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  1. IF you are a Mac user AND use Railmodeller Pro to design layouts AND use the ME Models wide radius curves... THEN please vote for this new feature to add support for ME Models wide radius curves to the Railmodeller Pro here: The higher the number of votes, the sooner we get support for this track. - BMW
  2. Its time to start thinking about Brickworld Chicago 2018 is only 4 months away. What topics would most interest you for the Train Round Table? Here are just a few possibilities... or suggest one - Third Party tracks options for wide curves, turnouts, metal rails (Like BrickTracks, 4D Bricks, ME Models, etc) ? - The new Lego Power Functions 2.0 standard ? - Third Party power options (like PFX Brick, S-Brick, etc) ? - Building Narrow Gauge ( using either narrow gauge or new Roller Coaster track ) ? - Rechargeable battery options (alternatives to the Lego LIPO battery) - BMW
  3. I likewise was able to examine these closeup at Brickworld Chicago. I must say the fit, finish and color are very satisfying. The track sections definitely have a Lego feel about them. They snapped together firmly and stayed put the entire show with plenty of live trains running over them. Coaster, one point I did notice is that while the clutch on the bottom (tubes) is solid, the clutch on the top studs is a little weak. This may become an issue when attaching ties/ballast. Perhaps this can be addressed when engraving the "BT"s. I must say the combination of R104 + R120 single section tracks is encouraging, and I look forward to purchasing a loop.
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    ME Curves for Railmodeller Pro

    Update: Great News: Railmodeller Pro now supports ME Models track geometries! So you can now plan layouts using those create R104 curves (among others :-) Upgrade to version 5.3.4 or 5.3.5 on the Appstore See the latest supported track geometries here: - BMW
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    My Bad Experience with ME Models Curves

    I think it can be safely said that Lego too realized issues with brick built track coming apart in the original 4.5v system. When they retooled the system in the late '70's they switched from stud attachments on the sleepers to clips. Sadly most track from the grey-rail era era that was left assembled will have its clips crack off if disassembled today due to stress cracking. And of course they later went to single piece track sections for the 9v system.
  6. In a previous thread, I proposed a collaborative Nostalgia Train Layout for this Summer's Brickworld Chicago: This is a new thread is to determine participation so this is your chance to sign up :-) We hope that this collaboration will attract many participants by recreating the nostalgic look and feel of the older train layouts featured in Lego catalogs and the train idea book. Unfortunately Brickworld won't permit us enough floorspace to do the large "L E G O" layout I first proposed. Therefor we are moving forward with the alternative shown here: a moderately sized "50" nostalgia layout to celebrate 50 Years of Lego Trains! Here is a description: - The overall size is 16'x13' - Only official Lego sets will be featured: track, trains, stations and other sets. We have limited space so priority will be given to train specific sets first, then to general town sets as needed. Upgrades and part substitutions are fine as long as the trains still look original (for example replacing 12v traction tires, re-gearing an Emerald Night, etc). - This is a floor layout. The green and tan areas are created with colored roll paper taped to the floor. Tracks will be laid down over the colored paper. - Scenery will consist of loose trees, vehicles and figures placed on the paper between the sets (just like in the catalog pictures :-) Open areas will remain so people can step around for access. - Security will be addressed by having special stanchions up all show days (not just the weekend public days). These stanchions will feature a additional lower horizontal pipe to prevent young ones from entering the layout area. There should be about 30" between the stanchions and the outermost tracks. - Once we know what everyone is bringing, we will develop an operating schedule with hours when who's trains will run. The signup sheet is here: Please list what you can bring and then Please signup by May 15.
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    [MOC] Australian Narrow Gauge Horse Tram

    Lovely and full of charm!
  8. I've updated the original proposed plan to Version 2 based on feedback so far. Other ideas - please speak up :-) Several people have requested more MOCs so now MOCs (both trains and buildings) are now permitted anywhere on the layout. But If they are inside one of the historical loops then they need to reflect the building style and elements of that system / time period. For example, a customized Emerald Knight and carset would fit in nicely. Someone suggested we could do "before" (stock set) and "updated" versions of iconic sets like the #4554-1 Yellow 9v Train Station, #7722 Battery Steam Cargo Train, and #4558-1, etc. We really want to attract participation from people who are town builders but perhaps casual / lite train builders. So custom buildings and cars, trucks could be welcome too. Other ideas you can think of? - The background color is now green. Which do you like better, RED or GREEN ? (red is the company logo but green looks like grass and easier on the eyes) - There are now three ME outside loops with lots of sidings. This is where the latest and greatest fan-based MOCs are. PF 8-wide Big-Boys hauling 15' freight trains, modern train station, etc. - The "50 years of ..." sign at the bottom is made from 15"x15" baseplates. As are the system signs. The large "50" is the upper left is made from 5"x10" buildings... its an idea while its "YEARS" are made from vehicles lined up to spell "YEARS". - This perspective view shows how the layout would look at floor level. Who won't want to run to the side to see the big L-E-G-O and count the number of trains running ! - This shows the classic Lego Train Catalog look that the Nostalgia Train Collaborative layout will try to capture. Simple paper background with trees placed around the tracks. It is inexpensive and places the focus on the trains and structures.
  9. A couple of the train enthusiasts have been talking about pulling together a special collaborative at Brickworld 2017 this June (thanks Eliot for initiating this). The proposal is to build a 25' x 50' Classic Lego Train Layout featuring only catalogued sets, trains, and minimal scenery - just like in the classic train catalogs! This will be built on the floor with colored paper underneath and stanchions around the outside. Many individual loops of track will operate simultaneous divided into the 4 areas: 4.5v, 12v, 9v, and RC/PF with the loops for each system spelling out a letter: L-E-G-O. Trains from each vintage run on their corresponding area. Along the tracks we place the various sets: train stations, grade crossings, freight depots, etc. appropriate to each system. We can even throw in some monorails and wooden trains. Running around the entire layout are a couple loops of ME wide radius track with fan-designed trains. And on the corners we can place large informational cards describing the history of Lego trains to inform the public. To start we are looking to socialize this and get feedback. So everyone please let us know your thoughts. Also, we need coordinators to own each area / letter. We are thinking of two people for each area who will design the loops, and coordinate assembly and disassembly of their area at the show. Just to get an idea of the scale, the proposed layout as shown requires 2080 track elements total with each area / letter requiring between 250 and 450 sections of track. Obviously the amount of track used will depend on how many people bring what. But if we only outline each area / letter and skip all the interior loops, then the minimum track needed drops to between 125 and 175 for each area / letter. Once BW17 registration is further along we will email all registered attendees to solicit participation. Sounds good? Well, probably not if it just winds up being a couple people. But if we can get dozens of contributors then everyone only has to bring a little bit. We will work out logistics for setup, take down, and marking track, etc. so everything gets back to its original owners. So if you plan to be at Brickworld 2017, please consider joining us! Thoughts? - BMW Detailed image:
  10. Update: A big thanks to everyone who has voiced support for this exhibit so far. Enough people have come forward that we could make this happen. However, we are still negotiating the details with Bryan B. so stay tuned.
  11. Certainly there will be custom MOCs and modified sets. The outside loops are all MOC trains and buildings. And modified sets and MOCs could run on the historic loops as long as they fit in.
  12. Thanks Cale. Its great to have all the Railbricks issues accessible again! - BMW
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    [MOCs] New Haven Boxcab Electric Locomotives

    Matt - I can't overstate how much your detailed, and may I add prototypical, lighting adds to these models. When you get a chance please consider posting a couple night shots as these were really impressive while running at the world of lights at Brickworld.
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    Hello from the past...

    Hi and welcome back. Divorce is painful and sorry to hear about this. The train museum is a great idea as you can mix so many diverse prototypes. As for selling your sets - I agree with the others that you might wait a few years before doing this. With time the pain will recede but the original fun you found with these sets will likely remain. I've known men is your situation who have parted with various hobby items and later regretted it. Perhaps your daughter can hold onto them.
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    Simpsons PoolMobile

    Summer Fun is just around the Corner ! As Winter turns to Spring, can Summer be far behind? The town of Springfield thinks so... as they all enjoy a cool dip in the Springfield Poolmobile. 36 Simpsons characters are featured with delightful hijinks, including a couple customs not released by Lego. Can you find them all? Professor Jonathan Frink - Uses his Monsterometer to locate the Loch Ness Monster ( "Monty Can't Buy Me Love" 1999 ) Loch Ness Monster ( "Monty Can't Buy Me Love" 1999 ) Martin Prince - joins in a water ballet around Homer ( "Bart of Darkness" 1994 ) Patty Bouvier - ( "Selma's Choice" 1993 ) Selma Bouvier - ( "Selma's Choice" 1993 ) Jub Jub - Selma's Iguana ( "Selma's Choice" 1993 ) x Mr. Montgomery Burns - conspires with Smithers to dispose of a can of radioactive waste ( "Two Cars in Every Garage and Three Eyes on Every Fish" 1990 ) Wayland Smithers - conspires with Mr. Burns to dispose of a can of radioactive waste ( "Two Cars in Every Garage and Three Eyes on Every Fish" 1990 ) Blinky (3 eyed fish from "Two Cars in Every Garage and Three Eyes on Every Fish" 1990 ) Groundskeeper Willi - Comic Book Guy - joins in a water ballet around Homer ( "Bart of Darkness" 1994 ) Edna Krabapple - joins in a water ballet around Homer ( "Bart of Darkness" 1994 ) Doctor Hibbert - joins in a water ballet around Homer ( "Bart of Darkness" 1994 ) Snake - Driving the truck because Lego hasn't made Otto (yet :-) Duffman - Lance Murdock - Jumps the pool of Snakes and Lions on his motorcycle ( "Bart the DareDevil" 1990 ) Homer - joins in a water ballet around Homer ( "Bart of Darkness" 1994 ) Bart - In a wheelchair homage to "Rear Window" ( "Bart of Darkness" 1994 ) Marge - Serving Lemonade Lisa - joins in a water ballet around Homer ( "Bart of Darkness" 1994 ) Maggie - Looking for her little Teddy Bear named "Bobo" ( "Rosebud" 1993 ) Abe Simpson Snowball II Santa's Little Helper - Bringing Bobo to Maggie ( "Rosebud" 1993 ) Bobo - A little worn for wear having been around the world ( "Rosebud" 1993 ) Milhouse - joins in a water ballet around Homer ( "Bart of Darkness" 1994 ) Apu Nahassapenapetilon Ned Flanders - Stalking Bart with an Axe "Only you can prevent Axe-idents" ( "Bart of Darkness" 1994 ) Crusty the Clown - Doing cartwheels off the diving board Mr. Teeny Nelson Muntz - Bullying Moleman and another child Hans Moleman - A victim of Nelson Muntz ( "Bart of Darkness" 1994 ) Chief Clancy Wigum - Relaxing while eating a slice of pie Ralph Wigum - Blowing Bubbles Itchy - Rides comfortably in the cab Scratchy - Has been tied to the front of the truck
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    [MOC] Red 0-4-0 Saddle Tank Steam Locomotive

    This is really nicely done. I especially like the cylinder blocks which capture that distinctive look. Can we see a photo of the inside to see how everything is packed so tight? - BMW
  17. Hey... its time to start thinking about Brickworld Chicago again ! We are pulling together the Train Enthusiast activities for this year and would like to get everyone's input. Please respond with your interest in the following ideas ... or if there is something else we should include. If you wish to contribute to a presentation, please speak up too :-) - BMW - Train Roundtable - This is a train community meeting without a fixed agenda. Anyone can bring up a train question or topic for discussion. We have had this in the past and could bring it back. We talk about whatever anyone wants. - Presentation: Building Bridges - Ideas for ramps and elevating train track. This ranges from the simple/cost efficient approaches to lessons learned for spanning long distances. - Presentation: Designing Lego Train Yards - Have a group discussion on types of yards and lessons learned about implementing in Lego. Discussion of cutting turnouts possibly too. - Presentation: Train Set Modifications - Panel discussion of how to make something different from an existing Lego train set. Like what Benn C. did with his instructions to build the ConRail Diesel from 60052. - Train Set Draft - We did this once before where everyone brings a particular set. Maybe 40138: Christmas Train, or 31045: Creator Tugboat, or 31044 Creator Dog & Duck ? - Special Guided Tour of the Illinois Railway Museum - America’s Largest Railway Museum! ( ) Would you like to join a group walking tour just for AFOLs. With enough participants I can arrange to get us into normally locked equipment and sheds. How would you feel about doing it Wednesday June 15th in the morning?
  18. Hey this sounds great. Yes I'd love to see a talk on these topics. Are you using the S-Brick to drive trains. I saw this at a show recently and think a lot of people would be interested in driving their trains via cellphone. Especially with additional channels to control lights, decoupling, etc. - BMW
  19. Thanks. What sort of electronics do you have in mind? Like lighting with LEDs... DCC? Tony - If we do the ITM Group Tour it would likely start at 10am when they open. As for the talks - Actually you have plenty of experience building yards. Would you want to host this talk? You could do it solo, or include others. The Bridge talk would be great if you can bring the trestle bridge. I have a bridge I'll bring and maybe we can get a few others to bring theirs. - BMW
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    2016 Lego trains

    Several years some of us talked with Lego about making their little yellow KOF switcher which operated at Hohenwestedt ( ) but they didn't seem too interested. It would make a great Train anniversary model. - BMW
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    Simpsons PoolMobile

    Thanks everyone. I had been thinking for a while how to use all those great Simpsons series minifigs and then I came across a Pool Party scene ( ) from the 2001 Simpsons Comic book. I recalled the pool mobile was an unusual vehicle and thought that might make a good MOC to combine these. Keep on building !
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    NMRA National Train Show, July 6-10, 2016

    Sadly I am already overbooked so won't be able to make NMRA. But I'm glad to heard a number of AFOLs will be showing Lego there.
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    Italian Locomotive Class E326

    You have really captured the detail and balance of the original. Lovely. - BMW
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    New LEGO Train Magazine - A Proposal

    Elroy - A big thanks for your help in driving Railbricks, and promoting the Brick Railroad hobby in general. Sounds like a good idea and it should be possible for such a magazine to succeed. My 2 cents are that key will be the right marketing focus. Kalmbach breaks the larger hobby into makers & operators (Model RR), collectors (Classic Toy Trains), and general enthusiasts (Trains). Figure out the right balance of these and it should be a snap :-) - BMW