Denver & Rio Grande Heavyweight Coaches (completed 3-25-05) . 5 Coach Consist .
I tend to be drawn to color scheme (aka livery) than body shape, which is
totally in sync with my predisposition to rare LEGO colored elements. And of
recent I am completely on an orange kick. Not BNSF orange (4th stack right), but
the more muted medium orange (3rd stack right).
This is evident in the last engine I built; the Denver
& Rio Grande Western Bumble Bee 2-6-0 steamer. I have been drooling over this color scheme for years and finally amassed
enough medium orange plates to do all 5 coaches.
Click here for more details in the discussion on Lugnet.trains.
By the way this was completely designed & built while exclusively
listening to "The Way
Up" - by the Pat Metheny Group (my good friend Lyle!)
5 Coach Consist: 1 BPO (baggage/post office),
1 dinner, 1 coach, 12-1 sleeper, and 1 observation coach.
Color Scheme: There are several variation of this color scheme, medium
orange and gray coach, gray under
carriage and trucks, black 1x2 log-brick vestibules and doors, and dark gray 1/4
round roof with windows. All glass is smoke (except the side door windows). I almost forgot to mention that compared to the
HO model coach the roof should be Dark Blay!!! 8-P
Details (4 coaches): 42 studs long; vestibule to vestibule. The bogie pivot point sets back 9
studs, and there is 1 stud separation between wheels sets. Note the 3 stud wide
bricks and plates stacked vertically to enhance the seam lines. This "helps" the eye see riveted panels
rather than "bricks". I wasn't sure that this level of detail was
really going to make much difference, but compared to the BPO car, which does
not strictly follow the 3 stud pattern, you can see (or maybe just
"feel") the difference. 1/2 stud inset doors that lead
to bogie mounted stairs.
Details (BPO): 38 studs long; vestibule to vestibule. The bogie pivot point sets back
Details (general): A single stud wide under- carriage spine with sloped
ends, mounted 1/2 stud offset in both directions, and some bricks and things to
represent the under-carriage access panels and control boxes. Last but not least, simple interiors with passengers in
chairs and conductors.
Decals: Printed using a thermal wax printer on to Avery clear full sheet
labels and cut to size. The coach
names and numbers are prototypical.
Here is a couple pics of the HO scale coach I used for a real 3-d model
(however it was very inspiring to see the G-gauge version at the local hobby
Here are some pics I found on the web:
Here are a few pics of the LEGO version: