This is an update of a post I made earlier this year of a Durango & Silverton K-36 narrow gauge locomotive. I recently decided to submit this MOC to the Lego Ideas website as an effort to get Lego to produce more quality train sets. I shared my project with the good people at the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad, and I have been blessed to receive their full support and endorsement of my efforts. I consider the D&SNGR to be the finest railroad experience in the country, if not the world. If you haven't had the good fortune to ride with them, do yourself a favor and make plans to go as soon as possible. You will not be disappointed. Check out their Facebook page for information about the railroad and a look at their endorsement of this MOC.
If you are passionate about Lego trains, as I am, please visit the Lego Ideas website and show your support for this MOC. Help me convince Lego to make this dream a reality and immortalize the great D&SNGR with the world's greatest toy!
Back to the MOC. Let's start with the engine. I am not a fan of Lego Digital Designer, so all of my MOCs are built through a trial and error evolutionary process.
This is the first picture I stopped to take of the locomotive. By this point, I had nailed down the frame, wheels, and the driving mechanism. I opted for including all the power functions elements in the locomotive rather than the tender.
Working on hiding the power functions.
Experimenting with the stack and the headlight.
Finalizing front end.
On to the cab.
Power functions access from the top.
The motor makes a nice firebox.
A glimpse of how the wheels are powered.
Now for a look at the evolution of the passenger car.
Finally settling on the SNOT technique for duplicating the look of wood panels and windows with depth.
Placing a horizontal stripe in the middle of vertically striped plates was a fun challenge. I eventually found a way to suspend the upper non window portions from the ceiling. I really enjoyed building this car.
I didn't really take any pictures of the caboose process. I essentially used the same techniques from the passenger car. The inside is pretty ugly though, as I only had so many pieces available in this color of red.
Now for a few shots of the train all together!
How about a little scenery?
From the good folks at the Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad!
I took the train to Brickfair in Birmingham, Alabama, and it won staff favorite! Kids loved the bear in the cave.
Brickfair is a blast. I highly recommend it to anyone interested in Lego or anyone with kids.