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Narrow-gauge Tram
A short narrow-gauge tram on a SNOT street with integrated tracks
About this creation
For my little town of modular buildings, I wanted a tram (or streetcar or whatever you call it in your corner of the world :) ). Now I could just have put regular tracks onto the sides of regular street base plates, but – also inspired by J.M.Collaco's Street Building Techniques article – I went for a self-made street with integrated tracks. But instead of using normal tracks, I chose tiles as tracks since it looks, well, more integrated.

But first a few pictures of the tram alone, showing the door mechanism:




The design of the tram, especially front and back, is inspired by the old narrow-gauge GT4 trams from Stuttgart, Germany (where I lived for a few years), though since I designed this in LDD to purchase directly from Lego, I made the bottom part black instead of yellow, and of course this first model is a short, non-articulated one.

Here it is on its tracks (when the street wasn't yet integrated into the town); the street is made of bricks and plates and lying on its side, 2 studs thick. For now, they're just lying on the floor (with the houses on wooden boards, resulting in about the same height; as mentioned, I'll show these later), but I guess I'll change that in the future and also change the part between the rails to something with fewer grooves...



This is a prototype of a curve – a very tight curve, but since the wheels (the small train wheels on 2x2 plates with pins) are placed under 360° rotatable turntables, the curve actually works. (Though for the current stage of my town, I don't need this curve yet.)



I already designed an articulated longer version, closer to the real thing, but I'll have to experiment with the articulation mechanism in real life first – somehow I doubt I can both copy the original GT4 bar mechanism and make it go around this tight curve, but we'll see...



Update 2010-10-05:

As requested, here's a photo of the bottom:



Also, I did a few tests with the articulated version, but it doesn't seem to work with this curve... maybe two articulation points will work better.

If you want to have a look at the original: the German Wikipedia article has some photos, and the 4th Weblink there shows the articulation mechanism.



Comments

 I like it 
  June 28, 2011
I like this very much, for obvious reasons! :)
  November 10, 2010
oh,nice concept!,thanks,i bought the kits now, you of all people,will truly appreciate the results,i m sure!,i still have to finish my centers first,but,i ll get there,all i m missing now is 2 grey baseplates!
 I made it 
  October 5, 2010
Thanks. I just added a photo of the bottom. I first heard about the new public transport set (8404) when I had finished my design, so I decided to stick with mine, and while the set is nice, I probably won't get it because I don't really need it...
 I like it 
  October 4, 2010
very interesting work,mr grogel! the design of this tramway is quite lovely and original!,the sheer ambition of your project is wonderous,it would have been nice to include a pic of the tram showing underneat,to see the wheels you used,trains?,is it in your intention to aquire the new lego public station?,there is a tramway included in this kit,and most precious props,i ll follow your work ,as it s most interesting!, good work!
 I made it 
  September 24, 2010
I just uploaded the town-with-street photos. :) And after checking on BrickLink, well, unless Lego happens to release the half-arches I used for the front and back in yellow, I will never make a yellow version of this tram – they're so rare that the only seller wants $9 each, and I'd need 12; that's just not worth it. (And 1x6x2 full arches have studs that would disturb the smooth front.)
  September 18, 2010
Beautiful tram. I like the color scheme - even if it's not the original one. I'm looking forward to see this built into some greater town-layout. Curious if the articulated version can go to this tight curve.
 
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