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  1. 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: ) 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: )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!
  2. This is my city of Ironwood, the center of my 4 x 8 feet Trains & Town layout. In this thread are my seven Town buildings, inside and out: Bob's Military Surplus store This building was originally part of set 10217, Diagon Alley, specifically Ollivander's wand Shop. I added a rear to the building and redid the interior to have more of a Military Surplus store look. The store is currently owned by Bob from LEGO Universe, and was finished in late 2014. The shop only opens 90 degrees instead of 180, due to the roof being in the way. Inside we have weapons of various origins, from deep space to the distant past. Upstairs is the clothing section, with several space suits and battle armor on display. Behind the chalkboard though is a secret: a map to a portal to certain other Universe. Bob keeps it hidden, but on rare occasions he lets adventurous souls use it to goo exploring / questing in the dimension he once called home. The rear of the store features the back door. Old House This building was originally the Blacksmith's shop from set 10193, Medieval Market Village released back in 2009. I got it in 2011, near the end of it's production run. It has been turned into my mini-figures house, complete with furnished interior. The inside of the building features a couch, bed and a pot bellied stove. Their is a staircase, which was completely missing in the original set. Here is the rear of the house, continuing the wooden patterns from the front. Saloon This model was inspired by set 79109, Colby City Showdown from the 2013 Lone Ranger theme. I turned the 1 story bank into a 2 story saloon, complete with two lift-away sections to access the inside. The first floor features the bar with old fashioned cash register, and a staircase to more seating on the second floor. The second floor features more seats and a piano. This level was originally supposed to be a game room, filled with pool tables and poker dealers. Unfortunately, the room never happened as the space constraints left too little space to place figures. Tavern This English style tavern was built from set 10193, Medieval Market Village, and expanded by my brother to have an inside staircase and a better chimney. The inside of the model features a Frog on the bar (for no real reason), a inside staircase, and a bunch of seating on the second floor. Their is a crude gumball machine on the second floor at the top of the stairs. This model is like 90% of my buildings: it locks shut when I close it due to a Technic pin. Imperial Bank I took set the Bank from the 2011 Harry Potter LEGO set Diagon Alley (number 10217) and gave it a make over into a more City-like set. First I straightened the columns out, and added a more protected Bank teller area. The vault was shortened width-wise by 1 stud, making it 3 studs thick, (plus the door, of course) to allow it to sit closed next to the teller area. The model was built in 2012 and finished in 2014, and can still fold shut like the stock set model. Here we can see the inside of the bank. I added a second floor to the bank, which is off-limits to the public but is used by Bank staff as offices. Post Office This was my first town building I built way back in 2011. It houses my Post office and features a large bay window. The inside of the model features a work area on the second floor piled high with letters and packages to be sorted. The lower floor features a couple of chairs for waiting customers to sit in, and a counter to add packages being handed over into the computer tracking system. Model Train Club This model houses Iron LUG, the local LEGO Users Group for Ironwood - area residents. It is situated in an old pharmacy that has been renovated into a display area. Inside the model is the Iron LUG LEGO layout, with a train, tracks, and "water". Their is even a control switch to speed up the train. (in reality the train does not move, being set into the 1 stud wide track) This sums up all my current buildings, excluding train related ones. (such as my two passenger stations) A few more models are in the planning stages, such as a town hall, haunted house and fire station, but they won't be done for awhile due to funding issues. Comments, Questions & complaints welcome!