Matt Dawson

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    Solihull (Nr Birmingham), England
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    1920s-1940s US trains from the NE corner.


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  1. Matt Dawson

    What is the best color for GN steam?

    I think the closest colour match would probably be sand green, but I would say you'll likely have difficulty getting all the parts the loco needs.
  2. Matt Dawson

    River Canyon Railroad

    WOW! That's some detail.
  3. Brick Model Railroader (BMR for short) have announced they are going to produce Kadee couplers for LEGO trains. Whilst Bricktracks had been working on a coupler prototype that used a technic peg mounting (making it suitable for both the technic plate and 9V era buffer beam mounting) this has since been abandoned owing to some technical hitches (this does get mentioned in the video). The couplers will be coming pre-assembled in twin packs (i.e. enough for one loco/wagon/car/coach or 2 adapter vehicles) and are available in 2 different types with 2 coupler mounting types, allowing both bogie mounted (with the tiled versions) and body mounted (with the 'studded' versions). BMR has stated they will offer conversion instructions for their releases and although no prices are mentioned, the release date sounds to be around October this year Someone has previously used Kadee kits with LEGO trains but this can be fiddly to get the knuckles aligned across all rolling stock; this is an "off the shelf" solution, where the trip pin reaches one plate/tile above the rail height and will possibly allow remote uncoupling! Personally I can't wait for their release (I dread to think of the cost of even partially converting my fleet!), and within my train LUG (LNUR) there has been suggestions of moving some of our coaching stock to these couplers for exhibition running, as it will save using the neodynium magnets. For those not wishing to convert, others doing so may mean the old 9V style magnets become easier to obtain.
  4. Matt Dawson

    Is it worth it to get into 9V trains now?

    Just bear in mind, despite all these promises of pick-ups and alternate motorisation, nothing as yet has been made available. 9V motors are VERY expensive IMHO and unless there's a specific reason for doing so, PF and PUp are much more common, don't require a wall outlet and are more customisable. That said, if you already have 9V there's no reason to not continue using it, or to use 9V track but PF/PUp powered trains.
  5. Matt Dawson

    Ideas for New Train Sets

    If you were going to do something eye-catching as a US loco, you'd go for an early 4-4-0 or 4-6-0, for many reasons: VERY common in films (e.g. Lone Ranger, BTTF, The General) and video games (e.g. Red Dead Redemption) - so well known and relatable. you could produce one set with alternate funnel, dome etc. assemblies for "hot swapping" without too much issue. You could also do different road names/numbers. Not as large as other locos (3/4 of Crocodile length inc tender) - so smaller set, smaller physical footprint...smaller price? Could offer up additional item(s) (e.g. a boxcar) for motorisation, should LEGO wish to do down that route. Or maybe go down the "motor in the firebox/cab, battery box in the tender" route, although that's a VERY large battery box to hide... Can model good outside cylinders without too much issue, including correct running gear. I doubt we'll see anything like an Emerald Night again soon due to the compromises they made; admittedly, there's nothing saying they'd get an experienced steam builder in (e.g. Brick Model Railroader) in to do the mechanicals & running gear.
  6. Matt Dawson

    Ideas for New Train Sets

    I'd like to see a similar thing to "50 years on track" but about famous locomotives - maybe Coalbrookdale/Pen-y-Darren (first steam loco), Mallard (fastest steam loco), AGEIR boxcab (first mass-produced diesel-electric loco), TGV (fastest electric locomotive) and a Maglev (fastest rail vehicle). Educational, eye-catching and depending on scale/scope could be a reasonable price.
  7. Matt Dawson

    Lego 10277 - Crocodile Locomotive

    The train floats as the central section is on 1x4 bricks, which elevates it slightly.
  8. Matt Dawson

    Lego 10277 - Crocodile Locomotive

    Bear in mind the US price doesn't include sales tax/VAT as this varies state-to-state. The UK/EU prices will include VAT (20% in UK, for example).
  9. Matt Dawson

    Lego 10277 - Crocodile Locomotive

    Crocodile set now listed on UK S@H, for £89.99! Not available to pre-order.
  10. Matt Dawson

    New England BrickWorks: 3rd party curves and switches

    @Coal Fired Bricks I like the coupler idea, but 3D printing will yield quite a lot of breakages for the spring parts. I would suggest - if you're considering doing a knuckle - to use injection moulding and to speak to @coaster who was also going through the motions of a coupler before dropping it. I'd prefer a 3d printed coupler box w/ stud connections for fitting a Kadee coupler in that could be anchored into existing builds.
  11. Matt Dawson

    4DBrix goes DIY

    I for one am sad 4DBrix have thrown in the towel. I've purchased/backed 4DBrix monorail and turnouts (including their Kickstarter), OKBrickworks/BrickTrainDepot R56 & R24 9V track, and TrixBrix R104 turnouts and some half and quarter length straights. 4DBrix (aside from a loose section on one of their modular switches which was easily fixed) had great clutch power, looked good and performed well. Sadly I cannot say the same for the TrixBrix stuff; OKBW/BTD track is somewhere inbetween (although leaning towards 4DBrix) and there's some slight variance between track pieces which normally isn't too much of an issue. My LUG members (and the person who bought all my monorail stuff when I sold it) were pleased with the 4DBrix quality, and for the turnouts commented that they felt better quality than TrixBrix. The only reason I bought TrixBrix track is economy & timeframe. I can buy it from a UK distributor (TechBrick, who also sell SBricks) for a good price and it's got a quick turnaround time. I also don't don't have to consider shipping and import duties in addition to the price, which can be quite an impact. If I had the opportunity I would've loved some of their "Prototypical" R148 turnouts. Hopefully someone UK/EU based can pick up the range.
  12. Matt Dawson

    BrickTracks: different curves, PF/9V compatible

    Any updates @coaster, especially regarding replacement wheels?
  13. Matt Dawson

    2020 Trains sets - Rumours and discussion

    I think the only way they'd do a monorail with the current track is to have it using a road-railer style mechanism (powered road wheels with train wheels to guide it) or by a whole new element to act as final drive - after all, none of the current roller coaster equipment would have the ability to be motorised...
  14. Matt Dawson

    (moc) 9F 2-10-0 Black Prince (Crosti boiler)

    ooh, an 8 wide spaceship! What wheels will you be using?
  15. Matt Dawson

    BrickTracks: different curves, PF/9V compatible

    Ooh. They look nice.