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  1. SavaTheAggie

    [MOC] Santa Fe Union Terminal

    Thanks! Houston is just too geographically large for public transportation to make sense. It's bigger than the state of Rhode Island. There's a park and ride (I take it everyday to work), but I don't think it runs in weekends and only gets you halfway there. All told.its about 46 miles from the heart of Downtown Houston to Downtown Galveston. If you don't have a rental car your best bet is either Uber or find a local to drive you around. A trip to Galveston is nothing to us. LaKings is just a block or so from the museum, and is a candy store that harkens back to the early 1900s. Most of what they sell is made in-house, but they're most famous for their salt water taffy. If you show up at the right time you can watch them pull the taffy on a century old equipment, and they toss free samples to the visitors. My favorite flavor is either watermelon or strawberry. My wife's is the peanut butter and the chocolate (two different flavors). They also make Purity brand ice cream, which is a recipe from the early 1900s. Super premium ice cream that "stretches" as you pull out your spoon (very little air mixed in). My favorite flavor is the lemon custard. The mint chocolate chip is good too. --Tony
  2. Bricklink has removed all of my locomotive designs. There is no future for my shop on Bricklink and will be looking for a new place to sell instructions. --Tony
  3. SavaTheAggie

    [MOC] Santa Fe Union Terminal

    It's a bit more complex. The museum doesn't own any tracks off the museum grounds, and there's only one track off the island. They have to get permission and/or pay to use the lines, and prior to a hurricane the rail companies are more concerned with their assets and customer property than the museum's. As for San Diego, I'm focusing mostly on Texas buildings and rail lines. Depends on your definition, I suppose. Longest would be my Yellowstone. Widest and strongest would be my Allegheny. Definitely worth the trip. Also be sure to stop at LaKings Confectionery. Thank you, everyone, for your kind words. I appreciate it. --Tony
  4. SavaTheAggie

    [MOC] Santa Fe Union Terminal

    SantaFeUnionTerminal_13 by Tony Sava, on Flickr Full Gallery Several years ago,.I attempted to design a LEGO version of the former Santa Fe Union Terminal on Galveston Island, Texas, now known as Moody Plaza and home to the Galveston Railroad Museum. That digital MOC was too large, 2x5 baseplates, and would have taken up almost an entire club table to itself. So this last summer/fall I decided to redesign it selectively compressed so that it would fit on 1x3 baseplates, and after placing many Bricklink orders it is complete. SantaFeUnionTerminal_01 by Tony Sava, on Flickr The finished MOC is too large for my house, so I can't set it up for pictures there. Fortunately the Galveston Railroad Museum was generous enough to allow me to set it up on their property, allowing for a great backdrop. SantaFeUnionTerminal_23 by Tony Sava, on Flickr The terminal building served as the headquarters of the Santa Fe Railroad, and was built in three phases. First the southern office building was built (on the right, above), which stood for several years. Next, the original red brick terminal building was replaced with a building matching the art-deco stylings of it's neighbor. Finally, the road between them was closed and a central, 13-story tower was constructed. SantaFeUnionTerminal_16 by Tony Sava, on Flickr This is why, from the front, the building looks unified as a single whole, but I'm the back it looks disjointed. SantaFeUnionTerminal_14 by Tony Sava, on Flickr I wanted to mimic the texture of the real building, so the white areas of the building made with larger stones was built with all 1x2 white bricks... SantaFeUnionTerminal_18 by Tony Sava, on Flickr And the tan masonry bricks on the rear of the building done using all 1x2 tan plates. SantaFeUnionTerminal_20 by Tony Sava, on Flickr I also built passenger platforms and the courtyard just as they are now, with artistic license. SantaFeUnionTerminal_21 by Tony Sava, on Flickr There are several out-buildings I did not include due to size restraints, some are historical, some were built for the museum. I was able, however, to capture the palm tree lined courtyard and gazebo. SantaFeUnionTerminal_24 by Tony Sava, on Flickr I even went so far as to build the locomotive and caboose the museum calls "The Harborside Express", which takes visitors on short excursions. SantaFeUnionTerminal_32 by Tony Sava, on Flickr I even attempted to include the original cobblestone platform leftover from the original Terminal building, which can be seen at the real museum at the end of the platform between tracks 4 and 5. SantaFeUnionTerminal_37 by Tony Sava, on Flickr All told, not including the trains and figs, there are over 20,000 parts invested in the entire complex. And while I set out to build a MOC of the Santa Fe Union Terminal building, I ended up making a MOC of the Galveston Railroad Museum itself (mostly). --Tony
  5. I was given the notification, too, that my shop would be purged. All I have are custom instructions, So I thought I would be safe, since the TOS specifically allows for custom instructions. Per their direction I emailed the Bricklink admin contact and asked that my shop not be purged, since I was not in violation. A few days later he replied. After reviewing my shop, his concern was not the instructions themselves or what parts I used, but the copyright of the Locomotive designs themselves - the actual, full sized, 1:1 scale locomotive designs. He didn't think the steam engines would be a problem because they would probably have moved into the public domain. But the diesel engines he was afraid would fall under the copyright of the original... What, builder? Owner? That's a bit of a grey area I don't have expertise in. Builder for the shape, owner for the paint scheme? I don't use any logos. Maybe the names "Santa Fe" or "ALCO" is what's the problem? He said he'd mark my shop to not be purged, for now, until the lawyers could look things over. In the meantime it's got me looking at alternatives. I will admit the idea of having a fully automated purchase process where I don't have to email individual instructions does sound appealing. --Tony
  6. SavaTheAggie

    [MOC] Santa Fe EMD F7A Warbonnet #315

    #6191 is pretty easy to find in light bluish grey, so you can build the fuel tank in that color. I was unaware of the scarcity of the part when I built my original model, mainly because I had 40+ of them on hand, and assumed they weren't rare (LUG support, who knew?) I had a similar issue with my North Pole Limited instructions, but not at first. The 2x4x1+1/3 curved slopes in black were available when I first offered the instructions, but LEGO discontinued the part a year later, and Cale always blamed me for creating an artificial shortage because of my design requiring something like 60 of them (I don't remember the exact count, it was a lot). Fortunately there are alternatives, and lately LEGO has brought the part back. This is also a reason why I've been hesitant to finish the instructions for the Eagle coaches - I don't want to create more scarcity for parts used en mass in my designs. As it has been said, the minifig lance is easy to find in pearl silver, and that works pretty well. --Tony
  7. SavaTheAggie

    (MOC) Bluebonnet Station

    The platform is 3 studs away from the rail. We run 8-wide trains, and some of our steam engines can exceed 10 studs in some places. --Tony
  8. SavaTheAggie

    (MOC) Bluebonnet Station

    I apologise for the necropost, but I didn't feel like this deserved its own post. I've taken this 4 year old veteran of TBRR layouts and have given her new life with LEDs. Bluebonnet Station at night by Tony Sava, on Flickr More Bluebonnet Station at night by Tony Sava, on Flickr More Bluebonnet Station at night by Tony Sava, on Flickr More Bluebonnet Station at night by Tony Sava, on Flickr It was a lot of fun. I used Brick Loot's new Light Linx products purchased at Brickworld 2019. --Tony
  9. I was at the talk. It's ambitious. I own a small fortune in 9v equipment. 25+ motors, switches, meters of track. So getting that out of the way, I do not anticipate me buying these products. My reasons are legion. I wish no ill will on Michael. He seems very sincere in his desire to help. But I don't see this as helping. --Tony
  10. Brickworld Charity Auction Donation by Tony Sava, on Flickr I have completed my train MOC which I will be donating to this year's Esther Walner Charity Auction at Brickworld 2019. The auction item will include as seen here: 1. Santa Fe EMD F7A Warbonnet Locomotive with full power Function equipment and stickers by OKbrickworks. This model is 8-wide and is ready-to-run. 2. Santa Fe EMD F7B locomotive, unpowered, with stickers by OKbrickworks. 3. Power Functions remote. 4. USB drive (16 GB) with the PDF of the instructions for both locomotives (Track not included) Credit where credit is due, I would like to thank and recognize the following: OKbrickworks - for not only donating the stickers for both locomotives, but for offering to sponsor the B unit, which prompted me to include it in the auction. Nick O'Donnell - for donating a large chunk of the parts from his Bricklink shop - Cincinnati Brick Co. Karl Joffre - for donating all of the Power Functions elements, allowing this model to be ready-to-run - motors, battery box, remote, everything. And last but not least Nate Brill, who's peerless work on his NYC E unit windshield made my original MOC possible. If you are attending Brickworld this year, I encourage you to attend, even if you have no interest in bidding. There has been discussion that if you are not attending, but know someone who is, you could bid by proxy. Bryan Bonahoom is happy to take your money (for charity, of course). --Tony
  11. SavaTheAggie

    [MOC] The Texas Eagle

    Thanks all, I appreciate it! --Tony The cars should be just about the right size all around. They're the exact right height for the width. They might be a single stud too short. Right now there are 2 PF train motors in the A unit only. At the Galveston Railroad Museum train show I was only running 7 coaches, but we also had an issue with the room we were in having a very noticeable tilt. So on level track, and lubricated bearings, I *might* be able to get away with only the two PF motors. I will test this at Brickworld. However the B unit was built specifically to allow installation of motors, so if I need to, I will add two more motors. Most Texas Eagles we're actually pulled by EMD E7 units - an A and a B - and the Texas & Pacific F7 units were relegated to freight (with an all dark blue with single white stripe livery). However F7A locomotive 1500 was painted in the Eagle livery, and I didn't want to model an E7. I don't think anyone will think you are copying me. I hope you finish your project, it looks like you have made good progress thus far. My next MOC will either be a modern diesel locomotive I found out my company owns, or a Texas & Pacific Mikado called "the Moccasin", so no worries. :D --Tony
  12. SavaTheAggie

    [MOC] The Texas Eagle

    Texas & Pacific - Texas Eagle by Tony Sava, on Flickr Full Gallery: Truth be told, when I designed my Santa Fe Warbonnet EMD F7A, it was actually with the end goal of building the engines to this train. Sisters from another mister by Tony Sava, on Flickr In the first picture, the train was not yet complete. In all, there are 12 pieces - an F7A&B, a baggage combine, 4 sleepers, 1 coach, 1 lounge, 1 diner, 1 planetarium dome, and 1 observation car. All in all some 46 track lengths long. Texas Eagle - a little bit longer than I expected by Tony Sava, on Flickr The coaches are running with BMR wheel bearings, and are boringly hollow. However they could be easily modified to include interiors. Texas Eagle - Planetarium Dome - Ed "Babyface" Chang by Tony Sava, on Flickr Additionally each car has been named after a person or group that has had an impact on my time as an AFOL in the train universe. --Tony
  13. SavaTheAggie

    Santa Claus is on his Fe

    Santa Claus is on his Fe by Tony Sava, on Flickr --Tony
  14. SavaTheAggie

    [MOC] Santa Fe EMD F7A Warbonnet #315

    Instructions now available for purchase: --Tony
  15. SavaTheAggie

    Custom Train Wheels Combined Topic

    Exciting news, Ben. I eagerly anticipate what will come. --Tony