LEGO® Community Team

Kevin Hinkle mentioned the Calgary LEGO® Train Club on his weekly BLOG, welcoming us to the LEGO® community.  Most of us have been involved with other LEGO® clubs in the past, so it is not entirely new… but his warm welcome was very much appreciated.

Please check out the LEGO® Community Team Blog at http://ceeteamblog.com for interesting information about the LEGO® community…

SuperTrain 2013

SuperTrain 2013

The Calgary LEGO® Train Club is very excited to participate in SuperTrain 2013.  Many of the members of the Calgary LEGO® Train Club are long time participants and this year promises to be an exciting year.  Track planning is underway, but a sneak peak would reveal three concentric loops utilizing both traditional 9 Volt track as well as Digital Command Control (DCC).

We hope that you can make it down to the Subway Soccer Centre, located at 7000 48th Street SE Calgary, the weekend of April 20 & 21, 2013 between 9:00 am and 5:00 pm.

A copy of the event poster is located here for reference.

4-4-0 Locomotive

I have been working for some time on a steam locomotive that is both functional as well as historically accurate.  This steam locomotive is based on the Baldwin 4-4-0, which was used to construct the Canadian Pacific Railroad.  These wood burning locomotives were also used on the main line for a few decades, but were phased out by coal and liquid fuelled locomotives.

I first completed the design (after several iterations) in ML CAD.  I had also completed the design with LEGO®’s Digital Designer, but it has a limited number of the special bricks required to complete a design such as this.

Train Designed in MLCad
Train Designed in MLCad

Here is a photograph of the finished product.  The only challenge now is to get power from the LEGO® 9V steel track to the Power Functions motor.  A common way to to this is to use a dead 9V train motor… but I would love to complete this using Silver Nickel wheels on a boggie to pick up the power.

4-4-0 Steam Locomotive
4-4-0 Steam Locomotive