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  1. @LegoDad01 Wow! I really like what you've done with those MOCs! My favorite is the 60052-inspired blue shunter. Keep up the great work!
  2. 2018 Lego Trains

    I'd concur, it sounds exactly like what's currently in 7895. The only plausible reason I can think of is to update the packaging/graphics, or the insert/instructions printing. 7895 has to be the longest-tenure continually available set on the market. Think about it: It's been around since 2006--that's more than 12 years on the market. It's lasted from the original RC-era trains until now, three complete train-release generations. Although it seems that TLG may have done a mid-run back-of-box graphics refresh at one point (or more), since I have an unopened 7895 box that features 60050, 60051, and 60052 featured on the back panel. I have several 7499 boxes, two with the most recent 6005x, and another one with the 7938/7939, so apparently there have been mid-run refreshes. Maybe TLG decided they wanted to be done with the 4-digit set numbers, since everything else is 5-digit (or longer)?
  3. Switching points - not so smooth operation

    @Bartosz I've found that sometimes when new, the switch mechanisms are fairly hard to throw. However, with time, I've found them to get a little easier. Keep in mind, it is never going to feel smooth, that's just the design. I don't believe there are any metal parts inside the switching mechanism. The only possible place where there could be, would be a spring that keeps the switch points oriented the way that you've thrown, but allows a train traveling in the opposite direction to continue on, without derailing. Not having opened up one of the mechanisms before, I don't know firsthand whether that spring is metal or plastic. My gut tells me it's plastic, though.
  4. 2018 Lego Trains

    Well, since the rumored new 60205 track pack has straights (8), flex (8), and curves (4), perhaps they've removed curves from the upcoming 60238? What would make the most sense if if they put two pairs of the existing left- and right- switches (points) in the 60238 package. What I'd hope for is a pair of existing left- and right- parallel-track switches, and a pair of new diverging left- and right- switches (like the ones some 3rd parties are 3D printing now). However, given TLG's previous track-record in bundling "things you want" with "things you don't want", into the same package, rather than selling each separately (think road baseplates, or the existing 7499 or 7895 track packs), I'd bet we'll get merely a pair of the existing switches, 8 flex, and a price increase...
  5. 2018 Lego Trains

    Any information about what is different from 7895? Have they changed geometry, or merely the number of tracks included in the set? 7895 had 1-left and 1-right switch track, in addition to 4 standard R-40 curves. edit: Or, is this not a train-track set, but a coaster-track set? (Just thought about this after seeing posts about a rumored new fairground coaster set...)
  6. Wallsend Railroad and Raceway - Picture Heavy!!

    Looking good!! Is that the start of an aerial crane for unloading ships at the port?
  7. [MOC/MOD] Frisco 1501 (4-8-2)

    Great rendition! I especially like the details inside the cab. Great work.
  8. 2018 Lego Trains

    Curiously, though, there have been no prior references to any set 60196 existing from any other sources. That number had been skipped between the big new Arctic set 60195 and the 60197 passenger train. Fitting previous train release patterns, it would make sense for 60196 to be a station, but there's been no whiff of any such release this time around. ...Unless you know something?
  9. 2018 Lego Trains

    I found the following on , but I don't know where that website got its information. The Cargo train piece count is the same as above, but the passenger one differs... Set 8 : 60197 - {? Passenger Train ?} - Includes 707 pcs, 2+ Minifigs? - $TBA / €129.99 or 149.99 Set 9 : 60198 - {? Cargo Train ?} - Includes 1226 pcs, 8 Minifigs? - $TBA / €249.99
  10. Fantastic work! It's really compact, and keeps getting better! Keep it up!
  11. 4564 loco with PF and on the cheap

    @Bartosz You might consider swapping the locations for the IR receiver and the battery box. Due to the presence of a pair of grey shutters on the front (long hood) of the locomotive, you'll have five studs' worth of the battery box that can be hidden by shutters if it is moved to the front. The remaining three studs can be occluded by the cab, and perhaps the wiring connections also. The IR receiver will be occluded by the shutter on the rear. It's a suggestion...
  12. @sed6 You've done a great job with this! Lots of action packed into a very small space. It looks like you either modified some of the Lego switches, or bought 3rd party ones, since there are some "turnouts" that don't have the normal switch curve pattern. Can you provide any detail as to what methods you used to customize them, or which 3rd party parts you used? Thanks!
  13. (MOC) - The 60163 - Tornado

  14. Built a GE Dash 8-40C MOC I found on LDD Gallery

    Wow, that's enormous! Beautiful job though. When I first started looking at the pictures, I thought, "What is THAT piece, with the rivets on it?", but I soon realized the scale of the creation, and those "rivets" were actually studs! Kudos!
  15. 0-6-6-0 Tank and Tender locomotive [WIP]

    Looks like a good start! How did you handle the articulation?