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  1. dtomsen

    (MOC) DSB IC3

    Presenting another Danish train... DSB IC3 The Danish State Railways’ (DSB) highly successful and innovative InterCity 3 (IC3) passenger train was co-developed by Siemens Duewag in Germany and ABB Scandia in Denmark. The train is operated by DSB in Denmark and Sweden, by Renfe Operadora in Spain and by Israel Railways in Israel. Amtrak in the USA and Via Rail in Canada have tested the train in the past. A trainset consists of three units, two diesel motor units (MFA and MFB) and one intermediary unit (FF). Up to five trainsets can be coupled together. 96 trainset were built for DSB from 1989 to 1991. All are still in service today. My model: Room for lights in all headlights and interior. Scale: 1:50 Lenght: 140 bricks (MFA 46 bricks - FF bricks 40 - MFB 46 bricks) Width: 7 bricks Bricks: 2.084 (9v) or 2.079 (PF) Powered: 2 x 9v or 2 x PF train motors with 2 x battery boxses Designed: 2017 Digital model but built by me (and many others) irl Very high setting render from Stud.io with custom decals done in the PartDesigner tool. Free building instructions: DSB IC3 9v variant here DSB IC3 PF variant here DSB original white and red livery of the 1990-2000s: View from the side - unfortunately the wide gab between the units is necessary to run through R40 curved tracks smoothly: Access to the interior with seating for 54 minifig passengers, 2 train drivers and additional space for 2 bicycles, standing passengers, stewards and 2 toilet guests: FF unit (PF) with 2 IR Receivers, 2 Battery Boxes and 1 Polarity Switch: Technique used for the sliding toilet doors - turning the Pneumatic T Piece 90° behind the seat keeps the door shut when closed: Youtube video from fellow Danish LUG member Knud Ahrnell Albrechtsen:
  2. I have started making the HLE 25 from the NMBS for my NS, NMBS Benelux train set. This was a bit of a challenge because of the sloped front. I'm posting this to show you the progress and for feedback. I have the idea that mine looks different than the real thing. 8-wide would be easier to make more details but I decided to stick to 6-wide. The inverted slopes behind the front coupling are attached to the bogie. Also a small detail that is hard to make is the yellow line. Because of the 2 x 1 x 2 slopes I can't make a yellow line. If anyone has some ideas for me or things that I can do to make it look better, feel free to tell me (Also, this engine will be made specially to be fitted with PF)
  3. Bielanskiii

    Help identifying model!

    Sorry for the bad quality, theres a limit on the size of the images. This is part of a train I found looking through old lego, and I can't find what the set it is from called, I'd like to try and put it all back together like it was. Hopefully someone on here will recognise it and can help me!
  4. It has been a long time goal of mine to build this beautiful train with LEGO. After working on it for a long time, I have finally finished it. To see 70+ pictures and a detailed tour, please see Via Rail Canada - The Canadian I'd love to hear any feedback, comments, questions, or criticisms. It's a big set, so let's tackle it one car at a time. :) If you like it, please support on LEGO Ideas if you believe it would make a great official set.
  5. snaillad

    MOC:Teapot Junction

    Hello fellow EB members Here I have made a Tearoom which has been converted from a former signal box and railway carriage still moored at the station platform. A flimsy excuse to make a railway carriage which has been on my to do list for quite some time. Tearooms and very popular and common in the UK and you can get more than just tea! Anyway a few pics and the link to flickr; The usual link to flickr: here Enjoy!
  6. Rail Co

    Teaser for Upcoming Train?

    Hello, just watched the designer video on the 10277 crocodile train. For a very short time you can see a drawing of another locomotive on a white board. I was thinking if this could be a teaser or just a mere coincidence. I have a screenshot from the video. The number on the loco is "1876" and looks to be more American in style. If people think it is possibly a teaser anyone know what train it could be? For anyone wondering this is about 3:05 minutes into the video. Wondering what everyone's thoughts are on this? Screenshot: Thanks, -RailCo
  7. I wrote a review of the set on 1000steine.de: https://www.1000steine.de/de/gemeinschaft/forum/?entry=1&id=439107#id439107 This is in German but you can use an online translator: https://translate.google.com/translate?sl=auto&tl=en&u=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.1000steine.de%2Fde%2Fgemeinschaft%2Fforum%2F%3Fentry%3D1%26id%3D439107%23id439107 Link to some videos from the train in motion:
  8. Haddock51

    My Own Lego World

    Three years ago, I finished my Lego Train 9V Extreme Project. And now it's time to inaugurate My Own Lego World, a Project that - on and off - has been ongoing for approx. 30 months. This layout includes many vintage Lego sets from the time our daughters grew up. Most of these sets are from the 70s, 80s, 90s and 00s. Some originate from more recent years. My Own Lego World covers the following themes: City Paradisa & Beach Container Port & Shark Bay Outdoor activities World Cup Soccer (1998) Space & Space Center Airport, Aircrafts and Air Show Tivoli Train 9V In addition, it also includes several MOCs (e.g. signal box, track traverses, observation tower, stairways, open-air cinema, church, windmill and cableway base station with "elevator" tower) and a battery driven cableway (Rigi Lehmann). Addendum #1: Technical data & details Construction: Level 0: 74 cm above floor Level 1: 17 cm above level 0 Level 2: 36 cm above level 0 Top of Lego World: 214 cm above floor Layout dimensions: Level 0: 3.8 x 3.8 m (with two islands of 0.75 x 0.75 m) Level 1: 0.5 x 3.6 m plus 0.5 x 0.5 m Level 2: 0.5 x 2.1 m Total layout area (excl. Moon Base and Top of Lego World): approx. 17 sqm Train 9V: Total track length incl. sidings and dead-ends: approx. 51 m Total track length incl. Lego Train 9V Extreme layout: approx. 224 m with - all in all - 67 power connections to rails Including train shelves, 2 296 rails and switches are now deployed in this room with a total length of approx. 311 m: 1 871 straight (whereof 675 for train shelves), 330 curved, 51 modified straight (4, 8, 10, 12 and 14 studs), 19 standard-, 14 halfcurve and 11 crossover switches (eight switches are electrically operated). Movable train bridge between My Own Lego World and Lego Train 9V Extreme layout Gradients: approx. 6.5 and 8 percent Min. clearance: approx. 12 cm Track Design Program: Track Designer Application (R) version 2.0 by Matthew D. Bates (Matts LEGO (R) Train Depot) Electrics/Electronics: 1 power supply unit Voltcraft EP-925, 3-15V(DC), max 25A 2 modified train speed regulators (4548) with LM350T regulators, 3A diodes, outside heatsinks (with a thermal resistance of 1.9 K/W), mini fans and digital thermometers to measure temperatures inside the speed regulator boxes 3 standard train speed regulators (4548) 15 power connections to rails approx. 200 m RK cable 1.5 sqmm 1 LED strand (2 m) with dimmer Märklin pins and sleeves Cableway: Distance: aprox. 4.8 m Height difference: approx. 1.0 m Construction materials: 10 tables 0.75 x 1.5 m and 3 tables 0.75 x 0.75 m wood (45 x 45 mm) and wood strips (22 x 43 mm) MDF boards (6 and 10 mm) ground grass and ballast (Busch, Faller) fishline 0.47 mm cable conduits angle irons straps paint Addendum #1: Pictures Addendum #3: Videos Cableway:
  9. W Navarre

    [MOC] Sabotaging a Train

    Hey guys, I would really appreciate it if you checked out my latest diorama that I made. It's over 200 studs long and I did it in one week! Deep State Espionage: Sukhai Mission E2 by General 尓àvarre Every favorite on the picture is appreciated, as is all C&C. Thank you . Hope you like it!
  10. Viper Knight

    Polish war-train

    I'm curious has there ever been a Polish war-train LEGO plains of battle done? If so I'd like the link.
  11. I have for a long time, wanted to share some pictures from my LEGO city/train layout, but as you all know, a LEGO city is never completely finished, so now I choose to share anyway. The project started in 2015 where I found interest for LEGO again as an AFOL, and started collecting trains, primarily 9V. Over time I have been able to make this layout. There are still things missing in the city, empty building space next to the gas station, and the Modular houses must also be changed to custom buildings at some point. I am also still missing to finish the harbor area, but it will probably come later I don't know if the windturbine should stand there, but for now it does. 1 by SpinX125, on Flickr 2 by SpinX125, on Flickr 3 by SpinX125, on Flickr 4 by SpinX125, on Flickr 5 by SpinX125, on Flickr 6 by SpinX125, on Flickr 7 by SpinX125, on Flickr 8 by SpinX125, on Flickr 9 by SpinX125, on Flickr 10 by SpinX125, on Flickr 11 by SpinX125, on Flickr 12 by SpinX125, on Flickr 13 by SpinX125, on Flickr 14 by SpinX125, on Flickr More pictures: https://www.flickr.com/photos/137767198@N08/albums/72157713834197663 In some areas I have found inspiration from other builders and therefore credit must be given to them. Inspiration found at: Roundhouse and turntable - Rasmus Fachmann / Byggepladen https://www.flickr.com/photos/fachmann/ DSB trains and wagons - Dennis Tomsen / Byggepladen https://www.flickr.com/photos/93468412@N08 Instructions for DSB trains and wagons - Knud Albrechtsen / Byggepladen http://www.snakebyte.dk/lego/instructions/trains/index.php Container crane at the harbor - JANGBRiCKS / Youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ey26n7V-uOU Container Ship - JANGBRiCKS / Youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rXzuxsVGA3M
  12. My next train will consist of 10 cars, each car weighting about 600g. In order not to overload the locomotive I decided last autumn to equip the train wheel set with ball bearings. At that time I found only the solution using modified train wheel holders from Legopold https://www.flickr.com/photos/162569845@N05/25210157997/ and the solution using technic bricks from legoman666 https://www.eurobricks.com/forum/index.php?/forums/topic/140479-ball-bearings/. My cars are 7wide, the solution using technic bricks requires covering the wheels, but this will exceed 7wide. Using the first method results in a significantly different wheel holder height and I do not like that. So I decided to develop my own solution (if Legopold had invented his improved method https://www.eurobricks.com/forum/index.php?/forums/topic/174266-improved-method-to-equip-lego-train-wheel-holders-with-ball-bearings-no-cutting-of-the-wheel-holder-required/ earlier I probably would not have looked for another solution). This is my result: I milled out the locations for the ball bearings: Except the ball bearings I used only original LEGO parts. For comparison: on the left side the original wheel set, on the right side the wheel set with ball bearings The ball bearings are steadily joined to the axle. Due to the ball bearings the cars now run more smoothly and I do not regret my efforts. Ludger
  13. This train was originally supposed to go with the new Crocodile electric locomotive (set 10277) that was leaked a couple weekends ago. But I'm impatient and it doesn't fit my UK "theme" very well anyway, so I bought this steam loco instead. These train cars are owned lock, stock, and shotgun barrel by Lord Sam Sinister to get his loot to Sinister Hall (his ancestral home in the north of Scotland, which you can see here) on his own private railway siding, near the border with the tiny independent island nation of Ogel. This engine is numbered 4036, and the the tender should say LNER, (London North-Eastern Railway) as that's who originally designed and built the A3 class locomotive. This engine is named Auburn Flyer and is not actually owned by the railroad company, but it is maintained and crewed by the railroad's employees when called upon by Lord Sinister to be moved from his private siding. (That's why it has the non-LNER-standard gold, black, and brown paint scheme that matches his coaches: it's Sam's personal color scheme for his railway stock - it's owned by Lord Sam Sinister himself.) This engine is based on this Eurobricks post (link here) from user @damangos from which I majorly reworked into the form seen here. (no 1960's smoke deflectors, for example!) I did, however, rework my original 7 wide Emerald Night (set 10194) MOC tender from 2014 instead of the 6 wide tender used by damangos in his original Scotsman model. This is Sam Sinister's automobile, situated quite precariously on a two-wheel flat car that is much too small. Being that Sam is cheap, he bought the one that would cover his needs... sight unseen. The railway yard master's eyes nearly fell out of his head when he finally saw what Sam was going to load onto this flat car! The flat car is easily detachable from the load, as you can see here. (NOTE: This car was inspired by the 2015 SDCC exclusive Action Comics number 1 Superman, recolored and heavily modified.) The car seats two figures side-by-side, and even comes with a spare tire in the back. This Gatling gun car protects the train from any goody-goody interlopers trying to make off with Sam Sinister's ill-gotten goods... namely Johnny Thunder and his friends. NOTE: The Gatling gun on this car was taken wholesale from set 79111. (Constitution Train Chase) These looted ancient Egyptian items include: a temple guardian from the Well of Souls (taken from set 7621, Secret of the Lost Tomb), a obelisk warning others to not defile it's owner's tomb, and the Queen's sarcophagus itself, with a very angry mummy inside. (Guess Sam doesn't listen very well, huh?) I wasn't kidding about that curse you know! In this train car we find all the weapons one could dream of in the 1920's, as it is called the armory car after all. (Thanks again to @Pdaitabird for making these cars in his awesome instructions, which you can find on Flickr here.) This is Sinister's war wagon. Why is it called that? It has old charts, brand-new maps, magazines and trade journals, plus all kinds of notes with clues to hidden locations with items of vast power or great fortune just waiting to be grabbed. If Johnny Thunder or Sam Sinister hasn't seen it or at least heard of it, the item probably doesn't exist. This car also houses Lord Sinister's bedroom for overnight journeys. Here we see the whole train in it's paper box, which is a view I don't share that often. Thoughts, compliments, complaints, and suggestions are all welcome!
  14. Semantic

    [MOC] Alien Train Station

    Hello everyone on eurobricks.com! I honestly don't remember if I already registered here and posted this. :) If so, please notice me. Want to start with this old work, I made one day on vacation some years ago. Skull was based on slightly modified creation by "Choking Hazards" and train base was modified Maersk train base if I remember correctly. The rest is straight from my sick mind. :) Train is PF-motorised, with lights (particularly in skull's eyes). Other pictures under
  15. LDraw Files for Shupp's XXL Train Wheels Download links: XXL Flanged and Blind: https://bricktraindepot.com/resources Myself and a few others expressed interest in using Shupp's XXL wheels in digital form, so I decided to give LDraw part creation a try. Instead of designing the part directly into .dat format I used Solidworks to create the wheels, exported them as .stl files, and converted them using a python converter script (https://github.com/HazenBabcock/stl-to-dat). Please note these are not perfect, and may have slight differences from the real product. Included below is a picture of the wheels next to a Big Ben Bricks XL wheel and a Lego L wheel. Since I designed these in Solidworks I can export them in many 3D/CAD formats. So if anyone wants these wheels in a different file type, just let me know. ***UPDATE: First of all, many thanks to @supertruper1988 for hosting these files on Brick Train Depot! Secondly, I have ordered some XXL wheels so I can take my own measurements and make a more precise model. I should have the wheels by mid April and have the new files made soon after. Unfinished_Projects
  16. Hello everybody, I am glad to introduce you my last big project : a pneumatic steam locomotive ! I think it's one of the firsts pneumatic locomotives, using only Lego parts. First of all, the YouTube video and some photos: The idea with this model is to replace the steam of a real Locomotive by compressed air, and this for as much functions as possible. Here are the main functions : Movement of the train : Using 4 pistons, 2 on the sides, and 2 inside, the train can move forward. It works like a classic LPE, with 2 pistons shifted 90° from the others. 4 pistons consume a lot of air, but they guarantee enough power to move the whole train. To make the rotation smooth, a free wheel is hidden inside the boiler part of the locomotive. Its rotation is 25 times faster than the wheels of the train (40t/8t x2). The train isn't moving very fast because the pneumatic elements aren't modified. However, it's fast enough to make it interesting to look at the connecting rods and wheels moving. The breaks : On a real locomotive, compressed air is produced by a compressor (powered by steam) and is used to press some brake shoes against the wheels. Here, the same technique is used : a small piston is filled with compressed air, and thanks to some rods, brakes shoes are pressed against the wheels. It's cool but...it's not enough. Plastic against plastic isn't very efficient to stop the train's movement. Therefore, another rod is connected to the brake system and press another brake shoe against the free wheel. Because its rotation is faster (and therefore, with a low torque), it's is way easier to stop it. The Whistle : A system that I love in this locomotive is the whistle. Currently there isn't any whistle produced by Lego that could be used in the locomotive, so I had to think a little for finding something working. I can give you more details if you want but I used some lego parts that are empty inside and have a small aperture. By blowing air on these parts, we can produce a noise that is a little similar to a whistle noise. This whistle is activated by a switch in the cabin. The Cabin : Nothing much to say except that in contains 3 switches for the 3 main functions (whistle, wheel movement and brakes). There is also a pressure gauge showing the pressure coming from pumps. The train moves with a minimum of 1 bar. A 2-2.5 bars, the movement is faster. The air supply : There are several possibilities for the train : we can directly pump with Lego pumps, or store the air into 6 to 8 airtanks or produce the air with Lego motors and small pumps. For instance I use 4 pumps side by side, linked to some air tanks, but I don't what the final model should work. Maybe some motors and pumps could be cool ? The design : The hard part was to make the boiler of the locomotive. It's a little hard to make cylinders with Lego technic parts but, with flex axles passing through Technic beams, I managed to make something satisfying. Some details are visible on the locomotive, I tried to make it look a little crowded like a real locomotive with fake air/sand tanks, fake compressors and mechanical elements. It's probably possible to make it look better, but for instance I am happy with it. The rails are "homemade" with Lego bricks. The locomotive is too big of course to work on Lego railtracks. The wheels aren't perfectly flat so the train is "blocked" in position inside the rails. Therefore, the train can move foward cur cannot go out of the railtracks (which is great for a train). Finally, as a bonus functions, there are some bumpers at the front and back of the locomotive to imitate the real bumpers used to absorb small chocs on a Locomotive. That's it for now, I hope the model is interesting to you and if that's the case, don't hesitate to support it on Lego Ideas ! Click Here to support :) If you have any question or comment, please reply to the post, I'll be glad to discuss with you !
  17. The last years, we have used a NXT brick for controlling the train. For Lego World 2017, we want to use EV3 bricks only. Since the RFID sensor is not supported anymore, we needed another way to determine the train location. I have build a proof of concept of a loco: Wheels are directly connected to a EV3 medium motor Location detection based on a color sensor (the combination of yellow, red and green makes a unique pattern) And it works fine! A video of this proof of concept: Of course, the train needs a bit (... ) of restyling ;-) Enjoy, Hans
  18. After about 5 months of work (off and on), I've finally finished my modified C.K. Holliday train (Lego 71044). During high school and college in the 90s, I was a conductor on the DLRR, so this set hits close to home and is something I've wanted for a long, long time. It also means I was keenly aware of where the stock model wasn't quite accurate. This was my first time modifying a Lego set, and I'm pretty happy with how it turned out.The engine was pretty heavily reworked, and I made some changes to the parlor car as well. Approximate mod list includes: Changed boiler jacket to dark blue, inspired by @TJJohn12. Lengthened the engine by two studs. Increased engine width at pistons to 9 studs. Reworked the pilot to use a double-pin system similar to the Constitution. Reworked pistons inspired by @Carefree_Dude. Drive rods by @zephyr1934. Redesigned cab interior. Parlor car extended by 4 studs, additional chair inside. Replaced stock wheels with ball bearings and rods. Custom stickers by OKBrickWorks What do y'all think?
  19. Hello Lego train fans, (I repost here the work I have done on a pneumatic locomotive. I really don't know where to post since my MOC belongs to Technic category and Train category. So I post it here too. Of course here maybe we can talk more about the design and reproduction of the details of the locomotive. If this other post is too much, I am sorry that I posted in two places (and moderators could remove it), but I think it's understandable why I did this. Anyways !) I am glad to introduce you my last big project : a pneumatic steam locomotive ! I think it's one of the firsts pneumatic locomotives, using only Lego parts. I love trains as much as you do on this forum probably, so I hope some steam lovers will enjoy the model ;) The model is based on a Mikado type locomotive, from the mid 20th century. It especially copy the design of 141R french locomotives (even they were apparently built in USA, for France). First of all, the YouTube video and some photos: The idea with this model is to replace the steam of a real Locomotive by compressed air, and this for as much functions as possible. Here are the main functions : Movement of the train : Using 4 pistons, 2 on the sides, and 2 inside, the train can move forward. It works like a classic LPE, with 2 pistons shifted 90° from the others. 4 pistons consume a lot of air, but they guarantee enough power to move the whole train. To make the rotation smooth, a free wheel is hidden inside the boiler part of the locomotive. Its rotation is 25 times faster than the wheels of the train (40t/8t x2). The train isn't moving very fast because the pneumatic elements aren't modified. However, it's fast enough to make it interesting to look at the connecting rods and wheels moving. The breaks : On a real locomotive, compressed air is produced by a compressor (powered by steam) and is used to press some brake shoes against the wheels. Here, the same technique is used : a small piston is filled with compressed air, and thanks to some rods, brakes shoes are pressed against the wheels. It's cool but...it's not enough. Plastic against plastic isn't very efficient to stop the train's movement. Therefore, another rod is connected to the brake system and press another brake shoe against the free wheel. Because its rotation is faster (and therefore, with a low torque), it's is way easier to stop it. The Whistle : A system that I love in this locomotive is the whistle. Currently there isn't any whistle produced by Lego that could be used in the locomotive, so I had to think a little for finding something working. I can give you more details if you want but I used some lego parts that are empty inside and have a small aperture. By blowing air on these parts, we can produce a noise that is a little similar to a whistle noise. This whistle is activated by a switch in the cabin. The Cabin : Nothing much to say except that in contains 3 switches for the 3 main functions (whistle, wheel movement and brakes). There is also a pressure gauge showing the pressure coming from pumps. The train moves with a minimum of 1 bar. A 2-2.5 bars, the movement is faster. The air supply : There are several possibilities for the train : we can directly pump with Lego pumps, or store the air into 6 to 8 airtanks or produce the air with Lego motors and small pumps. For instance I use 4 pumps side by side, linked to some air tanks, but I don't what the final model should work. Maybe some motors and pumps could be cool ? The design : The hard part was to make the boiler of the locomotive. It's a little hard to make cylinders with Lego technic parts but, with flex axles passing through Technic beams, I managed to make something satisfying. Some details are visible on the locomotive, I tried to make it look a little crowded like a real locomotive with fake air/sand tanks, fake compressors and mechanical elements. It's probably possible to make it look better, but for instance I am happy with it. The rails are "homemade" with Lego bricks. The locomotive is too big of course to work on Lego railtracks. The wheels aren't perfectly flat so the train is "blocked" in position inside the rails. Therefore, the train can move foward cur cannot go out of the railtracks (which is great for a train). Finally, as a bonus functions, there are some bumpers at the front and back of the locomotive to imitate the real bumpers used to absorb small chocs on a Locomotive. That's it for now, I hope the model is interesting to you and if that's the case, don't hesitate to support it on Lego Ideas ! Click here to support on Lego Ideas If you have any question or comment, please reply to the post, I'll be glad to discuss with you !
  20. My Version of a Siemens Taurus, the paint scheme is based on the "Wiener Lokalbahnen". I based the Front on the excellent design by Flickr user Thomas Nessler, albeit adapting it to a 6-wide version. Siemens Taurus by Henrik S, auf Flickr Siemens Taurus by Henrik S, auf Flickr
  21. These Baldwin diesel RF-16-like locos were inspired by set 10020, (Santa Fe Super Chief) for most of the basic body work and and fellow Eurobricks user @Legownz for the knife-like Sharknose front end. (Thank you for that ingenious design!) The cab and booster units feature no interior details because I have no need for such items on my layout.. that and retrofitting all my trains with inside details would be quite costly. NOTE: I had to shorten the front A-unit by four studs because it wouldn't fit in my storage box anymore with the longer front-end. Thus I had to order a shorter 24 stud train baseplate to get it to fit, the results of which you can see when comparing the two diesel units. (the B unit is noticeably longer) The rear of each of the locos feature doorways to the next engine compartment, and / or the passenger train itself. The name of this train is a play off the Missouri River Runner, a real train that Amtrak runs from Kansas City to St. Louis. The Meramec River is a body of water that runs next to the 12-inch gauge Wabash Frisco & Pacific, so I switched the name to the Meramec River Runner. Never mind the fact the Missouri Pacific used to run on the roadbed the WFP now uses up from the 1850's until about the 1940's, when it was rerouted to it's current, alignment and abandoned the old one to the eventual WFP use from the late '50's to today. ...and In case you were wondering, WFP stands for Wabash Frisco and Pacific in both the real world 12-inch gauge RR that is located in my hometown and my fictional take on their railway. Combination baggage and passenger car three identical passenger coaches for the train The observation car of the Meramec River Runner. The real Sharknose diesel's looked like this (picture from Wikipedia). All 109 "A" cab units, 51 "B" booster units, or 160 total locomotives were built between 1950 and 1953, and almost all were scrapped. Only two A units survive, hidden away since 1981 in a railway warehouse in Michigan due to thievery by supposed rail-fans. (Items such as instruction manuals and builders plates were stolen.) Anyway, on January 10th, 2020, Trains Magazine reported that the two surviving units will be going to a museum for preservation. (Yay!) You can read more on Wikipedia here about the class type. Any thoughts, comments, or complaints? EDIT 5/5/2020: The locomotives are finished in real life, and new pictures have been uploaded for everything. Enjoy!
  22. duifkelego

    9v powered up hybrid

    This weekend I challenged myself to upgrade a 9 volt train motor with powered up functionality. The result can be seen in the attached pics. I discovered that the train motor only needs 2 wires connected to the hub to actually run , only the 2 PWM signal wires. , or pin 1 and 2 on the connector. This enabled me to used the other 4 wires for power transfer from the wheels to a bridge rectifier and a 7809 voltage regulator before feeding it back into the hub. The track is powered from the switch port of the 12 V speed regulator. which puts out 16 volt.
  23. Here is my other Via Rail train, The Corridor. To see more pictures, please see Via Rail Canada - The Corridor. I'd love to hear any feedback, comments, questions, or criticisms. It's a big set, so let's tackle it one car at a time. :) If you like it, please support on LEGO Ideas if you believe it would make a great official set.
  24. In 2018, Sioux.NET on Track was not allowed to show the train layout at Lego World 2018. Fortunately, the Lego store Toypro in Nederweert (NL) offered us the space and opportunity to demo our layout at their place. December 28, 2018 we gave a successful demo to the visitors. You can find pictures at our Flickr page and a video on Youtube. Some facts and figures: The layout at Toypro used a space of approx. 7 x 3 meter. We use a total of 15 Lego Mindstorms EV3 bricks. The EV3 bricks are running (relatively) small programs written in the EV3 programming language. Each brick is only capable of handling the local functionality, e.g. the delta crane can load containers from the conveyor belt to one of the four wagons. It receives a command to do this from the master PC application. Some builds are controlled by two EV3 bricks in Daisy chain modus. We didn't use three bricks in daisy chain because of the buggy firmware :-(. The master PC application is written in Microsoft C# and WPF. It sends commands using the EV3 mailboxes to start a function and to receive status updates. For example, when the train arrives at the Delta crane, the train sends a message to the PC application that is has arrived at the loading area. Next, the PC application waits until the conveyor belt sends a message that a container has arrived at the loading platform. Then the PC application sends a "load wagon" message to the Delta crane. Etc. All the bricks are connected to the PC via USB. Two exceptions: 1) The train is connected using Wifi. 2) The EV3 that controls the air pump, works standalone. Enjoy, Hans
  25. Hello does anyone have any advice on designing armoured trains that can operate at high speeds or are built to launch ICBMs? I’m trying to think of the next MOC I should do regarding armoured rail vehicles