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Denver & Rio Grande Heavyweight Coaches (completed 3-25-05) . 5 Coach Consist . I tend to be drawn to color scheme (aka livery) than body shape, which is totally in sync with my predisposition to rare LEGO colored elements. And of recent I am completely on an orange kick. Not BNSF orange (4th stack right), but the more muted medium orange (3rd stack right). This is evident in the last engine I built; the Denver & Rio Grande Western Bumble Bee 2-6-0 steamer. I have been drooling over this color scheme for years and finally amassed enough medium orange plates to do all 5 coaches.  Click here for more details in the discussion on Lugnet.trains. By the way this was completely designed & built while exclusively listening to "The Way Up" - by the Pat Metheny Group (my good friend Lyle!) 5 Coach Consist: 1 BPO (baggage/post office), 1 dinner, 1 coach, 12-1 sleeper, and 1 observation coach.  Color Scheme: There are several variation of this color scheme, medium orange and gray coach, gray under carriage and trucks, black 1x2 log-brick vestibules and doors, and dark gray 1/4 round roof with windows. All glass is smoke (except the side door windows). I almost forgot to mention that compared to the HO model coach the roof should be Dark Blay!!!  8-P Details (4 coaches): 42 studs long; vestibule to vestibule. The bogie pivot point sets back 9 studs, and there is 1 stud separation between wheels sets. Note the 3 stud wide bricks and plates stacked vertically to enhance the seam lines. This "helps" the eye see riveted panels rather than "bricks". I wasn't sure that this level of detail was really going to make much difference, but compared to the BPO car, which does not strictly follow the 3 stud pattern, you can see (or maybe just "feel") the difference. 1/2 stud inset doors that lead to bogie mounted stairs.  Details (BPO): 38 studs long; vestibule to vestibule. The bogie pivot point sets back 7 studs. Details (general): A single stud wide under- carriage spine with sloped ends, mounted 1/2 stud offset in both directions, and some bricks and things to represent the under-carriage access panels and control boxes. Last but not least, simple interiors with passengers in chairs and conductors.   Decals: Printed using a thermal wax printer on to Avery clear full sheet labels and cut to size. The coach names and numbers are prototypical. Here is a couple pics of the HO scale coach I used for a real 3-d model (however it was very inspiring to see the G-gauge version at the local hobby shop!): Here are some pics I found on the web: Here are a few pics of the LEGO version:

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