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The engines were Inspired by Facebook user Leonard Blevins' diesel engine, from which I built my own version. I think it looks like a Electro-Motive Division F40PH, which was (in real life) mainly built for Amtrak. Also, the letters BRS go on the side of the cab below the windows on the 3 exposed studs, while the number of the engine (8773 for example,) go on the 4 studs below the windows. Also, I know there is no such thing as a B unit for a F40PH. But since this is pretty much fictional already, I added one. I colored the engine the way it is to compliment set 60052: Cargo Train. As the engine in the set is freight, this one is passenger based. I even kept the windows the same light blue color, and yellow warning stripes on the cab end to compliment each other. Speaking of the cab, the roof is removable to place the engineer inside at the controls. This also increases play-ability. Here we see the F40PH's front. I added safety stripes because they looked nice, and I had some spares I thought would look nice there. The whole build was inspired by this piece from Leonard Blevins diesel: http://alpha.brickli...age?P=30022#T=C Here is the view inside the cab with the roof removed. (sorry for the blurry picture!) The B unit does not have a removable roof, or interior, for that matter. the rear of the engine features a walkway to the train. Here is the fancy sloped rear observation car of the express passenger train. The passenger cars are not yet ordered. LDD file for the engine by itself: http://www.mocpages.com/user_images/80135/1441300586m.lxf Well, what do you think? EDIT: added train cars, new engine and new ldd file. If a MOD could change the title to "F40PH diesels with express passenger train" it would be much appreciated. EDIT #2: change train color to blue and added new ldd file. EDIT #3: Added real life pictures!
The EMD F40PH was my favorite locomotive engine growing up. I used to watch Amtrak F40PHs coming and going out of Boston's South Station. I even had an HO model of one. Now that I have the train bug again, I have to make one. After researching, I learned that they have been replaced by the GE Genesis locomotives. I felt like I had a 30 years Dark Ages in railroading too. They have been sold off, scraped or repurposed. In the late 1990s to early 2000s, Amtrak rebuilt some of their aging fleet of F40PH locomotives into non-powered control units baggage cars. They are also called Cabbages by railfans. The prime mover engine and traction gears have been removed from the units leaving a big space inside for baggage. The advantage of the NPCU in push-pull operation over a passenger car with cab control is there is a big locomotive frame in between if a collision occurs at a level crossing. It's also roomier for the engineer. I made my MOC in Amtrak latest phase V paint scheme to match my AEM-7AC. I tried to keep to a more 1980ish Lego trains look. It's the first time I made clear stickers. I used Avery transparent inkjet label sheets. They seem to work well on a single brick. Sticker across multiple bricks seem to leave gaps and I'm afraid to smudge the ink if I pressed any harder. I also decided to sticker my AEM-7AC MOC. Amtrak AEM-7AC pulling Cabbage by dr_spock_888, on Flickr Our honeymooning bride sure has a lot of luggage for the Cabbage, Amtrak Cabbage by dr_spock_888, on Flickr