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

 

Heritage Park Railway Days

Thank you again to Heritage Park for hosting us at their Railway Day‘s, which was held on September 29th and 30th.  We created a 15′ x 40’ display that was rich with both city themes as well as themes from our Western Heritage, including LEGO® steam engines!  The city core included Andrew’s ever-famous LEGO® C-Train stopping at various stations downtown Calgary, which (if one looked carefully) was being over-run with “comic” characters such as Spiderman®!

Glen also impressed both children and adults alike with outstanding representations of heavy machinery.  The functioning round table that fed in to the roundhouse by Mike was outstanding in detail and caused many people to stop in their tracks, causing a slight traffic jam.  The functioning round table that Heritage Park was demonstrating outside provided a level of realism that was mutually beneficial.  The amazing downtown buildings and scenery from Daryl and Albert were much appreciated and made the display fill in perfectly; additionally, Daryl’s downtown core that hid the two return tracks of the train as it came around was also a highlight – on more than one occasion, one could hear children saying, “It’s back there!” or “The train is coming from behind the building around the corner…”

Rudy provided a replica of the 1880’s CPR Calgary Railway Station, closely matching the replica that Heritage Park also built at the entrance of the park.  The sight of Indiana Jones (not historically accurate) coming out of the railway station made many children squeal in delight.

Thank you to the members who put countless hours building the various buildings and structures, the some sixty man hours it took to set up and another additional dozen to tear down, and to Bruce, the Meccano specialist to our North, who supplied some original Singer Sewing machine oil to quiet down one of our noisy train motors.  Thanks as well to The Dispatcher for generously making available Digital Command Control to us at a reasonable cost.