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  1. Haddock51

    [MOC] Intercity Rheingold

    A couple of years ago, I acquired this beautiful TEE Rheingold MOC from Selander who built it. This version is equipped with two 9V engines I just love TEE trains and this is one of my favourites. Well done, Selander!
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    LEGO VT 11.5 Trans Europ Express (TEE)

    Having seen this extraordinary and legendary TEE IRL as a young boy, I was almost shocked when I saw your absolutely fantastic version in Lego. Goosebumps all over. It's hard to add more comments in addition to what has been said so far. To me, this version of the VT 11.5 TEE is second to no other MOC I have ever seen. Congratulations, Holger! Unfortunately, this train is too large for my 9V Extreme track so I have to keep dreaming and stick to my smaller version..
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    Venice Simplon Orient Express

    I agree, that should work. And a ratio 5:1 is still quite ok.
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    Venice Simplon Orient Express

    This is primarily a matter of proportionality. The ratio between width and length is typically 1:6 (primarily 6-wide), 1:7, 1:8 or even 1:9 in some cases. To go for 8-width with a length of 28 - 32 studs would be equal to ratios of 1:3,5 - 1:4. For those who put high priority on proportionality - i.e. scale fidelity - these ratios would look disproportional (too short). Well I guess everybody has his/her preferences ....
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    Venice Simplon Orient Express

    The comments are extracts from Holgers book. As for myself, I will definitely go for 7-wide with a maximum length of 46 studs. This is the limit for my 9V Extreme layout. Using 9V motors, weight and reasonable speed are certainly no issues in my case. Neither are standard R40 curves, standard- and crossover switches. The only structures close to my tracks I need to consider are safety fences in polycarbonate. Some of them are adjusted after the test runs with the Vintage Train. My biggest problem at this point in time seems to be the colour schemes. I was not aware that the windows are not available in dark blue.
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    Venice Simplon Orient Express

    According to Märklin, the blue steam engine is Series IVh of the Grossherzogliche Badische Staatseisenbahn, Bauart 2'C1'h4v. These steam engines were built starting 1918. W.r.t. to width and scale, I very much share Holger Matthes comments in his Lego Trains Book (see pages 75 - 79) on 6-, 7- and 8-wide scales: With 8-wide, you can achieve better scale fidelity than 6- and 7-wide. However, the extra width has a corresponding disadvantage, i.e. extra length (typically at least 50 studs long). Despite the extra length, 7- and 8-wide coaches have the same number of axles, so each axle on an 8-wide train holds more weight which can lead to problems for Lego train motors (in particular PF, my comment) to move all this weight at a reasonable speed, especially around curves and through switches. And the overhang problem is even worse with 8-wide trains than it is for 7-wide trains, risking collisions with buildings and other lineside features close to the track. Normal train wheels look small on 8-wide trains and spoil the overall impression of the model due to their disproportional scale. Using the larger spoked wheels from steam engines is not a convincing solution.
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    Venice Simplon Orient Express

    I would like to have a look at your Pullmans. Interesting to see how you solved the challenge with oval windows.
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    Venice Simplon Orient Express

    ElectroDiva, you just made an excellent choice. This indeed is a very beautiful train with many challenges, particularly if you look at it from a Lego perspective. These pictures I found in a special edition "125 Jahre Orient-Express" of the Eisenbahn Journal (2/2008): The steam engines on this picture are Baureihe 01. W.r.t. to your considerations: I will build Holger Matthes BR 10 steam locomotive sometimes this fall. As a result, I will have an EN locomotive left that I will use for the Orient Express, at least to start with. On the last page of this journal, I found the following Märklin advertisement showing a steam locomotive in blue: I will most likely go for both colour schemes, entirely dark blue and dark blue with cream. I guess the colour combinations are related to different types of coaches. Yes, I will also go for custom printed decals. Search in Wikipedia for "Compagnie Internationale des Wagons Lits" and you will find some excellent picrtures for the logo which is very typical. And then there is this long text "COMPAGNIE INTERNATIONALE DES WAGONS LITS ET DES GRANDS TRAINS EUROPÉENS". That will be a challenge .... About the scale. When building Holger Matthes Vintage train, I learned that 7 studs is an almost perfect - however somewhat tricky - size for trains. It allows you a decent level of details and a good proportionality when it comes to width and wheels. And finally the windows! Have a look at this beautuful picture:
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    [MOC] Octan Train

    Please do so we can start exchanging ideas and pictures
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    [MOC] Octan Train

    Holy smoke! I am planning to build the same train later this year! What are your ideas so far w.r.t. locomotive, coaches (windows!), colours, stickers etc.?
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    Holger Matthes' Crocodile colour issue.

    I built the Be 6/8 in Reddish Brown. To solve the colour problem with the finger joint hinges, I ordered them in Brown and moved them "inwards" 1 stud, thereby hiding them. On the outside, I used plates 1x2 in Reddish Brown. So there is no visible colour or design difference. One more advice: When running the Crocodile through standard R40 curves, you notice that the locomotive does not move smoothly. This is because the outer studs on the front parts of the body get in touch with the other two sections, thereby creating some friction between wheels and rails. To avoid this problem I replaced the plates on the front parts with tiles and now, the Be 6/8 runs smootthly through curves without any problems.
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    Vintage Train with Be 6/8 "Crocodile"

    @HoMa and @Lexa, this looks absolutely fantastic and spectacular!! Goose bumps all over again ... So I have decided to build this fabulous steam engine later this year. Holger, by the way, do you also provide the stickers that are visible on your BR 10? PS: TLG, this is what so many of us AFOLs have been waiting for a long time ....
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    Vintage Train with Be 6/8 "Crocodile"

    Please post pictures!
  14. Haddock51

    Switching points - not so smooth operation

    The two boxes you see to the left on this control center are switch boxes that I bought from weichentuner several years ago. The switches on these boxes open the current to the PF motors, but only as long as you press them in one direction. Then they automatically go back to the neutral position, thereby cutting power.
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    Switching points - not so smooth operation

    As you pointed out previously, you need to be careful. I had to discard one switch when it moved entirely free - without any remaining resistance at all (not an electrically operated switch). This resulted in multiple derailments because the switch apparently could not maintain any longer the selected switch position, i.e. ended up somewhere "in between".