My first Lego train! This is a model of the Calgary (Canada) Light Rail Transit (LRT) train. The actual train is manufactured by Siemens (model U2).
About this creation
Enlarge this photo Here it is. My first Lego train model. It is a model of the Calgary (Canada) Light Rail Transit train (affectionately known as the C train). The actual train is manufactured by Siemens (model U2). Calgary Transit also runs another type of train which is a Siemens SD 160 which I have also MOC'd here.
Enlarge this photo I stuck with the 6 wide standard train width. However, I think scale-wise I would have been better with 7. My train looks a bit skinnier than the real one.
The other reason I didn't go with a 7 wide was because I couldn't find a front window arrangement that worked. As it was, I used a 1 x 6 x 3 panorama type window that I stuck a decal on to immitate the middle bar!
Enlarge this photo The shared bogey was also tricky but it works beautifully. Thanks to David VinZant (and his TGV) for the idea of using a slider type arrangement with an elastic holding it together.
Enlarge this photo A closeup of the shared bogey. The elastic allows the train to stretch on the corners and contract on the straights. I offset the joint inward by 1/2 a stud on both sides because the real LRT joint is also offset slightly inwards.
The photo also shows the pantograph assembly in some detail. This took a few redesigns and get it looking somewhat like the real thing.
Enlarge this photo The shared bogey dissasembled. Note the sliders on the underside of the 2 halves.
Enlarge this photo Some detail on the inside. The poles near the joint were used to attach the elastic for the shared bogey arrangement. I couldn't fit chairs on both sides in the 6 stud wide model without eliminating the center aisle.
Quoting Chris B
Hey what did you use to keep the center part in place so it can bend left and right. I'm trying to build a similar joint for my articulated bus I'm building.
I used an elastic to hold it together. The elastic loops around some poles that were part of the interior detail. The ends of the cars basically slide forwards and backwards on the centre piece as it turns corners.
e design. I was working on a similar project but looks like you aced it. Excellent job of using decals and smoothing out the top.
I was just wondering if you were in the Southern Alberta Lego Users Group. I bet your C Train design would fit in perfectly with some of the calgary landmarks on thier layout.
Thanks Johan. Yes I have joined up with the SALUG guys. This train and some new C Train stuff (soon to be posted) will be shown at their upcoming exhibitions including Calgary SuperTrain 2009
Quoting Sir Walker
n Calgary and it's great to see something local. I have plans for a NEW design for the C-train. Love the detail with all the decals. What did you use for the decals?
I made the decals myself. The decals were as much work as making the train. :)
To make them, I started by taking photos of a real C Train. I then used a graphics program on my computer to scale and touch up the images to fit the Lego C Train. When I was done, I printed them on a transparent, sticker paper and cut them out for my model.