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Trackside Equipment - cranes, forklift trucks and buffer stops

Posted by Jongudmund , in Lego train 06 May 2017 - - - - - - · 343 views
crane, forklift truck, buffers
Having a train table (at last ) meant I could finally get out most of my stock and run it. I found out there was just enough internal space in the loop to try something I had been planning for a while - doubling the length of the yellow gantry crane that came in my very first train set (60052). 
Here's a reminder what it looked like. 
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Rolling stock update - including some lovely pre-loved collectibles

Posted by Jongudmund , in Lego train 03 May 2017 - - - - - - · 465 views
Lego, wagons, TTX, containers and 2 more...
A big shout out to Jack, who responded to my wanted advert here on RM Web to offer me two older Lego sets dating from the mid-noughties, which are now highly collectible. Jack kindly built the sets to check they were (almost) complete, then took them completely apart so I had the pleasure of building them myself. He also sent me a quantity of old 9 volt t...


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Another train set review - 60098 Heavy Haul Train

Posted by Jongudmund , in Lego train 02 May 2017 - - - - - - · 377 views
train set, Lego, Heavy haul train and 1 more...
I know this follows hard on the heels of a previous set review , but there were about six months between purchases. I'm not just running out and buying sets. This is the third set I've bought, having started the whole thing with the 60052 Cargo Train Set . (To address the obvious question, did I need another train set? Not really, but this set is d...


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Passenger services - set 60051 (a slightly disappointing set)

Posted by Jongudmund , in Lego train 28 April 2017 - - - - - - · 440 views
Lego, passenger train
Back in October I took a trip to Toys R Us. A combination of money off, an additional voucher and a freebie Lego set if I spent over a certain amount saw me come home with a 60051 white passenger train set.   (Geoffrey the Toys R Us mascot was the freebie.) In the box was a loop of track, the power functions kits and 7 bags of Lego parts....


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An actual lay out - with running trains!

Posted by Jongudmund , in Lego train 27 April 2017 - - - - - - · 432 views
crane, Lego, blue cargo train and 1 more...
I mentioned at the end of my previous post that I have acquired a table for my hobbies, including Lego. Actually, my wife found it being offered free to a good home on Facebook. 
 
In preparation for the table arriving I had a play around with the Lego train track I had in a box. I knew the basic loop measurements from a box was about 10cms les...


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Finishing the depot oil tank (and failures along the way)

Posted by Jongudmund , in Lego train 26 April 2017 - - - - - - · 356 views
oil tank, Lego, circle
About six months ago I blogged about building an oil depot tank for the Lego railway . Six months later (and one MSc dissertation out the way) I have finally sorted out the missing roof and I'm quite pleased with the result. 
Here's a picture of the tank getting 'plated up'. You can see the Technic frame holding the plates in place. 
 
No...


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Happy Christmas! (seasonal train)

Posted by Jongudmund , in Lego train 23 December 2016 - - - - - - · 308 views

Hello everyone. You won't see this on my freight yard train set when I eventually set it up, but this year the wife and I bought ourselves the Christmas train set for our Lego Christmas decoration shelf. If I get the chance I will post some more pics after Christmas. In the meantime I hope everyone has a very blessed Christmas and an enjoyable New Year!...


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Freelance minerals / ore wagons

Posted by Jongudmund , in Lego train 10 December 2016 - - - - - - · 192 views

This was a bit of a diversion for me as I have been a bit too busy to build recently. I've also stalled on the oil depot . (I plan to pick that project back up after Christmas.) 
But anyway, back in April I repurposed some poorly designed cattle wagons into scrap-carrying wagons . This is what they looked like: 
 
I have recently joined...


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An Octan Oil Depot for my Lego trains

Posted by Jongudmund , in Lego train 02 October 2016 - - - - - - · 574 views
oil depot, Lego
The first thing I did when I had my Lego train set was acquire some tanker wagons , but I don't have anywhere for them to visit, unlike my car transporter wagon loading dock or cranes . I have decided to build an oil tank for them to discharge their cargo. It will be a transfer station with road access for Lego tanker lorries to fill up and take off i...


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A big post to finish off the car transporter wagon topic

Posted by Jongudmund , in Lego train 25 August 2016 - - - - - - · 431 views
wagon, Lego, car transporter
I have put a load of posts up on here about this MOC car transporter wagon, but in the last couple of months I have been tweaking it and it's now quite a different animal. I have also ordered my first ever parts off Bricklink, a very useful Lego website. I'm quite pleased now with the finished (ha ha ha) result. This is a collection of 20 photos to show t...


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A tiny mod can make all the difference

Posted by Jongudmund , in Lego train 21 August 2016 - - - - - - · 386 views
Lego, wagon, tipper
I mentioned last time how I had purchased a red tipper wagon, which originally came in set number 7898. It's a lovely wagon, but it had one odd aspect, clips on either end to hold minifigure utensils. 
This included a spade at one end. 
 
And a broom at the other. 
 
While I'm sure these would be handy for freight yard staff, it...


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A new arrival: 7898 Red Tipper Wagon

Posted by Jongudmund , in Lego train 18 July 2016 - - - - - - · 331 views
lego, Tipper Wagon
Here's the latest arrival from Ebayland - a tipper wagon from the 7898 Deluxe Cargo Train set. This was for sale on its own with an option to make an offer. I made an offer and it's now the ninth wagon in my growing manifest. 
 
The Lego is pristine. The sides move up to unload the cargo. I'll get some 'action shots' at some point. I'm going to...


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Testing for compatibility (buffers!) and a loading dock

Posted by Jongudmund , in Lego train 07 July 2016 - - - - - - · 421 views
loading dock, Lego train, buffers and 1 more...
I've had this Lego set (number 4561) a long time. It was produced in 1999 and ran off powered 9V track. Lego dispensed with powered track and in the mid-noughties, switching to battery-powered, radio controlled trains. It's a great set and was very fun to build. 
 
 
I had two reasons for digging this set out from my store cupboard of Leg...


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New addition: a Lego container wagon and a rolling stock manifest

Posted by Jongudmund , in Lego train 03 May 2016 - - - - - - · 550 views
Lego, Lego train, wagons
At the end of my previous post I mentioned a new arrival. It came in the post from an eBay supplier, partially deconstructed. (Makes it easier to post and more fun to receive as you have to do a bit of building.) 
It's the container wagon from the cargo train set 7939. 
 
The container comes off, leaving a nice flat wagon that would make a...


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Lego Car Transporter Wagon part 4 - cars and sorting out those ramps!

Posted by Jongudmund , in Lego train 02 May 2016 - * * * * * · 455 views
Lego, car transporter, wagon
I said last time that the final version of the car transporter probably wasn't final because the ramps weren't right. So I went back to them. This was the starting point. (I put the transporter next to another wagon to compare the height.) 
 
But first I also needed two more cars to load onto the transporter. I mentioned this to my wife, Cathy,...


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Car Transporter Wagon Project part 3: the rebuild

Posted by Jongudmund , in Lego train 30 April 2016 - * * * * - · 309 views
Lego, car transporter, wagon
This is the third blog entry about building a car transporter for my Lego train. The first attempt ended with a model that worked but was too wide and ungainly with an over-sized top deck. So, back to the building board. 
The first thing I did was remove the upper deck and rebuild it. The ladders that are being used as runners for the cars slide into...


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Car Transporter Wagon Project part 2: the first iteration

Posted by Jongudmund , in Lego train 29 April 2016 - * * * * - · 300 views
Lego, car transporter, wagon
Yesterday I blogged about building a car transporter set that I bought with the intention of turning this rather dull blue wagon into something more interesting. 
 
The first thing to do was take off all the bits above the base plate. The little Octan tank will come in useful somewhere. 
 
This left a nice bare surface to start build...


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Car Transporter Wagon Project part 1: Building a car transporter

Posted by Jongudmund , in Lego train 28 April 2016 - * * * * - · 293 views
wagon, Lego, car transporter
At the end of my previous blog post I said I had plans for the rather boring long wagon that came in the original cargo train set (60052). 
 
I was prompted to use it as a 'donor' base wagon for a car transporter project by this: 
 
It was on special reduction in my local Asda. I saw it one evening and had a think about whether I wan...


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From cow wagons to scrap wagons

Posted by Jongudmund , in Lego train 27 April 2016 - * * * - - · 349 views
wagon, scrapyard, Lego train and 1 more...
Well, I'm back after more than six months. When I started this blog last year I talked about the train set that kicked this off . I made a throwaway remark in that opening post about turning the cattle wagon that came in the set into a wagon for scrap 'metal' (actually Lego Technic and Bionicle bits). But I didn't have any pictures of it. I then moved on...


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Track options and very bad health and safety examples!

Posted by Jongudmund , 23 September 2015 - - - - - - · 376 views
Lego, Track, 7499 and 3 more...
So I bought a box of track in Smyth's weekend 20% sale. This stuff never gets reduced even though it's been in the Lego range in unchanged packaging since 2010 at least. So 20% was tempting.

Specifically I bought Lego Set 7499 - Straight and Flexible tracks.


You can see from the back how old this is. These are the train ranges from five years ago. Le...






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