legotownlinz

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  1. legotownlinz

    LEGO Trains 2021

    But no rumors for a train set yet... We can safely assume that there will be no train set in 2021. Let's hope for 2022, it should bring us at least new City trains. I wish they make great use of Powered Up and add some automation features or at least lights. Let's face it, even the Duplo trains are more sophisticated than the City trains.
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    LEGO Trains 2021

    Space is always an issue, no matter what Lego theme you are collecting. Train layouts can be setup temporarily and otherwise stored efficiently. I'd say collecting stadions, ships, flowers and mosaics is much more limited regarding space compared to trains. Do you really run long 8-wide trains? If it's working fine, then you are certainly using lots of third party parts.
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    LEGO Trains 2021

    Other companies could charge as much as Lego does if their designs would be on the same level as Lego's and not stolen from MOCers, if they had no missing parts, good instructions, a support team in Europe and so on. Brick quality is only one factor out of many. Cobi is a good example of a company that is nearly as expensive as Lego because they are acting professionally.
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    LEGO Trains 2021

    It's not a niche. Take a look at the statistics of 'owned' and 'want have' sets of the last few months at brickset.com. You'll see that the Crocodile did pretty well and is in the middle of the most/least popular sets. There are so many sets that did worse, e.g. stadions, nevertheless Lego continues such collections with one set per year. I see the following reasons why Lego doesn't pay more attention to train fans: None of the designers has a passion for trains and pushes the management to release train sets. The current train components (tracks, wheels, motors, hubs) are not good enough for heavy 8-wide trains. Releasing sets that only require standard parts is more profitable than trains sets with all their special parts, despite the high demand for trains.
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    LEGO Trains 2021

    Or maybe there's demand because kids like trains?
  6. Why don't they use any other power supply?
  7. One general remark regarding the controller: To my understanding, it does exactly the same as any other controller for analog H0 railroads. It is the component that is least urgently need for a Lego 9V system because any H0 product can be used. Wouldn't it be better to focus on other components first?
  8. It doesn't blend well with the other colors used. Makes it look like the inside of a Lego product.
  9. Voltage and low mode are set only once and will not change during normal operation. The buttons shouldn't be placed at the front but at the bottom for easy usage and to prevent accidential changes. The controller might be used by children, so it's better to hide functions they don't understand. No blue please. Use white or gray instead.
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    LEGO Trains 2021

    The Crocodile is 7-wide and the Disney train is 8-to-10-wide. Imho this is a clear indication that the 6-wide era is over except for city sets made for kids. We are used to a level of detail that cannot be met in 6-wide. And Lego certainly doesn't want to release anything that looks worse than Bluebrixx' 8-wide collection. They also made their Titanic more detailed than Cobi's. MOCers also prefer 8-wide. The Crocodile is 7-wide and the Disney train is 8-to-10-wide. Imho this is a clear indication that the 6-wide era is over except for city sets made for kids. We are used to a level of detail that cannot be met in 6-wide. And Lego certainly doesn't want to release anything that looks worse than Bluebrixx' 8-wide collection. They also made their Titanic more detailed than Cobi's. MOCers also prefer 8-wide. I'm afraid you are wrong. The new wheels do not perform well if the coach is heavy and of course more width means more length and more details and consequently more weight. Of couse it would be possible to develop better wheels, but Lego decided to develop cheaper wheels. I doubt they change that for a few 18+ sets. The Crocodile is an engine and not an entire train. It's running performance is ok, but far away from being perfect.
  11. legotownlinz

    LEGO Trains 2021

    There is no information except pricing yet: https://www.brickfanatics.com/lego-creator-expert-vehicle-rumoured-2022/ I don't think we get an 18+ train collection series soon. For an 18+ set, Lego has to go 7- or 8-wide but the size and weight of such a train causes issues with Lego's train motor, wheels and tracks. They won't release anything that requires third party ball bearings and large-radius curves to work well. So my guess is we don't get trains, only an engine every few years designed primarily as a display model with optional mediocre motorization. For a serious attempt on a train collection, they would have to develop much more than just a train set. The difference to the 18+ car sets is that nobody expects that the cars really work, but for train sets, there's the expectation that the engine can at least pull a few coaches.
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    TGV Réseau WIP

    Indeed. I built the green 7-wide passenger coaches for the Crocodile.
  13. legotownlinz

    Alternative brick track

    One-stud-wide ties are an optical improvement. But you'll need switches, which will be more complex to develop. With ballast plates (e.g. from TrixBrix) and one-wide tiles you could get a similar look using existing parts. I wonder if Lego will ever redesign their dated tracks. There's so much room for improvement. And if they make dual-molded tracks they would outclass the compitition.
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    [MOC] 75 - PLASSER & THEURER MFS 100

    Excellent work! Btw, the company name is Plasser & Theurer, not Plasser E Theurer.
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    LEGO Trains 2021

    Nearly all of their 6-wide trains are ugly, but some of the upcoming 8-wide models look really nice. If only the quality of their bricks, instructions and service would improve... People's opinions will evolve, in a few years most of us will have 3rd party bricks, the temptation to buy excellent 3rd party models will get stronger with an increasing quality level of Lego's competitors. My current approach to 3rd party party products is buying tracks and occasionally trains and modular buildings. I'm quite pleased with the 3rd party tracks, but the quality of the buildings and trains is mostly disappointing.
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    LEGO Trains 2021

    Space is an issue when collecting Lego indeed. But trains is a good theme to collect on low space because the trains themselves are rather small compared to other 'dust catcher' sets and can be stored in display cases or closets most of the time and occasionally be used on a temporary layout on the floor. Fully agree, but I would also be happy with diesel or electric units. 2022 is the very last chance for Lego to prove that they take adult train fans seriously. If not, I think it's time to switch to other brands at a large scale and accept that it's not possible to use 100% Lego parts any longer.
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    BrickTracks: different curves, PF/9V compatible

    Thank you for your help, I managed to fix it. As suggested, I carefully removed the switch blade with the brick separator. Be really careful, I nearly damaged the connector (it got a small white spot). Both sides of the rubber band were equally stressed. What solves the issue is to lift the rubber band so that it is not in tough with the base. It seems the tolerances of the gap between the pin on the switch blade (that should stay between the two sides of the rubber band) and the base are too high. I was expected that a metal spring is used. The rubber band is a bad design decision because no rubber band survives for more than 20-30 years while all other ABS parts of the switch have a lifetime of >100 years. Rubber bands were also used in the drives of many audio and VHS cassette decks and none of these decks from the 80ies and 90ies work any longer because the rubber bands got brittle and tore off. Of course the issues can easily be fixed by replacing the rubber bands, but it's more likely that the products will be disposed.
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    BrickTracks: different curves, PF/9V compatible

    This won't damage the switch blade? I assume the brick separator shall be used as close as possible to the pivot point of the blade?
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    BrickTracks: different curves, PF/9V compatible

    I'm experience a problem with the switches if a train passes the switch with the switch blade in the wrong position. The switch becomes non-functional. The functionality can be restored by moving the switch blade until it snaps again, nevertheless, it is annoying and I'm worried that after some time it won't snap anymore. Out of four switches, it always happens with one switch and sometimes with a second switch.
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    LEGO Trains 2021

    Agreed, prices for model trains are ridiculously high. If you ever thought Lego is very expensive, then you've never been in a model railroad store. This becomes even more problematic with the high risk to damage the trains, parts got thinner and fragile over the years. Models trains are no longer suitable for playing, they can only be displayed or run in a safe environment. I wouldn't allow friends to touch a model railroad, it would make me nervous that they break something. The third reason why model railroads became unpopular is because they became too complex, especially DCC is a usability disaster. For all these reasons I switched to Lego trains. You can play with friends without being worried and you don't have to teach them how to run the trains. Of course Lego bricks can break, too, but then only a 0.25 € piece needs to be replaced and not an entire 500 € model. I like the idea that Lego trains do not look 100% accurate and are not built exactly to scale: Model railroading became too perfectionistic and would be frustrating for me because I know that I could never reach the level of landscape building shown by a few highly talented experts on the Internet. I think focusing on the fun part and following the instructions of talented Lego artists is a much better choice than building a classic model railroad that is considered old-fashioned by most of the people. And finally I like change: Gluing the tracks to a plate gets boring after a few months. The layout shall evolve over time.
  21. legotownlinz

    LEGO Trains 2021

    There are options. Bluebrixx seem to go 8-wide now and their 8-wide models look more appealing than their rather crappy 6-wide stuff. They should switch to GoBricks parts, however, to get the quality right. I bought the bonsai and the flower bouquet and maybe buy the birds of paradise as well. But nobody would have complained if there is just one flower set per year - in 2021 we got three so far. I have built one self-designed mosaic (with the parts from the mosaic maker set). I can't imagine anybody decorating the entire apartment with Lego mosaics - within one year. One mosaic in the Lego room is enough, imho.
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    LEGO Trains 2021

    I don't get why Lego floods the market with certain products like Creator Expert cars and a huge number of products that can be summarized as dust-catchers (botanical collection, mosaics, ...). There's nothing wrong with these sets of course, but why so many of them while neglecting other themes?
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    Single lithium batteries for Power Function trains

    Whats the benefit of using them in series?
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    Single lithium batteries for Power Function trains

    I think your solution is great when the battery box doesn't fit. If the goal is only to avoid the loss of voltage of the 1.2 V rechargeable batteries, then there is an easier solution that requires less technical skills: Using 1.6 V AAA NiZn rechargable batteries instead.
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    Single lithium batteries for Power Function trains

    Less weight is a disadvantage because traction is lost.