EMD 1200SW Locomotive

I finally finished my locomotive designed for pulling a large number of rolling stock at a show. The locomotive is loosely based on the EMD SW1200 locomotive, utilizing four LEGO® 9V PF train motors (88002) and four sets of Alain le Sage’s custom metal wheels in the centre locomotive to obtain power from the track. A DigiTrax DH123 decoder chip was utilized to ensure that sufficient amperage was available to the four motors; the 1.5 Amp chip would allow 375mA for each motor which is typically sufficient and consistent with Philo’s testing. Looking forward to testing this locomotive at Heritage Park Railway Days the last week in September.

EMD 1200SW
EMD 1200SW

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