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1870's modular Wild West railroad depot - 7594-style MOC with free LDD file
Murdoch17 posted a topic in LEGO Train TechThis 1870's-style modular Western railroad station was originally inspired by set the Sheriff's office in 7594 (Woody's Roundup!) which I have re-named "Gold City", after set 6765 (Gold City Junction) from the Wild West theme of the mid-1990's. If this model looks familiar, your are not suffering from Deja-Vu... this model was designed and built in early 2016 for use as my original Fort Legoredo passenger station, but in a different color scheme more reminiscent of the Toy Story set that inspired it. It lasted in it's as built condition until mid-2018 when it was dismantled. (Being built of mostly reddish-brown at that time, it sadly shattered upon attempting to take it apart. ) In June 2021, I found the old LDD file and began working on it again, adding new windows, revising the roof sections and changing the overall color scheme. The street side of the station. There is a freight ramp at either end of the platform for hauling heavy items into the station proper. The main floor features the twin waiting rooms and ticket office, with a staircase to the employee's-only top floor. Upstairs is the stationmaster's office, complete with Telegraph key, opening safe, and scale for measuring silver nuggets weight / worth. Outside on this floor are two identical station signs (one on the front and on on back) along with the standard twin station clocks. The modularity of the station means the roof, second floor, main floor, and the two platform extensions are removable from each other as shown. NOTES: Here is the original model in 2016 as seen in the only photo series ever taken of it. This is not one of the best of that series, but it IS all in the shot! Also, I don't think it's going to get the newer one built in real life anytime soon... though it is 100% buildable according to BrickLink. (too many projects to build already, and it would be my fourth RR station at this current time.) The free LDD file can be downloaded from Bricksafe here.
Woody's Roundup! "The Crash at Crater Canyon"
Murdoch17 posted a topic in LEGO Train Tech"The Crash at Crater Canyon (part 1)" is a thrilling two-part episode of the 1950s / 60s TV series Woody's Roundup. In this episode, Jessie the yodeling cow-girl is knocked out by Prospector Stinky Pete, as she had discovered Pete's plans for Sheriff Woody and the town he protects via the mine tunnels under the town filled with dynamite and nitroglycerin, set to blow up high noon the next day to destroy the town in a giant sinkhole. Jessie is then placed unconscious on a steam loco which is uncoupled from it's train and sent hurtling uncontrollably through the wilderness to Crater Canyon, where it will meet the Cannonball passenger train on the bridge. (Thus destroying the only fast way to town and keeping Jessie out of the way for the town to explode with Woody saving Jessie and not in town to stop Pete's plan.) Naturally, Woody rides out on his horse (Bullseye) to save Jessie,who has at this point woken up and discovered the throttle lever missing and steam loco's brakes disconnected. This episode ends with this scene above: Jessie reaching for Bullseye and Woody while both trains are barreling towards each other and certain destruction, while the timer on the clock in town square ticks ever closer to noon. What happens in the next episode will never be known, as the show was pulled from the airways as the film office where the future episodes and unfinished scripts were kept burned to the ground, destroying all the un-aired episodes. It is assumed, though, that Woody rescues Jessie, stops the town from exploding, and jails Pete all before the credits roll. The real scene takes place on my Eads bridge with engines 2 and 3, plus the passenger train for the latter loco. The yellow steamer is not even finished: the side not shown is missing one wheel and moving piston and was carefully staged to hide this fact! The story behind the picture is 100% fake, as the Woody's Roundup only exists in Disney / Pixar "Toy Story" films. (specifically the second one) I tried using every to make the story sound believable for that era of TV it was set in, such at the middle 1950's to early 60s when Howdy Doody and Westerns in general were very popular. What do you guys think?
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!