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Back again, this time with one of the most beloved steam engines in all the world, re-made in Lego form. Thomas the Tank Engine Thomas, as he appears in the Railway Series books by the Reverend Wilbert Awdry, is a London, Brighton & South Coast Railway E2 Class Tank locomotive, with extended side tanks for holding extra water. As described in the story "Thomas and Gordon", the engine has "...six small wheels, a short stumpy funnel, a short stumpy boiler, and a short stumpy dome." Thomas served as a station pilot for Knapford station, but was given his own branch line to run between Ffarquhar and Knapford after saving the new engine James from an accident in a field. Thomas enjoys running on the branch line, along with his coaches Annie and Clarabel. Here is the Lego model next to the real-life E2 Class tank engine. The E2s had terrible fuel consumption, so were often stuck in station pilot jobs. According to steam locomotive enthusiast Chris Eden-Green, Thomas did to the E2s what Back to the Future did to the DeLorean. My model combines aspects from both the real-life E2 and the illustrations in the Railway Series. There are downsweeps for the buffer beams on both ends of the engine, along with a wheel arch at the front end of the water tank. The wheels are from Big Ben Bricks, while the side rods were purchased from a specialty shop on Bricklink. Birds-eye view, showing the red stripes on the boiler. Thomas' two coaches, Annie and Clarabel, are based more off their TV series counterparts than the Railway Series counterparts, mostly due to budgetary constraints. Annie can only take passengers, while Clarabel can take passengers, luggage and the guard (conductor). Clarabel also has extended side windows to give the guard a better view of the line. Both coaches rely very heavily on SNOT techniques, with alternating directions for windows and bottom sides. They're rather an attractive build I am very proud of, and they add a whole lot to Thomas, making him look like a very busy - yet Really Useful - tank engine. That is about it. I hope you enjoy the build, and any comments or questions are most welcome. Thanks for viewing! Always entertaining, always inspiring, always:
Sir E Fullner posted a topic in LEGO Train TechHello, all. It has been a very long time since I have started a new topic in Eurobricks, what with university and all, but this new creation of mine just deserves mentioning. This year, coming May 12, will mark seventy years since the publish date of the first Railway Series book by the Rev. W. Awdry: The Three Railway Engines. In honor of this auspicious occasion, I have decided to build in LDD the first eight of The Fat Conroller's engines, getting inspiration from real-life engines, the illustrations of the books, and some features of the TV series. So, without further ado, may I present to you Thomas the Tank Engine, Edward the Blue Engine, Henry the Green Engine, Gordon the Big Engine, James the Red Engine, Percy the Small Engine, Toby the Tram Engine, and Duck the Great Western Engine! Making these engines took a little over a month, starting with Thomas and ending with Gordon. Also included are Thomas' coaches Annie and Clarabel, and Toby's carriage Henrietta and baggage van Elsie. All of the engines are able to couple up with each other, and feature enough cab room to accommodate a full engine crew. The easiest of the engines to construct was Toby, but by far the hardest was Gordon. Thankfully, his class of locomotive is extremely close to that of the Emerald Night, and with a spare model around to tinker with, I eventually found a good boiler shape. Duck was slightly difficult, being a Great Western Pannier tank, and I am more or less content with the design. More pictures of the engines up close can be found at this link: http://www.brickshelf.com/cgi-bin/gallery.cgi?f=555289 For more information on the Railway Series' seventy year history, please visit http://www.sodor-island.net/ As usual, any comments, criticisms, or questions are quite welcome. Thank you for looking! Always entertaining, always inspiring, always: