This is my lego version of an old BR Class 37 Diesel Electric Loco.
About this creation
The BR Class 37 loco is also known as the English Electric Type 3 Locomotive.
The class 37 began life as part of the British Rail Modernisation plan and was first constructed in the 1950's.
Class 37s are nicknamed "Tractors", due to the sound they make.
There are still a few Class 37s in service today on the mainline despite being over 50 years old.
This is loco 37428 "David Lloyd George" in classic British Rail livery.
In it's life it was used for both passenger and freight services. After this BR paint job it was re-painted in the Railfreight triple grey colour scheme for use in the petroleum sector, and then finally used by EWS and painted in their dark red/maroon colour scheme.
I love the old yellow and blue colour schemes of British Rail trains. It's a shame they don't look like this anymore. Damned privatisation!
I just don't think the private companies' colour schemes look that good, and since the old BR logo is long gone from our trains, I think the British train network has kind of lost it's identity.
I've been wanting to build a Class 37 Diesel Electric for ages and now I've finally done it. Here's my homage to British Rail of days gone.
This is 8-wide and non-motorized. I do plan to motorize it with my old faithfull 12v train motor. It will require a slight adjustment to the bogeys especially with the rearrangement of wheel spacing. At present, each bogey has 3 sets of wheels. The wheel spacing, as it stands, will not allow the train to go around bends. I will have to remove the middle set of wheels on each bogey in order to let the loco do this. This shouldn't detract from the the model too much as the middle set of wheels are obscured from view by the steps.
Notice the 4 aspect colour light signal. The nameplate should be black with white numbers but yellow will just have to do.
It has got a signal post telephone.
The driver will probably get on the blower to the signalman as this signal is not showing a lit aspect. Shoddy signal maintenance tut tut! He'll probably be stuck at this signal for a few minutes.
The cabs are not to scale as you've probably noticed. This is mainly due to the bricks needed to construct the windscreen and side windows. I'm quite pleased that there was enough room to put a mini figure at each end of the loco and that there's room for control dials, dead man's handle and the all important cup of tea.
First a thank you for your comment on my Morris Minor Traveller. I have studied your builds, and they are really top class. They are so good that I´m going to add you as a favorite builder. This BR37 locomotive, I think, is one of your best models, and the photographs from the garden are fantastic.
Now that I see this train on a page of its own I can really see how impressive it is. The details around the wheels I especially like. I've normally just used the 9V era LEGO train wheels and called it done, but now I see how good some time and effort can make the wheel base look. I also really like the paint job, don't know why they would ever change from that, it looks so good! I have a suggestion for the wheel base though, if you use some BigBenBricks wheels you might be able to have all 6 wheels on each bogey (that's the wheel base right?), That’s what I used on the leading truck (that's what I thought the wheelbase was called) on my steam train and it can make 9V curves just fine, just I suggestion you could try if you want. You were defiantly right, I did have to check out this locomotives main page myself, it's epic!
Very nice... Rate it a 10 for outstanding work. This is one of those models that just speaks for itself, it shows immediately that a lot of effort was put into this and a lot of patience I imagine. Like many of your builds and many others out there you can see the work that was done to create some of the models that are just awesome... Its another one of those I will go back to look at from time to time
Hi J E,
Actually this was my first proper train build so I kind of just played it by ear. I think the first rule of building a train based on an actual engine is to ignore the standard lego way of building a train. 6 wide isn't a great scale so maybe try to aim for a 7 or 8 wide. Pretty much concerntrate on the way you want the model to look and this will dictate the scale you need to build in. This was a pretty big engine probably the length of 2 standard length lego train carriages. It's great just as a static model but not very functional as a fully motorized one. Because of the weight it was quite slow and sluggish and didn't go around bends very well. On the upside I was very pleased with how realistic it looked and that was justification enough for me.Hope this helps in some way.
Is there any chance that you share with us/me how you actually build it?
I'm new to Lego (train) building. The Class 37 has always been one of my favorites and now I drool all over these wonderful creations.
Do you have more pictures or instructions?
i never commented this,i guess i thought you d add more,the work you ve done with this is incredible,you re passionate about this,and it shows!,in the most beautiful way!,i hope you get to do your vision of these trains,as it s very nicely colored,i agree about the paint style,it is exceptional!,excellent work on this teaser!
To the Lego train performances you alluded to: I agree, it seems that with every new system they bring out, the lack of power becomes more evident (though I admit not having used the battery system in person). I´m glad I can rely on a big collection of 12V trains, lights, switches and signals and a smaller, but still nice collection of the 9V system of the 90s... Although, some of the 12V stuff is so old that it has problems once I havn´t used it for a longer period of time (the engines will barely move at first - I have to help them by pushing; must be dirt or corrosion on the central conductor rails or their counter parts on the engines). In general, Lego sets have gotten more expensive over the time. And what´s even worse is that they contain less and less real pieces. Lego tends to introduce more and more huge one-piece solutions - preventing the builders to use them in many different ways (great exceptions from this are the Creator sets). Just take a look at the aircraft sets... Strategy is clear to me: producing cheaper stuff which is more easily put together by the kids. Kind of like PlayMobile... Sad! Oh well, the good old times... I´m glad I got to know Lego the way I did when I was a kid. Steffen