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Hi !

As a kid, in the late1980's-early 1990's, Lego were my favorite toys (well, I was a little bit into Playmobil too, especially Western). Most of my Lego sets back then were Castle, with some City, Space and Pirates here and there. But I didn't own any train, though I really wanted one and I remember drooling over them while looking at the Lego catalogues.

So, a few years ago, when I came out from my dark ages, I decided to purchase a Lego train, then another one, and a train station, and another train again, etc.

Now, here is my collection : I am the proud owner of the 60098 Heavy-Haul train, the 60052 Cargo train (X2), the 7898 Cargo train deluxe, the 7939 Cargo train, the 3677 Red Cargo train, the 7938 Passenger train, the 60051 High-speed Passenger train, the 60050 Train station (X2), the 7937 Train station, the 10233 Horizon Express (X2), the 10219 Maersk train, and of course I also bought numerous additional tracks.

Here are some pics of my layout that I put in an empty room of my flat :

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Hi @all!


I am new here at Eurobricks and wanted to introduce myself briefly. As a young child, I loved playing with the colorful bricks. My focus was particularly on the city themes and knights. A few years ago I became a father and so recently the old boxes with the colored bricks were brought out of the parental cellar. Since my son likes trains, especially steam locomotives, I wanted to build his own steam locomotive for Christmas. So I started with the LDD last year and since then the passion is back. I am pleased to be here.

 

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Welcome to the community both! It's good to see new faces (or at least avatars :grin:), I was one only a year ago.

@Charette That's a good layout, and a perfectly sized space to fit it in. Seeing as you have 2x 60052, have you considered joining the gantry cranes together, either as a longer one or a wider one?

@FLBRICKS That's one way to start! I look forward to seeing more MOCs from you.

 

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On 1/20/2018 at 4:22 PM, Charette said:

Now, here is my collection : I am the proud owner of the 60098 Heavy-Haul train, the 60052 Cargo train (X2), the 7898 Cargo train deluxe, the 7939 Cargo train, the 3677 Red Cargo train, the 7938 Passenger train, the 60051 High-speed Passenger train, the 60050 Train station (X2), the 7937 Train station, the 10233 Horizon Express (X2), the 10219 Maersk train, and of course I also bought numerous additional tracks.

 

And here is a video I made :

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Based on that video, you need to implement signal blocks and Positive Train Control!!!   :laugh:    In all seriousness, welcome aboard, Charette!

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Hi Guys,

I am active here on Eurobricks quite some time, but I just not realized that there is such a cool introduction thread targeting the train addicts here :grin:. Now I have found it, I'd like to introduced me here also.

I was always addicetd somehow to trains. As far as I can remember, my first Legoset I got when I was a child, was this great train set: 7720

After that, I got some additional train set, but unfortunatly never a 12V set. This may have resulted in the fact that I had quite a big H0 Model railway. After my dark ages I started with Technic, Star Wars and the Modular buildings. And it was quite obivious, I needed some City for the Modulars to display them. And you know, a real Lego City needs a train, point! :laugh:

So it dind't take long to come up with my first Layout. But this layout was just a poor try and I wanted a more sofisticated and eleborated one. So I teared the whole thing down and startet in a new room from scratch. At the time writing this post, the layout is in a WIP state and quite far from being finished (is such a thing ever finished? ). But it is fun every day I find the time to work on it.

I also have a thread here on Eurobricks, where I let you know the status of the Layout and on what I am currently working: Linkt to the Thread.

I'd like to also show you some Pictures and a Video directly here in this thread (you can find way more pictures of the layout in my bricksafe folder and some additional videos in my youtube channel):

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If youre interesetd in some detailed informations on the layout, please look into my thread about it. Please also feel free to leave comment there.

BR, Guenther

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On 23/01/2018 at 4:28 PM, icemorons said:

Based on that video, you need to implement signal blocks and Positive Train Control!!!   :laugh:    In all seriousness, welcome aboard, Charette!

Yeah, it's quite hard to run alone and simultaneously several trains without see them derailing or bumping into each other. I guess I could find some useful technical tips on this forum.

On 21/01/2018 at 9:50 PM, ColletArrow said:

@Charette That's a good layout, and a perfectly sized space to fit it in. Seeing as you have 2x 60052, have you considered joining the gantry cranes together, either as a longer one or a wider one?

Yes, it's a good idea, I should try that. For now, I've just built the second one in a "mirrored" way.

 

Anyway thank you all for your comments and your welcome.

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Hello!

I'm a new member on this site, but I've lurked around for a while. I currently have five official train sets (if you count the Hogwarts Express as one) and several built MOCs, including the Horizon Express and the Metroliner. There's plenty more in LDD and Stud.io that may eventually get built as well. I've always found this site to be a great inspiration when building MOCs and look forward to see everything you guys & gals have to share!

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I´ve been reading here for quite some time but thought I´ve give a proper introduction...

I am 39, from Dortmund, Germany. My first train was the 7722 which I got as a christmas present back in - I think it was - 1986. I still own that specific train to this date. I think it was a year later that I converted this to 12V. Some longer pauses in between - I never lost touch to the Lego world as I now (beside the 7722) own two 12V 7715s plus a spare 12V 7715 locomotive, a 7725, a 7735, three 7740, a 7745, a 7755 and an older 12V 725 which was the train my wife had as a child. I consider myself a 12V fan and still keep my 80s Lego City stuff for complementing the train layouts. I do own most of the train-related stuff from that era nowadays like the 7824, 7839, 7823 sets as well as two 7866 crossings and the 6399 monorail which I bought just last year.

I am happy to share my Lego train fun with my now 4-year old son. For him his Duplo train didn´t cut it anymore so he now uses some simple MOC trains of his own on some older 12V tracks. While looking awfully funny, I think using Lego and building your own stuff can´t be bad for enhancing skills and abilities for kids.

So much information, and much interesting stuff on this forum, I am happy to contribute every once in a while. :-)

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Hello all,

I have just recently gotten back into lego, maybe the past year or 2. Picking up a few sets I liked here and there and having a good time building again. A couple weeks ago I jumped head first in 9V trains with a huge lot I could not pass up. I think I ended up with at least 1 if not more of each of the 9V train sets plus multiple stations, crossings, 2x train repair shop ect. ect. all individually packed up in a plastic tote with all accessories and instruction manuals. 

As of right now I have started building a city on a 5x10 table but best case scenario I can only fit 4 trains on the table at a time. I have one more table coming which will be strictly a rail and freight yard to hold the trains.

I am looking forward to learning all there is to know about 9V trains and building my city around them. Next step is saving up to get a few modulars to get the city started and keep sorting through the bins to see what other builds i find hidden in the boxes.

I added a few pictures below of my very simple layout i built this weekend as well as a few pictures to show the size of the massive haul of trains.

Looking forward to learning lots going forward.

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Very nice find. You've got some nice trains there. Before long...you'll find a way to make space lol.  

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Great find.  Looks like from someone who took care of their LEGO. 

 

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Hello all,

I sort of wanted to avoid introductory topic, as I just wanted to lurk here and browse the MOCs for inspiration. But then, the sheer awesomness of those builds, and the fact this community is still thriving (even in the age when some communities, based on "traditional" boards are dying due to Facebook/Reddit/whatnot), led me to realization it might make sense to do so :)

I'm Bartosz, I'm 32, and it looks like that thing, commonly described as "coming out of dark age" is happening to me :D When I was young, I only had couple of small Lego sets, definitely not trains, but I absolutely loved playing with it. The fact I didn't own too much had various consequences - it definitely required a bit of creativity to get anything done, but it also left me unfullfiled, and, it might be the case, this is what's driving me now towards obtaining more bricks :)

Anyway, I started to cautiously point my kids (6 and 3 years old) into direction of Lego, because, in the times when they can have so many toys, I found that I'm missing the toys that can be rebuilt, extended and used for more than only couple of hours after being bought...so far I hadn't got much luck, they are not yet playing Lego on their own (which makes me sad), but the side effect is that I (while still attempting to guide them to this kind of play) became hooked :)

Ah, but we're in trains subforum, yeah - that's what I'm planning to - I kind of want to put emphasis on trains first. It happened partially because my father-in-law owns a TT model, and he was wondering if kids could pick that up (at some point). We realized that, while Lego is definitely not cheap, those could be even more expensive, and are (in my opinion) more limiting than Lego - you can build pretty realistic dioramas, but I gather that's not really what kids would like to do ;)

Thanks again to all people involved, and especially to all people sharing their wonderful creations!

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"Hi, my name is weeble1688 and I play with Lego trains" ... Wow, I don't know how I missed introducing myself here - I've only been on EB for 8 years or so!  I am in my 40s and I work at a school as well as working part-time at my local Lego Brand Retail Store.  I am a confirmed town & train maniac (train-iac?), although I'll raid freely from nearly every theme Lego has ever made.  I modify existing sets to my liking especially the Modular buildings, have many more ideas than time to make them all :sceptic:, and usually build MOCs very slowly (though I once created a modular building in less than 8 hours while at an event - we needed 1 more for the display!).  Usually my train cars are way too heavy and/or need more accuracy the first time I build them, but hopefully I will get over these bumps one day. 

I grew up playing with Classic Space and some Town sets - my dad had the train thing cornered with O-gauge.  I didn't get into Lego trains until I was an AFOL; my first set was #4561 which I picked up on clearance - wonder why? :tongue:  But it gave me the starter stuff I needed to start making other train cars, etc. Now I am part of a LUG and contribute buildings, 9V & PF trains, vehicles and other stuff to the group displays at exhibitions & conventions.  I also play with the Star Wars theme, including making stuff for the LUG's SW collaborative work too.

I love all the inspiration and innovation I find here in this forum - so many wonderful MOCs, new ideas for continuing 9V track, expanding radii & switches, and motorization/lighting of trackside stuff.  Thank you all for these great ideas and techniques!

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