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10 hours ago, bogieman said:

I've been a lurker here for since September last year when my wife encouraged me to buy my first train sets (60197 and 60198) at the Lego store at Disney World. This forum has been an invaluable help to understand the Powered Up system and its predecessors and to see the range of possibilities in Lego trains.

My background is I'm a retired mechanical engineer who has worked in the US rail industry for 47 years,  42 of those at Electro-Motive Division (EMD) of General Motors. I'm best known in the industry as the inventor of the EMD HTCR radial steering 3-axle locomotive bogie (or "truck" as used in the US), but I also designed the SD80MAC and the DE30AC and DM30AC passenger locomotives during my career. My most recent designs are the 2-axle bogie on the MotivePower/GE HSP-46 commuter locomotive and the 4-axle articulated bogie on the EMD SD70ACe-BB built in Brazil which was granted 8 patents. My main hobbies have been building and modifying cars over the years, do a google search for "Daverri" to see the car I've been working on for the last 26 years.

As my two boys were growing up they got plenty of Lego sets of all varieties, including 4.5v, 12v, and 9v trains and the monorail in the late 1980's and throughout 1990's, all of which my older son, now 36, still has. He continues to buy new sets, mostly modular buildings. I live in SW Michigan now and he's in Houston so taking advantage of his huge stock of bricks is not so easy. My younger son lives near Chicago and has two sons, 3 and 5 years old, who are serious Lego builders and love to come here to play with our Lego's. While our kids were growing up, the most memorable Christmas day's were spent in our pajamas around the kitchen table assembling Lego sets the kids got for presents.

My Lego layout has taken over the basement at my house now, I'm just finishing building 200 sq. feet (18.6 m2) of tables around the perimeter, soon I'll start laying track. My wife is building most of the city building sets we've bought. I've bought several retired train sets, mostly on eBay, over the last few months, including the blue cargo train and the Maersk train and modified them all to add headlights and ditch lights. How I've gone about that would not be approved by most I imagine as it's involved drilling holes and sometimes a bit of superglue but I consider that the beauty of Lego's, making what ever you want. I've also come up with an easily changed rechargeable battery solution that I've implemented on most of my locomotives. I'll create separate threads to show what I've done if there's interest.

Dave a.k.a bogieman

Welcome to the club!  It is an honor to have someone of your knowledge and expertise join our group. I am eager to see your setup once it is done.  Be sure to post pictures and videos of your handiwork.

Brian

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Hello guys i am the same guy as @XGBC because for some reason as i changed my password and then logged out i cant log back in and the email password forgotten thing doesnt work because i dont know my email password anymore so i had to create a new account so dont be confused.

XG BC (Former XGBC)

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On 1/15/2019 at 11:29 AM, bogieman said:

I've also come up with an easily changed rechargeable...

I for one am very interested in this.  Where abouts in MI...  I'm near Ft Wayne IN.   I'm impressed with your portfolio of designs...  Hopefully it will transfer over to Lego easily.   

You will find some are squeamish about modifying Lego.   Generally if it sticks with the general "idea" and "spirit" of Lego it can be overlooked by most.   I personally don't disassemble trains once they are built.  So If I modify something on one I'm OK with it.    

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22 hours ago, Roadmonkeytj said:

I for one am very interested in this.  Where abouts in MI...  I'm near Ft Wayne IN.   I'm impressed with your portfolio of designs...  Hopefully it will transfer over to Lego easily.   

You will find some are squeamish about modifying Lego.   Generally if it sticks with the general "idea" and "spirit" of Lego it can be overlooked by most.   I personally don't disassemble trains once they are built.  So If I modify something on one I'm OK with it.    

Thanks. I live in Bridgman in the very SW corner of Michigan. 

I posted a thread just now detailing the mod of a Maersk loco with the rechargeable battery.

Dave

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Morning all, just thought I would pop in and say "hi" - been registered on here quite a while but only used as a source of information - I now happy to start contributing - I specialise in the 1980's era 12v gear and you will note from my two recent posts I have been busy repairing some 12v motors and signals.

Did my first show a few weeks back  and although hard work , I had loads of parents thanking me for displaying old Lego and bringing back memories from their childhood....

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My display was a mix of old 80's Lego and a few bits of my son's more newer sets. Since the show I have been slowly swapping out the newer stuff for classic sets for the next show in April, but I think I will keep the construction gear as they are cool !

I'm based in East Yorkshire in the UK and am really enjoying getting back into the bricks again!

Jonathan

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20 hours ago, joff-turbo-nova said:

Did my first show a few weeks back  and although hard work , I had loads of parents thanking me for displaying old Lego and bringing back memories from their childhood....

That's beautiful. I'm pretty sure everyone agree this deserves a thread on its own instead of being buried in here!

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