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Hello Everybody - My first post here on this forum, and I'd like to share the customized 10173 Holiday Train I've just completed. This consist will be making its rounds around our Christmas tree this year, driving through a scenic winter wonderland populated by Toy Shops, Santa's Workshops, Winter Cottages and Winter Markets ..... to name a few. "Before heading out into the icy cold on Christmas Eve, Santa likes to do his toy & present shopping in a little luxury. For this purpose he recently invested in a special Holiday Train, so he can travel in style. Complete with livestock car for his reindeer, a cargo car for his presents and comfortable passenger arrangements, this train travels the country in search of the best gifts ...." After finally pulling the trigger on BrickLinking my 10173 Holiday Train, I decided to motorize the train in a slightly different way. The livestock car houses 2 PF Medium motors, a rechargeable battery and an IR receiver. The small chimney on the livestock car acts as an ON/OFF switch. The small flatbed car carries Santa's sleigh. The power of the 2 Medium motors is sufficient to move the entire train forward at a nice scale speed without racing too much. I'm utilizing my small powered bogies/trucks for this car. Here are some more pics of my creation - they can also be found on my Flickr Account. Let me know what you think ....
Remus_Lupin posted a topic in LEGO Train TechI have pieced together 10173 over the last year and now I'm looking to motorize the train. I've read all the threads here on Eurobricks about motorizing it, but most topics seem to be about converting it to PF. I am more inclined to go down the 9v route because it looks more straight forward with less required mods to make it work. With that in mind, I have compiled a list of the required 9v parts. I was hoping somebody could check the list to make sure that I am not missing anything (see attached screenshot). Thanks in advance.