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  1. I love how the PF components are "hidden" in plain sight! Such a cool "load" for that open wagon!
  2. ALCO

    Large Layout Questions

    While I have never done this, some folks have developed hybrid systems where the battery is used for RC track and a 9v motor is modified as a power pick-up for charging the battery when on 9v track. If you use a raspberry Pi or ardunio then you can program a train to return to a section of track to charge while another train takes a trip. This might require some fancy programming for automatic switches.
  3. I have also been thinking about rebuilding by old 4.5v set 77xx as I cannot remember the exact set number... But my plan is to use the newer parts because they are cheaper and I want to use my old magnets for my future BMR rolling stock.
  4. My inspiration comes from the desire to have a diverse stable of motive power in my "roundhouse." I like to build mostly North American steam digitally and have, started to realize those designs in brick form (a 4-4-0 and a Big Boy). But I also really like having the sets. My hope one day is to build a roundhouse for my collection, which by that point should fill a roundhouse the size of PennLUG's. Speaking of whom, I am inspired by their attention to detail and have supported their building and design efforts. I enjoy designing locomotives more than rolling stock so BMR's instructions are a win-win for me.
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    2018 Lego Trains

    Too bad they will not ship it.
  6. ALCO

    Union Pacific SD60

    This looks awesome!! Seems to be... 6-wide? Based on just looking at the trucks, it looks to be hand and "Brum" powered. Are there any considerations for PF, PU, 9v, or any other power system?
  7. ALCO

    2018 Lego Trains

    FYI I can confirm that the Switch Tracks 60238 is the same price as Switching Tracks 7895. At least for the United States. Both in-store and S@h. Also, 60052 and 60051, while "out of stock" have been discounted to $159.99 and $119.99 respectively.
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    Lego 75955 Hogwarts Express

    To bring things back on topic, I suppose one can put the tender body on a 12v, 9v, PF, or PU motor for a tender driven train. However, I think the old 4.5v train motor might be too big. Once I get this set, I will experiment with my old 4.5v motor. The great thing is that the gauge of the track has not changed for all you 12v and 9v train heads out there. You can still run it on your existing track. (I know, I know, I'm stating the obvious) but I think its silly how one camp likes to think their old technology is (insert your preferred adjective here) than all the others. We can all agree on one thing: Lego trains, regardless of the technology that drives them along the track (brumming included) are just plain cool. So, I'm looking forward to getting this set, and would like to get at least one additional copy.
  9. ALCO

    ballast blue rail tracks curve

    Pelle, welcome! Great question! I believe the blue curved rails are the same radius as the current PF track. That being the case, there are instructions for blasting track found under Resources here: Of course, you may have to adapt the instructions to your blue rails because the current track has 5 sleepers, and the blue rails are just rails. Hope this at least points you in the right direction!
  10. ALCO

    Name of the fictional Lego train company?

    Let's not forget the 12v trains that are marked with "DB" like set 7722. Though, I think I read somewhere that it stood for a German railway because that was a big market for Lego trains back in the 12v era.
  11. I see that that switch kits come with 1/2 straights.... Are those part of the switch moulds? Or can then be purchased separately?
  12. ALCO

    Steam locomotive Instructions

    Steam engines are pretty challenging. There are some Bricklink stores that sell instructions. Or if you have a design that is troubling you, folks here are more than willing to help you figure it out.
  13. ALCO

    Modified Emerald Night

    It seems your image links are not working...
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    Washers For Technic Axles

    @zephyr1934's Bricklink store sells what I think you might be looking for. He made them for drive-rods as spacers in the rods and valve-gear. I remember seeing them when I purchased some rods from him. They are 3D printed so they might have more friction than a nylon or metal washer.
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    2018 Lego Trains

    19.99€ is roughly $25 USD. And 7895 in the US is selling for $15.99. But as I think I about it, maybe they are making stubby switches and filling the rest with flex-track...which I guess would make more sense. Still, there seems to me to be an increase in price by almost $10.