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Growing up as a young kid Lego has always been my number one interest, I was just too crazy for those little bricks. My interest surpassed those of my classmates who seem to "grow out" of lego by 11 or 12 years old. I was 14 and still going strong. I began to explore other mediums such as brick filming and simply could not see myself giving it up. It was part of me. Now 19 going on 20, I seemed to have unintentionally walked away from my lego hobby, occupied with other interests and relationships. After all, isn't setting aside our toys just part of growing up? Or does it have to be? Despite this something refuses to allow me to sell or get rid of my lego collection. Something still pesters me from time to time, just itching to make another brick film or build a new MOC. I will find myself unintentionally watching brickfilms and MOC videos on youtube out of sheer curiosity, or something more. I understand I am in the midst of one of the most dangerous times for dark ages and I wanted to ask how you combat your dark ages, what your experiences have been like, or anything dark ages related. I hate to say I am embarrassed to continue this hobby, but as a college student the feedback I could expect to get from my peers is inevitably negative. Any and all experiences are welcome!
Here you will find all my completed train - sets. Some are based in reality, while most are works of fiction... The General Motors "Aerotrain" (Rock Island #3) Historical background on the Aerotrain: The experimental Aerotrain was built by General Motors using hard riding Bus Bodies for coaches, a new untested (and quite complicated) air cushion suspension system, and an under-powered motor originally made for switching locomotives. Two of these trains were built in the 1950's as a way to entice passengers back onto the railroads and out of their automobiles. The hard-coupled unit had one engine and 10 cars attached, including the observation car. These low-slung units toured the United States as a test of it's abilities. Needless to say, it was a tremendous failure. It toured on four roads including the Atchison Topeka & Santa Fe, New York Central, Pennsylvania Railroad, & Union Pacific before eventually being sold to the Rock Island for Chicago Commuter Service. In 1966, after less than a decade of service, one locomotive & two cars were sold to the National Railroad Museum in Green Bay, Wisconsin, while the other locomotive and two cars were sold to The Museum of Transportation in St. Louis, Missouri. Model Notes: The original train had ten cars, which would be hard to do in Lego (and it's kinda pointless as 9 of then are identical) I have five cars on my train, four identical coaches and one observation coach on the end. My Inspiration for this model came from three pictures from this Brickshelf account here: http://www.brickshel...ry.cgi?f=497396 and I give 99% of the credit for the model to Brickshelf user enquete-art. The other 1% comes from me, such as the reworked wheels, front and back windshields, window SNOT work and red number tile. ....and yes, the middle two car are backwards. Ii noticed that a little too late! :-( The train can no longer separate into sections, as the magnets on the loco kept separating from the train. I replaced them all with draw bars made from Technic lift-arms, which is more like the real thing anyway. Also, the model takes curves reasonably well, so my fears of it not working were unfounded. This is the tail end of the train. The Southern Pacific "Forgotten Daylight" #4460 Real world background info on the 4460: During World War II, the US Government controlled the railway locomotive builders, one of which was Lima. Southern Pacific submitted a order to Lima Locomotive Works for 16 new 4-8-4 steam engines, (known as Daylights) which was turned down. Southern Pacific reworked the blueprints to have little streamlining, and not feature the Daylight's color scheme of orange, red and black. These new engines were painted in silver and black, and were also smaller. Lima finally green-lighted the order in 1943, but with one condition: Six engines would be taken from the order and given to the power-starved Western Pacific Railroad. Because of their smaller size and the fact they were built during WWII gave these engine the names "Baby Daylights" and "War Babies". Officially, they were called GS-6 and numbered 4460 - 4469. (GS meaning General Service or Golden State, and 6 because they were the sixth batch of engines.) Only one of the GS-6 type survives: 4460, often referred to as the Forgotten Daylight when compared to it's famous GS-4 cousin 4449. Model Notes: This engine was inspired by Anthony Savas 2-6-4 Pacific, but uses design cues from his 2-8-4 Berkshire, the Emerald Night, the pistons from Zephyr1934's lone Ranger engine MOD and the original tender frame from the first incarnation of the 4460 from 2013. As you can see it has now been built in real life. EDIT: Aas of 1/22/16, my 8 wide Southern Pacific Daylight loco has been remade into a 6 wide model. I used the same ingenious idea for the smoke-box as Eurobricks user Electricsteam did for his Pneumatic locomotive, but with my own styling with curved parts instead of the more straight-edged cheese slopes. Here is the loco from the side, where you can see the printed parts saying "4460" & "SOUTHERN PACIFIC". Aslo while the loco stayed the same length, the tender has been shortened significantly to better fit in with the rest of my 6 - wide steam fleet. The Meramec River Runner (partially - fictional passenger train) I based these coaches off of two sources: the Wabash Frisco & Pacific Railroad (a 12 inch gauge ride-on steam line in Glencoe Missouri, near St. Louis) and the coaches formerly owned by the Museum of Transportation (also in St. Louis) before they were sold in 2012. The Southern Pacific 4460 never pulled these cars in real life, as the engine has never been restored to working order. The name of the train is based on the location of the Wabash Frisco & Pacific Railroad, which sits right next to the Meramec river on the old (1850's - 1940's) Missouri Pacific railroad track-bed. Combination baggage and passenger car, also known as a combine. Three identical passenger coaches. (sorry for the blurry photo) The observation coach of the Meramec River Runner. I want to say thanks to everyone who followed and encouraged me on this almost-three year journey from February 17, 2013 (the original posting date of the first version of the Aerottrain, and about six months before the Daylight's first version) to December 27, 2015. It's been quite a trip, and I've made plenty of progress on building my skills and tons of friends along the way.... and no, it's not over yet! Thanks to all of you!
I downloaded this magnificent model MOCpages' JD Davis. He designs HUGE engines over there. (Check him out here: http://www.mocpages.com/home.php/31000 ) Anyway, JD Davis based this one off Anthony Sava's Daylight, and then I modified it to better represent the Southern Pacific #4460. Eventually, the original model merged with my previous version of the 4460. Long story short: The tender is from the other 4460, while the loco is new. It will be bigger than the Berkshire that I made from Sava's instructions a while back by about 8 or so studs. The engine will have "SOUTHERN PACIFIC" in printed tiles on the tender sides, with "4460" on the cab sides and tender rear. Here is a comparison picture of the real deal (from Wampa-One's Flickr page) Locomotive history / background: During World War II, the US Government controlled the railway locomotive builders, one of which was Lima. Southern Pacific submitted a order to Lima Locomotive Works for 16 new 4-8-4 steam engines, (known as Daylights) which was turned down. Southern Pacific reworked the blueprints to have little streamlining, and not feature the Daylight's color scheme of orange, red and black. These new engines were painted in silver and black, and were also smaller. Lima finally green-lighted the order in 1943, but with one condition: Six engines would be taken from the order and given to the power-starved Western Pacific Railroad. Because of their smaller size and the fact they were built during WWII gave these engine the names "Baby Daylights" and "War Babies". Officially, they were called GS-6 and numbered 4460 - 4469. (GS meaning General Service or Golden State, and 6 because they were the sixth batch of engines.) What makes #4460 so unique is that it pulled the final movement of steam on the Southern Pacific in 1958. The engine was donated to the Museum of Transportation in St. Louis Missouri on April 16th 1959, where it sits today. The only surviving cousin of this engine is GS-4 #4449, which is better known and actually still runs. That's where the 4460's nickname of the 'Forgotten Daylight', comes from. Also, I got this reply to my first version of the 4460 on MOCpages (seen here: http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/368617 ) NOTE: The driving wheels used on this model are supposed to be Big Ben Bricks XL wheel, both flanged and un-flanged. They are not included in the model, (as they are not in LDD) but some stock official wheels are there instead. They must be removed before building, unless you want some extra drivers that don't touch the track. EDIT: I have updated the model's LXF to be more stable when built it real life. I also updated the pictures! EDIT #2: I have fixed an error with the smoke box where the single 1x1 headlight worked in it's spot in LDD, but not in real life as far as I could tell. This meant taking the smoke box apart, and gave me a chance to strengthen it. I have attached the fixed LXF for the locomotive for any who wish to build it as I am going to sometime around Christmas 2014. EDIT#3: I added the newly updated pictures for the loco & coaches. EDIT #4: I redid the photos and ldd file, plus adding four more studs of length to the model. It is now 102 studs long with the tender attached. I am also attaching the passenger cars that #4460 will pull: The train consists is one baggage car, three coaches, and one observation car. A side view of the cars. The LDD file for the 4460 (without cars) is here: http://www.mocpages.com/user_images/80135/1419022605m.lxf The LDD file for the cars (without 4460) is here: http://www.mocpages....1406567506m.lxf Comments, Questions & complaints welcome!