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  1. Electrosteam's Bag of Ideas

    This is a McKeen motor car, and it was one of the earliest rail vehicles to have streamlining applied, even if a rudimentary form of it. The front end is actually on the right in the above photograph. A number were built in the teens as I recall, and I believe one survives today. A Lego model would be a challenging build.
  2. altBricks: large radius track survey

    I actually voted for the piece I thought looked best! I'm placing my bet on R88 with plastic rails. I'm not sure that so small a section of R56 at the proposed price point is worth it. I'd prefer a 22.5-deg. section. And the R72 would look better with closer tie spacing, but again, that would be simpler with a 22.5 deg. section. R88 is bigger than I would otherwise prefer to go, but I think it can be made to work for my purposes.
  3. Interesting. I've actually considered a similar approach, with the battery box right-side-up and suspended by one of the newer types of bracket piece.
  4. MOC Widths

    I'm a fan of 6-wide. Since it's always been the scale that TLG's official sets are designed to, I stick with it for unity in size and for its relative low cost, both in bricks and cash. I'm hoping to build a layout, or at least a collection of MOCs, that permit me to operate like a real railroad; this requires quite the investment in locos, rolling stock, etc. so I'll take quantity over quality. The 6-wide standard seems the best for that goal.
  5. NEWS 2014 trains!

    I'm actually not too impressed with the lineup this time. The thing I like most about the cargo train is the gantry crane; the cars seem uninteresting (although they're packed with play value for the kids, which isn't a bad thing) and the locomotive just doesn't look right to me. I'd like to see some more substantial cars - of the last three cargo train sets (7898, 7939, and 3677), we've had two boxcars/vans, one tank wagon, and two hopper or tipper wagons (I prefer the one from 7898 ovefr the one from 3677). Meanwhile, we've had three flatcars (four if you count the car that carries the maintenance vehicle in 3677), and the new set is made up entirely of open wagons. The passenger train is nice, but as some have already said, it's kind of a rehash of 7897. My preference is for 7938, and I like the idea of building a version of 7938 in 7897's colors. That said, I think TLG should take a look at a diesel-hauled passenger set. Style one after an Amtrak or VIA Rail long-distance train, or do a commuter train with a cab control car in the consist. Look at the MBTA (Boston) or Metra (Chicago) commuter operations. I think either of those would make for an interesting set.
  6. How To: Two Powered PF Boogies, one IR receiver...

    I've used this method for double-motoring my Lego locos since I picked up 7939. Fitting the switch and the extra wire was no problem in 7939 (won't be in my red 7939 either) or my custom steam loco 2625, but in the custom center-cab shifter I built and 3677 it was a real pain.
  7. Diesels, - the rot is setting in.

    Interesting. It reminds me of the British Railways Classes 15 and 16.
  8. Octan Coach from 7939 Grinds in Bends

    Most irregular. I've built and run a number of cars with the 8-stud gap between wheelsets and I never seem to have a problem with mine. I have about 7 clones of the boxcar/van from 7897, the aforementioned Octan tanker as well as some smaller tankers, and some gondolas/open wagons all with the same longer wheelbase. A gap wider than 8 does cause problems, and I've done some experiments to make sure. (Even 9 starts to get problematic!) You may wish to check that your tanker was assembled correctly, just to be sure.
  9. 2013 Train Sets

    I've say it before and I'll said it again. I have been thinking that the best way to expand the train line is to issue smaller sets that feature an industry or small freight operation. Each set would have four straight rails, one freight car, a minifigure or two, and a loading structure and/or vehicle. For example, you could build a loading dock for produce (with all the fruit and vegetables TLG makes in minifigure size), with a refrigerator car and a tractor hauling some full crates. Or a log loader, with a flatcar and a log loader vehicle, and some logs made from 2x2 round bricks. All a tank car loader would need is one tank car, a tanker truck, a small catwalk for the tank filling equipment, and a couple of storage tanks. This way, there's some KFOL play value, and it integrates with the train set line. It could even cross over to other City subthemes. (what I said)
  10. 2012 Train 'Exclusive' - Rumours/Rumblings?

    I have been thinking that the best way to expand the train line is to issue smaller sets that feature an industry or small freight operation. Each set would have four straight rails, one freight car, a minifigure or two, and a loading structure and/or vehicle. For example, you could build a loading dock for produce (with all the fruit and vegetables TLG makes in minifigure size), with a refrigerator car and a tractor hauling some full crates. Or a log loader, with a flatcar and a log loader vehicle, and some logs made from 2x2 round bricks. All a tank car loader would need is one tank car, a tanker truck, a small catwalk for the tank filling equipment, and a couple of storage tanks. This way, there's some KFOL play value, and it integrates with the train set line. It could even cross over to other City subthemes.
  11. What's a Better Engine, Red or Yellow Cargo?

    Honestly, I like them both. For a big electric, I've had a lot of fun with the 7939, and even though I don't own one yet I like the 'roadswitcher' (medium locomotive) that 3677 represents.
  12. MOC: Rotary Car Dumper

    This is a really cool industrial build. That's something I'd like to see more of. There are a lot of passenger oriented MOC structures out there; some more ideas for things for our freight trains to do would be awesome. I rally like what you've done here on several levels, AussieJimbo. As a matter of fact, you could use this with your narrow gauge train to deliver stuff to your standard L gauge trains.
  13. What do people think is next?

    Other nice add-ons could be larger rolling stock sets, like a variety pack along the lines of 2126. A big British or Continental auto carrier would work too. That way, it'd be a set with enough content for AFOLs, enough playability for KFOLs, and a minimum of additional SKUs for TLG's bottom line.
  14. Lego 7996

    I wish Lego would reissue it. I was lucky to get a pair at a toy store in the area for $25 a piece. Now the cheapest one for sale on Bricklink is $40! The direction issues don't bother me so much. They're perfect for running double track mainlines. Leave everything set up for opposing trains to run through, and it'll direct any trains running 'wrong main' back to the proper track by default.
  15. What do people think is next?

    A terminal station (as opposed to the train stop we have available now) would be a really good addition; but I have seen a lot of good MOC terminals out there. I'd prefer to build my own, personally. A few good trackside industries would be interesting, but I dunno if they would otherwise be interesting enough for TLG to produce them. Probably another good MOC project. A good switch tower (AKA signal box) would make for an interesting model. A Technic bridge as well.