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Murdoch17 posted a topic in LEGO Train TechThis grain elevator model was made by my dad in 1999 / 2000. Like most of his MOCs from that time (the single-stall version of his train shed, Bridge on the River Baseplate, the factory in sand red), he built it before he had a BrickLink account. With this one he never finished it 100%, probably due to having kids (including me) tearing it down and scattering parts every other weekend while he fixed it during the week. Eventually, he put them up out of reach except for special occasions such as the two weeks bracketing Christmas. This vintage model has been used by our family for layouts at his house at Christmas and other times for a long while, throughout most of my childhood up to 2015 or so when we stopped doing a tree + floor layout. He eventually gifted it to me about a month ago because he built the Brick Train Depot version and it is better / bigger by like double in size. (I've been asking for it in one way or another since early 2020 when he built the BTD model.... took me almost a year and a half, but I got it at last!) But before we get to the revamped version, here is the photo of it in it's pre-restoration state. This was from the day I got it, September 12th 2021. It was actually dirty in places, missing several parts, slightly yellowing, and very dusty. ...and here it is now! It's still got some yellowing, and slightly dirty despite my best attempts to clean it. (I don't have any cans of air at my place, so it might be a while until that's done!) The model has finally been completed after ~22 years, with the conveyor belt added and missing old gray parts added in. I added tan baseplates for the bottom, as it fits with the rest of my buildings better. My dad always wanted a conveyor put in to his elevator haul grain to the dump-chute to load his six blue 4536-style hopper cars. Well, it's no longer his grain elevator, but it's finally got a conveyor! The white handle, which can be turned to make the belt move. This view looks down the chute into the area where the grain is stored before being dumped into the hopper cars I haven't made yet. Looks like someone forgot to close one of the two hatches all the way! These two finger-hinged doors hold the grain back until it is needed to be loaded. But what's a elevator without something for it to load? These five single-bay grain hopper cars plus the matching caboose are (eventually) going to be built for the vintage grain elevator MOC my dad gifted me recently. The engines that are going to pull them will most likely be the two Santa Fe bluebonnet F7 units I have lying around. Also, the bay on each car can still empty out as designed in the 1991 set (4536 Blue Hopper car) this model was taken from. Here is the Bluebonnet units I have already constructed. That's all I got about these MOCs, any thoughts? Comments questions, suggestions, and complaints welcome!
Murdoch17 posted a topic in LEGO Train Tech(I thought I had made a topic for this model by itself, but i can't find it. All I could find was it in a compilation thread from 2014.) I have recreated this grain elevator designed by my father way back in 1999. The building was built for the loading of hoppers like set 4536 (1991's Blue Hopper Car) or 10017 (2001's Hopper Wagon). This building has never been really well done officially, but it was touched upon in 3677 (2011's Red Cargo Train). However, grain hopper cars have been made at least four times in official sets, with the fourth model being in set 60098. (Heavy-Haul cargo train) I enlarged the opening for the filling of the grain cars by two studs width-wise so that larger engines and cars can fit through, such a steam engines with working side-rods. The building features a handle on the other side or operating the conveyor belt. The handle turns the conveyor belt to drop 1 x 1 round bricks into the funnel and the hopper car below. Though if it gets turned the wrong way, they drop into the bowels of the building to pop out of the bottom of the building where the base-plate would go, onto the table top itself. Here we see the hole I left in case "grain" went the wrong way on the conveyor belt, so it can fall out the bottom and not get stuck inside the model. This is an updated red version of set 4536 (Blue Hopper Car) from 1991. This green version uses a click hinge and platform to dump 1 x 1 round bricks out of the bottom of the hopper. The diesel locomotive model was inspired by Valgarise and his model called "Invencible".(see it here ) It looked like an nice big ALCO model so I copied it and built a matching booster unit in green as seen above. (although originally it was in black with a red base stripe when I first built it) The front unit where the engineer sits is called a Cab (or A) unit, while the trailing unit is called a Booster (or B) unit, though they can be used in more groups than just two, like as an A-B-B-A set as used on the Santa Fe Super Chief. For my purposes, I only use a A-B setup at most. Here is the original grain elevator that inspired my model. It was built around 1999-ish by my father. Comments, Questions, & complaints are always welcome, and the elevator model (plus a half-dozen green hopper cars) should be built by Christmas / beginning of 2019. As you can see, the engine units have already been built. Any thoughts?
Hi Lego train fans! Since I have started the 90s 9v trains, Lego train logo sticker was one of the issues when I buy used set. Several months ago, I was able to buy replica lego train logo sticker set, the black arrow logos that was printed on transparent sheet. However, there are other colours of lego train logos in white, yellow or even in red from the set such as 4551, 4536 and 4552. I wonder I could buy any replica Lego train stickers in those white or other colours. I did some research and found that 4511 set also has a white train logo, but that logo seemed a bit slender than 90s train logos. Any tips or opinions related this issue would be appreciated. Thank you!