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Power Functions BR 50 Steam Train / Locomotive
Hi! This is my first attempt at a Lego MOC for at least 13 years. I am glad the "dark ages" are behind me. This model is based on the BR50 steam locomotive and wagon that are at the train museum in Blumberg/Zollhaus near the Black Forrest in Germany. I have included a picture of the original below. The model is powered by two Power Functions M size motors which are in the boiler. The final result is great, but getting these to fit properly and braced well enough to handle the torque was a real struggle. If your tender is big enough, you might want to put them in there instead. The "Wannentender" or "bathtub" tender as this design is referred to, houses the rechargeable LEGO battery box and IR receiver which you can see sticking out from under the coals. Because of the tenders design it wasn't big enough for the motors, which is why I ended up putting them in the boiler. This model will actually be played with by children so I didn't go overboard with the detailing. The focus was more on durability and playability. I hope you like it! I would be grateful for your comments and ratings. Thanks!
About this creation
You can check out the high res pictures on my Flickr page if you want a closer look, and I just added a movie there (updated 10.1.10), as well so you can see the train in action. ("action" being at 50% power ;o) )

Some new close up pics...

In case you are wondering what the rubber rings are for on the tender... The cabin on the BR50, which was the inspiration for this model, had a rear wall (I have noticed some models are open at the back), and there was a large, round seal which connected the tender to cabin. Unfortunately I could not find a way to make this out of one piece, and allow movement for the train to go around corners so I made two halves instead. The ring on the cabin is smaller than that on the tender so when the train is set up for display, that ring almost fits into the other and it almost looks like one piece.

...and the older ones below

The cabin layout below is based on pictures that I found on the web. Unfortunately I didn't get to see the indside of the train in Blumberg yet.

This is the actual train on which my model is based. I took the opportunity to do a full walk around taking pictures of every detail. This was not easy to do at -14 degrees celcius... but it was worth it. :o)

The following 3 pictures are of a BR52 which was its successor. At first glance they are very similar. The reason I added these pictures is that they are taken at a similar angle to my model so you have a good comparison. Some of the details are different (e.g. what I believe is the air pump on the BR52 is located on the other side of the boiler on the BR50).
Unfortunately I am not sure who originally took these images so if you can prove that you have the copywrite, and you would like them removed, I will do so immediately.

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  April 11, 2010
Hi everyone! Thank you so much for your comments. I have not had the opportunity to build anymore MOCs since I completed this one almost a year ago but I should be able to start on my next project soon. In the mean time, your comments are really keeping me motivated! Thanks again. :o)
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  April 11, 2010
This is a wonderful train. Since I do not have any 9V compnents I'm very happy to see such a great engine using PF motors.
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  March 31, 2010
my personal favoirate is the 44 (i cant remember which company they were from) but i still think its an exceptional model.
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  October 7, 2009
Saw it over at, great job. Love the interior details and that you used two motors; more power=more fun! Keep it up!
Alex McKenna
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ruud driessen
  September 13, 2009
Very cool train.
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  August 15, 2009
fantastic work
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  August 14, 2009
Nice MOC, good ideas to remember... I like the view front of the locomotive.
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  August 3, 2009
I love german engines and this is so good that I would give you 10 if I could! This is an amzing train. Keep building and let me know what you are doing!
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  July 26, 2009
I hate them dark-ages too, they can be quite depressing but I like this a lot and can't wait to see more mocs from you. 5*
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  July 26, 2009
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  July 26, 2009
Nice MOC. Welcome to your post-dark-age age! So your creations will be few and far between? -I will beleive that when I see it! ;-)
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  July 26, 2009
Awesome stuff :D good to see you come out of your dark ages with a bang! Keep on MOCcing, if this is your first, I can't wait to see the next!
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  July 25, 2009
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