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  1. scruffulous

    LEGO Train Bogie Problem

    You will probably need to compromise to get this train to run reliably. The simplest solution would be to use a double bogie at each end, but hide the innermost wheelset on each bogie behind a shroud that mimics the under frame detail. This approach would allow you to easily motorize the train, and will give you a reliable runner.
  2. I know I've had a bit of a hiatus from building, but I can't believe it's four years since I posted anything on Eurobricks! I'm trying to slowly ramp up my building again. Here's my latest model: a Victorian Railways AE passenger car. There are more photos in my Flickr album. These passenger cars were found mainly on longer distance intrastate passes. AE 51 was air conditioned around 1962, was recoded to BE 51, and then in 1983 was recoded back to AE. This model was built for BMR's OcTRAINber competition. It's built in O-scale (1:45), which ends up being 8 studs wide and 63 studs long (coupler to coupler). The model contains 120 yellow flags. I have a love-hate relationship with flags - I love the thin line they produce and the building challenges they introduce (getting them into the doors was particularly challenging), but I hate the extra weight due to the extra parts needed to incorporate them in a build. Same goes for the modified plate with handles (this model uses 60 of those in rare dark blue). Purity Declaration: This is a pure LEGO build apart from the use of bearings for the wheels, vinyl for the yellow lettering and printed labels for the white lettering. The integrity of the model does not rely on any of these non-LEGO elements.
  3. These railmotors were used by the Victorian Railways (in Australia) from 1922 into the 1950's, and were pretty successful. They provided passenger services on lines where passenger traffic didn't warrant a full train. On busier routes and at busier times they could be seen pulling one or two passenger trailers. AEC Rail Motor Car by scruffulous, on Flickr This is my entry in the Rail Buses Mini-challenge on Flickr. The challenge is open until the end of October, so there is still time to have a go at building a rail bus. Prototype
  4. It's been a while since I've posted anything here on Eurobricks, but I thought some of you who don't get onto Flickr much might like to see some of my more recent Victorian Railways builds. Follow the links if you would like more information. Y Class Locomotive by scruffulous, on Flickr T Class Locomotive (flat top) by scruffulous, on Flickr J Class Steam Locomotive by scruffulous, on Flickr VFTY Timber Wagon by scruffulous, on Flickr C Guard's Van by scruffulous, on Flickr
  5. scruffulous

    Concept Motorizations with New L-Motor

    Space2310 has come up with a clever small motorised bogie. It should make it possible to build a motorized tram to run on the narrow gauge tracks (although concealing the battery will be tricky in 4-5 studs). Check out the rest of Space2310's photostream, too. He has even built narrow gauge points!
  6. scruffulous

    MOC: TGM-3

    This is great. The overall shaping, the details on the sides of the trucks, the shaping of the cab windows, and the end plates are all very nice.
  7. scruffulous

    MOC: ZL Guard's Van

    As my collection of Victorian Railways rollingstock grows, I had to have a guard's van (that's a brake van or caboose to you non Aussies). Z vans were a classic feature of the Victorian Railways from the early 1900s to the 1970s. At one stage there were over 700 Z vans, but they were rebuilt and recoded, many to ZL (the L stands for long-shank couplers, which were installed to reduce harsh slack action). This particular ZL van had a wood frame, three axles, and planked sides. Prototype
  8. scruffulous

    MOC: E class electric locos

    Yep, it's yellow tube held on with string.
  9. scruffulous

    MOC: E class electric locos

    I'm not sure what you are trying to say here. No paint has been used on these, and there are only a few stickers.
  10. scruffulous

    MOC: E class electric locos

    I've finally managed to complete a Victorian Railways locomotive...three of them actually: These were used for suburban goods services in Melbourne. The locos with the steeple cab design (there were only two ever built) came into service in 1923. The box cab design was introduced five years later. They were known as "elec locos" up until the only other class of VR electric loco (the L class) was introduced in 1955, after which they were classified as "E class". In later years these locos were known as "electric chairs". I've entered these in the E is for Electric competition on Flickr. Prototypes.
  11. scruffulous

    Power Function Lights question

    You could always use the fibre optic cable from Exo-Force sets to carry the light over the extra length rather than pay for extension cables and an extra set of lights.
  12. scruffulous

    MOC: J Cement Hopper

    Thanks all for the kind comments.
  13. scruffulous

    MOC: J Cement Hopper

    Here's the latest addition to my collection of Victorian Railways rollingstock: This Victorian Railways hopper was coded "X" on delivery and was used for cement traffic, but was eventually recoded to "J". The first hoppers of this type initially carried pulverised brown coal for steam locos (coded "CK"), then bulk flour (coded "X", "FX", and "FJ"), and finally cement (coded "J"). At the end of their life, some were used to carry dry locomotive sand. The pipes were for pneumatic discharge of the cement into road tankers or storage silos. Prototype.
  14. scruffulous

    MOC: GJF Bogie Grain Hopper

    Thanks lightningtiger. Actually I do live in Victoria...Melbourne even. So now you're probably wondering why I haven't made it to a MUGS's just that the planets haven't aligned to allow it. Who knows, perhaps next weekend :)
  15. scruffulous

    MOC: GJF Bogie Grain Hopper

    Here's another addition to my collection of Victorian Railways rollingstock: In Victoria, grain was transported to large inland terminals (Marmalake and Dunnoly) using GY wagons and was then transported to the ports (Geelong and Portland) for loading into ships using these GJF hoppers. More on flickr.