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  1. Greetings, Train Tech! Here's a model of the BR24 steam locomotive from Germany, built at my usual 15 inches / stud scale: The BR24 (or "DRG Class 24") were a standard class of German locomotives built in the 1920s and 1930s. As was the case with most standard German designs, plans were drawn up and orders were placed from various manufacturers. They served through World War 2, and continued to serve into the 70s in West Germany, East Germany, and in Poland (as the Oi2 class) Most photos of the locomotives show them fitted with the larger Wagner smoke deflectors (the "elephant ears") -- I've chosen to model the locomotive with the smaller Witte deflectors, which were fitted on a few locomotives later in their life. I was motivated to build this locomotive for two reasons. First, I wanted a suitable locomotive to go with the Umbauwagen I had built. Secondly, I hadn't seen many new takes on this model since Ben Beneke's version from the early 2000s! There are many builders who have modified Ben's design, often substituting BBB medium wheels for the rare large wheels from the set 7750. However, my typical scale is larger than the scale of Ben's model, and I also wanted to leverage some new parts have come out since Like most of my locomotives, this model features Power Functions. A single M-motor beneath the cab powers the drivers at a 5:3 reduction ratio. The locomotive is fairly light but pulls adequately, and there's room in the boiler for additional weight if needed. In a way, this model helps to understand and demonstrate how little weight and torque you can get away with; I see a lot of builders cram extra motors into their locomotive, when the torque can't be transmitted due to a lack of weight. The tender houses the Power Functions receiver and battery box. The 3-axle tender has a rigid frame, with the center axle sliding to negotiate curves (I used a similar geometry on the TP56 locomotive). The body of the tender lifts off for access. The battery box is mounted sideways to better take advantage of the shape of the tender. Coupled together, the locomotive has decent reception from all angles except the front, where the cab blocks the receiver. Incidentally, my model of the 2MT, which exhibited similar reception characteristics, happened to fall off the table during prototyping of this model. About 60% of the 2MT's parts wound up in the BR24, which is actually a pretty good recycling rate! I took the model to Bricks By The Bay 2017, where it spent many hours pulling the Umbauwagen around BayLUG's display. It also won "Best Machine" in the "Scale Models" category: Thanks to anyone who came by to see it, and the rest of the display! Here's the full Brickshelf gallery, along with some Work-In-Progress pictures. I've also brought you some footage of the locomotive in action: Thank you for reading! ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- One final note: Ben was one of the builders who had been active around the time I first started buidling Lego train MOCs -- so in a way, this model is an homage to him. A few of the design techniques used in this model are based on techniques in his models -- the hinges angling the sides of the cab, the 11-plate-diameter boiler, and the way the smoke deflectors are attached. If you're still out there in the hobby, Ben, thank you for inspiring me and a whole generation of builders.
  2. First thoughts on 40250

    For December Monthly Mini Model Build in the LEGO Stores, there will be this little train. I think it is rather cute. Especially if you put together with a playground because of the funny proportions. What do you think of it??
  3. Dear train community, a while ago, I presented my model of a small industrial shunting engine (for information about the prototype, and to compare the pictures below with version 1.0, please see here). However, although it proved to be a strong and reliable little locomotive, I was never entirely happy with it: The roof turned out to be very flimsy, and the battery box and IR receiver were completely blocking the view through the cab. So when BuWizz was announced, and I realized that its height would be considerably lower than that of 84599, and it would need no additional receiver, I thought I should give it a try and rebuild my MOC (even though this meant that I had to get a smartphone… ). The revised model has been completed for a couple of weeks now, but it wasn’t until last week that a BuWizz app version was released which allowed to control two output channels via one slider, so I couldn’t let the engine run until then… (By the way: One more thing that I would really wish for would be an option to „lock“ the slider in a given position, so that you don’t have to keep your finger on the phone all the time when the engine is running. Maybe someone from BuWizz will read this… ) Following alterations have been implemented: - BuWizz replacing the rechargeable battery box - boiler diameter increased by one plate for better scale accuracy and a brawnier appearance - slightly larger, smoother side tanks - revised colour scheme without black striping (thus adding to the stouter look) - additional small windows in the cab front - completely redesigned cab roof with more prototypical profile and no longer needing transparent plates to support the door openings - handrails below the buffer beams for the shunting men - strings as sand pipes - improved shape of the cylinders - smaller headlights - (at least rudimentary) cab interior thanks to the reduced height of BuWizz But unfortunately, still no opening doors – sorry, Sergio! (I promise my next model will have them. And it will be a BIG model. REALLY big!) With BuWizz set to „slow“ mode, gentle and precise shunting becomes possible; something one couldn’t even dream about while using Lego’s IR remote control system. (Click on the image to play video) As always, you will find larger versions of the images in my Bricksafe folder. The LDD file is available for download here, yet doesn’t show the final design of the cab roof. Comments are of course most welcome. Thanks for stopping by! Best regards, Sven
  4. Need some steam locomotive tips

    I just need some tips to build a steam loco. what parts would look good? also, would a single axle front truck, unflanged driver unflanged driver flanged driver unflanged driver config work?
  5. Greetings Train Tech, This MoC was actually built over a year ago! I originally designed and built it for use as a "demonstrator" model for a how-to post on Power Functions steam locomotives that I haven't gotten around to writing (although the precursor post is available). While we're waiting on that, I figured I might as well post this model. Prototype History British Railways built this class of 2-6-2 tank engines for a mixed traffic role. Apparently they were very similar to the LMS Ivatt Class 2 2-6-2T, from which they were derived. While none of the class survived into preservation, The Bluebell Railway is rebuilding one of the related 2-6-0 tender locomotives into an example of this class. Engineering Details Usually when I build a MoC, I start with the prototype in mind, then work towards the model. This model began with the desire to build "a small steam locomotive to demonstrate Power Functions", which then determined the choice of prototype. The Standard/Ivatt Class 2 has a number of helpful features in this regard: Small tank engine Large bunker could hide a Power Functions receiver Side tanks can cover up other Power Functions components And indeed, that's how the locomotive is laid out: Even so, the locomotive is quite cramped -- there wasn't enough room for an M-motor based transmission, so I went back to the trusty 9V gearmotor. The output shaft of the motor is very close to the driving axle: ... and it took me a couple tries before I found a good solution: The side tanks contain a channel that allows a cable to pass through, connecting the motor and receiver: The power button is on top of the smokebox and is only held in by gravity: Thank you for reading. Full Brickshelf gallery here.
  6. Dear fellow AFOLs, it’s been quite a long time since my last MOC, but finally, I am proud to present another one. And I dare say that the waiting was quite worth it… But let’s take one thing at a time: I’ve always loved Swedish steam locomotives for their clean, elegant lines, their beautiful colour scheme and those massive snowploughs ; so when the Mallet project I announced a few months ago had failed, I thought it was time for an old Scandinavian lady in 1/33 scale – the TGOJ M3a No. 104. The prototype is a three-cylinder 0-8-2 tank engine (did I mention that I love tank engines, too?). Four of these locomotives were built between 1928 and 1930 by Nydqvist & Holm AB (NOHAB) in Trollhättan, Sweden, and delivered to Frövi-Ludvika railway, where they were classified as Litt. M3a, nos. 101–104. From 1931 on, the engines were operated by TGOJ (Trafikaktiebolaget Grängesberg–Oxelösunds Järnvägar). They were used primarily in freight service, e.g. for hauling ore trains to the harbours on the Baltic Sea. While engines 102–104 were scrapped in 1975, no. 101 is preserved at the railway museum in Grängesberg. The model consists of ca. 2100 parts and weighs about 1.4 kg. It features a working reproduction of the inner cylinder and a realistic frame with prototypic cutouts, inside-mounted equalizing beams, and brakes. The cab interior is as detailed as possible, given that the battery box is placed inside the cab. Two L-motors, controlled via one IR receiver (V2), are working directly on the fourth axle; the first to third axles are driven by the side rods. All the rods were made to measure by zephyr1934 (and I really want to thank him for this great job!), while the wheels are BBB XL and Medium ones. Enough said, here are the pictures: The frame during construction, showing the prototypical inclination (approx. 6,7°) of the middle cylinder, which allows the connecting rod to clear the first axle: Two more views of the frame. You can see the equalizing beam between the first and second axle as well as the one between the third and fourth: The motors are situated in the side tanks and in the lower half of the boiler: A longitudinal section (render). The red boat weight brick improves weight distribution: Some cab side detail. Note the small windshield glass between the windows: Self-made stickers: The rear windows are barred, to prevent them from being damaged while taking coal: The roof is detachable for easy access to the on/off switch and the charging socket. You can also see the rudimentary cab interior: Finally, here’s a video, showing the locomotive in action. Despite its long wheelbase, the model is able to negotiate LGB R3 curves and switches, as the trailing axle (Bissell type) swings out both radially and laterally (Note: The brakes between third and fourth axle are for display only. In operation, they have to be removed; otherwise, they rub against the fourth axle’s flange and make a terrible noise). As usual, you will find larger versions of the pictures in my Bricksafe folder. You can also download the LXF there. Thanks for your kind interest! Best wishes, Sven Edit: New videos here!
  7. Dear AFOL community, after reading this forum for quite a long time, I decided to present some of my MOCs. Being a railroad enthusiast and model collector, I found that some of my favourite locomotives were not available from model train manufacturers. So two or three years ago, my "dark ages" were over (after nearly 20 years), and I began designing and building my own locomotive models with LEGO bricks. The first MOC I would like to show is my 1:30 scale model of the little Krupp "Knapsack" 0-6-0T industrial steam locomotive, as operated by the Hespertalbahn museum railway in Essen (Germany), not far from my home town (for engine details, you might want to take a look at the German web page https://de.wikipedia.../Krupp_Knapsack). At the time of designing this MOC, I did not have enough space for a track layout, so I chose to build it as an unmotorized static display model, which helped make the engine frame as detailed as possible. In order to achieve a more prototypical look, I used a couple of non-LEGO parts: BBB XL drive wheels, self-made stickers and a black rubber band around the "smokebox door" to hide the gap between the two parabolic dishes. The lamp glasses are glued into place, purists may forgive me... So here are the pictures: The cab interior: Larger versions of the images can be found here: I hope you'll enjoy, best wishes Sven
  8. Hello everyone, this time I would like to show you my latest PF-driven 1:33 scale model – it’s yet another industrial German 0-6-0T locomotive: During WW I, the „Gutehoffnungshütte“ in Oberhausen, Germany, commissioned a new locomotive for pulling trains loaded with slag from the company’s iron works to the nearby slag heap. The engine had to be able to negotiate very tight curves, so Hohenzollern locomotive works in Düsseldorf came up with a compact, yet powerful 0-6-0T with an extremely short wheelbase (2500 mm!). As a reference to the customer, the new engines were designated the „Oberhausen“ type. The model features two L-motors, a rechargeable battery box and a V2 IR receiver. In order to allow access to the on/off switch and the charging socket, the central part of the roof is detachable. Unlike my previous locomotives, there is no detailed cab interior, for the PF components require most of the space. At least, this is my first LEGO model with movable Walschaerts valve gear (though I have to admit that I had to cut some „3L Technic axles with stud“ to make it work). The motors are geared to the second axle only; the first and third axle are driven by the side rods. Initially, I had some doubts whether this solution would work, but happily it does very well. The only non-LEGO parts I used for this model are the stickers and custom made builder’s plates (photo-etched brass parts from Beckert-Modellbau). But let’s stop talking, here are the pictures: Note the prototypic buffers: In each driving direction, the left one is flat and the right one curved. Two boat weights help to increase adhesion weight and pulling power; besides, they compensate for the heavy PF components in the rear. For the complete drivetrain layout, please check the LXF file: The whole train: Of course, there is a video, too. I was somewhat in a hurry while taking it, so please excuse the camera shake. Perhaps I should ask Santa for a tripod… Thanks for your interest, best wishes Sven
  9. I was quite taken by this year's Brick Friday holiday set, the 40138 Christmas Train, but the scale of it left something to be desired, so I decided to do something about it. Train-wise, it's not a very technical model, but hey, as a fantasy holiday train, it works for circling my Christmas Tree and the Winter Village set up around its base. I've actually entered it into the Town Forums' Expand the Winter Village contest, but thought I'd share a few shots over here as well for those Lego Train fans who don't frequent the other fora very often. For the curious, there are a few more shots over at my MOCPages account and in my Winter Village contest entry thread over in the Town Forum. Thanks for visiting and have a great holiday.
  10. Hello AFOLS, the next MOC I would like to share is this 1:33 scale 0-8-0 steam engine similar to the Prussian type G 7.1 (https://en.wikipedia.../Prussian_G_7.1). The "Gutehoffnungshütte" (GHH) colliery and iron works company in my home town Oberhausen, Germany, had a total of 13 of these simple and reliable locomotives, which differed from the Prussian State Railways engines by having a slightly increased boiler pressure and therefore being a bit more powerful. They were used for hauling ore trains from the Rhine harbour in Walsum to the iron works as well as for pulling shuttle trains for the GHH workers. Sadly, none of the GHH G 7.1 locomotives has survived. Finally, I moved into an apartment where I have room for a track layout, so the model features two PF L-motors, a rechargeable battery pack and a V2 IR receiver. As I wanted to create a highly detailed frame for the locomotive, all PF components are squeezed into the tender; to achieve this, while still retaining a realistic outer shape, was quite a challenge, but I think I found a very satisfying solution. The drivetrain layout enables the engine to reach a true-to-scale maximum speed of about 0,5 m/s, which is equivalent to approx. 60 km/h. As the prototype had Allan valve gear inside the frame, only the main and side rods are visible on the model, too (for German steam engines, it's quite unusual to have the side rods painted black, but it's authentic for this particular prototype). The model runs on standard LGB track (45 mm) and is capable of negotiating R3 curves and switches. The distance between locomotive and tender can be adjusted (the photos show the prototypic close-coupled adjustment suitable for display). I used a few non-LEGO-parts: BBB XL drivers (engine), BBB L drivers (tender), rubber band around the smokebox door, thin PVC washers on the crankpins (to prevent the side rod bearings from jamming at the wheel rim), and homemade stickers. And now the pictures: Not quite purist, but I like this photo: The engine frame, showing leaf springs and brake rigging: A glimpse of the cab interior: Boiler backhead: Tender internals: More and larger pictures can be found here. Finally, here is a video link for those of you who would like to see the model in action. I apologize for the poor quality, but unfortunately I do not have a tripod. Some rolling stock will come soon. Best regards, Sven
  11. In keeping with my revamps of Museum of Transportation vehicles, I present to you this updated 4-8-4 steam engine modeled after 4460: the Forgotten Daylight. Real world background info on this type: 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. This model of the engine will be built as soon as funds allow, as it costs $170 US from five Bricklink sellers. This time the engine has new pistons derived from 4-8-0 Mastodon making this engine into a true 4-8-4 instead of having a two wheel pony truck at the front with two small wheels before the drivers but on the same frame. (this technically made it into a 2-10-4 before I fixed it.) Speaking of 2-10-4's, this engine is made to be the same size as that type, making them shed mates on my layout. As usual, the tender is the same one as before because if it ain't broke, don't fix it. The engine will have "SOUTHERN PACIFIC" in printed tiles on the tender sides, with "4460" on the cab sides and tender rear. Here is the steam engine 4460 waiting for orders sometime in it's working life. (Picture from the Facebook page of the National Railway Historical Society, St Louis Chapter) It is NOT my photo! Quoting Jan Snyder (who posted to my original MOCpage for this engine's first version): "I remember, very well, the 'funeral' held for the 4460--the last run of the SP steam engines. At the time, I was an 12 year old Boy Scout bugler who was asked to play taps. They had me stand on the engine, at the left front side, and the crowd of people seemed massive for a kid my age. A photo, published in the next morning's Oakland Tribune, recently turned up on a collection. That photo hangs on my office wall with fond memories." LDD file: http://www.mocpages....1437838341m.lxf Also, there are two parts missing from the pictures but are in the LDD file: the connecting rods that go into the pistons. These were giving me trouble so I put them next to the model. EDIT: And here is the locomotive in real life! Here is the side of the locomotive. (dang it - I just realized I put the the wheels on rear bogie of the engine too far apart!) This picture shows how much overhang (not much, really) the engine has in standard LEGO curves. This picture is slightly out of focus. Sorry! ...and as a bonus, here is a picture of the engine sitting with it's Lego counterpart: Today, the engine sits in a off-limits area (I received permission to take this photo from museum staff) and is barely visible to visitors, only by knowing where to look in the Roberts Shed and leaning over a railing can you see the beauty that is 4460.
  12. Hi, early this year I built my Lego LSWR Adams Radial EKR No 5 Steam Locomotive, the Steam Locomotive is based on the East Kent Railway Steam Locomotive No 5 and is 34 studs long, 8 studs wide and 10 bricks high, and with the SR Goods Van the Locomotive and Goods van is 53 studs long when coupled up. The East Kent Railway Steam Locomotive No 5 was a LSWR 415 Class 4-4-2T Steam Locomotive designed by William Adams and introduced to service on the LSWR (London and South Western Railway) in 1882 and was purchased from the Ministry of Munitions Disposal and Liquidation Commission in March 1923. The Steam Locomotive stayed on the East Kent Railway until March 1946 when the Southern Railway purchased her for £120 for the Lyme Regis branch where two of her sisters had kept services going for over 20 years and is now at Sheffield Park on the Bluebell Railway awaiting restoration. Due to the LSWR Class 415 4-4-2T having no tender or my model not long enough or deeper and wider boiler to hide the Lego Power Functions Battery Box and IR Receiver, I decided to build a SR 10 Ton Goods Van to house Lego Power Functions Battery Box and IR Receiver. The last couple of photos are of my Lego LSWR Adams Radial EKR No 5 Steam Locomotive next to my 16mm Scale Lego Lady Anne Steam Locomotive The Url below is video footage of me testing the Lego LSWR Adam Radial EKR No 5 Steam Locomotive to make sure the locomotive would run, for the test the Lego Steam Locomotive was built in white.
  13. These trains are my latest works-in-progress. Some of these trains have been built already, and the topic's LDD screenshots will be updated with real pictures once they are done. Also, they all have LDD files available, and comments are most welcome! First up: Emerald Express with 2-6-0 "Mogul" In the real world, the locomotive was assembled from instructions on Railbricks for a MOD of set 79111, Constitution Train Chase, by a user named Zephyr1934. I then added train coaches inspired by set 10015, Passenger Wagon, but with inter-car connections and inset doors. (plus the rear platform on the observation car) The locomotive is a 2-6-0 (two leading, six driving, and zero trailing wheels) steam locomotive. Engine number 4613 usually pulls the Emerald Express. Combination baggage and passenger car for the Emerald Express. Two identical passenger coaches for the Emerald Express. The observation car of the Emerald Express. The letters BRS stand for Brick Railway Systems, the owner of the train. LDD file for the Emerald Express with 2-6-0: http://www.mocpages....1435538134m.lxf Meramec River Runner with 2-8-2 "Mikado" In real life, this engine is made up of four different models. This includes ScotNick1's 2-10-0 9F European steam engine, which was shortened to a 2-8-0. The second model is set 10194 Emerald Night, from which the rear truck was taken. The third model is Anthony Sava's Pacific 4-6-2 model and that comprises the inspiration for the tender. The boiler was inspired by the one in set 79111 Constitution Train Chase. Together, these different engines from four different eras and four separate builders come together to create this one steam engine. The coaches are inspired by a 12 inch gauge railway called the Wabash Frisco & Pacific. The locomotive is a 2-8-2 (two leading, eight driving, and two trailing wheels) steam locomotive. Engine number 5916 usually pulls the Meramec River Runner lightweight passenger train. Combination baggage and passenger car for the Meramec River Runner. Three identical passenger coaches. The observation car lacks the letters BRS (standing for Brick Railway Systems) but it is owned by that line. Generic Freight Train with 4-8-0 "Mastodon" This model was originally ScotNick1's London Midland 7 Southern Ivatt class 2MT steam tank engine. I added a Anthony Sava-style Tender to this model about a year ago, and today I added a Constitution Train Chase -style boiler and recolored the engine reddish brown. coal gondola diesel fuel tanker drop side gondola (with hobo!) two identical boxcars flatcar with vehicle load rock hopper Brick Railway Systems bobber caboose Their is no LDD file for this entire train... however, the engine does have a file: As I said, comments are always welcome!
  14. 0-6-0 steam heavy-duty switcher This model is an Americanized version of Scotnick's Thomas & friends model "Stanley" (link to that engine on Flickr: ) with some new running gear provided by Hunter Dobbs from his model of the Thomas & Friends engine "Lady". (link to that engine on Flickr: ) The engine features a new headlight on top of the smokebox and is a little longer than the last version by about four studs. The pistons (hopefully) will work in real life, as I messed with and extended Hunter Dobbs design to include a third axle. The engine is going to be numbered 4990, with the number going on the saddle tank and the letters BRS going on the rear of the locomotive, right between the two red stripes on the coal bunker. NOTE: This model requires custom Big Ben Bricks small steam engine drivers, as in 4 flanged and 2 blind. The gears seen here are placeholders and will NOT work on track! (Link to Big Ben Bricks: ) The rear of the locomotive. Background: Built in 1922 by H.K. Porter, this steam locomotive is of a saddle tank design, (that means it carries the water over-the-top of the boiler in tanks, kinda like a saddle on a horse) as part of an order for 25 engines by Brick Railway Systems, numbered 4975 to 5000. The class was built for yard work, though some were sent out onto the main lines to haul commuter trains when the need arose. This engine class features red stripes on the sides and over the tanks on top of the boiler. I will be purchasing this engine after the parts for locomotive shed I posted on February 15th. LDD file: 0-4-0 steam dockyard switcher This was originally set 3740, Small Locomotive from the My Own Train series. I revamped the 2001 set, adding Big Ben Brick medium wheels and working pistons courtesy of Hunter Dobbs. NOTE: All four of the wheels are removed from them LDD model. The proper parts are available at the Big Ben Bricks website, and are not in LDD. (You need four of the "Medium Flanged Drivers")The number of the engine (3007) goes on the side of the boiler, while the letters "BRS" go on the side of the cab. Fictional background: Built in 1923 by Baldwin Locomotive Works for Brick Railway Systems (BRS), engine 3007 was part of a 250 strong class of switchers made for the tight industrial & dockyard trackage of Brick Railway Systems. The class spread from number 3000 to 3250. They were painted in classic BRS black with a red stripe along the base. LDD file: Thought, Comments, and questions are all welcome! (EDIT 9-15-2015: Fixed the LDD file and pictures, plus I added a another switcher to the first post.)
  15. Hi, over the last few weeks I have been designing a new Lego Steam Locomotive in LDD, the Steam Locomotive is based on the East Kent Railway Steam Locomotive No 5 and is 34 studs long, 8 studs wide and 10 bricks high, and with the SR Goods Van the Locomotive and Goods van is 53 studs long when coupled up. The East Kent Light Railway no 5 was based on the East Kent Railway which was a light railway engineered and ran by Colonel H F Stephens which ran from Sheperdwells (NR Dover, Kent) to Eythorne which was a junction between the main line and the branch line to Tilmanstone Colliery, the main line ran from Eythorne to Eastry which was another junction between the main line and a branch line which ran north towards Sandwich and Richborough Port, the Main line continued towards Ash and then Wingham where the line came to a end, the was other planned branches including the line from Wingham reaching Canterbury and another branch to deal from Eythorne, but these plans failed. The East Kent Railway Steam Locomotive No 5 was a LSWR 415 Class 4-4-2T Steam Locomotive designed by William Adams and introduced to service on the LSWR (London and South Western Railway) in 1882 and was purchased from the Ministry of Munitions Disposal and Liquidation Commission in March 1923. The Steam Locomotive stayed on the East Kent Railway until March 1946 when the Southern Railway purchased her for £120 for the Lyme Regis branch where two of her sisters had kept services going for over 20 years and is now at Sheffield Park on the Bluebell Railway awaiting restoration. Due to the LSWR Class 415 4-4-2T having no tender or my model not long enough or deeper and wider boiler to hide the Lego Power Functions Battery Box and IR Receiver, I decided to build a SR 10 Ton Goods Van to house Lego Power Functions Battery Box and IR Receiver. Front view of my LDD MOC Steam Locomotive East Kent Railway No 5. A view of my LDD MOC Steam Locomotive East Kent Railway No 5. A 00 Gauge Steam Locomotive Model in EKR Colours. A side view of my LDD MOC Steam Locomotive East Kent Railway No 5. Back view of my LDD MOC Steam Locomotive East Kent Railway No 5. The LSWR Class 415 Adams Radial Steam Locomotive on the Bluebell Railway in Southern Colours. A back View of my LDD MOC Steam Locomotive East Kent Railway No 5. Front view of my Lego SR 10 Ton Goods Van. A view of my Lego SR 10 Ton Goods Van. A Side view of my Lego SR 10 Ton Goods Van. A view of my Lego SR 10 Ton Goods Van. view of my Lego SR 10 Ton Goods Van. A top view of my Lego SR 10 Ton Goods Van with the roof removed showing the Lego Power Functions Battery Box and IR Receiver. A top view of my Lego SR 10 Ton Goods Van showing the top of the Lego Power Functions IR Receiver through a 2x2 hole in the roof. The SR 10 Ton Goods Van at the Bluebell Railway, A side view of my LDD MOC Steam Locomotive East Kent Railway No 5 with the Lego SR 10 Ton Goods Van. A front view of my LDD MOC Steam Locomotive East Kent Railway No 5 with the Lego SR 10 Ton Goods Van. view of my LDD MOC Steam Locomotive East Kent Railway No 5 with the Lego SR 10 Ton Goods Van. Due to some of the parts not being in the right colour I have decided to buy all the green parts needed in white and the wheels in clear from Big Ben Bricks. and dye some in green vinyl dye from the green shade I will be using is the TRG Green Vinyl Dye Plastic Paint Aerosol 150ml which looks like a close match to the green colour I need. As suggested by Srbandrews, I have changed the tops of the tanks to black and continued the black line right to the back end of the cab. Update All the parts are now order from Bricklink and Big Ben Bricks, 16 orders in total, paid for 6 so far, waiting for the rest of the invoices, still have to order the Vinyl Dye Sprays from Update I have made some changes to the SR 10 Ton Goods Van, the changes include vents which I did not include and now a power switch on the roof enabling me to turn the battery box on or off without taking the roof apart. Showing the new bents (the slopes in the end) and the power switch ) the 1x1 tile jutting out above the roof. A view of the insides of the SR 10 Ton Goods Van showing the Lego Power Functions Battery Box Power Switch made from Lego components (2 x 1x1 tiles, 1x2 tile, 1x1 tile and 1 x Modified Plate 2 x 2 with Pin on Bottom), A metal spring will put between the Technic Plate and the Modified Plate 2 x 2 with Pin on Bottom (metal spring will be from a broken 6 L Technic Shock Absorber) A Closer view of the Power Switch made from 2 x 1x1 tiles, 1x2 tile, 1x1 tile and 1 x Modified Plate 2 x 2 with Pin on Bottom. Update As of now I have all the parts to put the model together, I still have to dye the white pieces to the green shade I am using, then I can put it together.
  16. First uploaded in November 2012, this passenger train originally had six 8-wide cars consisting of a baggage car, four passenger coaches, and a observation car. It was pulled by my 2-8-4 steam engine for a while before I whittled down the number of the (slightly heavy) cars to a more manageable total of four. Over these two years I have modified them a lot, taking out the detailed interior and replacing the complex window assembly with something less fragile. The last time I changed the train was October 2014, when I modified the baggage car to a half baggage / half passenger coach (this is known as a combine) and lengthened the 2-8-4 Berkshire type into a 2-10-4 Texas type. After I originally had built the six cars I realized the only thing that could pull my 8 wide cars was a 8 wide engine. The coaches just didn't look very good with a 6 wide locomotive at the front, but the opposite was true about 6 wide coaches with an 8 wide engine. So after much internal debate over the possibility of reducing the size of the train cars, I found a workable solution that looks good. This is that solution, plus their is an added bonus of having enough parts left over from the "slimming down" of the four 8 wide train cars that I could build a third passenger car. This makes me happy, because a full size 2-10-4 that can pull 10+ heavyweight cars in real life looks silly as a LEGO model pulling only 4 coaches of the same style. (although five isn't much better, it's good enough for my purposes) In case anyone want to see my original inspiration for these cars, here is a vintage 2009 LEGO model of "Galaxy Express 999", which caused me to select reddish brown heavyweight coaches as the color / style of choice. (Link to Brickshelf: http://www.brickshel...ry.cgi?f=374748 ) The name 909 Limited is a combination of this train and the Beatles song "One after 909", which is sort-of about a train. (If you are looking for said song, it's on the album, "Let It Be") The rear of the 6 wide train cars feature an observation platform, with a single tail light under the roof. Statistics for the coaches: Train name: 909 Limited Car Types: Baggage / coach (1) Coach (3) Observation (1) Configuration (per car): 4 wheels on two bogies Designer: Pullman Car Company Build Date: 1924 Builder: Pullman Car Company Current Owner: Brick Railway Systems Length: 28 studs Width: 6 studs Height: 10 ⅔ bricks Here is an updated look at the 2-10-4 I modified from Anthony Sava's Berkshire. I didn't do much this time, except for rounding out the originally flat middle segment of the boiler. As before, the letters spelling out "Brick Railway Systems" go on the tender sides, while "6297" goes on the cab sides and tender rear, next to the ladder. Background for the locomotive: Engine Type: Steam, heavy freight Configuration: 2-10-4 Engine Class: Texas Designer: (unknown) Build Date: 1939 Road number(s): 6297 Builder: Lima Locomotive works Current Owner: Brick Railway Systems Length: 81 studs (with tender) Width: 8 studs Height: 10 bricks Top Speed: 100 MPH Please note: the pistons rod are missing two pieces that are laid off to the side of the locomotive. They do work in real life but LDD doesn't like them being attached. LDD file for the whole train: http://www.mocpages....1424626224m.lxf And if anyone doubts the fact that I've built this engine and have photographed it and the prevous version of the coaches here's the proof: (Please note, these are cellphone camera shots... they are not the best, but they work for me.) Steam loco #6297, in real life (this photo show an older form of the model, as the tender is now closer to the engine and the tender wheels have been changed to the form in the LDD screenshots. Combination baggage car / passenger coach in 8 wide The two 8 wide heavyweight coaches ...and finally, the observation car (8 wide version) with rear deck and number board. (The black tiles on the rear say "909", the name of the train.) Comments, questions, and complaints are always welcome!
  17. This is a generic freight train from the USA in the mid-1960's. Some cars are older (I'm looking at you, water tanker!) than that, but that's when I'm saying these cars were made up into this particular train. I'm intending to have a steam locomotive pull this train, possibly the 2-8-0 I've been wanting to build. (Yes, I know steam was almost gone by the mid-'60's, but in my LEGO layout it still exists pulling trains as if the diesel takeover never happened / was severely pushed back by several decades) This train consists of eight cars (there are 7 different type of cars but 8 pictures because of the two identical boxcars needed only one shot but the inside of the caboose warranted a second photo) Anyway, here is the lineup: - Lumber Car - Automobile Transport - Two Boxcars - Water Tanker - Generic Dropside Flatcar - Tipping Rock Gondola - Wide Vision Caboose Here are the cars in order of appearance: Originally designed by my brother, this lumber car was inspired by set 60056. (CITY Logging Truck) This car holds three logs (maybe more can fit) that float in place because of faulty LDD physics. This auto-hauling model was built to carry set 5920, (the Adventurers - Dino Island themed Island Racer) it can fit other cars of this size, but not much longer or wider. I built these boxcars from set 3677 (Red Cargo Train) but with red instead of green. These car s have been in my real-life train collection for a long time... about three years! This water tanker (Does it carry water or not? I don't know what it was supposed to carry!) was originally part of set 2126 (The TRAINS theme's wondrously named Train Cars.) This car features very few upgrades from the original tanker. I did however, change the roof pipe to an odd length and tiled it. (It always had one studs overhang on one side, and it drove me nuts!) This drop side flat car was first part of set 2126 (Train Cars), but it didn't really have a purpose. It was hauling uprooted evergreen trees in the set, but that didn't look very good, so I changed it to generic freight. (My resident hobo usually catches a ride on this car.) Another version of set 2126 (train Cars... AGAIN!) , this time it's a rock hauling tipper gondola. (That's quite a mouthful of a name for this small car!) It usually is empty, as chasing escaping 1x1 round cylinders across my floor is not fun. This Wide Vision Caboose was originally Model number 30 from set 10183. (LEGO Factory's Hobby Train). I redid the whole model from the ground up, replacing old windows and updating the style. The caboose features removable cupola and cupola roof, along with the two regular roof sections. I'm going to use this piece for the side of the caboose: http://www.bricklink...sp?P=87079pb006 The Inside features a bed, stove, table and two chairs, while the cupola features two more chairs. Here is the whole train... minus the locomotive. Here is the engine: NOTE: I have raised the pistons about 1/3 of a brick since taking this picture. This prevents the from banging into the front pony truck. Their are printed 1x1 tiles spelling out "BRS" (these should go on the tender) while "5775" will go on the cab. Here is the LDD file for the whole train, minus the engine: http://www.mocpages....1423516645m.lxf The engine is a Anthony Sava design and will not be handed out. If you want your own then here is a link to his Bricklink store: http://www.bricklink...itemID=15852317 (If I might add, he sells some pretty brilliant model instructions there!) EDIT: I also want to add most of these train cars I already own In Real Life. The timber car, caboose, steam engine are all that's left to get.
  18. (apologies for any mistakes in posting) A Lego 'Saddle Tank' locomotive of my own design, based on the Austerity 0-6-0 class - my personal favourite kind of steam locomotive. Overall I'm not as pleased with the result of this one as I am with my Pannier Tank, but curves are very difficult to recreate when you're using Lego bricks. Another challenge is my aim with designs to combine two (often opposing) design aesthetics: realism and playability. For example I have had to adjust its proportions compared to the real thing so that minifigs can stand inside the cab and see out of the front windows.
  19. (apologies for any mistakes made in posting) Another Lego 'Saddle Tank' locomotive of my own design, this time a little 0-4-0 that draws inspiration from the locomotive Sir Cecil A. Cochrane (pictured). This time around my main objective was to incorporate cylinder cocks into the design, but since I was also adamant about creating a smaller-sized locomotive this turned out to be incredibly frustrating as I had a narrow area to work with. I actually cheated a bit; the wheels aren't official Lego wheels but an invention of custom parts manufacturer Big Ben Bricks. I also realise now that a few pieces were missing from the front of the cab when I took these photos. No idea how that slipped by me!
  20. (apologies for any mistakes made in posting) A Lego 'Pannier Tank' steam engine of my own design, and a GWR-style coal truck too. I tried my best to build something that both looked as realistic as possible AND was compatible with regular Lego train systems (hence the low buffers to match the height of other trains' couplings, and tall cab to allow minifigs to stand inside). Being a huge fan of steam railways this is my favourite thing I have ever built. Oh and that number '1' on the sides means that this is the first of many. Long-term I plan to build an entire Lego railway layout but for now I'm having fun trying to create specific types of engines and rolling stock.
  21. Over the last couple of weeks I have been designing a Lego 16mm Scale Narrow Gauge Locomotive based on Roundhouse Engineering Live Steam Locomotive 'Lady Anne', the Lego version is 5 Inches Wide, 6 inches high and 13 inches long, the narrow gauge locomotive is powered by Lego Power Functions XL Motor, Battery Box and Receiver which the Locomotive Body fits over The locomotive body can be separated from the locomotive chassis to allow access to the Lego Power Function Battery Box to turn the power on or change the batteries when needed or to adjust or fix the gearing if something goes wrong. To set the Big Ben Bricks XL train wheels exactly at 32mm Gauge I had to put 3 Nylon Washers between the Lego Technic bricks and the Big Ben Bricks XL train wheels, I used 18 nylon washers, the washers were brought from Modelfixings. The information below shows the dimensions of the nylon washers I used. Thread Size MF Ref Inside Diameter (mm) Outside Diameter (mm) Thickness (mm) M5 MF-NW05 5.3 11 1.0 The Lego 16mm scale Lady Anne narrow gauge locomotive model is not finished, the coal bunkers on the tanks need to be finished, the lids to the water tanks need to be added, the cylinders and the connecting rod to the coupling rod need to be added, the rear coal bunker needs to be added, plus other details like pipes, outlining and naming plate, working front and rear lamps. I may be adding Brandbright Centre Buffer Coupling which will be permantly fixed to the locomotive by drill a hole in the spot where the current buffer, this is so I can try to pull some 16mm coaching stock with my Lego 16mm scale Lady Anne narrow gauge locomotiv. A back view of the Lego 16mm scale Lady Anne narrow gauge locomotive body, the holes in the back are for Lego Technic Pin with Stop Bush (Part 32054) which bolts the locomotive body to the locomotive chassis. A front view of the Lego 16mm scale Lady Anne narrow gauge locomotive body, the Dish 8 x 8 Inverted (Radar) has to be removed allowing me access to Technic Pin with Stop Bush (Part 32054) which bolts the locomotive body to the locomotive chassis. A top view of Lego 16mm Scale Lady Anne Narrow Gauge Locomotive showing the boiler and the unfinished tank tops (coal bunker and water tanks lids to be added). A another top view of the Lego 16mm Scale Lady Anne Narrow Gauge Locomotive, the cab roof is temporary as the bricks I will be using have not arrived, and the back small round brick is where the whistle will be once I have the rights color bricks. A view of the Lego 16mm Scale Lady Anne Narrow Gauge Locomotive chassis showing the Lego Power Functions XL Motor, Battery Box and Receiver. Another view of the Lego 16mm Scale Lady Anne Narrow Gauge Locomotive chassis showing how wide the Locomotive is compared to the 0 gauge track. Side view of the Lego 16mm Scale Lady Anne Narrow Gauge Locomotive chassis showing the red coupling rod (Lego Technic Liftarm, 15 L). A back view of the Lego 16mm Scale Lady Anne Narrow Gauge Locomotive chassis showing the red buffer plate with the single buffer which will be replaced by a Brandbright Central coupling buffer (90 % of 16mm narrow gauge locomotives and rolling stock have a single central buffer with a hook for a 3 length chain to be attached). Another back view of the Lego 16mm Scale Lady Anne Narrow Gauge Locomotive chassis showing the rear buffer, Lego Power Functions XL Motor and the wire channel (used to keep the wire tidy and away from the gearing and allowing easy fitting of the Lego 16mm Scale Lady Anne Narrow Gauge Locomotive body. A front view of the Lego 16mm Scale Lady Anne Narrow Gauge Locomotive chassis A view of the bottom of the Lego 16mm Scale Lady Anne Narrow Gauge Locomotive chassis showing the wheels correctly set at 32mm gauge A closeup view of the bottom of the Lego 16mm Scale Lady Anne Narrow Gauge Locomotive chassis showing the coupling rods and six Technic Gear - 24 Tooth which allow me to get the coupling rods working ( might be replaced by Big Ben Bricks Medium Train Blind Driver). A close up view of the bottom of the Lego 16mm Scale Lady Anne Narrow Gauge Locomotive chassis, showing some of nylon washers I got from modelfixings, the washers allow me to set the wheels to 32mm gauge. One of the nylon washers I use. close up view of the Lego 16mm Scale Lady Anne Narrow Gauge Locomotive chassis showing the front end of the locomotive chassis with the two Lego Technic Pins with Stop Bush (Part 32054) are in a Lego 1x4 Technic brick which is the same height as the Lego Technic brick in the front of the locomotive body. close up view of the Lego 16mm Scale Lady Anne Narrow Gauge Locomotive chassis showing the read end of the locomotive chassis with the two Lego Technic Pins with Stop Bush (Part 32054) are in two Lego 1x1 Technic brick which is the same height as the Lego Technic bricks in the rear of the locomotive body. Youtube Video of Lego 16mm Scale Lady Anne Narrow Gauge Locomotive Running Link
  22. Hi, on Friday 7th Feburary, my Big Ben Brick wheels package arrived, I started to build my new motorized chassis for my new version of Lego LNER 4472 Flying Scotsman Steam Locomotive using the XL flanged drivers and the XL blind drivers and the small flanged train wheels, it took me a couple of hours of finding the parts and building the model The reason the are two Lego Power Function Cables is the one on the left is the extension for the rear lights which are to be installed in the rebuilt LNER Flying Scotsman tender, while the other cable is from the IR Sensor. Saturday Morning I did the first running test, on the old Lego blue 4.5 Volt Train Track, the train ran OK, then I did the second test, adding some curves to the Lego track, when the train came to the curved part of the lego track, it either stalled or derailed. I found where the problem was, there wasn't enough clearance between the steam cylinders ( 2 x Lego Technic Cross Blocks 3M ) and the leading bogie, I rebuilt the front section and put the steam cylinders higher, with the result the leading bogie has plenty of clearance. I did the the second test, and the train can move around the curved section of track. the tender base is still being built. UPDATE I have made a virtual model of what the model will look like when finished in LDD 4, exported as a LDraw file, edited in MLCad, added the XL Wheels and flanged train wheels, opened in LView to take some snapshots of the model.
  23. LDraw rods are now available

    As you likely know, I have been fabricating custom rods for lego steam locomotives. Now I have great news for the digitally inclined steam engine builders, I have just added LDraw files for most of the common custom rods listed in my store. Ronald 'Duq' Vallenduuk developed the LDraw part design and subparts for his own use (e.g., here) based on the physical rods. He has graciously allowed me to share these files. I've merely expanded his template to use my own naming scheme and include many of the rod designs I've fabricated. You can find examples of the physical rods here and the LDraw files here. I'm planning on adding less common rods soon and then eventually the valve gear bars. Make beautiful virtual models and be sure to visit Duq's Flickr page or Bricklink store.