SavaTheAggie

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  1. Hey Anthony, did you know the link in your signature is not working? 

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      How about now?

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    [MOC] NYC J3A 20th Century Limited Hudson (v2)

    Here is the only video I have of the Locomotive in it's current configuration. The audio quality stinks, but that's a problem of my phone which I have since fixed. Here is a video of our test of it wearing the XXL drivers for the first time, but before I installed the custom rods and other details. --Tony
  3. New York Central Dreyfuss Hudson with XXL Disc drivers by Tony Sava, on Flickr I upgraded my Dreyfuss to wear 3D printed XXL Disc drivers some time ago, but only recently took good photos of it. It's hard to tell, but nearly half the locomotive was completely rebuilt to accommodate how XXL drivers handle curves. She can no longer navigate standard LEGO curves or anything less than r88. But she's my fastest and most reliable Locomotive, so I have no complaints. New York Central Dreyfuss Hudson with XXL Disc drivers by Tony Sava, on Flickr New York Central Dreyfuss Hudson with XXL Disc drivers by Tony Sava, on Flickr New York Central Dreyfuss Hudson with XXL Disc drivers by Tony Sava, on Flickr --Tony
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    [MOC] Quarter Scale Rail

    I've been trying to design something like this since 2013 - a modular, motorized, mini-train layout. I call it "Quarter Scale Rail." The name isn't 100% accurate, but comes from Texas Brick Railroad member Steve Jackson who has built a quarter sized replica of all of his track modules and MOC buildings for planning purposes (as opposed to software like BlueBrick). He calls it "Quarter Scale". My trains as shown are 2 wide, which is one quarter the width of my preferred train size - 8-wide - along with the quarter Scale mini modulars from the one LEGO set. The system uses a chain of 1x2 technic liftarms in a channel built into a MILS base, powered by an XL motor, which turns a large technic motorcycle wheel rubbing against the chain. This layout is 4 modules - 2 double track 32x32 straights and 2 16x32 half loops. I've purposely decorated each module differently and without overlap to emphasize the modularity. --Tony
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    How are articulated locomotives built?

    My Allegheny is powered by two XL motors in the tender. --Tony
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    How are articulated locomotives built?

    My favorite way is to pivot above the first set of drivers and above the rear truck. This leaves the second set of drivers sliding freely beneath the boiler, being towed by the first set. This is how my Allegheny is articulated. mOxxLBa5N24 --Tony
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    [MOC] The Texas Eagle

    Huh? What is the current prototype? The T&P had a set of F7A&B painted in eagle colors, the rest were E7s. No glue. Ever. I had to really change the anchor of his design, but my design isn't possible without Nate's work. --Tony
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    [MOC] The Texas Eagle

    Hi folks, Sorry to bring up an old topic, but instructions for this MOC are now available at www.SavaRailways.com Available now on www.SavaRailways.com by Tony Sava, on Flickr Available now at www.SavaRailways.com by Tony Sava, on Flickr Thanks! --Tony
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    [MOC] Memorial UP GP40 (WiP)

    TJ Avery inspired Union Pacific GP40 Locomotive by Tony Sava, on Flickr At one of the very first big TexLUG meetings, TJ Avery brought a MOC of a Union Pacific GP40/SD40 hybrid. It was 6-wide, and fits in very well with the BNSF locomotive that came out many years later. Seen here: http://www.texbrick.com/model_diesel/index.html Back then I was only building Castles, and while I loved trains, I never thought of it as a viable thing because LEGO train sets I saw in catalogs as a kid were either very European (I'm in the US), or just kind of terrible. TJ's locomotive was the first time I'd ever seen a train made from LEGO that looked like anything I recognized. We lost TJ this year. As a way to remember him, I've designed an 8-wide Union Pacific EMD GP40 as an homage to his model. It's certainly not a copy, but I feel TJ helped pave the way for me to move from Castles to Trains. It's power functions with 2 motors, and had an inverted battery box that I'm not sure how it'll get it to stay just yet. I'll figure out that and a few other details when I get physical bricks in hand. TJ Avery inspired Union Pacific GP40 Locomotive by Tony Sava, on Flickr It needs the red pinstripe between the yellow and dark grey, but that'll have to be done with stickers. --Tony
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    Big Ben Bricks XL drivers derailing on switches?

    Are you entering the switch by directly exiting a curve? I have to separate my curves from switches by at least 1 straight track. --Tony
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    Sava Railways Locomotive Works

    I apologise in advance, I know this isn't quite a kosher topic. However, I wanted to let people know that after Bricklink took down all custom instructions and custom parts off their website, I now finally have my own commercial website for my custom train instructions. www.SavaRailways.com (If it takes you to Facebook, the domain hasn't propagated to all the servers yet) And thanks to everyone who has supported me and my hobby through my instructions sales. --Tony Here's a direct link until the URL above resolves correctly: https://bonahoombuilds.com/srw/ --Tony
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    [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
  13. 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
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    [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
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    [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