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...
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.
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!
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...
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 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.)
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.