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His builds are noted for their colorful livery. BrickJournal was able to talk to him about how he got into the hobby, and spotlight some of his best work. Freight trains where a part of my life from the beginning. They provided a backdrop and a soundtrack to every day.

I eventually moved on to Castle sets and then Technic sets. The sets were always mostly just a parts source as I would build my own designs almost immediately after building the official sets. During the college years I built houses, boats, musical instruments, and even grandfather clocks, but all from wood. So at that moment, sitting in a small sailboat bobbing in the Pacific Ocean with a laptop in my lap, I decided to get back into LEGO, and this time it would be trains. The build was pretty simple and very robust so it turned out to be a great engine to run under any condition of track.

That RS3 had a pretty long life, although it has recently met the brick separator. I had also gotten into rail photography, mostly as a form of research, and this introduced me to the latest and greatest in US rail technologies.

I browse RailPictures. Also, GTW is technically Canadian owned so that irony was not lost on me. I try not to rely on stickers, preferring brick built designs as much as possible; this too made the GTW a good choice for building.

Note how he separates the grilled bricks with tiles at the rear, and also uses brackets to mount small slopes. We have amazing builders in numerous themes. But our train layouts may be one of our most recognized facets and over the years we have developed our own style and have worked to push the train hobby forward. I was asked how we make such outstanding layouts, so I thought about it and came up with these rules of thumb: Work Together To us our train layout is one large collaborative MOC.

They become an out of context mashup. All the MOCs that we put in our train layouts play off each other and contribute to the feeling that this little world we are trying to create makes sense. But we work to blend everything together into something cohesive. Cut the Clutter Say no to the visual clutter or; quality over quantity. PennLUG layouts may look a little less populated and cleaner than some others you seen.

There is always a tendency to just put out every minifig, fire truck, and train you have to show it all off. The problem is that you try to pack so much into space that everything just starts looking chaotic 60 aand a mess. All the little cool stuff and details get One of the steam trains that usually are seen at a PennLUG layout. Introduced in , there were only three sets released: the Monorail Transport System, the Airport Shuttle , and the Monorail Transport Base Two track sets were released in and to supplement the sets, but for such a limited range, the monorail has garnered a considerable number of fans.

One of the designers of the initial set spoke to BrickJournal about how the monorail was designed. BrickJournal: How did you figure out the motor and gearing the track? That one idea makes the LEGO monorail genius, as it can go up a pretty good slope. This also makes the power needed to move the monorail considerably, as the wheels on the track bear the weight of the unit. What did you think about while deciding the overall look of the monorail set and cars?

Did you design it as an alternate train idea, or a completely different transportation idea? We did a large number of different designs for trains, buildings and vehicles for the set. The final designs were a combination of some models built by Carsten Michaelsen and myself. We collaborated closely on fusing our designs, the train especially was a combo of two of our prototypes.

The modular container system brought a lot of play value and as a added bonus made it easy to exchange the batteries. When the set was tested with kids, the first thing they noticed was the new helmets with the transparent visors.

This was a litte surprising and funny! With the stantions, the monorail appears to have been designed to be an above ground level mobile system. Am I right? But for stability reasons and to optimize the play value, some of the set is at ground level. We did other designs where all or almost all of the track was suspended, but they turned out to be impractical.

I also did a design where the train was hanging underneath the tracks; it was cool but very hard to build and almost impossible to play with! However, the company has been resistant to this idea, as this would require recreating molds and parts, which is an expensive process. A small group of fans have gone another direction. Inspired by real-world monorails, they have begun to build custom monorails using currently available LEGO parts and motors.

The implication is clear: A LEGO monorail can be made, using off-the-shelf parts, that has the potential to be more flexible than the previous sets. BrickJournal takes a look at current monorail efforts. At BrickCon , two different monorails were displayed. The model has the distinctive window patterns of the Disney monorails. The motorized truck is at the front, while the second truck keeps the train level. The axles extending outwards are rail guides.

Here, he talks about the beginnings of his train system. As part of an overall build to include much of Disneyland, the Disney Monorail was a natural fit for both the display and to have at the various Puget Sound Lego Train Club displays. Having been a fan of Disney monorails for years, I started to build my variations in Monorail Blue.

Knowing I was going to use the 8-wide airplane nose as the front and back, I started out looking at track and truck designs. Being slightly old-school in how I build, the only research I did was on prototypical designs for monorail.

First was the track. I started with single-stud wide, thinking I could use the old 4. For the large 8-wide design, though, this was not strong enough. After a little bit of experimentation, I settled for a 2-wide beam at about 3 bricks in height.

This proved strong enough for stud spans and for the side torque through a corner. Next up was the truck. Monorail Red has the third truck design and the first where the motorized truck would fit in the airplane body.

This proved to be very slow and inefficient. The friction of the wheel in its fixed position in a corner would both drain a battery in 30 minutes, and after a couple of days shredded much of the tire tread.

The area around the wheels after BrickCon was covered in little bits of rubber. Monorail Blue is the 6th iteration of trucks, which ran during BrickCon and reverts back to previous versions of the drive wheel in a stationary location. This design has less drag than Monorail Red, but only slightly. It creeps through corners and does not provide much lateral 66 support.

The Power Functions receiver is at the rear of the model, making this a freemoving train. The bottom of Blue, showing the trucks, including the now movable rear truck. Like the first version, the rail guides are inside the lower panels, but the track is now 2-wide as opposed to one-wide. He is currently working on sloping tracks to change elevation. Monorail going up slope track. One element of the layout that got a lot of attention was a custom monorail built by Nathaniel Brill.

Where other models had a train on a single rail, his was a suspended train. Here, he talks about his inspiration and building. As a kid, I often built large space bases on the dining room table when I could get away with it, at least and I always tried to include a monorail.

The stock LEGO monorail parts are not very accommodating for this, though, and the price of track has also prevented me from expanding my monorail collection from what I had as a kid, so I decided to look elsewhere. I have some experience now working with Power Functions components, so I thought I would try to make my own monorail.

Still, I wanted to do something different. Actually, hearing Joe Meno talk about the issues with building a custom monorail setup got me thinking about the suspended design.

Monorails riding on a thin rail also have to contend with balance and weight distribution issues. You can see a wooden train in the lower left corner. The following is a short journey highlighting key milestones in the life of the LEGO train. Up through the s, s and s the LEGO Group produces everything from steam locomotives to the more modern express trains in wood. These continue to be made only in wood. In the LEGO Group stops making wooden toys after a fire in the woodworking factory — which also means the end of the line for production of wooden trains.

After an interval of four years, the company introduces its first plastic trains in The train is made of LEGO bricks, which — since their introduction in — have become increasingly popular up through the s.

Introduction of this new component brings motion to the LEGO brick — and the opportunity to launch a train theme. It begins with a push-along train. When the child wishes for an electric train, a power supply is available for ordinary LEGO rails.



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