raised

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    Trains. Just trains.

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  1. NS DE4 / SBB RAm TEE

    Great model, instantly recognizable, both the NS/SBB and the Ontario Northlander. Interestingto hear that you say you are not sure about the nose, because I think, knowing the prototype pretty well, that this design is spot-on! I know how difficult the noses of Dutch trains between the thirties and the seventies are to replicate in Legos, but you just nailed it.
  2. 2018 Lego Trains

    This actually would make sense, TLC did kind of the same with the introduction of the first RC trains which still were officially speaking part of the 9V system. If you look at it, trains are anyways the ideal testbed; it can be used for almost all ages, you anyways need to produce some sort of remote controlling system, its within system not technic so a broader age category of children are going to buy it, etc... Regarding the Bluetooth; I will be mostly interested how much customization will be possible (if any at all), just like with both Sbrick for different layouts etc, and PFx Brick for all the different speedsteps, automation and all those other cool gimmicks.
  3. True, completely forgot about that. Might make my little scheme of import in the lowest taxed country also a bit more expensive...
  4. I love your ideas to surpass import taxes to lower the prices. But, as Ludo already said, that ain't going to work. If it did, we in the EU would have been flooded with, for example, US-made products in the last 20 years. Instead, we have been seeing a flood of Asian-made products. Why? Because their products are cheaper to produce (lower costs of labour, lower costs of housing & utilities), thus cost less, which in turn means that import taxes and VAT are lower. The only other thing that could work, is producing locally, thus cirumpassing the import taxes. However, even in Europe most of the production is nowadays centered towards the Eastern EU countries due to lower labour, housing and utilities costs (for example, most of our cars are nowadays build in countries like Hungary and Slovakia, heck even TLC nowadays has their main factories in Hungary and Czech Republic...). Or production in China. However, that means that you will lose your direct influence on the quality, since for any quality control you will be dependent on Skype, samples send to you, or actually flying to the production locations. Even TLC themselves haven't solved this issue properly, as far as I recall the special pieces made in China for the Collectable Minifig Line still are to some degree inferior to the Billund-produced legos. Potentially, he could set up an import-export firm for Europe which imports the tracks for production costs, then selling them in Europe for profits, but this creates some very messy stuff which more looks like how multinationals work then a one-man-shop from a guy with some awesome ideas and great engineering skills. Conclusion: Only when Coaster is willing to relocate prodution (or starting a franchise with copies of the molds, but this means some EU citizen will need to invest in getting identical molds made), which I highly doubt he will be wanting to do (and which I can fully understand, see above), or when he is going to become a multinational like TLC themselves, we EU citizens will have to accept that we need to pay some extra taxes. The only options I see in the short run: Sending the tracks to a EU country with lower VAT and/or import taxes (even though we are an union, all our countries have our own VAT and import tax tarifs) and then transferring within the internal market without extra taxes (long live the internal market of the EU!) or just going on holidays to the US and buying your tracks locally. (Then again, I'm neither a production specialist, nor do I have any experience in these commercial schemes, so please all take them with a pinch of salt ;))
  5. 2018 Lego Trains

    Regarding the PF stuff on the box: Both the conductor minifig and the PF picture have a faint "placeholder" stamped over them. That can mean that the whole graphic will be changed (which I kind of expect with the conductor) or that the thing only needs to be coloured (which I think is the case with the PF stuff) but it can obviously also mean that the whole design for the PF 2.0 stuff hasn't been formalized yet. Re. the design: Ah well, it looks fun. But since I don't build 6 wide anyways, I couldn't care less. Ofcourse, a Nez-Casses would be awesome, but that's mainly because they used to be the main workhorse in NL and thus I have always loved seeing them. But in the end, I'm mainly interested in the PF stuff!
  6. 2018 Lego Trains

    Mostly EMU's for the passenger services and Traxx and/or Vectron for the ones that were in freight services.
  7. 2018 Lego Trains

    Looks more like a bad re-skin of the 7938...
  8. 2018 Lego Trains

    Seems that the old narrow-gauge tracks might come to an end of the line; the rollercoaster tracks are also part of the new mining sets: https://www.brothers-brick.com/2017/11/20/lego-city-2018-sets-revealed-news/#more-98300
  9. Update for the winners: We will contact you on short notice for shipping & choosing your prize!
  10. Winners have been announced over at BMR!
  11. [MOC] Unmanned trains

    Splendid stuff, I really love that double traction one, both for its livery and for its form factor. Also, Sci-fi combined with trains is always awesome.
  12. http://brickmodelrailroader.com/index.php/2017/11/13/octrainber-a-short-service-announcement/
  13. It's multitrack drifting!

    That's both hilarious AND awesome. Thanks for sharing! (also, I just HAD to post this one over at BMR...)
  14. Aaand this concludes OcTRAINber! Thanks all for your entries, much appreciated! We are truely astonished by all the great entries, and we know for sure this is going to be a difficult one to judge! In the next days we will communicate more about the scoring and the prizes. But untill then we thank all contestants and hope you all had a great OcTRAINber!
  15. [MOC] - 4-wide FYRA

    Actually, 17 of the the V250's (the name that AnsaldoBreda gave them) have been sold to Trenitalia and are currently being refurbished and will start running on the Italian network June next year... http://www.railwaygazette.com/news/high-speed/single-view/view/trenitalia-agrees-to-acquire-v250-trainsets.html