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  1. Not sure if this is still of interest, but there are two new chapters: #10 https://www.promobricks.de/lego-eisenbahn-10-das-jahr-1984-andere-schwerpunkte/47944 #11 https://www.promobricks.de/lego-eisenbahn-11-das-jahr-1985-die-zweite-welle/48152 Especially the catalog pictures with the sets 1966, 1968 and 6383 should be unknown to most Lego fans.
  2. I doubt that there are boxes which show another year than 1980. Regardless of the real production date, the year is always the initial release. Some train boxes (eg. 7850 to 7855 and 7824) show with two different years, but in those cases, the boxes were changed in a visible way (other dimensions).
  3. Some improvements for my 7760 and 7720, printed parts instead of stickers (7760 only black parts, other parts still stickered):
  4. Your worst lego injuries?

    Back in 1990, I got the technic jeep 8050 and built it. During playing, it fell off the table, and I wanted to grab it with my hands. But the sharp lower corner of the front technic brick slashed my hand at the thenar. The resulting scar (2cm long) is still visible today.
  5. Two more years: https://www.promobricks.de/die-geschichte-der-lego-eisenbahn-8-das-jahr-1982-keine-neuheiten/44588 https://www.promobricks.de/die-geschichte-der-lego-eisenbahn-9-das-jahr-1983-eine-erste-zaesur/44598
  6. Part #7 is online, a rather short one because it reflects the year 1981: https://www.promobricks.de/die-geschichte-der-lego-eisenbahn-7-1981-kleine-aber-feine-ergaenzungen/43748
  7. What happened to brickfactory.info?

    Well, usually this happens at the end of a month or end of quarter, but today is 2nd of october?
  8. Who knows what happened to Brickfactory.info? All it says: " This account has been suspended. Either the domain has been overused, or the reseller ran out of resources."
  9. That would be the 3rd step. 2nd step should be to create correct inventories incl. alternates for all sets. Right now, at least 3 different variants for e.g. 7740 would result.
  10. Thank you for your feedback. Unfortunately, I cannot figure out how to switch the EB editor back to BBcode, so I cannot quote single sections from your answer. First of all - yes, right now, part #6 ends with the end of year 1980. Together with the introduction, this covers ~ 35% of the complete text, so many more parts will follow. The decoupler 7862 will be handled in the 1981 section. Buildings and conducting rails: Yes, I cannot see any logic in that. I do not consider the big stations 7822 as "simple" buildings . And in contrast, the crossing 7834 has middle rails, but I can't see anything advanced in this set. Remote controlled elements: The remote devices exist in (at least) 2 variants: First, the rear lower edge had no groove, and the contacts were visible as metal rings. Later on, the rear lower edge was modified with 2 studs groove, which makes it easier to remove the 2x8 plates underneath. Moreover, the second version has flat plastic covered holes and doesn't show the metal rings any more. The 12v switch baseplates from 7856, -58 and -59 also exist in 2 variants: first, they had 4 technic-style pins. As we all know, these pins often break when the switch motor is removed. Later version of the baseplate came without these technic-styled pins, just with normal studs. And the boxes got a major overhaul in 1989: styrofoam was omitted. Some boxes became smaller, while others grew bigger. The final version of 7864 even has a "1990" copyright on it... Moreover, when I checked my sets with BL inventories, I found out that BL was inconsistent, and that some parts were unknown to BL. Therefore, I made an approach to create a so-called "train parts master list", tha describes a) which part in which variants exist b) which years can be assigned to each part variant I discussed with many other collectors, but it was really hard - sometimes impossible - to get a consensus. It is really complex. Whoever wants to look at it and contribute, I uploaded a PDF version: http://www.124er.de/temp/lego_train_parts_master_table.pdf Important: there are many blanks, many question marks, and lots of "best guesses". 3 different boxes for 7864: 1980 version ((c) 1980 on the instructions), black lever with open top, "big" instructions 1982 version ((c) 1982 on the instructions), black lever with closed top, "small" instructions 1990 version, bigger box
  11. 12v UP SW10 set prototype recreation

    Regarding the rear window of the cabin - what about using a 1x4 trans-clear brick without inner tubes? Imho, this wouldn't look too old-styled. Just the same one as it was used in set 7838: https://www.bricklink.com/v2/catalog/catalogitem.page?P=3066&idColor=12#T=C&C=12
  12. If this is true, then there is no hope. Playmobil dropped their train series at the end of 2015 - they (and the retailers) just sell the remains of the stock. "Brio" and "Märklin My world" seem to be the only competitors that have survived.
  13. Some weeks ago, I started an article series about the grey era for Promobricks. Until now, 6 parts have been released, many more will follow: https://www.promobricks.de/category/lego-eisenbahn It's written in german, so readers will be limited. But I will show some pictures and scans of catalogs, which most probably most people never have seen before. HoMa already knows the complete text and most of the pictures Besides Playmobil, there were 2 more remarkable companies: Fischertechnik introduced it's H0-sized "Bauspielbahn" (build & play train), but it was dropped only a few years later. And Faller overhauled it's previous "playtrain" system and introduced the "E-Train" in 1980: http://www.gunnar-gröbel.de/html/faller_train/etrain/etrain.html It looks as if 1979-1980 was THE time to introduce a new toy train system...
  14. Unreleased/Cancelled LEGO Sets

    The greatest mystery is, why did they put a black 12v motor into 7865, when 4 of 5 upgradeable sets would require a red motor
  15. I thought abould building the engine from 7720 in white or yellow.