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  1. CrispyBassist

    Building BMR Freight cars

    Just wanted to share with y'all another load I recently put together for the BMR flat car: Turtle Creek Central Flatcar by Matt Csenge, on Flickr I've had the aero tubes set aside for this for a while, though I've mostly seen corrugated pipe loads on bulkhead flats or gondolas. Perhaps they're being shipped to the construction site for some kind of Hyper-circuit thing ;-)
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    train wheel question

    Yup, I've done it before too. Both of the trains in this video use train motors with large wheels:
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    [MOC] Santa Fe EMD F7A Warbonnet #315

    Thats exciting to hear! I'm thinking this will look good in black, white, and orange 😄
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    Straight rail 3228

    Since the two rails are different lengths, the other wheel had a longer distance to travel in the curve. If both wheels are spinning at the same speed, one must slip in order for both to arrive at the end of the curve at the same time (easily visualized by trying to roll a cylinder in a circle). The same thing happens in real railroading, though the solution is typically to use slightly conical wheels, so that the radius of the wheel can adjust slightly to the curves.
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    [WIP] Hungarian Railways Lencse-005

    Would a Power UP box fit in the cab? That would let you eliminate the IR receiver entirely, it's just hard to tell if the new cable connections would fit in the cab.
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    Building BMR Freight cars

    Again, thanks for the heads-up! Just ordered 200 as well. Maybe all of us ordering as many as possible will clue Lego in that it's a high-demand piece...
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    [MOD] Lego 8 stud wide 60052

    Now it looks a lot more like one of these:
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    Building BMR Freight cars

    On that note, time to build more boxcars before Cale re-drains the world of this valuable resource!
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    Custom Train Wheels Combined Topic

    Big Ben Bricks does that size of wheel, though it's not exactly the same style (see Flanged Train Wheel 17.6mm). If that doesn't suit it, painting would probably work. It would only be the tread of the wheel that would wear off, might not be too noticeable...
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    BrickTracks: R104 Switch Kickstarter is LIVE!

    You either need a new credit card, or a new wife 🤣
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    BBÖ ET10 / ÖBB 4041 railcar

    Yup! Pretty sure I can tell them all. Seriously, great job there.
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    BBÖ ET10 / ÖBB 4041 railcar

    Wow, this is gorgeous! I'm very interested in this pantograph, it looks like the parts are much more common, whereas my current design uses 16 Minifig pirate hooks each, which are getting expensive...
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    New Haven Railroad GP-9

    I finally found the box my PF remote was hiding in and was able to test the Brickstuff Power Functions adapter v2 that I built into this loco: Headlight Test by Matt Csenge, on Flickr I've got it on the red input and the motors on the blue, so I can control them independently if I wish. So far I'm very happy with the way it works!
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    New Haven Railroad GP-9

    I recently rebuilt my GP-9 to resolve some aspects of it that I was unhappy about. Here's the final result: New Haven GP-9 Rebuild by Matt Csenge, on Flickr Primarily, I rebuilt it so that the section around the battery box and IR receiver is truly 5-studs wide. After that, I added the fuel ports to the sides of the fuel tank. Then, being inspired by Aaron Burnett's amazing Central of Georgia GP-9, I modified the ends using less-than-half-stud offsets to get rid of the stepped slope typically seen when using cheese slopes. I also added lights using Brickstuff's new Power Functions Power Source v2, which includes directional lights. Unfortunately when I moved back to NY I misplaced my controller, so I haven't tested it yet... Stickers from OK Brick Works and Jim Pirzyk. New Haven GP-9 Rebuild by Matt Csenge, on Flickr New Haven GP-9 Rebuild by Matt Csenge, on Flickr And here's the pre-rebuild version: NYNH&H GP-9 by Matt Csenge, on Flickr
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    Building BMR Freight cars

    Back again with another duo of BMR freight cars! This time it's two State of Maine boxcars, one for the Bangor and Aroostook and one for the New Haven, since both railroads owned these cars. State of Maine Boxcars by Matt Csenge, on Flickr I chose dark blue after seeing Dawson Santoro's on Flickr. The cost of the handle plates in dark blue is pretty high on Bricklink, so the New Haven got black ends to keep the price down. Aside from the color, the only major deviation from the BMR plan was for the charcoal heaters on the underside of the car. These cars were outfitted with heaters to keep the potatoes they transported from freezing in the winter. Wow, these reefers are gorgeous! You're right about them fitting in with the BMR cars. I'm impressed with the quantity you have too!
  16. I can't tell from these pics, but is the boiler centered on the loco? Another defining feature of a Shay was the offset boiler to accommodate the pistons. You might be able to use jumper tiles to get it slightly offset, though that might complicate the piston assembly and frame... Looks good though, the geared drive on the side is eye-catching.
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    Lego 75955 Hogwarts Express

    So I'm not the only one with that plan
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    Lego 75955 Hogwarts Express

    Having seen the post in another thread regarding the price of large drivers on BrickLink, I might pick up a couple of these for the parts too...
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    Trains in the garden ?

    That's not standard Lego track though, the rails are inverted T, more like ME Models. Maybe it's a plastic better suited for outdoor use. That's a sweet layout though, I want to see more of her MOCs!
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    Building BMR Freight cars

    Exactly, just 8 more studs. Boxcar Open Doors by Matt Csenge, on Flickr Here's one side. I made them slightly different so they were open different amounts. And here's a just for fun one of all my freight cars together: Lego Freight Train by Matt Csenge, on Flickr (Don't mind the clutter, I really need a layout to get them out on...)
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    Building BMR Freight cars

    Got another new one that I just finished, this one is a 50' version of the BMR PS-1 boxcar in Boston & Maine colors: B&M 50' PS-1 Boxcar by Matt Csenge, on Flickr I really wanted to do a boxcar with the doors open and a couple hobos ridin' the rails, and I wanted the open door to cover part of the stickers. I chose the 50' version, because the door of the 40' version would cover too much of the sticker. The hobos seem to be enjoying the breeze! B&M 50' PS-1 Boxcar by Matt Csenge, on Flickr I also did some work on my New Haven MOW gondola that I run with my wrecker. More pics of both can be found on Flickr (since it's not a BMR car :-) ). Freight Cars by Matt Csenge, on Flickr
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    Venice Simplon Orient Express

    Bam: Gotcha, thanks for clarifying!
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    Venice Simplon Orient Express

    Are these comments from the book? I haven't read it, but haven't found the listed issues to be a problem for any of my long 8-wide builds. The weight can be an issue, but there are ways to work around this, such as ball bearings for axles (discussed in a separate thread). I've had the opposite problem with my long 60+ stud passenger cars, where my train was almost too fast through curves! (Pulled by 2 PF train motors) The overhang can be worked around by not placing structures as close to the tracks or using larger radius curves and switches, though often the wider cars can run around the standard curves and switches - Tony Sava, for example, builds the vast majority of his MOCs to run through standard track geometry. And as far as the wheels spoiling the overall impression, I simply haven't found this to be true. I'm sure many 8-wide builders would agree with that, or they simply wouldn't build 8-wide. Overall I'd say go for 7 or 8-wide for the benefit of extra detail! There's plenty of ways to work around the impractical scale of the standard Lego track geometry, and plenty of us willing to give advice and solutions if you run into problems!
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    New Haven Railroad GP-9

    Thanks, all for the kind words! Just the photo, the reds match very nicely in reality. The trucks have changed, though that was done previously. Here's the current trucks: NYNH&H GP-9 Truck Detail by Matt Csenge, on Flickr As you know, I personally like using PF train motors with plate-built sides. I've got similar setups on my RDC and my three big boxcabs (with a fourth in the works). Sorry to switch teams on ya, though NY was where I started out :-)
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    Building BMR Freight cars

    I cranked out a couple BMR flat cars following the tankers I built: BMR Flat Cars by Matt Csenge, on Flickr The first is the Southern Pacific car in dark red that BMR offered stickers for. I had a custom order with OK Brick Works and asked for the SP heralds in addition. I came up with the tarped load using the fabric piece from the Indiana Jones Race for the Stolen Treasure set (7622). Southern Pacific 142588 by Matt Csenge, on Flickr Second is the Turtle Creek Central car in reddish brown. When cleaning I came across a sheet of TCC decals that were included in an issue of Model Railroader Magazine from 2002. While the sheet was made for HO and N scale models, the heralds (as you can see) fit perfectly on 2x2 tiles! The aforementioned OK Brick Works logo took care of the rest of the stickers. Turtle Creek Central 132 by Matt Csenge, on Flickr So far I've got a pretty good train going! Lego Freight Train by Matt Csenge, on Flickr