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  1. SavaTheAggie

    (Work in Progress) EMD F7A in 8-Wide

    Real world progress. Santa Fe F7A WiP#4 by Tony Sava, on Flickr --Tony
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    Name of the fictional Lego train company?

    The best place to start, in my opinion, would be the Emerald Night. On it's tender it gives us the name of the LEGO railway that operates it - LRTS So now what does that stand for? Obviously "L" is for LEGO. "R" maybe railway or railroad. Maybe rail? I'm guessing "S" is system. "T" could be train, but that seems superfluous if "R" is railway, etc. Maybe "LEGO Railway Transit System". --Tony
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    BrickTracks: R104 Switch Kickstarter is LIVE!

    I backed the project as soon as I saw it. --Tony
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    MOCer's will you buy the new train sets?

    I'd buy a set with a steam engine in it, but I have little interest in buying a box on wheels. --Tony
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    Okay, help me with PF train motors

    I'm grasping at straws here, but is it all possible they aren't going slower, but they don't have enough grip? Is it possible the o-rings on he new motors are more slippery than the older motors? Maybe try swapping wheels and see if that makes and difference. --Tony EDIT: I reread the original post and realized my answer doesn't really make much sense. Sorry. Have you attempted to power the motors with a traditional IR receiver? Do you still have the issues?
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    (Work in Progress) EMD F7A in 8-Wide

    Thanks all, I appreciate it. Not for a Super Chief, but definitely for the Texas & Pacific version I have designed. I may build a Super Chief version, but it may be just to do it. My original design had a front coupler, but then I recalculated my scale and noticed my engine was one plate too short. Adding the extra plate changed how the nose worked with itself and I had to change it up - the shortcut being to remove the coupler. However, I've come up with an idea that may allow a coupler after all, but will require working with real bricks to see if it works. --Tony
  7. This design is heavily based on Nathaniel Brill's 20th Century Limited EMD E7 locomotive. I've built it here in the Santa Fe Warbonnet livery, but I'll most likely be building it in another. Santa Fe Super Chief EMD F7A by Tony Sava, on Flickr But why build it in the Warbonnet livery if you don't compare it to #10020? 10020 vs MOC by Tony Sava, on Flickr Hopefully I can start putting bricks together soon so I can iron out the unknowns. --Tony
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    TBRR with full BrickTracks loops

    Photos from the event: Full Gallery The Town TBRR @ WGH Houston 2018 by Tony Sava, on Flickr Ed's brand new Princess Jubilee, a larger locomotive to replace the smaller one on the ever growing, award winning Princess Train. TBRR @ WGH Houston 2018 by Tony Sava, on Flickr Ed's brand new Canadian National Jubilee - I'm not sure which was built first, this or the Princess version. Either way they're more or less identical. TBRR @ WGH Houston 2018 by Tony Sava, on Flickr Ed's Tank Rack and my Life Saver's tanker. TBRR @ WGH Houston 2018 by Tony Sava, on Flickr Because we could. TBRR @ WGH Houston 2018 by Tony Sava, on Flickr Some more town. TBRR @ WGH Houston 2018 by Tony Sava, on Flickr Tim's ladder yard with 3D Printed switches. TBRR @ WGH Houston 2018 by Tony Sava, on Flickr Poor Daisy TBRR @ WGH Houston 2018 by Tony Sava, on Flickr Superman cheats TBRR @ WGH Houston 2018 by Tony Sava, on Flickr --Tony As I said earlier, they truly are going that fast. The Dreyfuss and the Daylight are powered by two standard LEGO motors. The Dreyfuss had brand new Duracell Alkaline batteries, so it was getting the full 9vs, instead of the ~7.2v you would get with rechargeables. The trains are able to go so fast because of that, plus the large radius curves, and years of design experience. None of the cars running had the aftermarket bearings. There was... a rope. We own stanchions but they live up in Austin and down in Houston all we had was a rope that we strung between chairs at the corners of the layout. Sadly the rope only went around three of the four sides, so we had to station people to watch the layout on that one side. Fortunately there were no major accidents, a few trees down and one small fire truck, but no train derailments. --Tony
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    TBRR with full BrickTracks loops

    Believe it or not, the video clips are not sped up. They truly are going that fast. --Tony
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    TBRR with full BrickTracks loops

    Here's a video I put together of Texas Brick Railroad's display at the World's Greatest Hobby On Tour Houston 2018. This was our first layout with a full BrickTracks double loop - r120 and r104. Note that in several clips I'm running my Dreyfuss steam engine at full throttle with no issues of derailing (nor threatening to derail). --Tony
  11. At this point I fail to see the point of further commentary on this thread. Until we hear something directly from ME (regarding them fulfilling orders, or they are in fact belly up), all we're going to get is a bunch of "me toos". I would recommend that instead we focus on the future, and see how we can move on from this place to some place better (and in a different thread). --Tony
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    BrickTracks: different curves, PF/9V compatible

    Having used BrickTrack tracks at three different weekend long public displays, running big, heavy 8-wide Power Functions trains at full speed, I can wholeheartedly endorse the BrickTracks products. Due to the single piece nature and superb clutch power, setup/teardown is a breeze, so much that for the first time in using custom curve modules we were able to let a layperson set up and tear down the modules without guidance or supervision. Plus watching my Dreyfuss go through the R120 curves at top speed carrying a full rake of coaches behind it is really really neat. I'm sorry I forgot to get video of it. --Tony
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    Help finding someone to help me build a stram train

    You're not asking for help, you're asking for hand-holding. I would recommend researching 0-4-0 LEGO models other people have built, research real world examples that interest you, and then make an attempt to build one from what you learn. Then come back here, post a picture, and ask for critique. There's no better teacher than experience. My 2 cents. --Tony
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    Train Projects on Lego Ideas

    I, personally, would rather see a non-fictional train make it. Something like the New York Central J3A with Henry Dreyfuss streamlining. The box art would be fantastic. It has the sort of shape that everyone has seen, even if they can't pick out the specific train it came from. If I thought I could get 10,000 votes I'd submit mine. --Tony
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    Train Projects on Lego Ideas

    I am of the firm belief that no train set will ever pass LEGO Ideas unless it's: Attached to a popular IP (i.e. Back to the Future, Thomas, etc - which presents their own issues) OR Universally Recognized regardless of nationality (something a layman would recognized - the art deco streamliners, Santa Fe Super Chief, Flying Scotsman, etc) All the trams, trolleys, bullet trains, and highly detailed model quality MOCs aren't worth a hill of beans to LEGO ideas. --Tony