legotownlinz

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    LEGO Trains 2022

    But while the number of 18+ sets has increased in recent years, the number of train sets hasn't.
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    LEGO Trains 2022

    Immediately liked it. Lights are included! Wow.
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    LEGO Trains 2022

    The engine and the wagons are fine on their own, but they do not fit together. There are too many different colors. It seems they used whatever color was available instead of producing missing parts. With a consistent color scheme, the very same train would be quite appealing. I doubt they chose the colors because kids prefer it this way but just to save money.
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    LEGO Trains 2022

    The set is ok. I just wonder why Lego fails to make iconic sets like in the 12V or 9V era and why there is no innovative use of Powered Up. It would be interesting to see the pictures of the prototype the leak was based on. Maybe it had a more muted color scheme?
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    LEGO Trains 2022

    It seems like a mistake that the picture of the cargo train has been published, otherwise Lego would have officially presented the set by now. Could it be possible that they used the wrong picture and the train is actually red? ;-)
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    LEGO Trains 2022

    So probably the passender train isn't green neither. Same for me, a red-only color scheme would have been nicer. I wonder if kids really like the colorful City sets. I didn't when I was a kid. Btw, the image has not been leaked, it's from the instruction page of lego.com, therefore 100% correct. My interest is in 7-8 wide trains now, so I don't really care if the City trains look good or not.
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    LEGO Trains 2022

    Didn't rumors say the engine is red and looks similar to the previous one?
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    The BlueBrixx Thread

    I'm starting the thread with my experience with the BlueBrixx open freight car in eight-wide. I bought it because it looks great and it's cheap. The quality of the bricks is somewhere between low and medium. I had no issues with colors (only one 2x6 brick is a bit darker), but the clutch power varies greatly (sometimes too low, sometimes too high). The worst issue is the size of the plates, they are too large and warp when a second layer is added. This is how the result of the first step looks like: The quality of the wheel sets is extremely low, the friction is too high. A heavy eight-wide car needs better wheels so that the engine can pull several cars. At least my car did not derail. Other reviewers reported that the axles are sometimes too short. The building instructions are only available as pdf files and the model is stupidly built bottom-up. It would make more sense to add certain decoration parts last and build unstable parts as submodels. I redesigned the bogie to accomodate HA Bricks ball bearing wheel sets and made it one stud shorter to keep two cars closer together. The instructions (which offers a better building experience than the original instructions) can be found on Rebrickable. Let me know what you think about the bogie design. I added brick-built leaf-springs that are typically seen on such cars.
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    The BlueBrixx Thread

    No, there is a small gap between Lego plates that prevents warping. I compared the size of BlueBrixx plates with Lego plates: they are slightly larger.
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    The BlueBrixx Thread

    I also had bricks with a clutch power stronger than Lego, especially the 2x6 bricks and 2x4 45° slopes. But there were also several bricks with less clutch power. If it would always be a little bit stronger, like GoBricks, I would be fine with it, but it is just inconsistent, sometimes too low and sometimes too high. I don't like that it is just luck to get bricks with good quality. All my plates were perfectly flat. The reason for warping was their size, they were too big. The warping started when adding the second layer of plates. Bending doesn't solve the problem, only adding more layers of bricks does.
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    The BlueBrixx Thread

    I got the parts from Webricks. They are worse than those from BlueBrixx, especially the colors vary too much.
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    DCC (and other digital tech) for LEGO trains

    I own several DCC controlled trains in H0 and N gauge, so I have some experience with DCC. When you go into details, e.g. configure lights that depend on the moving direction, speed ramps and so on you have to mess with registers. DCC is a technology of the 80ies with lots of features added later on in a not-so-clean way. The user experience is imho horrible. If designed nowadays, it would work completely different. I also belief that Lego trains are mostly operated in a way that differs from classic model railroads. Lego means less realism and more play fun. Invite friends, give them a remote control and let's go. No schedule, no realistic train compositions, no realistic speed, no complex control software, no need to worry that anything gets damaged, multiple players, frequent crashes. This is what I enjoy and why I gave up H0 and N. A H0 and N layout is something you build on your own (unless you have very talented friends or you are in a club), Lego is a social event for everyone.
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    DCC (and other digital tech) for LEGO trains

    This is unlikely to happen for several reasons like pricing less track elements compared to the 3D-printing competition less motors and wheels complexity of DCC dependency on one manufacturer huge number of existing layouts that cannot be upgraded DCC is a good choice for anyone interested in the technology. But the majority who occasionally plays with trains is better off with Powered Up.
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    LEGO Trains 2022

    The reason why it was negatively received was mostly the absence of any train sets in 2021 and the AFOL-oriented marketing. And it should be clearly marked as not being compatible with City trains. Like boats that do not float.
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    The BlueBrixx Thread

    The only problem is that BlueBrixx does not sell the tan and brown train windows separately. They are only available as part of sets.
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    LEGO Trains 2022

    An Indiana Jones 3 circus train would be a perfect successor for the Crocodile and fit perfectly to the rumored Indiana Jones theme. In such a historic/fictional context I'd say a circus train is acceptable.
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    The BlueBrixx Thread

    There were no color issues, the colors were identical to Lego. The surface of BlueBrixx parts is slightly less glossy, which results in a small difference to new Lego bricks. I'd say the look of BlueBrixx parts is the same as those of used Lego parts. The problems I noticed is a greatly varying clutch power and wrong geometry of some plates which result in warping. And of course the wheel sets should be immediately disposed and replaced with Lego wheelsets (the old ones with steel axles) or ball bearing wheelsets from HA Bricks.
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    The BlueBrixx Thread

    I bought the train windows in dark green for another project and the quality was good. For the open freight car presented at the top of this topic, the windows would be needed in redish brown, but they are not available from BlueBrixx yet and neither on BrickLink. I'm still looking for a source of thís part. Nearly all other parts are available from Webrick, were I ordered them but still waiting for the parcel to arrive. It is my goal to order only parts that are not available anywhere else from BlueBrixx, but otherwise avoid their low-quality parts.
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    LEGO Trains 2021

    Now it is official, no train set in 2021 :-( I wish you a happy new year. Let's hope 2022 will be better than 2021 (in general, not only regarding the trains).
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    LEGO Trains 2021

    Are there any rumors yet? How many train-related sets will we get in 2021? In the last years, there was at least one train-related set and an average of two sets per year: 2020 10277 Crocodile Locomotive 40370 Trains 40th Anniversary Set (gift) 60271 Main Square (tram) 2019 70424 Ghost Train Express 71044 Disney Train 2018 75955 Hogwarts Express 60197 Passenger Train 60198 Cargo Train 2017 10259 Winter Village Station 2016 10254 Winter Holiday Train I've listed only sets in minifig scale.
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    The BlueBrixx Thread

    I intended this to be a thread for everybody. The part count and part list be be found on Rebrickable. If quality matters, then don't buy from Bluebrixx. Unfortunately, not all of the parts are available from Lego. I'm still investigating how to get the bricks for more cars and let you know once it is done. I might try webrick.com, they seem to sell Gobricks bricks.
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    The BlueBrixx Thread

    I'm think about ordering the parts somewhere else to build a for more of these cars.
  23. I received a few BlueBrixx items. The double crossover is the first on I'd like to review because it is severely flawed. The BlueBrixx double crossover is a replacement for Lego's double crossover (7996) that is not produced anymore. Let's start with the positive aspects: Flat (not warped) Same color and finish as Lego switches. Flat mechanism (no lever arm) that does not interfere with trains with long wheelbase. Good latching feedback when operating the switch But: The spring mechanism doesn't work correctly! A train coming from either of the converging directs should pass through the points onto the narrow end, regardless of the position of the points, as the vehicle's wheels will force the points to move. However, when force opening the points of the BlueBrixx switch the point blade does not go fully back to the original position and the next train passing the facing point derails. Watch it in the video: The problem happens with all four switches of this double crossover and I'm pretty sure it is a design issue and not an issue with my purchase only. If you want me to execute further tests please let me know because I'll send it back to BlueBrixx soon.