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Murdoch17 posted a topic in LEGO Train TechThe large tan and gray building seen in the pictures below was partially inspired by a real world grain elevator in the river town of Alton, Illinois, which is really close to my hometown of St. Louis, Missouri. (These storage and refinery buildings are my tallest models yet, dwarfing the Factory and Mad Scientist Mansion for sure!) The building is owned by ABS Milling Inc, a division of 110% Foods, which is a sub-grouping of the Octan Corporation, Semi-Edible Products Division. (presided over by Lord Business himself, of course!) The elevator building itself was inspired by a HO Walters model I saw once in a model railroad hobby store, (which I found reference picture of online) and from the aforementioned Alton, Illinois elevator building. My curiosity also led me to this fine model by Brick Train Depot, of which I think more people should look at (no affiliation with me!). Their model helped with the general "feel" of how things should go together once I got it out of my head and into LDD. The corrugated steel walls turned into garage slider 1 x 2 x 5 bricks were an idea gleaned from their pictures. The footprint of the building is 48 x 64, meaning I have to cut up a 48 x 48 stud base-plate for use with this model.... well, I would except I already have one 16 x 48 stud slice ready to go from the last building model I made. Sixteen of these 1 x 1 round tile printed parts go on the American flags for use as the star field. Thanks to @Roadmonkeytj for the idea about putting the flags on the model! The covered hopper car came from this very old website called Lgauge It's an older model that I modified, but it looks awesome, and works well with the grain elevator. I just wish I had a semi truck to go with the hopper and elevator for use with these two awesome models! As usual, comments, questions and complaints are always welcome!
Murdoch17 posted a topic in LEGO Train TechHere is my final design of the St. Louis bridge, commonly known as the Eads bridge because of it's designer, James B. Eads. It uses Indiana Jones roller-coaster ramps for the arches, which looks pretty cool. The bridge is nine tracks total in length and 19 bricks high from base to track. (This means about fourteen bricks of clearance between arch top and floor, so some small ships could pass through!) First, a little background info from Wikipedia (which is also where this picture came from): "The Eads Bridge is a combined road and railway bridge over the Mississippi River at St. Louis, connecting St. Louis and East St. Louis, Illinois. The bridge is named for its designer and builder, James B. Eads. When completed in 1874, the Eads Bridge was the longest arch bridge in the world, with an overall length of 6,442 feet (1,964 m). The ribbed steel arch spans were considered daring, as was the use of steel as a primary structural material: it was the first such use of true steel in a major bridge project. The Eads Bridge, which became an iconic image of the city of St. Louis, from the time of its erection until 1965 when the Gateway Arch was constructed, is still in use. The bridge crosses the St. Louis riverfront between Laclede's Landing, to the north, and the grounds of the Gateway Arch, to the south. Today the road deck has been restored, allowing vehicular and pedestrian traffic to cross the river. The St. Louis MetroLink light rail line has used the rail deck since 1993." This is a rough representation, as it is missing a lot, (I.E. no car deck, missing tunnel under downtown, and lack of the East St Louis ramp approach.) A close-up view of the arches of one of the three identical spans. The bridge as separated out for transit. Here we see the modular connections for transporting dissembling the bridge for taking to shows and such, along with the older deck (the dark bluish gray line) for when the bridge was single track. The modular component of the bridge's design also makes it a LOT easier to carry as the whole bridge with the three sections weighs about 10 pounds total. 4/12/19 BIG UPDATE: Real life pictures / text updated to reflect the newly remodeled bridge. (it now is double track!) Comments, questions and complaints are always welcome!
So these aren't brand new, but they are my most recent builds. Sufjan Stevens is an indie artist who makes all kinds of awesome music, here are some of his album covers in Lego: Clicking on the photos should take you to the flickr album :) Here is Asthmatic Kitty, his record label, tweeting about them
Murdoch17 posted a topic in LEGO Train TechThis model was inspired by the Siemens SD-460 type light rail vehicles used by Metro Link in Saint Louis, Missouri. They are usually two sets used on every train, so just imagine a exact duplicate of the train above connected to the train you see. Basically it's four cars with only two walkways and four cabs, though only the outer two are ever used on the line. Also, the two cars with the inter-car connection are supposed to share a Jacobs bogie underneath the walkway. I didn't use one because it would cause problems storing the train in my boxes IF I decide to get it. the walkway. I didn't use one because it would cause problems storing the train in my boxes IF I decide to get it. The side of the model. The first set of pantographs on the far ends of the cars are used as ice cutters in cold weather (though they can be used in an emergency for power collection) , while the second, inner pair are actually used as the electric pickup points. This is not my map, I got it off Google. It is used by Metro Link on it's trains to show the stations used by the Light-Rail system. The Metro Bus routes are not shown, as their are too many routes to show on this type of map, though the metro buses usually use the routes of the old streetcars. The train is supposed to feature the "M" logo on it's front and rear ends, but their is no printing on the logo, which is a blue square with a red circle inside, which has a capital "M" in white located inside the red circle. (I used a black 1x1 plate because it stood out more.) Anyone wanting to read more about Metro Link and their plans for any future extensions and such should visit their wiki page here: https://en.wikipedia...ink_(St._Louis) EDIT: forgot to add the LDD file: http://www.moc-pages.com/user_images/80135/1453843587m.lxf