Haddock51

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  1. Haddock51

    Coal Train with Garratt Steam Locomotive

    The coal train on my track is quite extreme but this is a notch worse IRL...
  2. Haddock51

    Coal Train with Garratt Steam Locomotive

    Yes, there are eight 9V engines (10153) mounted on four wagons (wagons # 1, 2, 5 and 8). That's what is needed to get this long and heavy train all the way up to the top. No engines on the Garratt.
  3. Haddock51

    Coal Train with Garratt Steam Locomotive

    The main challenge was actually not the climbing spirale with approx. 6 percent graded curves, but the humps in combination with a rear bogie movable laterally (which had to be replaced with a fixed liftarm connection).
  4. Haddock51

    Coal Train with Garratt Steam Locomotive

    Yes, it consists of eight 9V engines due to its weight in combination with grades up to 8 percent. Maybe you should have a look at my Swedish Iron Ore Train with 24 wagons and 13 (!) 9V engines: W.r.t. power supply, a majority of my Lego Train 9V Speed Regulators (4548) have been modified in order to provide enough current: * 0.3A diodes replaced by 3A diodes * LM317T regulator replaced by LM350T regulator * inside "heatsink" replaced by outside heatsink with a thermal resistance of approx. 1.3 degrees Celsius per Watt * minifan mounted outside to keep inside temperature constant All speed regulators are connected to EP-925 Voltcraft Laboratory Supply Units (3 - 15V). All in all, the power supply for the entire track consists of six modified speed regulators, three standard speed regulators and two EP-925 Voltcraft Laboratory Supply Units.
  5. Haddock51

    Coal Train with Garratt Steam Locomotive

    Thank you very much for your clarification @Kalahari134 ! Quite embarassing indeed. I will refrain from additional speculations in the future ... I have read many books about railways and its history in Switzerland but never came across Garratt articulated locomotives, at least not for the standard gauge of 1435 mm. The NG G13 Beyer Garratt of the Schinznacher Baumschulbahn (SchBB) with a gauge of 600 mmm must have been a rarity in Switzerland: There has always been a need for powerful locomotives in Switzerland, not at least due to heavy freight and passenger trains on the Gotthard and the Lötschberg/Simplon lines. The Swiss invested early in electrification and powerful electric locs like the world famous Be 6/8 (Ce 6/8) "Crocodile": This legendary locomotive is also part of my train collection:
  6. Haddock51

    Coal Train with Garratt Steam Locomotive

    It is highly unlikely that Garratts were cruising in the midst of the Alps IRL. Plenty of water available up there ...
  7. Haddock51

    Coal Train with Garratt Steam Locomotive

    The "poster" is a photo wallpaper with a 360 degrees view of the Swiss Alps around Zermatt, incl. the world famous Matterhorn. Probably one of the most beautiful places in the world ...
  8. Haddock51

    Coal Train with Garratt Steam Locomotive

    What you can see on pic #3 and #4 is a Swiss IC Train with an Re 460 locomotive:
  9. Some years ago, I built a coal train with @HoMas Express Steam Locomotive BR10. Later I learned that this locomotive was primailiy used for long express trains like the Riviera Express. Recently, I decided to go for a Garratt Steam Locomotive which was mainly used for heavy freight trains in southern Africa and Australia. The choice fell on a Garratt designed by Tony Sava and built by @LeifSpangberg. This spectacular locomotive needed some modifications in order to cope with the challenges in my track, in particular humps. The train consists of ten fully loaded coal wagons, equipped with eight 9V engines. And this is what it looks like:
  10. Haddock51

    My Own Orient Express - Addition

    Thanks a lot @supertruper1988 ! Yes, I found RAILBRICKS edition #10 with Benn Coifmanns article, a phantastic train indeed! A quite sophisticated construction that would require more building details. Are there other Superliner models available?
  11. Haddock51

    My Own Orient Express - Addition

    Hello @zephyr1934 Your Eurobricks logo with a front page picture of RAILBRICKS - probably issued in 2011 - showing an Amtrak train together with the text "Building Superliner Cars with Benn Coifmann" has indeed caught my interest, particularly when considering options for my next train project. Unfortunately, it is no longer possible to get access to this RAILBRICKS edition. How can I get access to your article?
  12. Haddock51

    My Own Orient Express - Addition

    Please find the addition at the end of my first post.
  13. Haddock51

    My Own Orient Express - Addition

    As of today, the topic "Lego #21344 - Orient Express" has close to 125 000 views (!) and 867 replies!
  14. Haddock51

    My Own Orient Express - Addition

    The only realistic alternative right now is my wife. It appears that she is willing to do it but that will require quite some training... The filming has to take place at full day light, a time when most people - except us - are still working. And weekends are always busy times.
  15. Haddock51

    My Own Orient Express - Addition

    No problem @zephyr1934. It was probably more the intense discussions around the Lego Idea Orient Express that caught my interest. To me it showed the tremendous interest in the Lego train community for a new sophisticated train like the one that was submitted, and the high expectations on the set to come. As for myself - and like for many others - I was rather disappointed by the final result. By the time this set was launched in early december 2023, my own project had already progressed quite far, i.e. there was never an option to eventually go for the Lego version. The guy who helped me with my previous videos, a true professional, has recently become a father again, so I don't have high hopes to see him filming again at my home in the near future. I will continue to work on it.