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Monorail Train (7w) with PowerFunctions
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Hi all, this PF monorail train was built in May 2013 - a time when the moving cars were still far away. Anyhow the monorail will be an important part of the future city - there's nothing that can replace this amazing concept.
About this creation

[Edit, 2 March 2014]

This MOC may look a bit unusual, some people even seem to think that there's third party stuff involved. That's not the case, it's 100 percent Lego. I've just combined a train chassis from one of the legendary Monorail sets of the Nineties (see http://www.bricklink.com/catalogItem.asp?S=6991-1) with PowerFunctions gear. I wanted to keep the climbing and descending abilities of the Monorail which is unique. What I didn't want is the hectic toing and froing of the original Monorail which furthermore is much smaller (only 4 studs wide). You may understand this as a suggestion how a modernized Monorail could be like.

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In my view the existing monorail can be integrated very well in smaller city layouts, but I wanted to have something that moves more realistically than the usual monorail trains with their high speed and abrupt stops. So I opted for a MR with PowerFunctions that can move very slowly. And since most of the cars are 7 studs wide to be able to fit the figs side by side, the train has the same width.



Functions:

working headlights and backlights (PF)
interior lighting (9V)
openable front door (manually)
detachable roofs



The train is quite heavy (around 0,6 kilogrammes) but that doesn't seem to be a problem, neither for the engine nor the tracks. The train is controlled by an 8879 Speed Remote Control. Capacity: 10 minifigures.

A video:



You may see that the monorail is able to move very slowly. Later there'll be a monorail subway, too, plus I'd like to have a link between overhead railway and subway (there's enough room for that), but that will surely be a challenge.

And another video that shows the climbing MR:




Thanks for watching!



Comments

 I like it 
  August 12, 2014
This is one of the most innovative monorail creations I have ever seen. I don't use any power functions with mine, but I try to make them look stylish! Here's the link to mine: http://mocpages.com/folder.php/176034 Thanks, and keep it up!
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  March 16, 2014
Many thanks pal!
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  March 14, 2014
Absolute fantastic work my friend! I really like it :)
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  March 11, 2014
@snaillad: Glad you like it!
 I like it 
  March 5, 2014
This setup looks great! Nice job.
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  March 5, 2014
Thanks a lot Sinan!
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  March 3, 2014
Good job , also retro design.. I love it
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  March 3, 2014
Thanks a lot pal!
  March 2, 2014
Awesome build, very stylisch.
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  March 1, 2014
Thanks a lot guys! @Search Function: Quite easy to get familiar with it: http://www.bricklink.com/catalogList.asp?q=power%20functions Why should any third party part be used for this? Everything is at hand, there's the amazing old 9V stuff, and there's the amazing new PF stuff. And the best of all this is the adapter cable to combine it. It's just like paradise! @Starscream: Thank you! That sounds nice, looking forward to your 7w Range Rover - don't think I've seen something like this before. @David, Nick: Thank you guys, glad you like it!
  March 1, 2014
I“m not familiar with all the Lego power functions. Is everything made with Lego?
 I like it 
  March 1, 2014
Superb work Marcus. You are the master of fitting a lot into a relatively compact build! I actually started a seven wide Range Rover a while back, but I've had to sideline it for the moment. Anyway, great stuff!
  March 1, 2014
A great looking design, with very clean lines that are appropriate to urban transport.
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  March 1, 2014
City layouts come alive! Brilliant.
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  March 1, 2014
@Dr. Monster: Thanks a lot. @Marin: Thank you! No, the batteries are okay. As said, it's not like the usual Monorail running around all the time. It's moving on purpose. Batteries are changed within a few seconds if necessary. And no, it's very exhibition friendly - the attraction/weight ratio seems to be quite good. At last, you may run it as fast as you like - since you're running it via a PF remote control with 7 speeds ... ;-) @Chris, Karol J: Many thanks guys!
 I like it 
  March 1, 2014
Great MOC. I love the main pic.
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  March 1, 2014
It's very nice but you'll often have to replace batteries. It's not exhibition friendly when it's so heavy. :P However I do like the slow-mo but I'd run it a tad faster. ;)
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  March 1, 2014
Wow Awesome!
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  March 1, 2014
Wow! Really cool! Very clean and clever MOC. Good work!
 I made it 
  March 1, 2014
@ XY EZ: Thank you! @all: I've added another video that shows the "climbing" abilities of a MR.
 I like it 
  March 1, 2014
Excellent job for such a scale! An engine in it and a detailed interior! Congratulation!! 5/5 8-)
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  March 1, 2014
@Frank, Cheryl, TF, sam: Thanks guys, glad you like it! Okay, perhaps it's a misunderstanding: The MR is able to move much quicker, but I wanted it to be able to move slowly, too. The stock monorail has no speed regulation and moves much too quick for my taste, it doesn't look realistic, given the short distances within a Lego town. In fact this monorail doesn't serve as a monorail in the strict sense (anyhow real monorails are looking quite different, the wheels being rather at the sides with the rail in between) but as overhead railway and subway. For several reasons I think the MR is more suitable for such purposes than the usual train stuff.
 I like it 
  March 1, 2014
it looks fab! like TF, I wonder why you wanted it as slow as this, to coordinate with the ground vehicles? in any case, the whole scene looks alive, and it rocks!
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  March 1, 2014
Wow!!! Nice job. I'm glad the mini figs are included in the train. And, nice work on the buildings too.
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  March 1, 2014
I do not believe that I have seen a PF Monorail before. This is very ingenious. My only confusion is that you said that you wanted it to move realistically, but without the high speed and sudden stops. In reality, that is how monorails move. So I am just a tad confused with why you wanted this to move slowly. The build is still amazing, especially with how it fits in with your city scene and the moving cars. I did not want to take away from that at all.
 I like it 
  March 1, 2014
Amazing work!! It still dazzles me how people can cram all those functions into such a small place.
 
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