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  1. SavaTheAggie

    PF tracks/switch not lining up?

    There is a flaw in the power function all plastic switch design. The curve turnout doesn't quite match up (a mm or two off) with standard geometry. --Tony
  2. SantaFe_F7_315-01 by Tony Sava, on Flickr I have finally finished my F7A locomotive, just in time for the NMRA National Train Show in Kansas City. Full Gallery SantaFe_F7_315-18 by Tony Sava, on Flickr My design started with modifying the windscreen design pioneered by Nate Brill, working it around the Technic element I chose for the headlight shroud. She runs well, powered by two standard PF train motors. Building the Santa Fe version was actually more of a proof of.concept, my ultimate goal is to build a full Texas and Pacific "Texas Eagle" consist. I may also build a Texas and Pacific freight F7, as they were painted differently. Video of the Warbonnet in action may be found here: --Tony
  3. SavaTheAggie

    (Work in Progress) EMD F7A in 8-Wide

    I couldn't decide if I should start a new topic, but since I don't have a large number of pics, I concluded here was best. I have finished my EMD F7A, complete with stickers by Okbrickworks. EMD F7A Santa Fe Warbonnet by Tony Sava, on Flickr EMD F7A Santa Fe Warbonnet by Tony Sava, on Flickr I currently have no plans to make a matching B unit for this locomotive, this was more of a proof of concept. However I am planning A+B locomotives and a full passenger consist in the Texas & Pacific "Texas Eagle" livery. --Tony
  4. SavaTheAggie

    (Work in Progress) EMD F7A in 8-Wide

    Real world progress. Santa Fe F7A WiP#4 by Tony Sava, on Flickr --Tony
  5. SavaTheAggie

    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
  6. SavaTheAggie

    BrickTracks: R104 Switch Kickstarter is LIVE!

    I backed the project as soon as I saw it. --Tony
  7. SavaTheAggie

    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
  8. SavaTheAggie

    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?
  9. SavaTheAggie

    (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
  10. 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
  11. SavaTheAggie

    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
  12. SavaTheAggie

    TBRR with full BrickTracks loops

    Believe it or not, the video clips are not sped up. They truly are going that fast. --Tony
  13. SavaTheAggie

    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
  14. 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
  15. SavaTheAggie

    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