The SuperTrain 2001 show in Calgary, Alberta, Canada
was the showcase of a grand LEGO Train display, put on by the
North Alberta LEGO Users
Group. You can see picture galleries on
and John Koob's
ACME site. My kudos to the small group of folks that organized the
display, and then hauled it all from Edmonton to Calgary! A few other
folks sent parts or models (like me), but the Edmonton folks were the
masterminds behind it all, as well as the backs and arms that made it
all come together for the show, and then packed it all up after a full
weekend of all-day shows. I've only helped with one NMRA show, and I'll
vouch for them...shows are a LOT of work, especially when the group
doing the work is a small group. Well Done, guys!
(If you look on the Brickshelf galleries, you can find
four short MPEG movies from the show...My models are featured in two
of the four...check out the Bridge and Grain Elevator galleries! My
trains are also all over the yard gallery, and you can see a long
blue and yellow VIA train passing around the mountain in that gallery!)
You can read the
discussion thread in the NALUG forum on LUGNET.
I sent up some freight cars, including my
a few other designs (including
Piggyback Car), and some assorted freight containers;
with flag designs,
with doors, and
I also sent along the Canadian Pacific engine, and the four
blue and yellow VIA coaches shown below, as well as three grey and yellow
coaches shown below. (While I'll be redesigning the yellow and grey line
when the cars come home, I really liked the looks of the blue and yellow,
especially when mine matched so well with James Powell's!
James Powell had also modeled some of the blue and yellow
VIA Rail coaches. I love the engine he has modeled, and I'll
probably be trying to copy it myself. Follow this link to see
Powell's VIA Trains
Below, you will find some of the train projects I've been working on.
Many of the projects were for my own enjoyment, but I tried to complete
the CP engine and the coaches in time to display at the SuperTrain 2001
show, since I had seen flyers about the show during our trip to Canada
last fall (with the final stop in Calgary).
The Blue Car series.
These are modeled after some VIA Rail cars, which I believe run in the B.C.
area, but I'm not sure. (If you have clues, please post a note to the
LUGNET Trains Newsgroup.) This
series was inspired by the VIA Rail trains using colors that are easily
modeled in LEGO, and by LEGO making blue and grey train windows and doors
available as parts kits!
VIA Empire coach (this is what they look like)
engine and coach in the snow
There are four cars so far...
Another view, at least the roofs are done...
The first car is a coach, with restrooms, the second is a baggage/mail car, with crew room.
The left side of the first two...
The right side of the first two...
Then I added two more coaches, slightly different...
The older CP Logo.
I thought about this a lot...the triangle-in-a-circle logo...and how I might
be able to do it in LEGO bricks. This was after an evening of tinkering. The engine uses
a bit of SNOT up front. I may even change the design a bit more. (But I'll probably put
the logo on a snow plow caboose, too!)
Left-side view from above, showing logo detail
Similar view, slightly more forward...
Swinging over to the left side...
The frame has internal cross-bracing...
...to help it survive travel to shows.
Shown next to the first blue car.
building the yellow stripe into the base.
(The 2x10 plates in the middle will anchor the belly tanks. :-)
more detail on the stripe...
View of the belly tank...
The building mess.
In November, I stopped building on my
LEGO Round house, in order
to work on rolling stock. I wanted to build cars for a Holiday Train, and I had
wanted to show them at the December BayLUG
meeting. Alas, I didn't get either of these accomplished in time. BUT, I did
get some blue doors and windows for Christmas, and the the storms started lining
up behind each other off the California coast. As a result, The roundhouse has
had books, boxes, and bricks plied on tope of it for two months, and some of
the support structures for the roll-up doors has collapsed. In the pictures
below, try to remember that there is a roundhouse underneath it all.
Battling entropy...or just looking for more space?
My building workbench (which is why I pile stuff on the round house...)
Parts to the left of me, parts to the right of me...
Parts above the workbench as well.
I cleaned up the round house, and then buried it again... :-(
I'm also considering modeling a few other styles...the pictures
below are of real VIA trains (which I've borrowed from other pages, so I'll
have them to model from later, in case their websites go away).
A coach and a loco
A coach, and passing locos...
streamlines loco, to go with the coaches
A stremlined loco and coaches
Another stremlined loco and coaches
Another, passing an Intermodal train
There are a couple of cab-less assist power units. Some
booster units are simply a full loco (fuel, engines, generators, and
traction motors) without a cab, which is controlled as a slave from the
locomotive that it is connected to. Then there is the slug,
which is simply a half-height unit, and it's just traction motors,
drawing power from the host cab (parastically). The shorter height
allows the engineer to see over the slugs. Slugs are built for power,
not speed, to get heavy loads moving and are normally only found in yards.
A CN loco, and a slug
A pair of slugs between two locos
The UTV was built from an old MoW car, converted from a
crane body, and is used for shuttling some first-nation peoples in
A UTV pulling a small
The unit pivots on a
center-mounted hydraulic foot
A right-side view
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