ICE 3 – Deutsche Bundesbahn – German High Speed Train
About this creation
The ICE 3 is the latest version of the famous German high speed passenger trains. As the real one, my LEGO model comes in 8 units. This type of train doesn't differ between locomotive and waggons, the electric motors are based underneath every second car.
The idea of building this train as a LEGO model isn't new for me. But I never came up with a solution I was satisfied with. The nose of the train is a real challenge, but using 6x6 dishes as front windscreen and some of the new sloped elements coming in some LEGO car sets helped a lot to get the shape right.
The end-waggons are 56 studs long, the middle-waggons are 52 studs long. The whole train is about 3.5 m (~11.5 feet) long. Due to the fancy SNOT use of the curved slopes the width of the train is a bit more then 7 studs, but less then 7.5 studs.
Most ICE trains carry a name of a German or European city. I choosed "Stuttgart" which is the next bigger city to where I live. The train number is Tz 337 and each waggon carries it's own number, 403 037-5, 403 137-3, 403 237-1, 403 337-9, 403 837-8, 403 737-0, 403 637-2 and 403 537-4.
This is what the train looks like underneath.
A slice of the waggons shows how all 8 waggons are build.
The roof structure is the heaviest part.
1x4 bricks with studs on the side help to attach some of the sloped curved bricks/plates.
The walls of the waggon are attached to the roof section and the center section. It's a nightmare to build this because you can not hold bricks inside the waggon.
SNOT windows using James Mathis' design.
See how everything fits together.
The baptism of the train. Some expensive champagne was poured over the trains name sticker. Some very important folks from the train company talked for hours ...
Junge, das ist mehr als eindrucksvoll! Du hast Dir aber auch echt die einfachste ICE variante ausgesucht, die die Deutsche Bahn im Angebot hat! ;-) Echt Hammer, diese schwierige Vorlage so wunderschön nach zu bauen! ~Marc
I think this is a nice train, but the front ( I know how much trouble you would have with it) I think isn't nice, I'm going to put some of my trains soon you can watch them and maybe you could improve you train.
This train is excellent. Its the best lego train I´ve ever seen. Its beautiful, well-made and looks great. It must have taken long to make it. The engine wagons are great and the use of the 6x6 dish was very good!
Wahnsinn, das haut mich vom Hocker. Was fÃ¼r ein gelungenes Modell. Herzlichen GlÃ¼ckwunsch! LG Spinatundei.
I like it
June 16, 2009
This looks superb!
I like it
June 16, 2009
Impressive work as always Holger. The SNoT work to build the coaches is very intricate and you really managed to use that to your advantage to capture the shape of this train. The nose of the lead car is amazing! Your command of curved slope usage astounds me. Really, really awesome! You have come up with a great design here and I hope to someday be able to see it in person.
Beautiful train. Trains aren't my thing, but this is terrific. And thank you for giving such great insight into how you built it. Most people don't do that on here and it kills me when I can't figure something out :P
Beautiful! I love the SNOT look! The build appears complex, yet very elegant and well though out. This is without a doubt the best lego train I have ever seen. Can't wait to see more from you!
BTW, this design and the Walt Disney World Monorails are very similar. Perhaps you could give one of those a try?
Anyway, fabulous work.