This model was built as a test bed for the concept of building metre gauge trains using standard Lego track. The scale of 1:25 works out to be slightly smaller than that of Technic figures, but I just assume that everyone is tall and thin! I chose this particular prototype for a few reasons, I felt the windows would be easy, I like the idea of using medium blue and I had drawings available. Plus I thought that no-one would beat me to it, I build very slowly!
The model was designed mainly in MLCAD over the space of six months. The main differences in the final ABS build were to do with the couplers. As there isn't a large range of elements available in medium blue I created myself a crib sheet by copying the images of the useful parts from the Bricklink colour guide to a Word document and printed it out.
When I build a model I look for the details that give the prototype its character, these are the ones that need including. In this case it is the end ladder, the headlamps, the slightly curved ends, the inset door and the wheel guards.
The original plan was to build the tram only as I hadn't found any pictures of the trailer in use, however once I used the BBB wheels I realised that I would have to build the trailer to power the beast! Unfortunately this means that I ran out of inspiration a bit with the trailer, I would like to revisit the ends sometime.
The design has no revolutionary new building features, but is quite complicated. A basic bar chassis of Technic bricks was used as a base, with the sides hung off the floor. Any future designs will use a rigid frame, but I think it could be better implemented. The roof also has a Technic brick frame and adds considerably to the strength of the completed model (Thanks go to William Howard for the hard to find 3x3 dark grey 33 degree corner slopes).
The couplers caused some head scratching, the long overhangs of the four wheeled vehicles meant that they had to have a large sideways swing, this meant a rebuild. Eventually I gave up on the magnetic couplers between the units and settle on a simple bar coupling. The original mountings also weren't strong enough to cope with pushing the heavy tram; thanks go to Ross Crawford for coming up with an elegant strong mounting. I think I will replace the outer couplers with more accurate, non-working version.
The bow collector (for electricity pickup) on the roof uses a cheat, the flex tube has steel wire inside to hold its shape (as do the handrails on the trailer). Some of the windows are also slightly modified, the holes in the top studs needed opening out (see for this Lugnet thread more info).
Brief history of the line and stock
The Clarens-Chailly-Blonay (CCB) was an 810v DC electrified Swiss metre gauge line that opened on the 23rd December 1911. It ran from Clarens, now a suburb of Montreux on the north shore of Lac Léman, crossed the Vevey-Montreux-Chillon-Villeneuve (VMCV) tramway and SBB mainline and through halts at Tavel and Baugy to Chailly. From there it ran to Fontanivent, meeting the Montreux-Oberland Bernois (MOB) railway where it reversed and ran through Brent to a terminus next to the Chemins Électriques Veveyans (CEV) Terminus in Blonay. An extension to the steamer pier on the lake opened in 1915. Map of the line. The line was never very successful and closed in 1955 when all the stock* was scrapped.
When the line opened there were three electrically powered four wheeled railcars (Ce2/2 1,2 and 3). These had the same loading gauge and coupling and braking systems as were used on the MOB as transfer freight traffic was envisaged.
In the 1930s three trailers were purchased second hand and were numbered C11 C12 and C14. There were also two baggage wagons numbered M1 and M2.
* Except one of the baggage cars.
References Maurizio Polier's Swiss trains website Continental Modeller magazine, March 2004 Photos of the line Photos of the line
ONLY 6 COMMENTS?! This thing is a masterpiece! You really kicked with this one! The interior is amazing and the exterior.. I'm speechless. It is a crying shame that some MOC's gather all the comments they don't deserve and MOC such as this one don't. Keep it up!
What an inspiration! I am a closet 12-16 wider and one day will go for it. This gets me thinking sooner than later. The other reason it's so inspirational is because it can be a stand alone system. It's not required to make the entire layout 16 wide scale. It would be fun to just have the trolley running around the house some where with no track side decor.