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  1. Thanks @zephyr1934 for your good summary of the #10183 Hobby Train history and other train related developments in the mid 2000's from TLC. Being one of the Hobby Train contributors I still have memories about that time. It must have been more then 3.500 emails in our group and steps forwards and backwards. First we had to sign the NDA of course, then TLC send over a bunch of LEGO elements in many, many different colours, a few real "train elements". First prototypes looked like a MOC build by a 4-year-old. (can' remember who build this high-speed engine) My contribution from the first colour palette we received from LEGO The AFOLs in the group argued, that this kind of colour palette will never work for a universal train building set. At least we could compromise on a basic main colour (which became standard red rather dark red which we all favoured), black as standard train colour for trucks, boggies etc. and a few other colours like white and grey for some highlights. So the second palette of elements (which is the one to be found in the final set) worked much better. Of course we told TLC that dark red/dark green would be even more cooler and more attractive for AFOLs then red. But no way, no new elements for such a set, it was not Star Wars or Bionicle, it was an experiment in the train niche. From that point of view, we got out as much as we could. The second palette of elements was better, still not perfect. LEGO did not send out all elements for the second, final palette of elements so we had to use stuff from our own collection. As you see, 2x2 airplane windows in red were not in my collection back then. Finally the Crocodile arises and was elected amoung the AFOLs from the Hobby Train group as flagship model for this set. So it became the largest one on the box and the only model LEGO made printed instructions. And we were fighting delays and the official end of 9V was announce before the hobby train set was released. so the Box front pictures shows all the MOCs with the old 9V motor. And extra label was introduced to point out, that the motor is no included. But there was no chance to rebuild everything for the upcoming bridge-technology RC trains (which sucks). Another reason for the delay was a simple element like the 2x4 plate. Very close to the end we were told that the yearly production of all 2x4 plates for all sets in this year is over and there are no more 2x4 plates for the Hobby Train set. It should be easy to replace a 2x4 plate with a 2x 1x4 plates (which were offered instead). Hmm, that would have worked for half of the models, the other half would require 2x 2x2 plates as replacement better then 2x 1x4 plates. And noone in the group felt like to have enough enthusiasm to rebuild all the models again. The only option was to postpone the release date again and wait till 2x4 plate were produced in the next production run. Sometime even the simple things can get annoying. Similar thing happened to the instructions. There was no budget to make a book of instructions for all models, in the sametime the "LEGO Digital Designer" was launched and the Hobby Train set should promote the new LDD approach. The instruction for the flagship model – the Crocodile – was finalised so late in the process and all the boxes were already packed. To this set is maybe the only official LEGO set were the instructions comes separately outside the box. So beware if you are able to get a MISB box of #10183 expecting a printed instruction *inside* the box: there is none. Looking back in history the Hobby Train set was a great demonstration how LEGO started to interact with a group of fans (rather then single fans designing sets like the #3739 Blacksmith Shop or the fantastic Santa Fe cars #10022 and #10025 from James Mathis and some other later). And it started a few AFOL workshops were fans were invited to Billund/DK to share expectations and build with LEGO designers. During one of these workshops the "flex track idea" was born, a compromise asking for larger curve radii which LEGO didn't want to make. So the flex track sounded good, but as mentioned before, it could not fulfill the expectations. We were also playing around with (back these days) *new* Power Function stuff and the design of the 4x8 PF battery box is heavily influenced by train fans asking for something which can be integrated in a 6-wide train rather then the huge AA PF battery box which was used many in LEGO Technic. And we asked for a train compatible remote control rather then the #8885 bang-bang remote used in Technic. So the #8879 speed remote control was born. All history … these days we see the next generation Power System (Powered Up) and I will not become a friend of that technology. And it still seems unclear how LEGO will keep trains alive. Clip in wheels are horrible, trains in LEGO city hardly exist. On the other side the upcoming Crocodile shows that even LEGO designers can create great looking, AFOL-like trains. But I do not expect so see other great engines over the next years like the do with iconic cars. Even not talking about "just a passenger coach" set where you can buy multi sets to create your own train. But as a LEGO train fan each LEGO set can be a train accessory set providing elements I can use in my LEGO train MOCs. And the third party market is getting better and better providing switches and curves in sizes, rods and other stuff we just could dream of back in 2007. I hope this gave you an more inside view about the Hobby Train set and the time it was developed and release. Feel free to post further questions ... Holger P.S. I found an old FAQ about the Hobby Train set (links will not work anymore, the FAQ was written back in 2007): What is the official name of this set? It is called LEGO Hobby Train. The project to develop this set was called Ultimate Train Builders (UTB). How many pieces are included in this set? 1,080 LEGO elements. Why didn't you use dark red, dark green, or dark blue? None of these colors were available in sufficient number of different elements to make them a main color. Dark red is represented in the set. Why red, black, gray, and white? These colors are available in a large variety of shapes. How were you guys chosen? LEGO asked ILTCO, represented by Steve Barile, to suggest a group of the 10 best LEGO train designers in the world. Steve suggested a list of great train designers that he had experience with that represented an international group. This list was then reduced to the six open slots by the original four AFOLs on this project, some outside consulting AFOLs, and the LEGO employees on the project. The group assembled certainly represents some of the best LEGO train designers but we are among a much larger group of great LEGO train designers. And we also want to acknowledge that the level of quality achieved has been the cumulative work through interaction of the greater LEGO train community. What did you get for your efforts? Each designer got 3 LEGO Hobby Train sets and a large bulk assortment of LEGO elements. Why is there a picture of the 9v motor and track on the box if it's not in the box? The decision to show each design on a piece of track and some of them with the 9v motor was made because it looked good. In retrospect, we realize that it can be interpreted as if tracks and motor is included, which they are not. This is also communicated on the front and the back of the box. How much does it cost? USA: 99.99 USD Canada: 129.99 CAD Australia: 149.99 AUD Europe (Euro zone): 99.99 EURO UK: 69.99 GBP Why is LEGO counting each wheel set as four pieces? Because the elements are not preassembled. A wheel set is included as several individual elements in the box. Who picked the models? The 30 models were picked from 76 designs through voting among the 10 LEGO hobby train fan designers. Who picked the parts? Within the limitations of available parts, the selection was a collaborative effort between the 10 LEGO Hobby Train fan designers and the LEGO Group. Is this set only available in the US? No, it will be available in all markets where LEGO Direct To Consumer is present. Is it right that no Building Instructions are included and they will be offered (for free) as download. A printed building instruction for the main model will be available with the set. This one and 29 additional building instructions will be available for free download from March 19th on http://www.LEGOFactory.com/buildinginstructions Do I need a special software to use the Building Instructions I've downloaded? You need LEGO Digital Designer 2.0 which will be available for free download from March 19th on http://ldd.lego.com How was the box art developed? Please visit http://www.ldraw.org for further information on the development of the box art. (Update: You can still find PDF instructions for all models at http://www.brickshelf.com/cgi-bin/gallery.cgi?f=306136) Why is a letter-tile used at the front side of the main engine, the crocodile? A letter-tile is not only a letter tile. It also could be a plate showing technical data of the loco. While using the same palette of elements for various models you have to be creative in the way you use certain elements. Someone even was able to build a truck out of elements dedicated to be “train” elements. Can you describe the development process of this box, e.g. what did it make for a part to be in the box or not? Please check out the article in BrickJournal #7 at http://www.brickjournal.com for more background information.
  2. HoMa

    Lego 10277 - Crocodile Locomotive

    My 2009 MOC Crocodile has articulated bodies and a M-motor in each "nose". For the wheels I use drivers with and without flanges. See Flickr-Video https://www.flickr.com/photos/holgermatthes/3903589445/ in album https://www.flickr.com/photos/holgermatthes/albums/72157622196010661 The first/last wheel also articulates. Let's see how all this is done in the Crocodile LEGO set?
  3. HoMa

    Lego 10277 - Crocodile Locomotive

    The German promobricks.de just posted an announcement that the crocodile will become a set: https://www.promobricks.de/lego-eisenbahn-krokodil-10277/101499/ Available from July, 99 €, ready to include Powered Up motorisation.
  4. Totally correct. The German end cap on Silberlinge was tan/blue and the rest was unpainted metal with a silver shine (when new). The grill bricks from Santa Fe wagons work well here. Holger
  5. @Evans thanks for your feedback! If you look a prototype pictures of the "Hofzug" cars you see that they are not rounded and more traditional rectangle styles windows. So I decided to use the newer windows rather then super expensive train windows and especially glass for train windows. If you google for "Hofzug Kaiser Wilhelms II" you will find some Märklin images. I reducued details like brown frame around the windows and many other details. But hey, it's 12V toy train ;-)
  6. HoMa

    BR E18 047 "Blauer Enzian"

    Great MOC, thanks for showing here @Ts__ ... the engine is just great and fits fine in front of the cars which I was able to spot at Bricking Bavaria in Fürth back in 2019. Hope to see you in summer in Schkeuditz!
  7. HoMa

    [MOC] ČD 242 class WIP

    Looks great, very close to the original. I love the use of the 1x5 Technic plate for the lights and the pantograph using just regular elements (attached in a maybe illegal way) rather then tubes and minifigure hands.
  8. … it has been a while when my LEGO TEE did some rides at the exhibitions at Deutsches Dampflok Museum in 2018 and at Bricking Bavaria 2019 in Fürth. Now here comes a little video showing my TEE in motion. Enjoy! Holger
  9. @michaelgale thanks for your update! Good luck for you and your teams in Canada and Hong Kong. The additional items like window frames and glasses look great. What about a ball bearing train wheel? The majority of us will not use the clip in plastic wheels which showed up in LEGO "train" sets recently. All the best for 2020! Holger
  10. @Ashi Valkoinen check out https://fxbricks.com/ Michael Gale and his team are working on a complete track system based on the 9 V LEGO train system.
  11. HoMa

    Totally new to this

    The following books might also help to start your own LEGO train MOCs https://www.amazon.it/italiani-istruzioni-costruire-locomotore-mattoncini/dp/8869283097/ref=mp_s_a_1_4?keywords=lego+treni&qid=1576905770&sr=8-4 https://www.amazon.it/gp/aw/d/8868956411/ref=sspa_mb_hqp_detail_mobile_aax_0?ie=UTF8&psc=1
  12. Thanks for sharing your video! The museum wih the planes around is such a nice venue. And you had a kids area for them to play trains. I also like the bridges between the tables. But you need larger curves and switches. All the great trains look strange in R40 standard LEGO curves. Great layout overall and good luck for your small club! Holger
  13. The LEGO exhibition and fan event "Bricking Bavaria" in Fürth/Germany was the ideal setting to build a really big LEGO train layout. I was named by the organizer Bricking Bavaria as the coordinator for the "Train and City Collaboration". And as soon as the registration was possible, we - me and fellow AFOLs/TFOLs from Noppenbahner and others - signed in and started planning. Planning First ideas were exchanged in our WhatsApp group and the organization team of Bricking Bavaria was given a total size of approx. 20 x 3 meters for the layout. Sceptically we were asked whether we would get this area full at all? But about 20 exhibitors registered with trains, cars, locomotives, bridges, stations and buildings. In summer Florian, Dirk and I met to work on the planning. At least three tracks were planned to keep the train running independently of each other and ensure a lot of movement on the layout. Dirk took over the planning of the outer line and had set himself the goal of completing his metal tracks made of Spur 1 (Gauge 1) rail profiles by the time the event was over. Thus, the 9-volt fraction should also have a realistic track for driving long and fast trains. The two inner lines were planned as Power Function lines without power supply in the track. I had set myself the task of creating a track in shape of an "eight" with a bridge and corresponding ramps for the ascent and descent. In addition, the bridges had to be planned by Michael and myself. Here it made sense to lower a part of the platforms and use these bridges to overcome the resulting valley. In addition, the stations of Nick, Florian and Dirk as well as Nick's railway roundhouse had to be included in the layout. Smaller exhibits such as Peter's depot and various buildings without a direct rail connection were then spontaneously integrated into the layout on the day off setup. My plan of the layout with 3 independent loops and various stations and other stuff Setup Day (Thursday) Ready for LEGO trains On Thursday before the exhibition, the construction of the collaboration layout took place in the Stadthalle in Fürth. The platforms with a total dimension of 19.8 x 3.3 m were already in place. So we were able to immediately start laying out the fire-retardant molleton as a table underlay. I took care of the tedious construction of my "eight" with the ramps and the red bridge in the middle. Florian plunged deeply into the wiring of the numerous switches (we used modified R104 switches from TrixBrix with old 12 Volt style magnetic remote controls) and Dirk packed more than 46 meters of self-made tracks onto the table and connected them piece by piece. In the meantime, Michael's tan bridge had also arrived and was correctly positioned in the valley. My filigree, but quite stable arched bridge (original design by Thomas Avery http://www.texbrick.com/model_whitebridge/index.html) was brought into position at the other end of the valley and already in the early afternoon the first trains were able to make their rounds. Gradually more and more exhibitors arrived and the area grew into a collaboration layout. In order to create as much parking space as possible for all the rolling stock, all (!) existing R104 switches from TrixBrix were used. Additional track sections next to the tracks offered space for further exhibits. Since the Stadthalle was closed punctually at 9 p.m., the construction ended after 13 hours and we were looking forward to the next day. One of the bridges over the valley using BrickTracks R104 tracks AFOL Day (Friday) Friday was all about the AFOLs and was deliberately created by the organizer as a day "by fans, for fans" and without an audience. This offered the opportunity to get in touch with many known and unknown faces and names, to have a chat or to listen to one or the other lecture. At the collaboration layout, the final construction work was still a bit on the way, but finally Nick's roundhouse stood in full splendour and offered a beautiful target for camera lenses and visitors' eyes. Last details on the track were implemented, cable crossings or other small differences in height were compensated and Dirk positioned a huge number of overhead line masts along his 9 volt track, giving it an even more realistic look. And finally we could enjoy the sight of the moving trains! I wonder if the locomotive with the heavy wagons will come up the ramp? And does it manage the descent through the R104 (BrickTracks) curve over the valley without jumping off the track and plunging into the depth on Peter's models? Exhibition Days (Saturday and Sunday) On the two visitor days, the collaboration layout acted like a magnet on large and small and attracted numerous interested visitors. And we always asked the same questions and answered everything in a friendly and courteous manner. "No, the models are not from LEGO and you can't buy them either..." or "These are Gauge 1 rails which Dirk specially converted to the LEGO gauge...". But there was also enough time to change trains again and again and to take many photos and videos. Busy activity on the visitor days Another highlight was Florian's video car, which transmitted the track from the driver's perspective via radio to the specially installed screen. So the spectators could get to know the community centre from this unusual perspective. Flo's video train follows Holger's little ICE Our rail vehicles from the rail bus to numerous steam locomotives to modern high-speed trains such as the Thalys or ICE 3 were able to let off steam for three days and collect several kilometres. There were no major train accidents to report, but one or the other collision could not be avoided. And the so-called "filigree shit" (all the details on the bogies and under the locomotive) could prove itself, whether it was built stable enough and not every minute threatened to fall off and stay on the tracks. The dismantling was finished after about three hours and all participating exhibitors made their way back to Hamburg, Dresden, Munich or Wörrstadt. No enjoy some videos of our collaboration train layout at Bricking Bavaria 2019: Overall capture of your collaboration train layout: Big Boy on my "8" Train chase Best regards, HoMa and the Noppenbahner
  14. And another great video showed up on YouTube showing some more impressive train MOCs running on our collaboration train layout:
  15. Dirk Wunde is the Flickr name. link to one of his latest uploads showing his custom track.
  16. Dirk updated his Flickr with some more pictures of his custom rails.
  17. Hi, our 1000steine.de ambassador Dirk Frantzen @Dirk1313 lives in this area and they have regular meetings in a pub/restaurant. I've contacted him via private message at 1000steine.de. You may also contact him via Eurobricks, he is here as well: @Dirk1313 The local club is MBFR http://mbfr.org/, but I can't tell, how often they meet and which will be the next expo. Welcome to Germany and best regards, Holger
  18. HoMa

    Replacement Wheels

    Great news! You already picked up my wish over at the other thread about the Disney Train. And good to see a collaboration on a wide base of experts involved. Looking forward to your switches and wheels! Holger
  19. HoMa

    71044 Disney Train and Station

    Nice train, nice building with great parts ... but these new wheels are so bad for LEGO train modelrailroad junkies like we are. Might work for short trains in a kids room, but not for AFOLs :-( I hope third party companies like BrickTracks by @coaster can fill this new gap soon. I would love to see a wheel set which comes with metal axle, metal bearings and maybe without the outer decorative stuff so everyone in the world can build his own typically wheels. My 330 Euro better go in R104 switches for my MOC trains :-) Holger
  20. HoMa

    My first Lego trains book

    Ciao Claudio, Congratulations to your book about LEGO models of Italian trains. Can you tell a little bit about the contents of your book? Does it only focus on models of original prototypes or does it bring building techniques or historic background information of the real stuff? Anyway, a great addition to my book "LEGO Treni" which shows up on the book table close to your book. Who published the book? Best regards, Holger
  21. Great idea overall. For the trucks on the double deck wagons you can use 1x2 or 1x4 panels attached upside down (using some SNOT) like I did on my BR 10 steam engine. Also great idea with the cylinders between the coaches. But I think this will not work well. The pivot point of each wagon is where the trucks are attached to the body of the wagon, not at the end of the body. Just push a pair of slightly longer wagons through switches and you will see the enormous gap between the two wagons. I would like to see your solution going through curves and switches. What about an individually brick build noise rather using this, sorry, ugly one purpose element? Happy bricking, Holger
  22. Hi all, whenever I open a *.ldr file in LDView an additional window shows up showing the following Errors & Warnings: Error parsing line. File: C:/Users/Public/Documents/LDraw/ldconfig.ldr Line #1 Line: ´╗┐0 LDraw.org Configuration File I've checked C:/Users/Public/Documents/LDraw/ldconfig.ldr ... the file is there an can be opened with notepad++ etc. What can I do about this? The model in LDView seems to be Ok, but how can I get rid of the Errors & Warnings message? Thanks in advance for your help. Best regards, Holger
  23. @Holodoc thanks for this brilliant review! I like the collection of different faces too avoid the Nexo shield and even more the corrections of the length of the arm. When I was building mine I was fascinated about how the sub assemblies in the last stage became the outer "cloth" of the figuremi was not familiar with the rounded cut off slopes but they work very well here. Must have been a nice challenge designing this model. Just building it from instructions is easy, but developing something like this in a MOC would be high level LEGO work. As I remember 3450 was available through Shop@Home in Germany in 2000. It came in a grayscale box. The box design was changed to a full colored design for the second wave. It was a unique building experience with the instructions showing each layer from a top 2D view rather from a 3D view we all know so well. (LEGO should do such sculptures again!) Holger
  24. HoMa

    A PUP (Power UP) question

    If I understand Sariel's video on YouTube right, then it does work, but you need to keep the Plus or Minus button pressed all the time the motor should run. In comparison the train motor runs without pressing the knob on the remote control. Seems like the PUP motors send an ID to the hub and the hub behaves different depending on the type of motor connected. Best regards, Holger