Built 2000, my first large steam engine that has driver wheels (6-wide).
About this creation
Here's a Canadian Royal Hudson
4-6-4 steam engine, built in 2000. The first Hudson type built for the CPR was produced
in 1929 by the Montreal Locomotive Works (MLW) in Montreal, Quebec, Canada and was
continued until 1940. In all, 65 of these beautiful locomotives were produced for the CPR by the
MLW. Her top speed was in excess of 90 mph (144 kmh) useful for both passenger
and freight trains.
I was originally interested in building an orient express.
When the McDonald's sets can out with "Grimace" purple I was overjoyed
and built some small, rather plain, orient express coaches; in 2000 tan and
dark gray were still rare colors as well. I needed a steam engine to pull them and for
some reason locked on to the Royal Hudson (even though it was completely from
the wrong side of the pond...) were the brick geometry just popped out at me. I
copied Ben Fleskes' (PNLTC) technique for the
drivers from a couple large Pacific Northwest steam engines he had modeled. (see
pics below, note that what appears to be blue is really purple-blue, not to be
confused with regular LEGO purple!) The original RH had a dark red stripe, not a
royal purple one, so when the SW episode II models came out I was in hog heaven!
The boiler is in a SNOT orientation using gray and black castle corners. The pin striping
in the dark red version is more sophisticated also using some SNOT techniques,
thanks to Jason Railton for the idea! The wheels are made from the tops of 4x4 black turn
tables. They have a nice texture on the underside but no good way to attach
driver rods. The driver wheels ride or float on top of the rails. The
driver truck is pinned to the rear truck allowing for rotation and up and down
translation so that it can traverse uneven track. The driver truck is also
pinned in the front to a "tongue" again allowing for both rotation and
up and down translation. The tongue slides into the front truck allowing for
front to back translation needed when traversing curves; the distance between
the bogie pins expands to roughly equal the length of the arch of the curve.
There are several other Hudson Class MOCs out there, the most notable is
This is my first large steam engine, but that's hardly really fair to say
seeing that I adopted techniques from many other great steam engine designs from the
greater LEGO train community; thanks everyone!
Man, this reminds me of when I saw you guys at Legoland during your the Train Show you guys put on... I remember looking in awe at the engines movin down the track... I remember Ben Fleskes letting me Operate his engine yard...
I remember working on my Millennium Falcon Lego model that very morning, meeting Ben, who got me started on my Lego Falcon hobby, and going home without realizing I had met my "Lego Hero"... I remember stumbling across Ben's falcon once more about a month ago... and dropping my Jaw at the fact he had sold it for 2 grand... then realizing that I had met him at Legoland and jumping up a down for joy! What more can I say. You guys are my inspiration, the reason I continue building what I build, even if I don't construct lego train Models... Keep up the Awesome work guys.