McWaffel

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    Office Christmas Train

    Sorry for the long wait, it's been busy at work lately, very few trains were running. So here's the promised video: We have automatic shades that come down when the sun is shining into the building. So I'm all good ;)
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    Office Christmas Train

    It's 7 weeks till Christmas week from now and you know what that means? Tis Christmas Train season coming up quickly! Some of you may remember me setting up a little train layout in my office last year. All colleagues loved it very much and so this year me and some colleagues are expanding the office train for this year! Compared to last year the new office train will be about 60% more track, 70% more cars and can carry more than 50% more "real cargo" than last years train! This year's office train will feature the following: - T-Shaped 9V layout with 3 stations (calling at 3 different desks, so everyone in this particular office has access to the train) - 4 Track wide cargo cerminal and card - 20m of track length in total - 16 cars in total - Original Santa Fe Super Chief Engine upgraded with the original light brick - Candy wagon for storing and transporting real eatable candy - Band wagon for transporting a bluetooth speaker and stage for the BrickBand - PF shunting engine for the Power Functions yard - A small handcar (this is an inside joke with colleagues) - Winter Holiday Train which I built yesterday I'm super excited - construction will begin this week. We'll see how far we can build it during lunch breaks. Pictures will follow shortly after! But to get me started, I have a couple of questions: How does one operate a 9V layout with two transformers? Do they plug in parallel (i.e. exactly the same way on both transformers)? What power settings do I use when running a train with two 9V motors (power setting the same on both transformers)? Do I have to unplug one of them if I run a smaller train with only one 9V motor, or do I just not bring up power on one of them? Thanks in advance for answering my questions! Here's the planned layout for this year's office train:
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    LEGO Train Bogie Problem

    What do you mean by "driveable"? Do you mean powered? You would need some sort of motor. But connecting an external, fixed-in-position-motor to a moving axle/bogie is not going to be easy, if possible at all... since you aren't going to use single-axle bogies anymore, why not use a normal PF train motor?
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    2018 Lego Trains

    @Capparezza @3797 According to most people in this forum, Sir von Lego has never failed to deliver before... I wouldn't bet my life on it but I have good feeling about this
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    2018 Lego Trains

    The return of a "Trains Sub Theme" for the city theme has been confirmed by Sir von Lego about 2-3 months ago. So hold your horses
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    Lowlug "Seat" gondola

    Simple yet so efficient! I like it very much. I didn't even know you could use seats like this :D
  7. That's actually not true! The Winter Village train has red wheels in "standard size" for the front Bogie. There's 4 of them in the set.
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    LEGO Train Bogie Problem

    I think rubber bands could work but: If they are too weak they won't fix the problem, if they are too strong they keep the wheels straight all the time. I highly doubt you will find rubber bands in the right size and strength for this application. The real train most likely has fixed axles too and so should your model.
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    2018 Lego Trains

    Tunnels only come out underneath buildings, if the rest of the city is above the level of the trains running... That's not the case with Lego cities.
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    2018 Lego Trains

    I agree, something like this is super unlikely to be released as a modular. Although a terminus could work as a modular... 2 Track wide and people would buy 2 to make it 4 wide. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
  11. taking money from orders and not delivering the product is a scam. If you pledge on kickstarter and you don't receive anything, that's your own fault. The risk of investment is that sometimes there's no return. But if you place actual orders and you pay the sum and receive nothing, not even your money back, that's just daylight robbery.
  12. At this point ME really sounds like a scam to me. In future I will hold back and wait until more than just a few people ordered and received before I even think about placing orders for anything 3rd party. Although I have to say, 4D Brix really did it for me. I was in very close contact with them and it all went super smoothly. Which to me just shows it can be done properly but at the first signs of trouble I'm out.
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    [MOC]: Palameria Commuter Station

    Very nice. I really like the colors you chose and how you did the staircase. I love symmetry a lot. I rate 10/10 would visit station :P
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    The Blue Comet

    WOW! This is mind blowing! Just wonderful in every way! How did you do the gold trim on the wheels?
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    2018 Lego Trains

    There's Brickcoaster, you could check that out. Alex Nunes has one on his YouTube channel if you want to see a good video of one. It's motorized too
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    Questions - small layout possibility

    Which is exactly what I suggested
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    Questions - small layout possibility

    Welcome to the forum! Here's some info: The absolute minimum space for a 180° turn on standard track pieces is 72cm outside-to-outside for the track. Then you need an additional 1-3cm of space between the track and say a wall, for trains that come around the corner to safely clear the wall, because they overhang quite a bit in some cases. If you want to use narrow track, you have to do extremely heavy modifications on the winter holiday train to allow this. I highly doubt, that you could still make the tree-mechanism function on narrow track. Most Lego trains will not turn in radii smaller than the standard turn radius (R44 if I'm not mistaking). This is because the bogies' turning is limited by the very fact that they are essentially inside the actual base plate. You would need to raise the base plate above the bogie fully to allow a smaller turning radius to work. Again, this means modifying the train. The cars on the winter village train are short so you might not have to modify those. The bogie on the engine needs modifications for sure though. Flexible track has the same radius as standard track, afaik. If you make your own track you're still left with the same issue that you need to modify the engine for the bogie to make the turn. In my opinion it would be a LOT easier to just make a single track, no turns, and run the train back and forth. If you're a tad into making stuff, you just need to set up two IR LEDs, two light sensors and I can give you a little bit of code I wrote for an Arduino to go along. Combine those and you have a fully automated winter train running from one end to the other and then back. It's really simple. That's what I would do.
  18. If Lego really did re-release a Santa Fe, I'd be the first in line. Although, admittedly, I would dislike a redesign of the train. I own the original Santa Fe engine and a redesign would look strange, if I had two different looking Santa Fe engines on the same train, imo :D Would totally buy one though :D
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    Type E Coupler for LEGO Trains

    When I was running the new trains in the office today I noticed how the new couplers have studs on the top and bottom. So could you not just clip a 1x2 plate there and you'd be done? No more issues with long trains decoupling.
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    2018 Lego Trains

    I highly doubt they'll bring anything narrow gauge, if that's what you're thinking of.
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    [MOC] City Trolley

    That's pretty cool! Much cheaper alternative to the official Lego stuff... Maybe that's something I could power the Christmas train with! I hate the battery pack in the tender...
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    2018 Lego Trains

    I could imagine a steam train, although since the Winter Holiday Train came out just last year I think that's rather unlikely. I also doubt we'll get an American style cargo train. I could however see a European style commuter train or shunter engines coming out. Personally though I would love a come back of the Santa Fe (so I can buy myself another one and some cars to go with it since 12 year old me only got the engine and one car at the time). Also a Emerald Night Style Hogwartsexpress would be absolutely fantastic! I would want to buy two of those but that wouldn't make much sense. A railway crossing and some auxiliary buildings like a shed, a water tower, a cleaning facility, a cargo hub or something else that could go along would be nice... wishful thinking. If there's something really really awesome, I'm definitely going to spend good money on new trains. If only I knew beforehand what was going to come, I would probably buy another one of the blue cargo trains (since those are pretty damn awesome) if I didn't like what was coming out next year... ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
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    Office Christmas Train

    Thanks, I will upload a video and post it here soon. I just have to edit some stuff out first... Accidentally filmed parts of my computer screens so those have to go lol Luckly not yet! But even if, you can open those up. It's just very dusty down there lol.
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    [MOC] City Trolley

    Do you have any pictures of how you placed the batteries inside? And how you modified them?
  25. Your parts list for the Swiss Rhaetian Railway is - unfortunately - not a .txt file. For me it just shows a random list of characters. Something broke there. You want to export this to pdf, I'm sure.