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Lego tram 8404 - motorised 9v and longer
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I wanted to have this tram running on our display on 18-20 December so I motorised it, originally just changing the middle carriage as has been done by others. Then I started testing it on 9v track and found the small train wheels didn't run well enough. So I started fitting 9v train wheels without raising the ride height overal. This required modifiying the whole chassis in the end, so I then decided to lengthen all 3 carriages to make it look more suitable to the display without losing the chararcter of the original set. I'm happy with it now, it runs well on the display and I have done it with out buying a second set 8404.
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 I made it 
  September 13, 2011
here are some pictures of another persons http://mocpages.com/moc.php/215499
 I made it 
  August 25, 2011
Hi Sorry can't find the tram in storage, I used the 9v lego train motor that is no longer available from lego as they have discontinued 9v electric rails. You can still get it second hand on bricklink.com though But the new Power Functions could be used instead. The motor unit is the same shape and size, only difference is you would need to have the battery pack and IR receiver in the tram as well. These could be in one of the other carriages to make it easier. here is the motor you would need from lego.com http://shop.lego.com/en-US/LEGO-Power-Functions-Train-Motor-88002?c=Trains-ByTheme you also need the battery pack, IR receiver and remote, If you already own one of the train sets you can use the parts from there. Hope this helps
Quoting H GBS Jon many thanks for your kind response. Have you got the chance to take photos on how you put together the v9 motor into the tram, particularly I want to know what type of motor do you use? From photos, I am not able to identify , can you tell me the item number that I should buy from motor, remote etc. Thanks from down under. Lego beginner
  August 4, 2011
Jon many thanks for your kind response. Have you got the chance to take photos on how you put together the v9 motor into the tram, particularly I want to know what type of motor do you use? From photos, I am not able to identify , can you tell me the item number that I should buy from motor, remote etc. Thanks from down under. Lego beginner
 I made it 
  June 30, 2011
H GBS: sorry I can't find the Tram at the moment, I have it packed away and can't find the box. When I find it i'll post construction pictures
 I made it 
  June 20, 2011
Hi, yeah I can do that, might be on the weekend though. check back on sunday and i should have posted the photos then.
  June 20, 2011
can you please post a picture on how you add the v9 motor on the middle carriage? Perhaps, if it is not too much trouble, can you also open the middle carriage and show us where and how you put the motor? Can you also post a picture about the v9 motor looks like as I am a lego beginner and I would like to modify this to run on the v9 track. Thanks Again for your help
 I like it 
  December 21, 2010
When I get mine I am gonna switch the Train Wheels to Tires and it is called Tram Bus
 I like it 
  December 17, 2010
This is really cool! I have been looking at mine for awhile trying to decide if I wanted to do the same... but now that I see how awesome it can turn out I'll definately try! Great job!
 
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