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Murdoch17 posted a topic in LEGO Train TechCompared to the San Francisco cable car in set 10308 - Holiday Main Street, my model of a classic Birney Safety Car (link to wikipedia article on the type of streetcar) has a different, more accurate roof, complete with a trolley pole at each end. The word "Hogsmeade" is on the destination boards at either end, as I'm pretending that's the name of a street in my town. (I have a ton of those printed 1x4 tiles from nearly 20 years back and I couldn't think of another use for them.) All the changes to the car body mean most of the interior was scrapped as it was too cramped for figures to sit, with only the motorman controls remaining. (Note to the Moderator's: I know I have older, second thread for this model type. However, that one is structured in a way for the LDD file to be given away, whereas this one is just for the real model only. Please DON'T combine them, as it will only be confusing. Thank you for understanding!) Thoughts?
Murdoch17 posted a topic in LEGO Train TechI've remade the rest of set 10308 - Holiday Man Street, so I tried my hand at the cable car. I turned it into a more common streetcar - specifically a Birney safety Car. (link to wiki article on the streetcar type) I have recolored a second copy blue in addition to red, as there is trolley line in St. Louis, Missouri that uses replica Birney's in blue and red for a modern trolley line in an historic area called the Delmar Loop as a line called the "Loop Trolley". (Granted, the new replicas used by the Loop Trolley use a single modern pantograph and not trolley poles, and have two two-axle trucks and not two fixed axles alone. But I digress!) My model of a classic Birney Safety Car has a different, more accurate roof, complete with two trolley poles along with full-length sides. Sadly, this means most of the interior was scrapped as it was too cramped for figures to sit. The blue one features a 9v train motor, while the red one is unpowered. NOTE: The four (per trolley) black lattice window panes used in the door spaces as gates are missing in the LDD file. You can find this part on Bricklink under part number 38320. The free LDD file for both models together can be found at this Bricksafe page. Thoughts?
Murdoch17 posted a topic in LEGO Train TechThis slimmed down 6 wide Birney Safety Trolley was first built in 2011 and based on the work of Brickshelf user J-2 and his vintage 2003 model of the Mister Rodgers' Neighborhood. (link to it here: http://www.brickshel...ery.cgi?f=37552 ) I have modified that users' model to have enclosed sides and now have reduced the width from 8 studs to 6, plus I added real seats, trolley poles, and magnets for pulling freight or a second streetcar. These magnets are at the correct height for use with official sets and most, if not all, of my MOCs. This car is numbered 37, and I have another one numbered 32 that isn't finished yet. (I only ordered four black macaroni bricks when I should have ordered eight, thus delaying completion of the other streetcar.) This is the former state of the real cars, which have since been destroyed to make the newer version seen above. This is the fictional electric line that runs the streetcars on my town. It is also called the IG&WER for short, as Ironwood Glencoe & Western Electric Railway is a bit of a mouth full... (Updated as of 5/12/16) LDD file for the Birney Safety Trolley(6 wide): http://www.moc-pages...1463073264m.lxf (Update 7/6/16: added real life pictures to this post!) (Update 7/7/16: car 32 finished, but since it's the same as 37, I will not be uploading separate photos of it, besides this one of them both on my layout.) comments, questions, and complaints welcome!
IG&WER stands for Ironwood Glencoe & Western Electric Railway, is a fictional streetcar service linking up with the real-world based St Louis Public Service Company at the edge of service at the Creve Couer Lake line. The IG&WER company provides interurban service to the towns of Glencoe, Ironwood, & Pacific in St. Louis county, and an extension to Weldon Spring and downtown St Charles (in St. Charles county) with another connection to the St Louis Public Service Company at the St Charles Rock Road Bridge loop. The line started in 1917, and ran past the end of the St. Louis Public Service Company streetcar's in 1966. It has updated somewhat to the times, using multiple unit diesel commuter cars. The electric streetcars still run on occasion. The connection to St. Louis from St. Charles over the Rock Road Bridge was terminated in 1992, as the 94 year old bridge was demolished in 1998. It has not yet been replaced, and as such their is no connection with St. Louis Light Rail, (known as Metrolink) but plans are in the works to have it connect in Southern St. Louis county. This would extend the line from Creve Couer lake to Shrewesbury, Missouri to connect with the Blue Line near the end of the line. Here is the logo of the IG&WER This is a Birney Safety Trolley. It was constructed in 1917 as part of an order of 25 cars for the fledgling IG&WER. In reality, this 8 wide Birney Safety Trolley was built in 2011 and based on the work of Brickshelf user J-2 and his vintage 2003 model of the Mister Rodgers' Neighborhood Trolley. (link to it here: http://www.brickshel...ery.cgi?f=37552 ) I have modified that users' model to have enclosed sides and a simple connector for running multiple trolleys together. Here is the side of the car, which features five rows of seats. Unfortunately, a mini-figure can not sit in the seats. This model is 8 wide and originally had space for a 9V motor in place of regular wheels. I changed this in the design stage to it's current non-motorized form. LDD file for the Birney: http://www.mocpages....1426554435m.lxf This bi-directional car was one of 30 purchased in early 1928 for the extension to St. Charles county and onward to the connection to the St. Louis Public Service Company at the Missouri River's Rock Road bridge. This Peter Witt streetcar model was originally a Pacific Electric "Red Car" made by TJJohn12. (link: https://www.flickr.c...57605964329366/ ) It features two rotating wheel-sets with extra small flanged wheels and a 7 wide body. I actually own two of these, though I seldom use them because of squeaking coming from the axles / wheels, which I consider a failure-point of this design, and the reason I want to replace it with a couple PCC's. The roof of the car is removable, and features 16 seats facing both ways inside the bi-directional car. The model also has quite a bit of Studs Not On Top (SNOT) construction, along with the unusual width of 7 studs. The model features four non-functioning doors that are actually sideways plates. The two inner doors are for exiting the car, while the two end doors are for entering the vehicle. LDD file for the Peter Witt: http://www.mocpages....1426554630m.lxf This PCC was one of 20 delivered in 1941 just before the start of World War II. They proved vital to the survival of the IG&WER as the Birney's built in 1917 were too small and worn out to continue service under the austerity measures and lack of experienced personnel of the Second World War. By the end of the war, the streetcar line had to be moved for the Weldon Spring Ordnance Works which eventually (1955) went on to refine uranium ore until 1966. (These facilities really existed, and here is a wiki link to it: https://en.wikipedia..._Ordnance_Works ) This Presidents’ Conference Committee (or PCC, for short) streetcar was originally designed by flickr user jwolfe7. (link: https://www.flickr.c...157629417792232 )I copied the design using his helpful instructions and added side skirts inspired by James Mathis' design dating from 2002. (link: http://www.brickshel...ery.cgi?f=25115 ) Combined together, these features provided the groundwork for this streetcar. This is the rear of the 6 wide car showcasing the two tail lights and trolley pole. The wheels on this car, as with the Peter Witt, are rotatable a full 360 degrees. Unlike that other car, full size wheels are used, removing the migraine-causing squeaky wheel noises. LDD file for the PCC car: http://www.mocpages....426554862m.lxf Here are all three streetcar types together. Comments, Questions & complaints welcome!