Here's the latest rebuild on my Train Mountain. There are three levels to this layout and each level has a seperate track loop. The lowest has a figure 8 track arrangement, the middle level has two track loops that can be interconnected but usually aren't, so two trains can run at the same time. The upper level has a double figure 8 track configuration. It's problematic to have track grades at shows since that requires constant attention to train speeds going up and down inclines. This entire layout comes apart in sections and fits in ~40 custom made cardboard boxes for transportation. This is the children's activity room at the Lebanon (Boone County)Indiana Library they let me use each September to promote Library usage.
Quoting Starscream Soundwave
HORNBY HAS NOTHING ON THIS!!!! fantastic build, and I'm scared to ask how long it took, or how many pieces it consists of.. :)
Thanks to everyone for the kind remarks. I'm not sure how many pieces I used but I estmate around 350,000 in its current configuration. I started my train layout back in 2003 and I consider it a WIP without an ending...there's always something else to add or modify.
Sooo i think i'll go sulk in a corner now out of deep envy :-D Not only are there more bricks in this build than in most displays at legoland, it is very impressively detailed too. Epic at a whole new level!
yes for sure! thanks! I'd really like to do that, and to meet an artist ('cause this is art, for me) such as you, even if my spoken english is really really bad! :-) I hope to get a chance to make that trip...with my family too, my son (5 years old) wuold faint in front of this creation...this Christmas Santa wuold bring him his first LEGO train set...
True. that's why I think it's so inspiring. It's fun and joy, everyone who looks at it, even for a few moments, can understand the effort and also the joy of constructing it! years of passion... it becomes a lifestyle, I think! no numbers can give the emotion, you're right. And it' happy, gives happiness. If I can feel it by a photo, that's why I wuold see it real!
Quoting Saverio Cutrupi
Best of best! If I'd ever come to the USA I want to see it!
Thanks for the kind words. The truth is I have no real way of knowing how many pieces or how much it cost, or for that matter how many hours I've spent building. This is a collection of 30+ years in the LEGO hobby. Keeping track of all the purchases, pieces and time would certainly take all the fun and creativity out of things for me.
Jeez! I have no words! I've read you used some 350,000 pieces...years of work...I really admire you, it's incredible, fascinating and inspiring!
Best of best! If I'd ever come to the USA I want to see it!
a) roughlyyyy how many pieces are there in this?
b) how much did all this Lego cost you?
and c) ...can you pleaseeee teach me your ways lol? Awesome work! Definitely one of the best MOCs out there! Keep it up!
Wow, amazing! I couldn't see if anyone else had asked this but how did you accumulate all the Lego for this? Was it your own collection or was it a collaboration of others? Did you get funding from some one or pay for it yourself. I must have cost a fortune. I'd love to know more. Great job!
I'm honored to be the MOTD. Thanks to everyone for the kind remarks. I'll try to answer a few questions...I don't really know how many pieces I used (guessing maybe 350,000); I started this creation in 2004; I've set this up in St. Louis, Indy, Dayton and several years ago in Cinci and Chicago. I also got a very nice write up in Railbricks Emagazine so maybe some of you saw it there also.
This is a great reminder of why Legos are one of the greatest things ever invented ever. I thought the moonshine still was great! I live in a county that has a long history with 'shine, so I thought that was a nice touch :)
Words do not describe the absolute amazing-ness in this...this...masterpiece! Every detail is included in this spectacular creation. This should go up there with the Pyramids and the Hanging Gardens and the rest of the wonders of the world.
Coulda sworn I'd commented on this before. Anyways, I need to go change my pants now. Love all the amazing detail! Musta' taken at least three years of constant building! You sir are a god among LEGO Builders.
WOW! this is by far the most AWESOME moc I have ever seen in my life *tries to pick up jaw but it won't close* again I say WOW! I wish I had as half many pieces as your do, or the time you have. I love all the little details you put into it and would love to see it in person. Keep up the Awesome work
A person could spend hours poring over this MOC. Am I correct in remembering that there were little things going on with this, like a dinosaur attacking a field full of sheep or cows, and a bear attacking some mountain climbers, and some naked minifigs in a water tower? Or is that another MOC? At any rate, I love all of the little details and things going on like the submarine and the kayaker going over the falls. I really wish I could see this in person...
Hi. I'm TheBrickster from Eurobricks and Classic.Town.net. What a fantastic and truly impressive creation. I love all the little details like the canoe on the waterfall, the water tower, and the house frame construction (to name just a few). This creation definately deserves special mention. Please check out http://www.classic-town.net/. I'm sure the children (and adults) really enjoyed seeing this diorama at the library. Outstanding creation!
Oh gosh!!!! Serious question, did you design this in stages and then order the parts OR, do you actually have THAT MUCH Lego?
Great MOC, I like how you have used some classic lego sets like the 90's train station and parking garage, also cafe corner and one or two houses.
The scale of this thing is astounding!
Brian, this is Dave from the last 2 BrickWorld's (I worked the doors right by your display). I thought your Blacktron stuff was incredible but Train Mountain far surpasses anything I've ever seen!!
You are my hero!
(written with fallen out eyes and dislocated jaw) man, you have waaaaay to much time on your hands or looooooaaads of persistance to pull of a trick like this. everybody, and I mean even the not-lego-enthousiastic, has to love this!! respect! please come see my humble pages??
This creation is just... it's... huge. And awesome. And, and, and; it's hard to put down words to describe it.
At first I would not believe that it was all yours, but rather a large section of it and then plenty of help from other LUGers, but wow, years of building sure do pay off.
I bet the library-goers love it, especially the kids. Is the layout automated, or the good old "manual" constant-power?
So, I searched for your brickshelf-gallery for a long time, but now finally I found it! And with all these pictures (by the way, I didn´t look at all images yet) I can leave a better review. Of course everything is as awesome as the last time, but I have to mention that I would prefer that red bridge which you had some years ago, I think.
And at last, two final questions.
Where´d you get all those bricks?
Why did you change the look of the bridge?
I like it
September 12, 2008
THIS IS BRILLIANT! Give the guy an award!
P.S Could you please look at my creations?
Now THAT is impressive. I know I used the word "awesome" too often for creations not as good as this one but now I´m sure I´m allowed to say "awesome"! When I see how large this is, I wonder how you managed to get enough pieces, enough time and a wife who actually didn´t leave because of this.
So, I´ll look at your other creations and hope to see more things like this.
The most impressive minifig-scale layout I have ever seen! This is so huge, so brilliant, so creative, so diverse!!! I envy you for owning all these bricks - if I only had half of them... Since there are just too many cool features, I´ll just give you my 2 favorite ones: The water tower with pump and bathing people, as well as the little canoe flying off the edge of the cataract - AWESOME, I love it! I would like to know as well if all the train track circles are interconnected - it just seems kind of hard with the difference of altitude you were able to create... Anyways, this might be the "MOC of the Year". Steffen
What I like about this ENORMOUS and RIDICULOUS layout is not the size but the attention to detail. Disregarding the couple of LEGO sets you stuck in there (Green Grocer, Cafe Corner, Train Station), all of the individual buildings are still good MOCs. I especially like the chateau that crosses the tracks. Some day I, too, will quit my job and build city-sized layouts all day, too. And then I will have all the comments! Hahahahahahaha...
this is a piece of art (consisting out of pieces of art) It's beautiful, brilliant, perfect and more of those words, the buildings, mountain rocs are very nice. are all tracks connected to each other ? I mean if it is possible to make a train riding every track without touching the train itself ?
Wow that's a ton of lego,I love the rocks and the tree's especially,they are masterfully made,keep up the outstanding work,and until my review gets back from the moderator,enjoy this boring and monotonous one. Awesome Moc again~LL
Seek & Find... Rory! I saw him in there, with some of his friends! That blew me away. I'm glad you like my chickens. Because I like the "if I won the mega-million dollar lottery and had unlimited funds and space and time to devote to Lego I might attempt to build something like this" layout you've got going here. You're a madman in the best possible way.
Holy S---! You have to be F---ing rich! How much time do you have on your hands?! Did you get lots of help to build this, or did you spend like 5 years doing this on your own?! I'm sorry but the beautiful, colossal beast is too much for me to comprehend. Amazing work! This makes Kelso's Invisible hand look puny! This just struck a bad thought to me: If a mounain tis big is minifig-scale, then the (Here I go again...) Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann, the galaxy sized super mech(Don't worry, the story is amazing, even with a mech that size) would have to be the size of a planet to qualify as minifig-scale!!!! Sorry about the rambling of Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann. It's just a seriously epic anime I've watched over and over. Later! ~Phong Chang
OMG seizure. This is too awesome to state in words, without writing an essay, so instead of actually saying how awesome this is, I'm going to state how awesome my potential review would be. Seriously, it would be at least four paragraphs long, and full of descriptive adjectives. Simultaneously, it would be written so fast and with such inspiration that I would get a seizure from the levels of blown-away-ment. *grumble* Friggin LEGO dark ages... *grumble*... isolating me from all this cool stuff... *grumble*... Pulchritudinous!
Little comments will never do this justice. it's just amazing. I do have one question though... Did you rent out a room at the Y for storage on this thing? I can just hear it now. "Don't worry honey, I'll just use a small corner of the garage for a month or so." ~ Chris.
VERY well done! I think I commented on the first one, so I'll just say that my jaw is permanently resting on the ground from each little tiny detail. Those almost invisible details are what makes a great MOC.