Dread Pirate Rob

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  1. Dread Pirate Rob

    Building 7777

    So wonderful to see these neo-classic? creations! Mine is now stickered and has a Powered Up tender. I have removed the battery box base to save some height and fit with the original proportions. Powered Up 7777 Pacific, now complete with stickers by Canvas Rails, on Flickr
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    MOC: Flying Scotsman (with free instructions)

    Superb, I love the neat pistons and the shape of the running board. My preference would be for a 7 wide tender to match the cab, but I know some prefer a 6 wide tender to better transition between the locomotive and 6 wide rolling stock. It may also be possible to reduce the gap between the tender and the locomotive, there are some nice examples of this on Flickr. An awesome build and thank you for sharing the instructions!
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    LEGO VT 11.5 Trans Europ Express (TEE)

    Absolutely stunning! Beautiful techniques and the end result looks true to the prototype. Could you please include this one in your next book?:)
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    NS Class 6400

    Beautifully true to prototype, but retains LEGO charm. Love it!
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    A truly beautiful build, congratulations! I particularly like the way you used the protruding ridged bricks on the sides. The lights are a really nice touch too.
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    10254 Winter Holiday Train

    Just released on S@H for VIPs. It is very Winter Village and I think the kids will love it. I also believe there will be some excellent MODs that can be done with two (or three) of these. I love that there is a black funnel with a red stripe. Did anyone else get a happy wave of nostalgia when they saw that?
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    [MOC] German BR E119

    You captured the curves on the nose beautifully!
  8. Very neat. I was thinking the first train use for that gear would be on a turn table but that is very clever
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    [WIP] Signalbox Lever Frame with Interlocking

    This is a great idea. It is ideas like this that can make running trains more social:)
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    3D Scan of CLUG train layout at Brick Expo

    Hi All, Thank you all for the positive comments, the layout brought many smiles to many faces. And no, I regret that monorail track is not mine:) I have just updated the first post with a video of the CLUG train display at Brickexpo 2016. I have tried to include the most cheesy music possible. Enjoy Rob IMG_4907 by Canvas Rails, on Flickr
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    60051 extra carriages

    60051 combines nicely with your existing 12v with the addition of surprisingly few parts.
  12. IMG_4907 by Canvas Rails, on Flickr G'day All, The 2016 Brick Expo was held in Canberra this weekend and was a whole lot of fun. We made it a celebration of 50 years of Lego Trains and had blue track, grey (golden) era 12v, 9v, power functions and monorail. So much monorail. For those who couldn't make it due to being in the other hemisphere, there was a 3D scan done late on Friday night that features the train layout so you can do a virtual walk through! I would love to know what you think of the layout and get pointers from the more experienced exhibitors in the group. My easy favourite is the 12v section because it looked like something straight out of the 7777 ideas book. The link is: https://my.matterpor.../?m=VR8uF8vPAwd Here is a news article with some additional information and the scan embedded. http://www.canberrat...729-gqgdbc.html CLUG train group layout at Brick Expo 2016, Canberra. 50 years of Lego Trains 1966-2016 by Canvas Rails, on Flickr Cheers, Rob
  13. That is one of the most beautiful MOCs I have ever seen! The colour scheme, running gear, third piston mechanism, even the stickers are outstanding. I did black and dark blue on a tank engine once ( ) but it is an order of magnitude simpler :) You have an eye for detail, an artist's touch and amazing building skills all together. I can't wait to see what you come up with next. Thanks for sharing your incredible work.
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    Glaskasten (Bavarian PtL 2/2)

    Splendid little locomotive! I love the use of the red 2x2 round plates with the connecting rods. Is it OK to say I think this is the prettiest 'boxcab' yet?
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    My try at building a Shunter

    Great solution with the rubber bands. I would not have thought it could transmit enough torque. I must give it a try. Another solution you could use for a six wheeled shunter is pivoting the train motor like on this tank engine. Because the lateral movement is so small it is barely noticable on corners. Little Black Train side view by Canvas Rails, on Flickr There are also photos of the locomotive in bits that might be of use to you P9107255 by Canvas Rails, on Flickr Hope this helps