Don't click here. It's another drab engine from Swamiworks(tm).
About this creation
This is a model of an ALCo DL560, classed in India as a WDM-2. The main purpose of the model was to incorporate a ~ROSCODiesel into the body of an 8-wide, add a gearbox, and make the axles go. Easier said than done. It's been 5 months since I started, and in the end, I got tired of trying to make a gearbox for this thing. The more I tried, the more frustruated I became, and as many have said, 'If you're not enjoying it, don't do it.'
So I let go off the gearbox idea for now-- Maybe when my skillz are more like teh ~ROSCO, I'll give it another shot. Till then, enjoy the rest.
One of the most unique bits about the design is the sideways chassis, so here's some more info on it:
-Cheap source of Studlessness (no tiles required) and space for 'thin' detailing like marker lamps.
-Wheels in bogies can be placed at a more precise distance from each other, and if you're building a C-C setup, you don't need to have them directly adjecent to each other in order to be able to corner right.
-Precise width is possible. By adding 1x1 technic brick and holes with 1/2 pins, you can add tiles to the sides and make your locos, say 6.3 studs wide, 7.3 studs wide or whatever. How's that for more confusion? LOL.
-As for any concerns regarding stability, you can't pick the loco up directly without sufficent support on both it's ends, or else it'll fall apart. While on rails, the bogies act like the pylons of a bridge, and add stability to the whole sidewards structure.
Sucky wallpaper just for you! Credit for resizing the image goes to that Tim guy who left a review down there, somewhere (presumably) with reference to his own resize job. BTW Did you know he makes cute little six wides that make you go "Awwwwwww?"
This was supposed to be where my gearbox went, connecting the ~ROSCOdiesel to the wheels. Unfortunately for me, I do not have teh ski11z for it. So I decided to leave that part out, and finish the rest.
This is an amazingly innovative construction technique for the train-head world, which combined with the accuracy of the representation on the real locomotive make this one of my favorite MOCs
Now finish it!