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4-4-0 Humble Sapphire
My entry into the Railbricks 2014 Design Contest "Steam & Passenger" category.
About this creation

This is my entry into the Railbricks 2014 Design Contest, specifically into the "Steam & Passenger" category. My aim was to have as much detail and play factor as possible while still keeping it simple enough for the target age group of 6-12 years old.



To show off some of the play factor, here the Humble Sapphire is in a curved section of standard tracks.



This picture shows the locomotive section and its major subgroups. I chose a woman as the engineer for two reasons. The first was to be different from the majority of official sets, and the second is that my wife's favorite color is blue. If I were to build this in real bricks, it would feature her as the engineer. The Power Functions Train Motor runs the driving wheels.



The tender houses the other Power Functions components: the Battery Box and the IR Receiver. There is space between the Battery Box and the tender walls for the cable from the Train Motor to connect to the IR Receiver.



A rear view of the locomotive and tender.



*Twitch's Remarks*
First off, many thanks to matt one for the amazing renders. You can go see my official entry pictures here, so please go show your support.
I chose a 4-4-0 "American" styled locomotive since it is such an iconic locomotive and the design is so flexible. It is simple enough to fit the target age group of 6-12 years old and is able to have enough details put in. I chose a wood burner since the large smoke stack is a must. I was contemplating making it a coal burner with the large smokestack since for the longest time growing up I thought that all locomotives were coal burners. However I decided to be accurate and make it a wood burner with the large smoke stack. I came up with the driving rods design on my own since I wanted it to be different from the Emerald Night style, yet not be as complex as other designs that I have seen. This design is a good compromise.

As always, please rate and comment, and go show your support!


Building instructions
Download building instructions (LEGO Digital Designer)

Comments

 I made it 
  January 3, 2015
Quoting David Roberts I don't know much about locos but this looks to be straight out of the old west to me. I love the gold detailing.
Thank you, that is the idea that I was going for!
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  January 3, 2015
I don't know much about locos but this looks to be straight out of the old west to me. I love the gold detailing.
 I made it 
  January 2, 2015
Quoting Henrik Jensen Really beautiful steam engine! It looks really great with goldplated parts on the boiler. Great detailing on the engineers workplace.
Thank you, I wanted to make sure that there was enough detail without over-complicating the build.
 I made it 
  January 2, 2015
Quoting Stephan N This is definitely one of the best steam locomotives I've ever seen. A masterpiece
Wow, that is quite the compliment, thank you.
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  January 2, 2015
Quoting Kayla . Great design!
Thank you!
 I like it 
  January 1, 2015
Really beautiful steam engine! It looks really great with goldplated parts on the boiler. Great detailing on the engineers workplace.
 I like it 
  January 1, 2015
This is definitely one of the best steam locomotives I've ever seen. A masterpiece
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  January 1, 2015
Great design!
 I made it 
  December 31, 2014
Quoting jim mcdonough very nice,i like that you involved your wife in this,it makes it all worth while,one thing i have never been good at building trains/cars,this is a beautiful example
I did ask for her opinions with a few things, and thank you for the compliment.
 I made it 
  December 31, 2014
Quoting Patrick L. Cute.....
Sure, we will go with that...
 I made it 
  December 31, 2014
Quoting Sam Sanister My bad, the lighting makes it a bit difficult to tell. Still compliments nicely though.
Thank you, nonetheless.
 I like it 
  December 31, 2014
very nice,i like that you involved your wife in this,it makes it all worth while,one thing i have never been good at building trains/cars,this is a beautiful example
 I like it 
  December 31, 2014
Cute.....
 I like it 
  December 31, 2014
My bad, the lighting makes it a bit difficult to tell. Still compliments nicely though.
 I made it 
  December 31, 2014
Quoting Sam Sanister Both simple and complex. The gold and white compliment the blue nicely.
Thank you, although it is a light gray, not white.
 I made it 
  December 31, 2014
Quoting jd davis Excellent work! Kind of reminds me of the General. Is it Power Functions capable?
Thank you, and yes it is Power Functions capable. Those things called "words" above stated so.
 I like it 
  December 31, 2014
Both simple and complex. The gold and white compliment the blue nicely.
 I like it 
  December 31, 2014
Excellent work! Kind of reminds me of the General. Is it Power Functions capable?
 
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