The Blue Train was the official train used by Tito, the former leader of the former Jugoslavia. In its first version, the train was run by one of the three existing steam engines of the same type, 11-015, 11-022 and 11-023. The three steam engines were produced by the Hungarian producer MAVAG and were in use from 1946 until 1957, when Krauss-Maffei dieselhydraulic engines replaced them in hauling the Blue Train.
The three engines are still preserved in Zagreb, Beograd and Ljubljana respectively, although the first two show clear signs of decay (the dark blue colour turned into some kind of "medium blue"), while the one in Ljubljana is still in a good state.
The 11-015 engine used to be parked in front of the main train station in Zagreb (as depicted on the two photos from 1984). During the 1990s, when Croatia fought for its independence, it was clearly safer for the not-any-more-politically-correct engine to be moved to the local railway museum. Still, it was a bit too late and some of the original signs were lost. In 2006, as far as I know, it has been decided to restore the engine into its original state.
The engine in the Railway Museum in Zagreb (photos taken in 2005, courtesy of Anton Papic):
Pictures of the original cars (courtesy of Goran Miltenovic):
Details about the model
Summary of the main features:
Front and back lights
The model was made as realistically as possible, while still being possible to run on the 9V train track. For the wheels, I used BBB-wheels, partially painted with a permanent Pilot marker. Like the real engine, the model has (at least seemingly) working pistons and front lights that can be powered either by a battery box located in the tender, or by a 9V train motor. In the current configuration, there is 1 motor under each car, both connected to each other and run by a single DCC decoder. The decoder is a ESU LokSound, providing sound as well (the speaker is located in the boiler). Steam is generated by a steam generator (Seuthe nr.24), using a combination of 9V coming from a hidden battery box and a signal from the DCC decoder (the battery box was needed due to a too high total current consumption).
Video of the train in action at LEGO World in Copenhagen:
Pictures of the model from its first public appearance in Skærbæk, Denmark (September 2008):
More pictures of the locomotive and the cars:
Lights (2 white LEDs in front, 2 red LEDs in the last car, powered by the DCC decoder):
P.S. The first two pictures of the original locomotive have been found on the Internet, but I couldn't find the author. I would kindly ask the author to take contact in order to get permission to use them.
I can remember dicussing the build on MSN like it was yesterday, great fun to do!
The train has turned out awesome, the addition of the lights and steam make this an outstanding masterpiece!
I hope to see it IRL some day.
Very nice! It seems to have had quite some time AND technical effort to put this together! I really like the general look of it, it looks quite to-scale with minifigs. A 5/5, clearly.
PS: Feel free to visit and rate my creations, I don't know how to promote them around here (hardly anybody seems to visit them -none has been visited by 1000 people, I think- and so I get very few ratings). I will be posting some soon, but I am quite occupied by now with the third year of my English Philology studies and I have little time to spare with all my readings, writings, and still I hardly do half the things I want to do. Oh well, enough said about me; and once again, CONGRATS on this MOC! Keep up the good work!