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I've posted elsewhere that the new(ish) 3x3 windows are well-suited to railway carriages, but unfortunately they are currently only available in tan, dark brown, and dark purple. The Gate Stock Tube trains I posted earlier do look stylish and authentic in dark red and tan but I wanted to try and make good use of all three window colours with train liveries that might have appeared 100 years ago. So, out came the colour swatches to see what might go together, and I spent a month on Bricklink trying to get my head around colour-part availability (headlights, clips, windows, ugh, nothing makes sense). http://www.tubemapcentral.com/legodesign/Swatch_Gallery/wide.jpg PURPLE WINDOWS Lets get the big mistake out of the way first. I was trying to see what might go with dark brown, a really nice stylish colour. Red worked well on the swatches, so I gave it a try. I find Lego standard red unsettling. It looks very plasticky (yes, if I don't like plasticky I am in the wrong hobby, but bear with me) and also a little bit fluorescent. It killed the dark brown, I didn't even bother photographing it. Purple is a really troublesome colour in general, and there is something particularly lurid about Lego dark purple. With those unwanted red parts from the failed dark brown experiment, I decided to give it a try. http://www.tubemapcentral.com/legodesign/Gate_Stock/GS_purple-red_side.jpg http://www.tubemapcentral.com/legodesign/Gate_Stock/GS_purple-red_back.jpg Noooooooooooo! This was horrible, the two difficult colours together gave the combination from Hell, almost literally. I couldn't bear to commute on a train in these colours, it would be like riding inside body parts. So, I needed an interesting colour (not tan or grey) that would complement and tame the purple, and be available in the necessary parts. The only contender I could find was bright light blue, which actually works reasonably well and is surprisingly available. I don't think you would have seen a livery like this 100 years ago, but does anyone have any other suggestions? http://www.tubemapcentral.com/legodesign/Gate_Stock/GS_purple-lblue_side.jpg http://www.tubemapcentral.com/legodesign/Gate_Stock/GS_purple-lblue_back.jpg To be continued ...
Tube Map Central posted a topic in LEGO Train TechThis new train came about as a result of my combining some parts and suddenly getting a flash of inspiration, that aircraft pieces might make a rather nice Tube Train. The basis for this is London Underground Gate Stock, the first generation of EMU trains used on the earliest tube lines. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/London_Underground_1906_StockBecause of the small tunnels (just 12 feet diameter) not only were the trains reduced in size, but early electric motors were too large to fit under the passenger saloons. The solution was to have large powerful motors plus all electrical and air equipment together on a motor coach in a big compartment behind the cab. Long trains could have a motor coach at each end but motor coaches were forbidden in the middle of trains because of the safety requirement that passengers should be able to walk from end to end of a train in case of emergency without encountering electrical equipment.Air doors were not introduced on the London Underground until the 1920s. Until then, cars had gates at their ends, opened and closed by gate operators. A six coach train would require a rear guard, four gate operators and a driver. Initial passenger loads on the new Underground lines were disappointing and labour costs were ruinous, plus boarding/unloading, and departures were slow.But back to Lego City, where the year is still 1905 and a new tube line has opened to Botanical Gardens.https://www.eurobricks.com/forum/index.php?/forums/topic/182622-moc-botanical-gardens-station/ Hmmmm, the track in the yard is somewhat uneven! The rear car is a control trailer, with no motor but controls for operating the motor coach remotely. You can see, posed next to the main line EMU trains, just how much I have shrunk down the tube trains. I could have gone even further, but I wanted a top-hatted figure to be able to sit down in the saloon. You can also see the size of the motor bogie compared with the trailer bogie. The tram wheels are awful but in the end they were not a bad size relative to the standard wheels for showing the effect. Here is a gateman, signalling to the rear guard that all is clear for his section of the train. More details of the gate end, and lots of illegal build techniques in evidence, but the gate top was so perfect I had to adapt it. The large round central buffers are prototypical, so the coupling distance is not too awful. Not many seats, one per window. Minifugures are too wide but these new 1x3x3 windows are perfect. This is how I joined the cars together. There is just enough clearance for a thin liftarm. Annoyingly it is not quite long enough: the corners of the rear platforms just catch each other on curves. If I motorise this, I will either file off the corners or else stick to R56 track. Motorisation is unlikely because of the drag caused by five bogies of those wretched tram wheels. Spot more illegal build techniques. Once you have killed your first Lego brick, it becomes easier to do it again.Final thoughts: I am not quite happy with the fronts, I think that the problem is the windows, which should really be dark red. Lego produces a terrible range of windows in a lamentable range of colours. I could have used clear panels, but they would have looked too modern for a train this age I wish I had sorted the dark red pieces before using them. The two shades are noticeably different. I am currently investigating flexible hoses for air and electrical connections between cars. I am also investigating self-adhesive printable vinyl to depict opening side windows. These coaches are slightly longer than the main line EMU prototypes I showed before, so now these will definitely have to be lengthened.https://www.eurobricks.com/forum/index.php?/forums/topic/183244-moc-prototype-electric-multiple-units-for-botanical-gardens-station/I really need a tube station to go with these, a wonderful one was posted here years ago, but it looks as though it would eat up bricks for a full length train.https://www.eurobricks.com/forum/index.php?/forums/topic/49533-moc-london-underground-tube-station-and-train/
Tube Map Central posted a topic in LEGO Train TechWell, now it seems that Botanical Gardens Station is also going to be served by a new Underground line, and for the Edwardian era, that means Gate Stock: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/London_Underground_1906_Stock [google Underground Gate Stock for lots of great photos] I have mocked up something to test various ideas for a three car train. As you can see, I have managed to keep the overhang under control, just! To save a bit of space, the trailer bogie is offset, so first question: Currently the trailer bogie is on a turntable with a couple of hollow stud plates so that I can offset it. Can anyone think of a way to save a plate's height and still offset the bogie without raising the floor? Second question, and this is my undoing, what am I going to do about couplings? I don't think there is enough clearance under the Airline parts, and raising the fuselage(!) up will be a shame. I do hope this problem is going to be fixable, because it's going to look splendid when it is finished. Any other comments appreciated. As ever, I am designing for Lego rather than striving for authenticity.
I designed and build this LEGO Store inspired by the largest LEGO Store in the world at Leicester square in London as I thought it was about time to add a LEGO Store to my modular collection of 22. Ground floor: Technic, City and on sale product shelves Tube train photo opportunity with Royal Guard, William Shakespeare and the Queen Tube train with tram driver and Charlie the Conductor Two story high Big Ben with Constable, Detective and Judge Brickley the Dragon Welcoming by Lester Counter with register and Lester polybags 1st floor Friends, Duplo and other product shelves Phone Box photo opportunity Pick and Build wall Play Table Stair case with LEGO Logo history View on the Big Ben and Brickley the Dragon, 2nd floor Overall the modular has been designed to keep the amount of bricks as low as possible through the use of panels and large bricks. The 2nd floor is not a fully utilized floor to keep the brick count below the 3000 maximum. It is designed to have optimal light conditions in the store through the use of more glass and contributes to the already open inside structure of the building. The roof has four studs on it so the store can easily be recognized as a LEGO store on satellite map images :) If the brick count restriction would not apply I imagine the top floor could well be a shop for tea/coffee with cupcakes and a terrace to enjoy. If it reaches 10.000 votes on LEGO Ideas but is not approved by LEGO I will publish a free building instruction and parts list. I have a Studio design and as you can see it can be build in real bricks. So please vote if you like it :) LEGO Ideas: https://ideas.lego.com/projects/e015f9c8-3faf-4308-b8ed-b5e09c6ebcef High resolution Flick album: https://www.flickr.com/photos/r53/albums/72157690132930563 A picture overview: Free building instructions, decal sheet and parts list on Rebrickable: https://rebrickable.com/mocs/MOC-54534/BrickPolis/the-lego-store-leicester-square/