Categories : Lego, Trains |
Recently I’ve discovered a new hobby, or maybe re-discovered is more accurate. I’m no longer afraid to admit it, I’m an adult who likes Lego! When I’m spending time in the Lego section in Myer or K-mart or Toyworld I’m looking just as much out of my own in interest as for the kids… it all started in earnest after we got Owen a freight train for his birthday in June. Since that time we have started working on our own Lego city, with a surplus of trains! Thus far we have our original yellow cargo train 7939, the red passenger train 7938, and a blue tram from the now discontinued 8404 Public Transport set, which also come with an awesome green bus and a few other things.
The problem with the blue tram is, although it fits on the standard lego train tracks, you have to push it around by hand. What we need here is more power!
To make this happen I got hold of two things -
1. a set of lego power functions elements (remote control and receiver, battery box and train motor). 2. Another blue lego tram (on it’s own, without the bus and the rest of the stuff from the Transport set), which I sourced from Bricklink – the unofficial Lego(R) marketplace, which is a much better place to get Lego than eBay, by the way.
I left the original set of 3 cars pretty much intact and used the new set to create an additional passenger carriage, and most importantly, a central motorised carriage. There was one other guy on YouTube who had motorized his 3 car tram but at the expense of losing one and a half carriages worth of seating, and what’s the point of having a high speed tram if there’s no room for people to sit?! So I like my 5 car solution much better, for that reason, and for the fact that the engine car is completely self contained.
Without further ado, here’s a video of my creation :