The LEGO Train Engine Shed is one of the greatest train-themed buildings to ever be produced by LEGO. I decided it was time for an expansion, one that maintained some of the best features of the original building while making it a lot larger and truer to the scale of some real engine repair shops.
I started with two copies of the Engine Shed and tried to reuse certain components. I added great glass windows in the front - a key feature of an engine shed, since many of these classic shops were built before electric lighting became a commodity, and windows were the best way to light the building.
I wanted to preserve the dual-configuration aspect of the original building. The shed can be set up with four short bays for locomotives or two longer bays. Today, the locomotives in the shop are the BNSF GP38 from LEGO and an F7 in my LEGO Orient Express colors.
The two-bay set-up makes it really easy to reach inside the shed to do repairs. Conceivably, one could build another module just like this one and make a 64x64 sized engine shed. That would be really huge! I just don't have the bricks to do it! Today, the locomotives in the shop are the BNSF GP38 from LEGO and an F7 in my LEGO Orient Express colors.
In the four-bay configuration, a traveling crane serves all parts of the engine shed. Three sets of hinges and Technic pin connections ensure that the whole thing stays together sturdily in either configuration.
Here's a better look at the traveling crane, a key feature of any big engine shop. The decals came from the Container Stacker set. The crane is pretty sturdy and rolls on wheels taken from some of the Racers sets. The 1x4x1 curved yellow pieces are brand new elements, and I thought they worked well here.
Now my LEGO town has an engine shop of even more impressive proportions.