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  1. Electricsteam

    A few questions about some old topics?

    Just use pneumatic and listen to it chuff and whistle like crazy with 50PSI being pushed through it. It is terrifying. I hooked up a can of air duster to my train and ut sure can go! Just feels like its going to explode from all the noises its making. Surpised no one has made a Lego DCC equivalent. Stick an arduino and a rechargeable battery in a Lego bat box and go to town. Id still love to get my hands on a length or two. Kinda a shame his whole business went under it seems it was nice stuff.... At least I remember it being nice stuff it has been god knows how long.
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    A few questions about some old topics?

    Do people really dislike the new Hogwarts Express that much? I picked it up for a good deal the other day and I'm pretty impressed. It feels like you get a lot of stuff for the price. I got it for 50$ 15$ cheaper than the shelf price of 65$ at the targets around here. I mean it's pretty nice! You get a good looking steam engine with an okay looking passenger car and a nice and big station to play with and post your minifigs. It's got real steam wheels unlike the 2010 train and I mean... the OG train is just sad it doesn't even have train wheels! You do lose out on the magnet connectors which I guess is kinda sad but worth it for the price. Sorry for the ramble I've just been enjoying this train too much! That and I thought I've been building my trains short.... the pneumatic train I made is near dead on the same height as the Hogwarts Express
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    Custom rods on shapeways

    Dang! That looks nice! I know I've been gone a long while but it's nice to see some new stuff from you!
  4. Electricsteam

    A few questions about some old topics?

    Yes yes it is... Would you be shocked to hear I got it for free a few months ago I just had to give it a new cord. I left Lego for a long while and started retrocomputing. I got a NIB Commodore 64 C and it's been downhill from there hahaha. That and vacuum tube radios and TVs. Traded one expensive hobby for another as my Lego table got eaten up by vacuum tube test equipment and tools. A people movie is a good idea! I was also thinking about making a mountain lift or any other really steep rail line. So instead of a chain or a motor system you could lift and lower the tram using a pulley and string. There is just something about an elevated light rail or people mover that is very pleasing to me.
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    A few questions about some old topics?

    I finally got my hands on a significant amount of coaster rails! It's hard to describe what I was expecting they are both a lot bigger and a lot smaller then the picture I had in my brain. These could make a great lite rail regardless of the very tight radius turns. That and if you want to bring in all the slope pieces into the mix... I mean the pre made coaster carts are nice and great for high speed but I don't think you really need to clip your train onto the rail like the coaster tracks do because you're just not going to have the speed to knock it off the rails. This is a pretty cool design by JK Brickworks I think I wanna play with using modified small train wheels with the same drive mechanisms as Alban Nanty's Western Layout He uses the modified wheels with a cog and gear style railroad for going up and down. You might be able to work that into a layout but with the small chain pies for the grip needed going up and down slopes.
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    Picking up the pieces. Pneumatic train 3 years later

    I could really use a link I've been looking for quite a while through Eurobrick's own search bar. I know a few years ago someone was making pneumatic trains with bit of jewelry wire support and more of a garden scale than a minifig scale. They were quite large Edit. Is this what you were talking about?
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    Picking up the pieces. Pneumatic train 3 years later

    That's one of the first ones I made back in 2013 This is the basis for my current train... I can't figure out why this runs so much smoother than it does currently...
  8. Hey guys! I'm back again trying to bring my train back from the dead after a major dark age! If any of you guys have been here long enough to remember the several trains I've made over the years with a very unique drive mechanism of the Technic pneumatic pistons! This was suppose to be the last Pneumatic train I made in L-Gauge scale with proper details... It was suppose to be my magnus opus if you will. But now I've been out of the game for a long time but as far as I knew this was the only standard gauge train with pneumatics and the detail at the time. Since it's been a long while here just sorta the basics on how it works. I have a very sturdy brick built frame holding in the pistons on either side and the 2 pneumatic switches. Using the L technic beam I can attach another beam to push the main driver wheels. I do lose out on driving 2 of the blinds but it's worth it for the structural integrity. All the pipes for moving the air around are nicely routed in hollow space along the boiler. The whole drive mechanism creates a lot of force so its really important to make sure you have a VERY strong frame around the drive mechanism. This is all with the older sets of pneumatic pistons and switched I know some new types have come out recently but I haven't seen them myself. It's got a few problems as you can see... Missing quite a few parts and some pretty big structural integrity issues around the drive mechanism. I had a plan quite a few years ago to rebuild it into a mountain 4-8-4 with some thinner leading and trailing trucks designed by a fellow member whose name I forget to put more pressure on the drive wheels. That and the train is just like.... short! I don't know any other way to describe it it feels pretty short compared to trains from the sets! I seem to make really short trains... If anyone remembers the Atomic Streamliner I made in LDD ages ago it pretty dang short as well. Here's the redone sketch in the new Stud.IO from bricklink. I'm getting a lot of errors importing my old LDD files into it but the render is much nicer than the Bluerender i was using before. As you can see the whole front end is redone with much more detail along with better detail along the sides and top of the boiler... I dunno about you but I much prefer cheese wedge boilers to the rounded slopes used on the Emerald Night, but then again I haven't had any experience with the plethora of new pieces that have come out in the last few years. I've been picking up sets here and there when they go on clearance but there is just an insane amount of pieces that came out recently that people have been asking for forever. I will need to play with the new bricks in Stud.io and maybe change up my original plan. That's about it! Thank you for reading my ramble!
  9. Electricsteam

    A few questions about some old topics?

    Best I can do for you with a mini lathe and some off cuts of brass. What a shame, I feel like I came into the Lego train hobby and both the best and worst times... Worse being the fact it was just long enough after dropping the 9V system to where it's being dropped but at the same time probably the best time for Lego trains in recent history. The Emerald Knight, the Maersk Cargo Train, the TGV... The trains have been kinda lacking for the last few years but it seems like its picking back up especially with the new Hogwarts express. It's passenger car is a little lacking though, it seems like they retired that nice rounded train window. Sorry I'm just being nostalgic and rambley again.
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    A few questions about some old topics?

    I hope some new 9V solution is finisned soon. I bought myself a starter set of 9V stuff a while back thinking I expand once ME or something else became available. Did anything ecer come of those new 9V compatible power pick up system? I swore some guys were working on making new wheels and axels for that sorta stuff
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    A few questions about some old topics?

    Yeah I've been digging it's hard to find what I saw before when you can't remember a single name. Wish I could remember the tracks though... BrickTracks has similar geometry but looks nothing like what I can think off. A few years back I swore Western Outlaw was using some of the prototypes for his trains but I can't seem to find the videos anymore. It's hard getting back into the hobby I have no sets or MOCs built anymore and just a ton of unsorted bricks to go through. Hell. Even my pride and joy pneumatic train got smashed to pieces a year or two back. Never mind I found one. ME Metal rails seems to have kicked the bucket. What a shame those rails looks extremely promising at the time. Dude even had a BrickFair Booth at one point.
  12. Hey I know it's been forever since I've been around but I have some questions about projects from a couple years back before I kinda left the community for a while. Did anything ever become of those real metal tracks? The name is fuzzy and I can't seem to find it myself but there was a company working on new 9V compatible metal tracks in several new radii. I remember there being a few other new rail projects like crossings and new switches that folks were working on a few years back too but I think those were 3D printer. New 3D printer Monorail tracks? I remember some sni Also has there been any MOCS using the new coaster rails as a narrow gauge railroad? I've looked around and all I've really seen is that special BrickLink set and then just some standard coasters. I know a local guy in RVALUG was making a pretty sick Mesa Mine coaster with a train styled coaster. I did however just order a nice set of the coaster track through bricks and pieces which I can't wait to play with. I've been thinking that the new coaster tracks could finally be a replacement for the long loved monorail system the only problem I've been stewing over is the way we can power the train as well as how well it would be able to handle the different types of slopes they have. I know the coaster tracks are much shorter and no where near as smooth an incline as the monorail. Sorry about the rambley post I haven't had any luck with my google-fu and it's been quite a long time since I've been around.
  13. Electricsteam

    2018 Lego Trains

    Now that I think about it Lego does always have that sorta theme. Passenger train Freight Train Other and train station
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    Union Pacific SD70ACe - 7 Wide, PFX Brick /w sound

    Sick looking train man. Look like you put a ton of work into. Just wondering whats up with the boat load of caps in series?
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    2018 Lego Trains

    For the new trains this year.... Maybe something more with that new coaster track? I haven't gotten my hands on any myself but maybe we'll see a new mine train or something like that. It looks close to the narrow gauge track. Not exactly trains but it'd be nice to see a coaster or the like.