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.
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!