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.
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.