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I used pieces and inspiration from both 31015-1 Emerald Express and 10194-1 Emerald Night to create a compact narrow-gauge train: Most of the inspiration for this came from 31015-1 Emerald Express after I modified it to fit on the minecart rails provided by 7199-1 Temple of Doom. The passenger car can seat up to 4 Minifigures. Both sides can be accessed thanks to hinges. Making room for the engineer was the most challenging design aspect. Thank you for viewing!
Murdoch17 posted a topic in LEGO Train TechThis train was originally pulled by a smaller 2-6-0 "Mogul" type steam loco for the last three years , and after that the duty has passed to more powerful a 4-8-2 "Mountain" class you see below. In my fictional universe, the train starts at Chicago (Illinois), with stops at Springfield (Illinois), St. Louis (Missouri), Memphis (Tennessee) before terminating at New Orleans (Louisiana). The Emerald Express started in 1917 with a 2-6-0 Mogul, which was quickly overworked with the heavy four-car train. To solve this problem, a 4-8-2 Mountain type was built in 1935 to take over the train as a third coach was being added and the little steamer couldn't handle the job anymore. The loco you see here was cobbled together from my 2-6-0 and a lot of extra parts. This loco has a fictional backstory: This 4-8-2 (4 leading, 8 drivers, and 2 trailing wheels) Mountain – type locomotive numbered 6437 was built in the mid 1930's by Baldwin Locomotive Works. The type 6437 belongs to was designed for both freight duty and passenger traffic and as such were not streamlined. This type are basically enlarged versions of the Mountain types of 1926, and are same mechanically though the heavier weight cuts the top speed down to about 95 MPH. The Emerald Express, pulled by a overworked 2-6-0 since 1917, was upgraded with 4-8-2 number 6437 in 1936 when another coach was added to the train, and was painted a dark green to match the heavy-weight rolling stock. The detailed cab features many gauges and the firebox door. The name of the railroad (Brick Railway Systems) goes on the tender walls, while 6437 goes on the cab sides. Combination baggage and passenger car, which I call an "express baggage", though it is actually called a combine in real railroad slang. Three identical coaches. Can you guess which one is the newer one? The observation car of the Emerald Express. The letters BRS stand for Brick Railway Systems, the owner of the train. EDIT 11/5/16: Added newer engine pics and ldd file for engine and tender as seen here. EDIT 12/9/16: Put in pictures of version three of the engine, with the placement of the domes on the boiler revised and the headlight moved to atop the boiler. EDIT 7/23/18: Added revised pictures of the locomotive to the thread, although I have by this point taken a wheel set off the engine to make into a 4-6-2, not a 4-8-2. Alas, I need to take the pictures again, and update the thread. It should only take another year or two... Comments, questions, and complaints are always welcome, so please give feedback!
Murdoch17 posted a topic in LEGO Sci-FiThis ship is called the Emerald Bulldog, and was built as a armed cargo freighter. The ship is named as such because it is painted dark green, and fights like a bulldog: once it gets going it just won't stop. The vessel has rotating engine pods, which fold down for landing and up for flying. It also has five opening doors to allow for cargo and crew to be placed inside. The ship is protected by four forward-facing laser canons, thus giving it the 'armed' designation. In reality, this ship is a MOD of set 7930 (Bounty Hunter assault Gunship). I added a cargo compartment and revised the color-scheme in some places. The mini-figures are a mash-up of parts from several themes, including Star Wars, Scooby-Doo, the LEGO Movie, Jurassic World, and DC Comics. Here we see the ship with the engine pods in 'flight' formation. The very top the ship features a sliding portion to allow for the engine to rotate in unison for either flight or landing. The rear of the ship. The cockpit canopy, left and right crew sections, both sides of the cargo area, and the rear access hatch all open up for placing of figures and cargo. The name of the pilot / owner of the Emerald Bulldog is Sam Rift. His main helper is the android D0-C (or 'Doc', as he is sometimes called) These two are almost inseparable, and if you see one the other isn't too far behind. As usual, comments, questions, complaints, and suggestions are always welcome!