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sed6 posted a topic in LEGO Train TechThis ones been a long time coming. I started the design months ago and while the well cars themselves came together quickly I really struggled with the shipping containers. A flight of three well cars typically carry 53 foot containers while 40 footers are carried on a flight of five wellcars. However since I didn't want cars that long nor containers that long my three cars carry my version of the 40 footers. The spacing between the cars is just enough to allow them to navigate standard R40 curve track without binding. A nice feature about the cars is the base can be adjusted up or down 4 studs. I can lower them for layouts with clearance restrictions or maybe raise them up if I run a single container and don't want it to look too buried in the wellcar. In the pictures below you can see what I mean, I have the base set to second from bottom, it could got up two or down one stud from it's current position. My containers are 24 studs long, 6 studs wide and 6 bricks high. I felt those measurements gave good proportions without being to long. My real challenge with them was what to make the sides from. I considered the 1x2 brick with grove prevalent in the Maserk containers but they are hard to find or expensive or not available in enough colors. I really wanted something to simulate the texture of a shipping container and finally found the 1x1x5 brick. I gave each one a slight turn and voila, instant texture that very closely simulates a real container. The fractional added length and width caused by rotating the bricks make them a snug fit in the wellcars but they do fit fine. Here's some pics and my .lxf file is linked below for anyone who wants to copy, modify or build their own. Hope you like! https://bricksafe.com/pages/sed6/well-car
This project started, in a wholly different form, several years ago in response to two thoughts I had: "How can I make a long train without making excessively expensive?" and "I really want some modern rolling stock". Originally the obvious answer was articulated well cars. Well cars have very little structure to build, and Jacobs bogies mean relatively few wheels and even fewer couplers per unit length (compared to a train of the same length made up of "regular" 4-axle, 2-bogie rolling stock), both of which are particularly expensive parts. I would need to build containers to "fill out" the train, but that did not seem to be a big issue. Unfortunately the articulated well car project got to something like 95 to 99 percent completion when I pulled the plug. The car looked fine, that was never a problem, but they turned out to have more operational and structural issues than I had hoped: most poignantly they couldn't clear switch handles right after turns and the bottoms would fall out after extended running. Furthermore, to make the car look "filled" enough, I would need to build something like 15 to 20 TEU worth of containers, which increased part count and weight. Double-stacking containers also decreased stability and made the bottoms more likely to fall out. So the well cars ran empty at like one BayLTC show, and then they were shelved while I tried to think of solutions that I never found.Fast forward another year and I found out about articulated spine cars. Spine cars are similar to well cars in that they are articulated and intermodal, but spine cars trade density for flexibility: they can't carry as many containers per unit length as well cars, but they can carry containers or trailers and can fit in a small loading gauge. From a modeling perspective, spines have even less structure than wells, and more importantly can be filled with half of the 15 to 20 TEU worth of container, saving more weight and more parts. So here's the model: The car itself is 214 studs long and comprises just 1018 parts, giving a part per stud length of 4.76. For comparison a relatively tame looking "regular" piece of rolling stock like my flat car is 33 studs long with 335 parts, giving a part per stud length of 9.85 - almost twice that of the spine car, so that gives an idea of how efficient the spine car actually is. Construction is very simple. Everything is studs up save for some of the trim. The center of each section is actually pretty strong since it's just stacks of plate, but there is still a bit of structural non-integrity around the bogies since the spines have to taper down to a single plate for clearance. The most difficult part was of course making sure nothing scraped or interfered with anything when the car goes through a full R40 curve: I mocked up three sections of the car before committing to the final build: And of course, the build would not be complete without containers. With the well cars, I built an ad-hoc collection of 20 and 40 foot containers, each with a slightly different design, partly because I didn't feel like it was the main part of the build, and partly because I needed so many. Since the spine cars would need much fewer containers to load up, I decided to make them good. There's essentially two kinds of containers here: a "detailed" type and an "efficient" type. The detailed type is actually what I call the "RailBricks Container", which appeared in issue 14 of the now defunct(?) publication. The efficient type is just made of panels and detailed with a sticker in order to be light, but all the containers at least have tiled roofs to clean up the lines. There is also a trailer mostly designed by @jtlan And all the bits put together: All the weight-saving seems to have paid off as the loaded car doesn't seem to be that heavy - even my EMD Model 40 can handle the whole thing just fine. Having run it at several local LUG meetings and a full-day event, I think I have run it long enough to verify that the cars don't develop structural issues after long periods of activity. EDIT: Instructions now available for sale on Rebrickable: https://rebrickable.com/mocs/MOC-57497/NonsenseWars/148-scale-ttx-articulated-intermodal-spine-car/#details
This RTG crane was built to give me a second intermodal option, one not tied to a specific location. In this case, I have it with the current rail yard setup, but it can be used anywhere. As seen in the rail yard pictures, it can load double stack containers, yet is still wide enough for two 6 wide trucks to pass underneath. It's based on the Kalmar RTG crane, but scaled to fit LEGO landscapes better. More information is available here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rubber_tyred_gantry_crane
Hi, I recently bought the Lego Arctic Base set on sale and decided to build a supply unit car (although it is actually a very unrealistic idea). The unit consists of an intermodal car with two types of containers. The tank container is an improved version of the tanktainer I showed last year: http://www.eurobrick...tank +container I hope you enjoy this little build. My three-year-old daughter likes to load the container with huskies and ice bears ;) Cheers Of course the arctic base does not have its own train station. The containers will be delivered by helicopters and transported by this tracked vehicle (which is a longer version of the standard vehicle from the official Lego set).