Hi! This is my first attempt at a Lego MOC for at least 13 years. I am glad the "dark ages" are behind me.
This model is based on the BR50 steam locomotive and wagon that are at the train museum in Blumberg/Zollhaus near the Black Forrest in Germany. I have included a picture of the original below.
The model is powered by two Power Functions M size motors which are in the boiler. The final result is great, but getting these to fit properly and braced well enough to handle the torque was a real struggle. If your tender is big enough, you might want to put them in there instead.
The "Wannentender" or "bathtub" tender as this design is referred to, houses the rechargeable LEGO battery box and IR receiver which you can see sticking out from under the coals. Because of the tenders design it wasn't big enough for the motors, which is why I ended up putting them in the boiler.
This model will actually be played with by children so I didn't go overboard with the detailing. The focus was more on durability and playability.
I hope you like it! I would be grateful for your comments and ratings. Thanks!
About this creation
You can check out the high res pictures on my Flickr page if you want a closer look, and I just added a movie there (updated 10.1.10), as well so you can see the train in action. ("action" being at 50% power ;o) )
Some new close up pics...
In case you are wondering what the rubber rings are for on the tender... The cabin on the BR50, which was the inspiration for this model, had a rear wall (I have noticed some models are open at the back), and there was a large, round seal which connected the tender to cabin. Unfortunately I could not find a way to make this out of one piece, and allow movement for the train to go around corners so I made two halves instead. The ring on the cabin is smaller than that on the tender so when the train is set up for display, that ring almost fits into the other and it almost looks like one piece.
...and the older ones below
The cabin layout below is based on pictures that I found on the web. Unfortunately I didn't get to see the indside of the train in Blumberg yet.
This is the actual train on which my model is based. I took the opportunity to do a full walk around taking pictures of every detail. This was not easy to do at -14 degrees celcius... but it was worth it. :o)
The following 3 pictures are of a BR52 which was its successor. At first glance they are very similar. The reason I added these pictures is that they are taken at a similar angle to my model so you have a good comparison. Some of the details are different (e.g. what I believe is the air pump on the BR52 is located on the other side of the boiler on the BR50).
Unfortunately I am not sure who originally took these images so if you can prove that you have the copywrite, and you would like them removed, I will do so immediately.
Hi everyone! Thank you so much for your comments. I have not had the opportunity to build anymore MOCs since I completed this one almost a year ago but I should be able to start on my next project soon. In the mean time, your comments are really keeping me motivated! Thanks again. :o)