9V Train Help w/Emerald Night: Slave2Leia

Help Powering the Emerald Night ?: kat180

Motorizing Emerald Night 10194 with PF Motor 88002: Locutis

Emerald Night With New PF-L Motor: Missing Brick

Emerald Night: quick question: Werlu Ulcur

Custom PF rail trucks, how to question: edsmith0075

My Emerald Night Power Functions Tender Mod: edsmith0075

Emerald Night and PF motors: edsmith0075

10219 Maersk Cargo Train

Using 7898 to power Maersk train?: randomoblong

Question about motorizing Maersk Train/Emerald Night: adello25

4708 Hogwarts Express (2001)

4841 Hogwarts Express (2010)

Harry Potter 4841 Question: Bernie56

Lego Harry Potter Hogwarts Express with Power Functions: KIERAN2400

Advice needed: Powering 4708 Hogwarts Express: Dazmundo

7597 Western Train Chase

Powering the Toy Story 3 Train: henryhotspurs

Lego 7597 Toy Story Train with RC/PF: stelek

Powering TS3 and HP Hogwarts with XL PF Motor: Billius

8404 Public Transport Station

Powering the Tram from 8404: enrgie

9467 The Ghost Train

MOD: Ghost Train Power Functions: dr_spock

10233 Horizon Express

Horizon Express: Power Function to 12V conversion: Heppeng

Motorising MOCs

Adding power functions to narrow engines: towerwarlock

MOD+ARTICLE: Motorizing Ben Beneke’s BR23: Toastie

Gearing a XL or M Motor for a LEGO MOC Train: Tearloch

Concept Motorizations with New L-Motor: Selander

Powering train engine through cars with CV joints?: redeemed

PF Motor with BBB XL Wheels: ScotNick

Help With Power Functioning My Train?: Brickstarrunner

Dual-motor locomotives

Are Two 9V Motors Better Than One?, Ramifications of adding a 2nd 9V motor to your locomotive: TheBrickster

Battery life: 2xRC Motor vs. 1xPF Motor: andythenorth

Using 2 PF Train Motors on 1 Engine, How to get two PF train motors to run the same direction? legoboy3998

Two RC/PF motors: andythenorth

PF train motor compared to 9V motor: hoeij

Reversing a second motor: mostlytechnic

Two double powered Maersk engines: LegoSjaak

New Option for Dual Motor PF Locomotives: mostlytechnic

Are two battery boxes able to be hooked up on the same train?: edsmith0075

How To: Two Powered PF Boogies, one IR receiver: edsmith0075

Converting RC to PF

7898 green loco questions: ignacj

Hacking PF in to the RC trains: Cian

MOC: 7898 Cargo Train converted to Power Functions!: Goldenmasamune

Q: Converting RC to PF (7897 Passenger Train): Luke_likes_Lego

Converting 9V to PF

10001 Metroliner with PowerFunctions: Gabrielthorn

Power Functions in 9V Trains: Staszek

Power Functions and Santa Fe: stating the obvious: wtorbeyns

To switch over or not (converting 4559): drevim

Replacing internal 9v motors with PF motors: Radar

PF Conversion: Metroliner: kyphur

Lego Train RC & Power Functions Motor: Shawn

Converting 12V to PF

Using powerfunctions with lego 7725 train: Train7725

Which 12v trains can be easily convered to Power Functions?: Tarby99

12v Motor Rebuild Ideas: 12vretrofan

Converting 4.5V to PF

PF in Old Train: Anders Nolberger

Power Functions in 60's and 70's Train Sets: retrotecchie

Hybrid power set-ups

8866 Train Motor + IR Receiver + Speed Remote Control + OLD 9V Battery: frogstudio

9V Controlled by IR, How To/What Do I Need? CopMike

9V/PF crossover? Matt Dawson

Power Functions and 9V (Mindstorms): Unitron6991

PF to a 9V motor, any ideas? crabboy329

What if you could have your 9V and PF, too?, The best of both 9V and PF with none of the PF drawbacks: fred67

Motor RC Race Buggy in a train: CBFasi

Anyone tried the RC base with new PF motor: robvos

9V motor use with a PF system: Tearloch33

Using Old 12V Metal Rail and PF?: Lego Otaku

Question for best-of-both-worlds users / electronics experts: whosscruffylookin

Power Functions Extension Wire(8886) question: romdam

Compatibility Between RC and Power Functions?: DaddyDeuce

Remote Control for 4.5V. Would it Work?: Hrw-Amen

MOD 7745 to Use the PF Motor Still on 12v Track: bricks n bolts

How to use 9v train motor with PF system?: mikezang

Mixing PF element and old 9v elements: Lego Otaku

PF -> 12v motor, safe limit for IR receiver: roamingstudio

Improving speed and traction

I made my Emerald Night faster: Goldenmasamune

Making an Emerald Night faster: efullner

How to make trains faster: Legoroni

Cutting wheelsets to make them roll smoother: Goldenmasamune

Traction Tire: eness76

Mass Against Speed?: Hrw-Amen

Does Aerodynamics Affect Train Speed?: Electricsteam

Effective High Speed: DanSto

Speed Control: dundarach

Motor maintenance

How to disassemble a monorail motor? Dr Kilroy

Should lego trains be lubricated? Goldenmasamune

Maintaining 12v Motors?: Rob Klingberg

LEGO 12V Train Motors: Neil Scotland

Replace Rubberband Treads on 9V Train Motors: Phoxtane

Traction tyres for 12 volt trains: Locomotive Annie

Squeaky 12v Motor: kohrmand

Motor and transformer troubleshooting

9V Train Motor Not Working: Pantograph

About 9V Motors, Question from a Train Newbie: Legofan

Getting a 4.5V Train running: crhill1979

Corroded battery wagon help: Gareth

9v Transformer Replacement: C LoS

9V Motor Problem: CarollFilms

RC Train help!: Legotrainmaster

How to tell 4.5V motor from 12V motor: roamingstudio

Plastic Coating Peeling of 9V Train Wires: legomania1993

Lego 12V trains - bad contact between engine and tracks: taduri

How Do You Disassemble a 12v Transformer?: Tarby99

9V Christmas Train Help: Thalion

High Pitch Sound from the PF Motor: Zeon

Replacing 9V Train Motor: cossack225

Issues with 9v Motors: Lazarus

7898 Power Module: playmate

9v Train Motor Repair: Veeb0rg

Need Help with Wobbly 9V Train Engine: Bricknblue

Lego train 3677 trouble shooting: car54

Replacement 12V Motors: roamingstudio

Repairing 12v transformer 7684: Andromeda

Problem: Weak and watery RC loco: Locomotive Annie

Help with 9v cargo railway: Paddyb98

Replacement Mabuchi motor for 9v trains: dundarach

A 9V train motor that doesn't work: legotrainfan

9v motor won't run on straights: skinkfem

Troubleshooting train 7939: fourthgrade

Fixing a 9v Lego train motor with a PF lego motor: Lazarus

PF medium motors for trains: seba123

Battery boxes

Opening 9V Battery Box: MetroiD

Lego Passenger Train Battery problem: Marty

Some PowerFunctions insights: The LEGO LiPo rechargeable battery: Toastie

PF rechargable battery, train question: Zeki

How to hide the PF battery box: The Yellow Brick

Charging 8878 Battery Box without 8887 PF Transformer: efullner

AAA Battery Box (88000) vs. Rechargeable Battery Box (8878): legotrainfan

Lego Power Functions Lithium Battery: paul_delahaye

AAA Battery box 88000 disassembly: AussieJimbo

Power Functions Battery box Size: Takanuinuva

8878 vs 88000 Battery Box(es) for Trains: bjtpro

Can a PF battery box filled with re-chargeable batteries be recharged?: edsmith0075

Which Battery Box?: Athos

PF receiver or PF rechargeable battery issue: Ashi Valkoinen

A nice solution to charge your Train PF LiPo Battery: JopieK


2 motors on the front or one on each end?: Nicolas

Coupling two PF powered locomotives: Hobbes

Optimizing Friction: Daedalus304

7939 red container cars pulled off track: LegoSjaak

IR Speed Remote Control 8879: legotrainfan

My new Lego PF remote control for my trains: mostlytechnic

Christmas Layout & 9V Question: Shawn

Train Tracking with RFID: picardgk

IR Train Controller Question: Athos

Fast train with no motor/wheel noise: SNIPE

Lights in trains and trackside furniture

7898 Locomotive with 8 lights, How to upgrade your 9Volts electric locomotive: LEGO Train 12 Volts

How to upgrade 7720 Diesel Shunter with real lights: LEGO Train 12 Volts

Ideas for PF streetlights? Brickviller

Power Function Lights question: Yoshi648

Passenger train lights 7938: jamzee

Double PF lights for cargo train 7939: LegoSjaak

Directional lights: Bernie56

Real headlights/taillights for 12V: Janco147

Can I put lights on 7938?: Nikola Bathory

Lights on Maersk Train?: Goldenmasamune

Lighting the Maersk: Hrw-Amen

12v Lights from set 7867: alan_muhl

7938 and double lights: Brickviller

My Own LED for PF Conversion Help: broomhandle

Lighting Trouble w/Emerald Night: Jahab

9v Conversion on PF Lights: bricks n bolts

Lego electric light bricks use with power functions: PFtrainsman

Adding a 9V Light to a PF Santa Fe: Hechristensen

PF Lights and Trains (e.g. 7939): zzap64

PF Lights on 9V Motor: Lazarus

Lighting the 3677 PF with 8870: Homer_S

Replace bulb on 12v light brick: bricks n bolts

LEGO transformer 740: alainneke

Light leakage and 1980 light prisms: questforcastle

Testing 7860 12v signal lamp: Merkurius

Powering layouts

Train Setup Help, Power source for RC/Power Functions trains? Cagri

9v extension cables?: harmacy

Maintaining Constant Voltage Around a Large Track: toxicbananna

9V Extreme - Power Supply: Haddock51

9V High Speed - recent experiences and questions: Haddock51


Real Steam in Your Steam Engines? Topsy Cret


Train Signs: Crossing & Signals: TheBrickster

Lego train crossing: Kolaf

Replacing 12v Signal circuit: Andromeda

Signals, how to wire them?: Hrw-Amen

Semaphores: zephyr1934

12V Level crossing issue: Heppeng

Sound setup

Electronic train 118/138 and 139, anyone have one or have seen one?, The one with the whistle: Siegfried

Power functions idea for trains: The Red Brick

PF Train Sound, Would Lego Create Real Sound? Crabboy329

Sound in LEGO PF Trains: legoboy3998

Lego train 138 "The Whistle Train": TimBurdon

Other functions

12V De-coupler: Gareth

Gearmotor from Pololu: JopieK

Uncoupling Trains: Doug72

Send Video to iPad: gotoAndLego

Vacuum cleaner waggon: Haddock51

High Speed Camera Waggon - the first action pictures: Haddock51

Decoupler: Werlu Ulcur

Fully automated level crossing: alainneke

Advanced train control

LEGO Train Control using RCX1.0 PBricks

PF Trains to the limit: JopieK

LEGO PF IR Protocols: Rob Klingberg

Switching and stop lights with the new PFs?: MurkyMajare

PF and RC: how to add working Stop Lights: Riccardo_Lenny

Using an Android Phone to control your trains: skaako

"Float" vs "Brake" in remote control: mostlytechnic

PF channel extension discussion in Technic forum: Toastie

Extending IR range with RF: Toastie

Revolutionary New Data Transport Protocol: Mr Hobbles

LED Train Timetable: Rob Klingberg

New Bluetooth Receiver for Power Functions System: PetrXP

Modifying Power Functions to allow more options: sirrobin

LEGO Trains and DCC: John Hill

How to check if locomotive is on a curve track?: mikezang

Where to download LDCC firmware source?: mikezang

General 4.5V discussion

Modernise your 4.5V trains: John Hill

General 12V discussion

Can 12v trains be used in the United States?, How do you convert 220V to 110V? Gary Sabol

7864 LEGO 12v speed regulator extra output socket: Gareth

7864 12V Transformer: Lazarus

General 9V discussion

Control Panels for 9V Trains: AFOL12v

Future availability of 9V: hoeij

Return of 9V?, General Discussion: Matt Dawson

Number of Passenger cars a 9v train motor can pull? MillerTime

Question about 9 volt motor parts and weights: Jan

9v Controller Voltage Levels: BMW

Building a Custom 9V Motor: Legoroni

Worth the cost to get into 9V now, with a huge investment in PF?: Locutis

General RC discussion

8866 Train Motor experiences? Mark Bellis

Help needed to upgrade 4.5V Train to RC: unimog

Switching from 9V to RC: RockeTeK

Radio Control Train Sets: Locomotive Annie

General PF discussion

Infared Link for PF Trains, What is this new piece?: TheBrickster

Is Power Functions just as good as a 9 Volt? CarrollFilms

Train Questions from a Newbie (9V or PF): Andre1983nl

New Power Functions Circuit Diagrams: Mark Bellis

PF Train Motor Testing, Testing PF train motors against the standard set by 9V train motors: Mark Bellis

Power Functions For Trains - XL Motor vs M Motor ?, Need help with train engine choice: cagri

Power Functions on Inclines, Is the Emerald Really a Powerful Locomotive? TheBrickster

Power Functions questions: CarrollFilms

Power Functions sizes: Matt Dawson

PF Motors for shunters, Which combinations are best? roamingstudio

Putting Power Functions into Lego Trains: towerwarlock

PF without IR: Buddha Bricks

Philo's LEGO Train Motors Comparison: DLuders

Product Recall of 8879 PF IR Speed Remote Control, (U.S. and Canada): ILikePi

Infrared remote control and line of sight: escortmad79

3 holes for axles on the new 88002 motor?: OctanTrucker

Power Consumption of Train Motors: Rob Klingberg

Where does the excess energy go?: hoeij

Has anyone tried to make a gearbox for the PF trains?: Sokratesz

8887 10V DC Transformer Alternative?: Pazoozoo

Looking for PF motors: 22kane

Inside a Lego PF Train Motor?: liveitnerd

Can I power my train with the parts that I've got?: L@go

Advanced train-building with power functions: Nix Mills

Power Functions Motor with Steam Drivers: Duke

Play by Hand: jcnoslegos

Lego PF Help: Legoroni

88002 Center Wheel?: Alex E

88002 & Steam Wheels?: Hrw-Amen

My first experience with Power Functions: 22kane

88002 or 8866?: Seany

So PF, is it of any use for realistic operation?: Locomotive Annie

Inductive Charging for PF Trains: Mark Bellis

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General discussion and inspiration

General discussion

* Discontinuation Speculation: eliminator

* Future Train sets discussion/speculation: peterab

Train Talk (general L-gauge discussion) : Highlandcattle

What Ever Happened to the Single Train Car? Rolling Stock Reluctance: TheBrickster

What Ever Happened to the Train Engine Shed? TheBrickster

Cargo Train Competition, A Train Tech Cargo Train Face-Off: TheBrickster

Mixed Train Lengths, Realistic or Evolving? TheBrickster

Old Lego 12V Trains: Brickimad

What's Next for Lego Trains (After the Emerald)?: TheBrickster

What Ever Happened to Lego's Train Mystery?, Senor Palomar & Company: TheBrickster

Train Tunnels, Stand Alone Set or Too Tricky for LEGO? TheBrickster

Ideas for new Train sets: Klaus-Dieter

Real Water in Train Layouts, A followup to TheBrickster's Topic on real water in your LEGO city: Brickstarrunner

Train Storage & Display, How Do You Display Your Trains? TheBrickster

Early Monorail: Gareth

Maersk Train: Engine vs Rolling Stock: Toastie

Scaling of LEGO trains: Tearloch33

Maersk vs BNSF: Enough cargo for both?: MetroiD

What got you into Lego Trains?: Brickimad

Being Disloyal to LEGO Trains: legotrainfan

Kids and Trains: Pingles

Rumor that PF Maybe Going Away: Stefanwest

The Blue Train Engine: Brickviller

Gauge Question: Brik-el

What do people think is next?: Stefanwest

Classic Train: 5 or 6 studs high?: 1974

How fast do you run them?: Hrw-Amen

Where do you put your third man for the Maersk Train?: clcwong

Life and Lego Trains: 12vretrofan

Misc Train Talk: TheBrickster

What LEGO Train Are You?: TheBrickster

Did L-Scale Get You Into LEGO Trains?: Hrw-Amen

Your thoughts on Train LUGs: kyphur

Are LEGO Trains Classed as "Real" Model Trains?: Paul B

Could this be a new "golden age" of LEGO train?: DaddyDeuce

2012 Train 'Exclusive' - Rumours/Rumblings?: nesquik

LEGO Trains in Education: JopieK

Do Train Fans Look Down on Harry Potter Trains?: Artifex

LEGO Trains and Cats: ticktockclock

TLG Train Sets - What Triggers 'Buy'?: andythenorth

A Speculative Discussion on Pneumatic Locomotives: Icosahedron

Long Trains.... Show 'm !: LegoSjaak

Complete List of Trains and Wagons: Henrik Ludvigsen

2013 Train Sets: LiamM32

A fast and cheap way to store your trains: robt

What if the steam electric locomotive had proved to be a reliable tech: Locomotive Annie

Train Tech Art: Catanas

Duplo Trains discussion: Adam Badura

My Own Trains: Locomotive Annie

New Guinness World Record: Henrik Ludvigsen

Getting the location of the theme 'Right': stu808

Old news topics

2010 Train Sets: AllanSmith

2011 Trains set(s): Klaus-Dieter

3677 Red Freight Train: eiker86

4841 Hogwarts Express Train Discussion: Chromeknight

7597 Western Train Chase Discussion: TheBrickster

10194 Emerald Night: Der Seb

7898 Cargo Train Deluxe Variation, Boxcar Blues: TheBrickster

10219 - Were we ready for this?: paul_delahaye

New 2012 Train: 9467 Ghost Train: JopieK

New Narrow Gauge Train in 4204 City Miners Set: JopieK

General polls

Best LEGO train ever made, what do you think the best Lego train made is: Paintballman413

Best Monorail, Which is your favorite? Macoco

Best Train Era Minifigs? JD5775

Favorite Train Engine (Poll): TheBrickster

FREIGHT or FANCY?, Train Tech Poll: TheBrickster

Monorail or Trains?, Which do you like better? Macoco

SFSC vs. the BNSF (Face-Off Poll): TheBrickster

Steam vs. Modern, Which Do You Like Better? Keetong

Triple Train Engine Face-Off: Best of the 9V Engines (Poll): TheBrickster

What's Your First Train Set? Dr Kilroy

European vs. American Train Styles, Vote for your favorite train style: TheBrickster

Favorite LEGO Train Station, What is yours? Macoco

Stickers on your trains - yes/no? ignacj

Train Parts Needed for Pick A Brick, What Pieces Should Lego Offer? TheBrickster

What parts does PaB/LDD need for train rolling stock? jonwill

Train Rooves, What's Your Favorite Element? TheBrickster

Powering PF: Piranha

LEGO Train Book ?: TaltosVT

Diesel Dilemma: TheBrickster

Community Building Challenge Created by You: 22kane

Which monorail sets do you own and which do you want?: johnnyvgoode

Extras with train sets: Legocrazy81

What's Next for Old 4.5V Trains?: roamingstudio

How Many Trains Do You Own?: Pazoozoo

Train shopping

Stuck on what to buy next?: sebby

Buy the sets or buy the parts?: BigDumbWookiee

Trying to build more: Bernie56

Santa Fe Super Chief Limited Edition: Tigertamer

9V track prices: hoeij

Emerald Night & Maersk- an investment?: 22kane

Where to buy an Emerald Night?: robt

Is It Worth Buying an Emerald Night Now?: nana

Building the Emerald Night via Bricklink?: timmyc1983

88000 and 88002 new and have never been available: Pazoozoo

7939 Cargo Train Availability: eliminator

Straight & curved rail now on pick a brick: ltrain

Investing in LEGO Trains: legotrader

Where Can I Buy Classic Hoses?: Petzi

Value & Rarity of 7740 Inter-City Passenger Train: PETER54

LEGO Train Track: Lego Man Can

Where to buy passenger/cargo in stores?: Charlie97L

Value of old train parts?: anagram

Brinklinking a 7725 MOD: Heppeng

Books and DVDs

LEGO Train DVDs: Rob Klingberg

Do not buy this book on LEGO Trains: brickitect

Clone brands discussion

* Enlighten, BanBao, & Other Clone Train Brands: bpwilly

Powering Enlighten Trains: RC of PF? Buddha Bricks


'Behind The Helm' Episode #12 - Jamie Berard, Part 1...All Aboard! Captain Zuloo

'Behind The Helm' Episode #12 - Jamie Berard, Part 2...Conclusion Captain Zuloo

The Brick Broadcast Episode #2, Train Tech's mastermind, TheBrickster: Captain Zuloo

The Brick Broadcast Episode #5, Tim Gould (gambort): Captain Zuloo

Train Tech Spotlight Builder: Steinkopf: TheBrickster

Real-life train inspiration

Inspiration Behind the Emerald: Piranha

Crane Car Creativity, What Makes the Crane Car So Special? TheBrickster

Creative Train Combos, How Do You Combine Your 9V Sets? TheBrickster

Fun with Flatbeds, What to Add to Your Freight Trains? TheBrickster

Geographic Influence, When it comes to your trains? TheBrickster

Lehmann Toy Train, Ideas for Fun Lego Trains: TheBrickster

Train Ideas Needed, For a Mexican Village: TheBrickster

Rarely Made Locomotives and Train Cars: Madcat2000

Wild West Train & Town Video: TheBrickster

Irish Railways, Who else has built Irish rolling stock? Andy Glascott

American Train Images: TheBrickster

Captain Zuloo and pe668's Great Steam Train Journey: Captain Zuloo

Inspiration from Promontory Point, Replicas of the Trans-continental RR trains: Athos

Train Art, Inspiration to create LEGO Trains: TheBrickster

Crane Inspiration: Matt Dawson

Emerald Night Coach interiors - What should each class be? Goldenmasamune

Loco from 7939. Is it modelled after a real engine?: henryhotspurs

Driver's Cabin: legotrainfan

Info on this MOW car?: Inkog

Driver Visibility: Hrw-Amen

Question for Trainspotters re. the Santa Fe Super Chief: kyphur

Rotary Snow Plow: kyphur

Challenge: Electric Steam Locos: roamingstudio

Lack of buffers on newer trains?: Hrw-Amen

Electrosteam's Bag of Ideas: Electricsteam

A small question about train reference sources: Gioppa

What's Your Favorite Train Documentary and/or TV Program?: Hey Joe

What's your favorite railway museum and why?: Hey Joe

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