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District Line Train Transporter
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This is a modified DAF 95 XF tractor unit with a specialised low loader to transport London Underground rolling stock
About this creation


This is based on the District Line Rolling Stock Refurbishment Programme which took place a few years ago. Basically every carriage of every District Line train was taken away on lorrys to get overhauled and then brought back again. I saw a lot of these leaving and entering the Ealing Common Train Depot.

The truck is based on a DAF 95 XF unit that is used by Allely's Haulage. The unit should be a turquoise/light blue colour but I used yellow bricks. This was because I didn't have enough of the bricks I needed in blue but did in yellow. The low loader trailer is red in real life so that bit is correct. The DAF units that Allely's used have triple back axles. However I've seen a lot of Piccadilly Line trains leaving the Acton depot recently with normal twin axle DAF XF units. I know the SSL underground trains weigh a lot more than deep tunnel underground trains so that would explain why the triple axles are needed.

The truck, trailer and train are all 8 bricks wide.










This is the trailer tool cabinet. It also contains a spare wheel for the trailer. The chains used to secure the train to the trailer would also be stored in here when not in use.
On the outside there is also a winch, a couple of loading hooks and a work light.

Here you can see, mounted on the bogey of the train, the positive DC pick up shoe.
London Underground trains operate on 650V DC electricity. Positive DC voltage flows through a third rail (+ve conductor rail) which is situated next to the running rail on the outer side. The positive DC pick up shoe of the train makes contact with this rail and this is how the train receives it's power.
The negative DC voltage is dissipated by a shoe mounted on the underside of the train. This makes contact with a fourth rail (-ve conductor rail) which is situated in the middle of the 2 running rails. Negative DC voltage flows through this rail.
If you ever use London Underground you will notice the conductor rails as being black in colour and they are slightly higher than the running rails. It is not a wise idea to touch them.















Comments

 I made it 
  November 6, 2012
Quoting Kevin Bullions Great creation, just putting my LUL cap on, with those single leaf doors on the Carriage, surely this is a D stock and not a C as described? I'll get my coat.
I think you're right there, whoops. Soon C and D will be wiped out as the S stocks are taking over SSL
  August 7, 2012
Great creation, just putting my LUL cap on, with those single leaf doors on the Carriage, surely this is a D stock and not a C as described? I'll get my coat.
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  February 28, 2012
Awesome! It looks very realistic! Perfect creation.... :-)
Andy L
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White Knight
  October 31, 2011
Lego City dream material.....
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  May 7, 2011
Great Work again Love the low loader and detail again on this truck trailer combo! keep it up
Andy L
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Manthan Dutta
  September 15, 2010
I like it. The train is good too.
Andy L
Nicks Bricks
  August 20, 2010
Nice job, looks great, and i hate it when you run out of the kind of bricks you need~Nick
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  August 20, 2010
Quoting Nicks Bricks Nice job, looks great, and i hate it when you run out of the kind of bricks you need~Nick
Cheers Mr Bricks. Your brick pain is all too true!
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  July 28, 2010
Not having enough of the right pieces is a real problem for me, too. I prefer buying new pieces in a nearby Lego store with a pick-a-brick wall. The only stupid thing about it is that you never know when they will have (or not have). I mainly (almost exclusively) buy small pieces in the big cups there and save a lot of money by packing them in a "pro way" like a maniac - I am a cheap a.. . Last time, it took me 4 to 5 hours to pack two of those cups. By doing so, I have saved a lot of money. An example of another time: three cups for 45 Euro, worth more than 110 Euro! (calculation based on official Lego elements list) :)
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  July 28, 2010
The 7-wide technique isnīt actually too difficult, as long as you have enough "jumper plates" allowing the half-stud off-sets. Hereīs an example for a trailer I made in 7-wide, showing how effective it is scale-wise: http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/48660 . The military helicopter transporter you commented on consists of a 7-wide hauler, too. The difficulty about that one wasnīt its width, but rather a fairly complex cowling/"nose"... (difficulty increased by the use of conventional tiles instead of appropriate angled plates which I donīt own...). You know what I find sad: that Lego replaced the old 12V and 9V train system with that battery-driven engine thing... How sad is that!?
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  July 26, 2010
Quoting Steffen Kasteleiner Andrew, this is awesome! Since I kind of have a "weakness" for trucks, trains and aircraft, your transporter directly caught my attention after reading your profile info on the main page. I especially like how you built the commuter train. Looking at it made me wonder whether or not these doors actually can slide open?! Then, the front of the train car looks spectacular and gives me a whole new idea and approach on train fronts (the sidewards positioned windows mainly) - thatīs a great idea! 8-wide trains are definately the way to go, whereas I would have made the semi hauler 7-wide rather and its trailer 8-wide (to maintain a difference between trains and trucks). I yet have to attempt an 8-wide train, something I didnīt even know of when I was younger and still more regularly building trains and city layouts. That was before my Lego "dark ages". My goal for nowadays (a long-time one) is to compose a nice airport layout, infrastructure included (trains, an air-rail-station, highways, etc.), illuminated with all my 12V and 9V lights... Itīll still take me a long time, especially since space is a problem in our appartment. But once my wife and I will settle somewhere else (hopefully soon), space might be less of a problem. Oh well... Anyways, this is a great creation. Iīm happy to see there are other older builders out there to share similar interests with! Best regards, Steffen
Hi Steffen, Thank you for your kind words and it is good to see other older builders on this site. I'm glad you like my MOC. In answer to your question the doors on the train don't slide open, but I was toying with the idea when I was building it. I decided not to as the train is technically out of service so no passengers would be getting on to it. If I had enough of the right bricks I could make the whole 6 carriage District Line train and then I would definitely make the doors slide open. It would probably mean a lot of money being spent at bricklink. I like your idea of making the tractor unit 7-wide. This is something that I hadn't thought of. I haven't tried 7-wide yet with any model so I wonder how much of a nightmare it would be to do. I'm looking forward to seeing your airport & infrastructure layout when you do it. Kindest Regards Andy
 I like it 
  July 26, 2010
Andrew, this is awesome! Since I kind of have a "weakness" for trucks, trains and aircraft, your transporter directly caught my attention after reading your profile info on the main page. I especially like how you built the commuter train. Looking at it made me wonder whether or not these doors actually can slide open?! Then, the front of the train car looks spectacular and gives me a whole new idea and approach on train fronts (the sidewards positioned windows mainly) - thatīs a great idea! 8-wide trains are definately the way to go, whereas I would have made the semi hauler 7-wide rather and its trailer 8-wide (to maintain a difference between trains and trucks). I yet have to attempt an 8-wide train, something I didnīt even know of when I was younger and still more regularly building trains and city layouts. That was before my Lego "dark ages". My goal for nowadays (a long-time one) is to compose a nice airport layout, infrastructure included (trains, an air-rail-station, highways, etc.), illuminated with all my 12V and 9V lights... Itīll still take me a long time, especially since space is a problem in our appartment. But once my wife and I will settle somewhere else (hopefully soon), space might be less of a problem. Oh well... Anyways, this is a great creation. Iīm happy to see there are other older builders out there to share similar interests with! Best regards, Steffen
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  July 11, 2010
This really is fantastic. ~T
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  July 7, 2010
Great Job, itīs realistic in every datail!!!
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  July 3, 2010
Wow, very intricate and realistic, you do a great job bringing this to life! Your hard work is appreciated.
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  July 3, 2010
Nice work. Truck and waggon are looking realistic. Shape and colors are very nioce.
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  June 29, 2010
Wonderful model. Interesting combination of truck and train. I like it a lot.
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  June 29, 2010
This is a great minifig scale truck. It is so full of amazing detail. The truck and the subways car together make for an super build. You also build mostly studless which is the only way to go! Regards, Eric.
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  June 25, 2010
Quoting Lee Hardwick Very nice, some great detailing and nice smooth stud-less surfaces. I have not seen any of these trucks around London, Do they travel at night? OH you may need to tighten the chains at the back or the train might fall off, he he, just kidding. 5/5 :)
Thanks for your comment, glad you like it. In answer to your question yes they do travel at night. I work nights for LU and I saw these all the time. As far as I know they basically took the trains from West London and went to a depot somewhere up north and then they'd bring them back again. They probably went to and from the Upminster train depot too but I didn't work in that area much.
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  June 25, 2010
Very nice, some great detailing and nice smooth stud-less surfaces. I have not seen any of these trucks around London, Do they travel at night? OH you may need to tighten the chains at the back or the train might fall off, he he, just kidding. 5/5 :)
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  June 25, 2010
Lovely, well detailed model. I like it a lot.
  June 25, 2010
Another triumph Mr Lakram
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  June 24, 2010
Wow, this is a great combination!
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  June 24, 2010
Cool truck, nice details :)
 
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