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  1. Man, this is exciting, great work!
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    OcTRAINber 2021 WiP: Köf II

    Wonderful model!
  3. Oh man, this looks awesome! Love the build and inspiration! Makes me want to dig this book out of my parents' attic and read it again.
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    River Canyon Railroad

    @zephyr1934 Thanks! I think I'll look to join TBRR in the coming months, so I can start contributing and get in on LUGbulk. LUGbulk is for quantities in the thousands, not hundreds, right? I need to take a look at the parts list and see where exactly the highest quantities lie. Obviously, the flower stems, 1x2 trans blue tiles and 2x4 bricks are up there. But I'll have to decide if it makes more sense to start slowly Bricklinking some of them or not. Thanks! I'm looking forward to sharing!
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    River Canyon Railroad

    @Shiva Thanks! Yeah, good call. I could remove them from the back since that wouldn't be the side facing on lookers. If I build I may consider other less parts intensive options. Right now I like it because it makes the renders look cleaner. @zephyr1934 Thanks! I would love to see others' loco's on the diorama! Maybe I'll try to start getting some pieces and building or at least moc-ing up some sections towards the end of the year. I recently moved to a new city, started a new job, and now I'm in the process of closing on a house! Hoping I'll have a little more time to breathe and for hobbies after the upcoming move, lol. @Feuer Zug Thank you! I've got a loco in mind that I want to build. Still deciding if I want to start it before finishing the original six sections to this diorama. I'm hopeful that those will go a little bit quicker since I don't think they will use too many new techniques. Hoping to build more after life slows down a little for me!
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    [MOC] 8pin cars

    These look great!
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    River Canyon Railroad

    Hi all! I finally finished Section 4! Lots of challenges in this one. Many different slopes and angles, a bridge (which I've never attempted before), and even the rock faces were tricky. There are currently two more sections that I originally envisioned building out to the left. The railroad will go along the cliff face and into a tunnel.I originally didn't plan on building more to the right, but as I've built more, I think I will build a couple more sections that direction and have the railroad go into another tunnel. That way if I build it irl, it would make a loop for trains to run on. I'm currently at 17k pieces. 😬 1234 combo_1 by Mark, on Flickr 1234 combo by Mark, on Flickr 1234 combo_2 by Mark, on Flickr 1234 combo_5 by Mark, on Flickr 1234 combo_4 by Mark, on Flickr 1234 combo_3 by Mark, on Flickr
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    Cargo Railway Reimagined

    Thanks everyone! @zephyr1934 Thanks. The diaphragms might not be prototypical, but I thought they kept a neat aesthetic from the original model. I haven't tested it in brick, but yeah, I could easily adjust it if needed. @ivanlan9 Thanks! Yeah, I thought the same about the engines, but decided to keep them short to keep the aesthetic of a set that could be sold by Lego. The base is a standard 6x28 length. If the BNSF base wasn't so expensive, I'd have just used that. I may do a V2 upgrade in the future. The goal with this was to get an initial model complete. I've got some ideas for different variations of the cars. @M_slug357 Nice! @Evans That would be cool! Maybe you could build a custom motor and use PF/PUp. Some of the narrow gauge motors on this forum are pretty compact. You could probably adapt them to 6 wide and use them in the more compact space of the 6x34 bases. @TeriXeri I keep all of my childhood sets separated too. I'm still building my collection for modeling and layouts. I want to keep the sets separate so my future kids will be able to enjoy the sets I enjoyed.
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    Cargo Railway Reimagined

    Cargo Railway, 4559, goes down in the books as one of the more interesting trains Lego has designed. I never knew that it was actually based off of a real prototype until this thread was created a couple of years ago: Is the 4559 Cargo Railway based on a real train? - LEGO Train Tech - Eurobricks Forums Anyway, Cargo railway was the first Lego train that I received growing up. I liked the train, but always thought that it was a little strange with the disjointed passenger compartments. I remember rebuilding the train into a more traditional consist, but I could never really build it how I imagined due to lack of pieces. About 3 yrs ago I decided to build a "Reimagined" Cargo Railway (There was a long break in between start and finish!). The goal was to build the train how I always wanted to as a kid. I wanted to make it a more realistic style train that embodied the spirit of the official set. As such, I kept different aesthetics and upgraded others. I wanted it to feel like it could be a set that you would see on the store shelves. I may one day go back and further upgrade this into 8 wide with more detail, but for now, I'm very pleased with my present rendering of Cargo Railway Reimagined! Cargo Railway Reimagined 1 by Mark, on Flickr Cargo Railway Reimagined 2 by Mark, on Flickr The cargo containers can slide out of the compartments. I'm thinking of making a forklift that goes along with the train as well. Cargo Railway Reimagined 3 by Mark, on Flickr Cargo Railway Reimagined 4 by Mark, on Flickr The passenger cars are a combination of the Metroliner Railroad Club Car and the passenger compartments of Cargo Railway. Cargo Railway Reimagined 5 by Mark, on Flickr Cargo Railway Reimagined 6 by Mark, on Flickr
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    River Canyon Railroad

    I finished revamping Section 3! In this section I updated the water, internal supports, and also the wooden trusses. While working on the 4th section, I thought that the trusses would look better if they were a little wider so I increased their footprint. I'm really pleased with how the updated water is turning out and I'm excited to push on to new modules! River Canyon 123 V2 by Mark, on Flickr River Canyon 123 V2_2 by Mark, on Flickr
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    River Canyon Railroad

    Thanks everyone! @Shiva Thanks for the tip!
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    Rolling Stock

    Nice! They look good behind your loco's.
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    River Canyon Railroad

    Wow, it's been a few months since my last update. Since then I've developed actual supports for the hillsides (before they were mostly floating) and updated the water. I'm going back through my first three sections and implementing the changes, starting with the first. The hills in sections 4-6 will be much more complicated, so I wanted to standardize my angles and support structure. Pictures of WIP and final product below. Let me know what ya'll think of the "rapids" in the water of the last image. I think they may work in other parts of my build, but looking at it now, I think I may keep the water flat in this section. Comments welcome! River_Canyon1_V2 Supports1 by Mark, on Flickr River_Canyon1_V2 Supports2 by Mark, on Flickr River_Canyon1-V2_Flat water by Mark, on Flickr River_Canyon1-V2_1 by Mark, on Flickr
  14. Awesome work @coaster! I've been following this project from the very start and it's awesome to see you persevere to create a product!