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8 wide GE C40-8W
A GE C40-8W CN locomotive in 8 wide
About this creation
My first 8 wide train. The color scheme stems from 30 or so leased engines that started their life as Conrail/LMSX locos.

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   This engine started its life as LMSX 739 and changed hands to CN through a lease (which is good to 2015) The color scheme is what caught my eye.

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   The train is built to a scale of 1 stud = 1 foot. Its 66 studs long and the actual locomotive is 70 feet long so its not far off

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   The CN logo was a challenge to get just right. Its 100% brick.

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   The vents and radiator are SNOT'd. The larger scale of 8 wide allows for much more detail.

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   The radiator is made from 2x3 wedge bricks (and 1 - 2x3 wedge plate)

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   The nose was what took the most time. The concave slope of the nose was the most challenging.

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   The door and the hand holds were two details that I felt needed to be included.

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   The door worked out OK but is a little short for scale. I wanted to keep the door hinged on the right and that seriously limited what doors I could use.

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   The wind screen came together nicely. It is held at the correct angle by a jumper plate in the center (inside) with a 1x1 round plate on top.

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   The rear is SNOT'd on. 1x1 technic bricks with half pins make matching the geometry easier.

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   A 2x2 turntable base adds a nice detailn and SNOTíng some of the vents helped break up the visual.

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   The air tanks are made from 2x2x2 robot bodies with jumper plates attached to the technic holes.

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   The railings are straws or technic flex system with Pirate hook hands inserted in the ends. WARNING TO LEGO PURISTS. I trimmed some of the straws to length.

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   The concave slope of the nose was accomplished using 1x3 33 degreee slopes and a45 degree concave corners.

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   The entire model is tiled where ever possible for that clean look.


Mike Kollross
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Samuel Sims
  January 31, 2014
The best yet!!!
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  April 9, 2011
This is the best train MOC I have ever seen! Excellent work!
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  December 30, 2009
Pretty awesome Train MOC. I call these blue CN trains; "Canadian Conrails".
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  June 28, 2009
excellent work!
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  February 19, 2009
This absolutely sick! Love those blue CN loco's. Good job Mike!
  January 22, 2009
AWSOME!! One of the best trains on the web that i've seen I wish it was a set. keep up the great work!
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  March 30, 2004
Out of all the engines I've seen online, (and I've seen thousands) This is only one of two that I find is 100% realistic and a REAL eye-catcher. (The other one is Ross Neal's GP-50 on the TCLTC homepage.) You certainly deserve more than five smileys.
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