McWaffel

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    2016 Lego trains

    I'm also back at it again after 15 years or so. I'm 23 and I just bought myself the blue Cargo Train and I love it! I still own 2 9V trains so those go well together. I really hope there's going to be new trains in 2017. I like the red Cargo Train they're offering right now, but I'm not a fan of the dual-cab engines so I'm going to pass on that. And I don't like the huge nose-pieces on the passenger train. Those pieces are otherwise completely useless and that's just not "Lego" enough for me. I'm hoping to see a new creator passenger train. Maybe something vintage, like a Santa Fe type thing or something iconic like an Orient Express... I'm gonna keep my hopes up :D
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    Give me your MOC ideas

    I love the purple/silver & yellow livery, but I think getting train window parts in purple should be a rather difficult task :D Thanks for all your ideas guys! Does anyone have an idea what windscreen would be best to build an MPI MPXpress engine?
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    Give me your MOC ideas

    Hey Guys! I'm super delighted! A college of mine told me that he used to have a Lego train when he was a kid and he'd see what he could find. Turns out, he used to have an original Metro Liner - including a double deck carriage. Unfortunately, all that's left of the train are the bogies, the 9V motor and the base plates of the train. He sold them to me for 10€. Quite a bargain if you ask me. I'm going to convert my Santa Fe Engine into a 9V train (it was not powered at all before). I'm left with this: http://i.imgur.com/v6UwRij.jpg A completely stripped out Metro Liner base. Nothing more, nothing less. I really wished he still had the complete parts but oh well, can't have everything I guess ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ Now I'm looking for ideas to create a new train. I'm planning on making this one a power functions train. I currently have a Santa Fe Engine (conversion to 9V coming up) with one Santa Fe carriage, the complete blue cargo train (set 60052, I believe, with PF) and the blue Railway Express (also a 9V train). I've never really liked the look of the Railway Express' Engine. So stubby and weird. The majority of my trains have a north-american look, so I feel like going the same direction with this MOC train. So if you got an idea of something cool that would go along with my other trains, I'd be glad if you posted some pictures. This is going to be my first MOC train. Super excited for the opportunity.
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    Give me your MOC ideas

    First of, thanks for the replies so far, guys! I've never heard of Caltrain before but man their trains look great! So far I that's my favorite. I like the MPI MPXpress engine. Looks too European-Styled to me. I live in Germany so I get to see those euro-trains every single day (I ride the train to work). Thanks for the suggestion though. Well unfortunately I only have one of the bi-level bases, but yeah I'm definitely going to build a bi-level car out of the one I have available.
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    Train Automation - Track Switch Motors

    Looks great! I would like to know what kind of current the motor draws under normal operating conditions. Would it be possible to add this information to the documentation?
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    Train Automation - Track Switch Motors

    Okay, that's great! Exactly what I wanted to hear. I guess you've got a new costumer then! Looking forward to get some of your servos once they're available and I got my layout ready :)
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    Train Automation - Track Switch Motors

    Sorry for the previous post, somehow the text got lost. Second try: Now I'm confused. So nControl is a routine for the servo? But then you say people who use their own hardware have to pay a subscription. What I would like to do is just to buy the motors, hook them up to my Arduino and have it control them. As I understand in that case I'd have to pay the subscription, because I'm using my own Arduino instead of your controller, right?
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    Train Automation - Track Switch Motors

    First of, great work you're doing! Love your quick responses and adaptations. I was planning on making some automated track switch motors for my own layout when I stumbled upon this. It's perfect for what I want to do with it except for one thing: I really highly dislike paid software subscriptions. I understand the work you're putting into this and I think the pricing is fair but I hate subscription based payment models and it's probably the reason I'm not going to buy your motors, even though I like them a lot. I don't quite understand why one need a subscription for controller software anyway. It's not like there's going to be a lot of software updates on something that moves a servo one way or the other. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
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    Narrow gauge straights and cross track

    Man this is amazing! I always wanted to see a narrow gauge tram going though Lego cities. this is perfect, love it.
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    MOC: Small industrial locomotive

    That looks really nice! I wonder how that would look in DB livery (red). Good work!
  11. Hey fellow AFOLs! As some of you know, I've decided to get back into Lego trains 10 years after I since last played with them. I ordered new parts and now I'm in the process of designing a new permanent layout for my 9V and new PF track. I found that most track designers were way too overloaded with functionality for my purposes. I therefore tested the Track Designer on a Windows Machine that I had. It seemed to work perfectly for my application but since I'm a Mac user I don't intend to keep a Windows Machine running to be able to use TD. So I got Wineskin and got it up and running! So now here's a tutorial on how you can use track designer on your Mac! I hope this is useful to some people! Always happy to hear feedback! 1. Download Track Designer Find and download the Track Designer application. (I don't know if it's okay to post a link here so I'll just let you use Google to find it) 2. Download and install Wineskin Again, use Google to find, download and install Wineskin. The installation is pretty simple, just unzip the .zip file to a location of your choice. Inside you should find the "Wineskin Winery.app". Open the App for the next step (For this tutorial I used the Winery Version 1.7). 3. Installing an engine To install an engine, press the "+" on the left and pick an engine from the drop down menu (I used WS9Wine1.9.20 for this tutorial). Click on Download and Install. Winery will now do a couple of downloads and installations and should present you with an engine in the list of "Installed Engines" on the main screen. After this step I clicked the "Update" button, to make sure everything is up to date. 4. Create a wrapper Using Software on a Mac requires you to use an .app-wrapper. To create a new wrapper for Track Designer you click on "Create New Blank Wrapper". Enter a name for the wrapper (TrackDesigner for example). Then click OK. Winery will ask you if it should install the .net Framework. I don't know if Track Designer really needs this, but I installed it anyway. Afterwards Winery will ask you if it should install Gecko. This is an imitation of the Windows Web Framework - you definitely don't need that for Track Designer. So deny that installation. Once the wrapper is ready, a Window will let you know. Click the "Show in Finder" button. This will make it easier to find the wrapper for our next step. You should now see an Application named "TrackDesigner.app" in your Finder. It's located under "/Users/<YourUsername>/Applications/Wineskin/". 5. Launch Track Designer with your wrapper To launch Track Designer, first unzip the td.zip you downloaded in the first step into a folder. Make sure you unzip it into a folder - otherwise it will leave a huge mess of files in your directory! Open the folder with your unzipped Track Designer files in it. You should open two Finder windows for this. One Finder windows should contain your Wineskin wrapper, the other the Track Designer files. Locate the "td.exe" file in your unzipped folder and drag and drop it onto your "TrackDesigner.app" wrapper. If you followed all steps correctly, in a few seconds you should be able to see a window open up with the Track Designer up and running
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    [Tutorial] Track Designer on Mac OS

    Hmm I might give it a try but BlueBrick needs Mono if you try running it natively and that's just bad... I tried to get it to run but I had no luck. I might try running it over wine some time. If it work's I'll post a tutorial. Mono is just an awfully written software. //Edit: I did some tests and it looks like it's working with Wine. I'll try out a couple of things and maybe update this thread, since the steps are extremely similar //Edit2: By the way, Track Designer is also specifically made for Lego ;)
  13. Dear Lego Fans, While at work, my colleges and I were talking about how awesome it would be to connect our work desks with a cargo train to haul post-it notes, candy and office utilities around our office. I offered to bring my old Lego train set and we set it up during our lunch break. It has really relighted my love for Lego trains! I got my first Lego set around 1999/2000 with the blue and white Lego Railway Express (Set 4561). Being a kid at that time, I could not afford much Lego. I got a few track-packs and switches and intersections. I also bought a Santa Fe engine and one of the cars with it. I've stopped playing with lego all together roundabout 2006/2007 when the first RC train sets were released and 9V systems were retired. It's been 10 years since I last got my train set out and now being an adult with money on my hands, I really feel like getting back into the Lego trains that I so dearly loved as a child. I'm now faced with a few problems since the 9V system is no longer available. For one I know very little to nothing about the new train sets. I'm wondering wether it's worth buying a new train set or not, which train set to get, or just lurk around eBay to see if someone might want to sell their old 9V system. I'm thinking of building a new, larger layout in my basement once I bring home my train set from the office. As far as I know, all the rolling stock will work fine on the new rails and the new trains run fine on the 9V track. so to conclude, here's a list of questions I have: - Are there any train sets out right now that I should get? - Are there any train sets coming out in the near future that are worth waiting for? - Should I not care about the new train systems at all and check eBay frequently for old 9V sets? If anyone is interested, I will post some pictures of our little office-cargo-train thank you in advance!
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    Getting back with my Lego trains after 10 years

    As promised, here are some photos of our office train :D I can also post a short video of the train running if anyone is interested
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    [Tutorial] Track Designer on Mac OS

    For a small application like TD I think Wine is an absolute adequate solution. Since TD is extremely old, I highly doubt that there will be a native Mac version of it. Since being a hacker is my profession and I do things like this for a living, I wouldn't think this is a bad way of running TD. I find it quite nifty Thanks for your feedback Much appreciated
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    Getting back with my Lego trains after 10 years

    Your tip was absolute GOLD man! Thank you so much! I just got the Super Pack for 180€ on Intertoys! What a steal! I'm super excited for my first PF train! Now I really have to get cracking on cleaning out the basement
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    Getting back with my Lego trains after 10 years

    Wow! That's incredible value for money! Did you buy it online or did you go to a store? I would immediately buy this super pack for that price!
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    Getting back with my Lego trains after 10 years

    Thanks for all the info! For now I'm trying my luck on eBay for a 9V set. If I don't get lucky before Christmas I'll probably go for the blue cargo train set. Pick a Brick sounds like a great place to get a hand full of spare parts and parts for my own rolling stock! Thanks for the tip. I don't think the battery is really worth it. It's quite expensive and you need to buy an extra charger. Next step will be to clear out my basement and build some tables and I will post some pictures of the office cargo train on monday when I'm back at work
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    Getting back with my Lego trains after 10 years

    Sounds like a good idea to be honest. I could just build the engine and create my own rolling stock and keep the parts I don't use as spares. I've never bought individual parts before. Can you order them online or do I need to visit a Lego store? Specifically train axles, baseplates and the couplings (and those rotating plate things that connect the axles to the base plate). Also: How is the battery-life of PF trains? I always hated batteries. Which is why I loved the 9V system so much. You could just plug them in and go. How much distance do trains cover before they run out of juice? Or how long can you run them (time)?
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    Getting back with my Lego trains after 10 years

    First of all, thanks for your replies! I'm not interested in the holiday train. I'm looking for something larger to get me a good sized starting point for PF trains, if I choose to go into that direction. The 60052 cargo train looks nice but I'm not 100% convinced since the rolling stock doesn't appeal to me too much. I might want to buy additional rolling stock for it. Is there any interval that Lego releases Create Expert train sets in? I'm really bummed that I missed out on the Horizon Express! I would have bought two of those if I had known about it earlier I don't know what either LTC and LUG means And yes, I will post a short video too :D Yes, I was thinking of the 60052 cargo train set as well as it seems to come with a generous amount of track. But I'm not 100% convinced yet. I would never dream of selling my 9v tracks or trains I've had it for 16 or 17 years and I intend to keep it. I was just wondering wether the two work together nicely. I'm thinking of buying additional 9v switching track to allow 9v trains to pass over and PF trains to switch to a non-electric track. I'm imagining it as a kind of overhead-power-track and diesel-only track - if you know what I mean