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7597 Western Train Chase steam locomotive fixes and tender addition - with free LDD file
Murdoch17 posted a topic in LEGO Train TechEver since buying my first copy of Toy Story 3 LEGO set 7597 in May / June 2010, I've wanted to make the steam engine in the set look more realistic. The lack of tender bothered me greatly, and so did a few other things I talk about below. I created my first steam loco MOC I could call my own from it's framework, but that failed hard to even make turns at all when built in real life. (I suspect R120 wouldn't even work with that model.) So, it was scrapped in 2012 after sitting around for two years despite my best attempts to get it working. The Lone Ranger sets came out the following year, and I forgot about the odd 7597 engine as years went by and my skills increased. Then, in July / August of this year, a decade after I bought the original copy, I saw set 7597 sitting complete in a window of my local LEGO resale store. It was purchased, and I started working on a design soon thereafter. Of course, the person who purchased it for me (It cost a bit) wouldn't let me get at it physically until November, but nonetheless, here is that design all polished up and ready to roll into your collection via the free LDD file you can find at the end of this post. The locomotive as it is in LDD upon opening the file, which you will find at the bottom of this post. Almost all the needed parts for this MOD are grouped in the file. Everything else should already be on the stock loco model from the set, though it will need to be mostly taken apart to allow you to rebuild it with my changes. if you are building the MOD from set 7597, there are only two printed 1 x 4 green bricks on the tender that should be printed like so. However, if you are building the loco from scratch, use four of the above parts, (two on tender, two on the loco) and one of these 2 x 2 red printed bricks for the number on the headlight. 99.8% of the parts needed for the conversion from the set are shown above. The printed parts are unprinted as shown, and the red wheels are shown, but not available from BrickLink. You will need need one of these custom wheel parts packs in red color (plus 4x part 2878 for holding said custom wheels) for the tender wheels from BrickTracks to complete the tender. Among my changes, I lowered the loco cab floor of my copy of 7597 (Western Train Chase) loco by a brick or so to compensate for the roof being a brick fewer height-wise and to better match the floor of the tender. This still allows for the taller 2010 Toy Story figures to still fit inside the loco cab, and also making for a smoother transition from train cars to steam engine. This change also made the left-to-right swiveling driving wheel section impossible to keep, (I didn't like it anyway!) and by extension the front bogie had to change too. Thus, the connection to the leading wheels from the driving wheels was changed to a 10194-syle design to allow for you to push the train on the track without derailing. I also never liked the awkward original piston design in 7597, so I changed it to have a more stable, non-floppy connection to the engine via a double Technic pin connector. Actual working cylinders connected to the new side rods will never be a thing on this engine due to the way the pistons are attached to the new moving front bogie instead of the boiler, but I can mimic the effect pretty well with the design I have here. You can find the LDD file here at my Bricksafe page for it. I haven't quite finished taking pictures of my version of the model, but this photo of it and it's sister loco (dark blue steamer NOT Included in file!) will do for now. Please note, the model shown has color changed side-rods and "pistons" due to parts I had on hand from my collection. It isn't quite like the LDD file because the parts in said file are cheaper when colored like they are. (Thought I'd save you guys a couple dollars / yen / rubles / euros, etc.) Plus, it makes my different than everybody else's! Thoughts?
Western railroad depot with steam train - 7594, 7597, 10015 MODs
Murdoch17 posted a topic in LEGO Train TechThis old railroad station was inspired by set 7594 (Woody's Roundup!) which I have named Legoredo Junction passenger depot, (after the famous Fort Legoredo, set 6769 and the re-release set 6762) while the train is inspired by sets 7597 (Western Train Chase) and set 10015 (Passenger Wagon) I have the station and locomotive + passenger cars built. The bridge will not be built. 1870's modular passenger depot Here is the fictional background story for the station: This railroad station was built in 1874 after the original station structure (built 1867) burned to the ground in late 1873. It was confusingly named Fort Legoredo at that time by the railroad in an attempt to persuade potential settlers that this land was protected by the army, when in fact the Federal government was planning on closing down the actual Fort Legoredo. (this plan was eventually gone through with, as the Fort ceased operations when it burned to the ground in 1885 and was not rebuilt) The station has since stood for 140+ years with only slight modifications, such as adding computer control systems to the upper floor in 1980 to control the switches and monitor train traffic to the still-active silver mines. The station also serves as the oldest building in the city and is featured heavily in tourism advertisements for the city and it's historical reproduction of the original Fort Legoredo. (the US Army base, that is) The station is modular, as the roof and second floor come off and the two side platforms come apart by means of Technic pins. This lower floor features two waiting rooms with a ticket office in-between them. This office features stairs to the upper floor. The upper floor features a vintage safe that is used to hold silver dust / nuggets that is still payable for a train ticket. The metal is weighed on the scale (seen next to the safe) to ensure it is the correct type. (Read: not fake). The newspaper contains the daily precious metals prices, so that is is fairly measured and properly payed for. Eventually a special train comes though the station and the dust / nuggets are exchanged for proper paper currency, with the expensive metal being shipped back east to Denver to be made into coins and bars. The anachronistic modern computer system was added in 1980 to control the switches and monitor train traffic to the still-active silver mines. 1870's train bridge with collapsing function This bridge was inspired by Bad Cop's Pursuit (set 70802) and the short section of railroad bridge included with that set. When I first saw it, I thought it would make a great play feature for a train bridge that is actually usable by trains. Anyway, here is the result of all that working and reworking: 12 sections of PF / RC train track (It won't work with 9V, sorry!) with 1 section of old 4.5V straight track plus 2 studs of space to separate the moving from non-moving items and allow the hinge to do it's job. The design of the bridge is modular so that you can easily disassemble the bridge for transport. It disassembles into 2 lower ramp sections consisting of 4 tracks each, 2 upper ramp sections, and 1 "failure point" module consisting of a hinged (on one end) track piece. Here you can see the bridge when it's in the up position. This is how it works: Their is a hidden Technic rod under the track that should allow trains to pass by safely overhead. Pull the red Technic connector on the right side an your bridge collapses. Here is the bridge with the pins removed and track "broken". 1870's luggage cart Just a small US railroad luggage cart I whipped together in 5 minutes.... nothing special. I will be getting these with some other small projects, probably at the same time as my streetcars. LDD files and etc. Here is the LDD file for the station (version 4) by itself, if anyone wants it: http://www.moc-pages...1456867526m.lxf Here's the LDD file for the broken bridge: http://www.moc-pages...1456341678m.lxf EDIT: Here's my progress on the loco & it's train cars as of 2/22/16: Both sections are currently a Work In Progress: the coaches an 99% done, but the steamer needs parts for it's pistons to work right and few other minor details. EDIT 2/23/16: Since the last time I uploaded this, I added a roof to the waiting areas and removed some non-existent parts. The LDD file and pictures have been updated accordingly. EDIT 2/24/16: added breakable bridge pictures and it's LDD file. EDIT 2/25/16: Added updated station. It is now modular, and has two removable levels: roof and second floor. EDIT 2/27/16: Which one of these two pictures (below) do you think looks better, as I'm torn between the two. I'll add a poll so you can chose. EDIT 3/1/16: Since the l have ordered the model, and as such some substitutions have been made (such as the windows), and the upper floor has been furnished. EDIT 5/15/16: added luggage cart to the page. Just messing around with options in Google images: This photo was originally taken on the United States 100th Birthday, also known as July 4th, 1876 and shows the 4-4-0 (American) type "No. 1" pulling a passenger train into Legoredo Junction. This version of the photo is the original version, taken in 1876. A retouched and colorized version was released as a souvenir postcard in preparation for the 200th anniversary of the founding of the USA, and the 100th birthday of the engine. This version of the photo had been retouched sometime in the early 1970's to add some color into the originally Black and White photograph in preparation for the 200th anniversary of the founding of United States of America and the 100th birthday of the engine. If you vote, please state your choice! Also, please visit this thread for info about the steam train I made to go with the station: http://www.eurobrick...howtopic=122409 Comments, questions, and complaints are always welcome!