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  1. 2018 Lego Trains

    I believe the signal mast from 60197 is extremely similar in design to the one that was included with 7938. It's nice to have it included, but it's nothing innovative. IMHO.
  2. 2018 Lego Trains

    Thanks for the correction! I should've noticed the perspective difference in length. The stack of straights behind the flex tracks (center of the box) wouldn't be longer than the track in the foreground, if they were the same actual length. That stack in the foreground must therefore be two layers of three flex pieces attached together. I did discern the two stacked single flex pieces on the left. Initial thoughts were that the blurry stack of track in the center foreground was 4 curves...
  3. 2018 Lego Trains

    From what I can discern from that tiny image, looks like 8 straights, 8 curves, and 2 flex per box.
  4. 2018 Lego Trains

    60198 could also be modeled after an EP-5, like this one:
  5. 2018 Lego Trains

    It's not bright yellow. I did a MOC of the 60197 engine based on the leaked video. I used bright yellow on the MOC, because that's what I had on-hand. But both the video and the prelim photo appear to be slightly darker. I think the yellow 60197 uses is the same as the trim color on 60052's engine. Adding: According to brick link, 60052's trim color is bright light orange. I'm thinking that's what 60197 will use.
  6. 2018 Lego Trains

    The corrugated container side pieces (23405) are newly recoloered as red. Previously they have been olive green, blue, black, or shades of lavender (according to bricklink). I'm glad to see consistency in container style with 60169. We can use its truck and trailer for road transport of the 60198 containers. I built a MOC a few months ago of a train car which could handle all four of 60169's containers at once. I'll post a pic of it later. So far, 60198 is looking like a solid set. Not quite as good as 60052, IMHO, but still lots of quality play to be had.
  7. 2018 Lego Trains

    I rather prefer the look of the presumed-final 60198 engine. Pull off those pantographs and do a little roof rework and it might make a serviceable class 55 Deltic! 60197 looks great. I'll eventually have two of those! However, with a four year life cycle, my priority will be to get additional copies of the current ones, before taking the plunge on the new ones.
  8. 2018 Lego Trains

    Thank you @JEB314 (James) for your information. I have a few questions, if you're still answering them: 1) for 60197, can you describe the carriages? How long, color scheme, what train base, and do both appear identical? 2) for 60198, how does the crane car compare to the one from 7898 (2006) Cargo Train Deluxe in style or design? That was the last time TLG offered a crane car. 3) for 60198, are the log car and container car both using the same train base? Or, is the log car a shorter, single axle at either end design? What color are the cars themselves? I am a little concerned about the rumored price on 60198, appearing to jump ~$50 from the 60052 price of $199. From the description, there doesn't appear to be more volume of product, comparatively. 60052 had an engine, three train cars, forklift, cargo truck, AND a complete freight depot with overhead gantry crane. 60198's engine and train car consist compare favorably, as do the bank van and forklift. But instead of a depot there's a signal tower and grade-level crossing? Where's the extra value? 60052 had 20 curves, 8 straights, and one each Left and Right switch points. 60198 has 16-ish curves, 8-ish straights, and ONE switch point, but includes a buffer stop. See where I'm going here? Seems like TLG is asking for more money in return for less product. I'm assuming the new, replacement "power functions +" is a wash, since 60052 had power functions, too. Is there anything else you can glean from your photos that might represent more value? Thank you again for your insight and advance knowledge.
  9. 2018 Lego Trains

    I'm ok with a new receiver and a Bluetooth based connection scheme, so long as the battery box, connectors, and train motor all remain the same. Imagine a new receiver that you could bury inside a train and not need to expose an IR window. Gone would be the issues with daylight interference. If all connections remain the same, we could retrofit existing trains to the new Bluetooth receiver merely by replacing the current IR receiver. So long as there is a robust addressing scheme and easy programming, it might be possible to have 16, 32, or more trains all controlled from one application on iPad, PC, or some Lego-supplied controller. I'm starting to get excited about these possibilities!
  10. [MOC] ALP-45DP NJT

    Living in NJ, I see these regularly. While I have seen trains of all single-level and all bi-level cars, I haven't seen them mixed in actual commuter use. Really nice job! I see these ALP45's in use on NJT regularly. My family would love it if I built one of these for our nascent railway, but I'd have to adapt it to 6-stud wide, and no longer than 34-ish studs long to navigate the R40 curves and close structures. Food for my creativity... Thanks!
  11. Type E Coupler for LEGO Trains

    You could use a simple spring for self-centering alignment, which would work fine on straight tracks, but might prove problematic on curves. It's an alternative to the magnet method, at least.
  12. Is it possible to add a locking mechanism for the trailing axle of the last car? If the train goes in reverse, and the axle is locked, it acts like a rigid axle, which should prevent bunching in that direction. I realize you're trying to create a solution that works without modification in either direction, but that might not be possible. This seems like it might be the least-intrusive method to correct that "last car" issue.
  13. I prefer to think of the reason from a more fantasy-esque perspective: You're installing "the heart of the beast"-- Sometimes it's red, or yellow, or blue, but it could also be gold... Logistically speaking, I'm sure it's to make reference easier for complex builds or younger age-groups, as speculated above.
  14. Sorry about posting in a really old topic.  Only realized how old it was after I had already posted...    Thought I was doing the right thing by commenting in the appropriate topic feed.    Since I'm new to posting, I'll gladly accept all the help I can get.   Been a lurker for a while, thought.

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      Ok thanks, no problem! We all overlook things now and then, thanks for understanding!

  15. 2018 Lego Trains

    Let's hope the pattern does continue, and that there's a store to sell it! 3677 (2011), 60098 (2015), ...? (2019) As far as the Horizon Express, I still WANT to get a second one to complete mine... :-) That said, TLG could do a "cab car" where there is a small driver's compartment, with exterior horn and lights, on the end car. This arrangement is pretty typical for commuter railroads, especially when their right-of-way isn't (entirely) electrified with catenary systems. A diesel, or dual-mode diesel+catenary locomotive unit provides the train's motive power at one end. When operating in the forward direction, the engineer operates the train from the locomotive itself. Upon reaching the end of the line, the engineer walks to the back of the train, and uses the controls in the cab car to operate the train in reverse direction. The locomotive would be pushing the train from behind, but the engineer would have a clear view of the tracks ahead, and complete control of the train from this compartment. The "cab car" arrangement would yield two usable passenger cars, but with slightly different builds. They wouldn't look considerably different, and could be coupled to another set without looking too out of place.