A special rail car for very heavy loads, known as "Schnabel" car.
A Schnabel car is a specialized type of railroad freight car. It is designed to carry heavy and oversized loads in such a way that the load itself makes up part of the car. The load is suspended between the two ends of the cars by lifting arms.
The lifting arms are connected to a pivot above an assembly of pivots and frames that carry the weight of the load and the lifting arm. Some Schnabel cars arms can be hydraulically shifted laterally or lifted vertically in order to clear fixed obstructions or equipment on an adjacent track.
The word Schnabel is from German Trag-Schnabel-Wagen, meaning carrying-beak-wagon", because of the usually tapered shape of the lifting arms, resembling a bird's beak.
Largest schnabel car, and the largest freight car ever built ( so far ;), is the CEBX800. It has 2 * 18 axles and can carry 1,779,260 lbs. ( 807 metric tons ). Tare weight of car 740800 lbs ( 340 metric tons ). Makes about 70000 lbs ( 31 tons ) / axle at full load !!
It was originally built for Combustion Engineering by Krupp industries of West Germany, in 1982. Today its owned by ABB, north america. Find it from youtube! Other similar types are BBCX, CCRX, KWUX, HEPX + many others.
About this creation
This lego schnabel car is the famous BEER800. It has 28 axles in 8 bogies, has lateral and vertical shift mechanics also. Length is about 160 knobs. Up to 8 full size liquid cans/bottles can be transfer, but only people at least 18 can operate this car. For younger peoples, i have an older version, MILK600, available ;)
Since the distance between pivot points is more than 180 degrees rail curve diameter, operating this requires easy curves and lot of space around.
This design has some alternative components for configurating shorter/longer variants, like 24/28 axle versions,6/8/12-can versions and a lower version. Engine housing has a control cab variant also.
6-unit version, the BEER600, has 24 axle confiquration and length is 144 knobs.
8-unit version, The BEER800 is probably a slightly overkill, length is whopping 176 knobs. Its about 1,4 meter( 4 foot 7 inches ) of single car !! Cant say how much this weight, but surely enough...
I have a dream about BEER12000, but i'm afraid that legos just cant handle that weight.
Anyway, its +32 knobs or 25,6cm / 10 inches extra to BEER800.
Originally this car was designed to carry heavy loads in my private railroad between kitchen fridge and living room sofa ......
BEER800 in various angles
BEER600 with 24-axle configuration, no control cabs
BEER12000 with 28-axle configuration and control cabs
600, 800 and 12000 side views
The MILK600 as mentioned earlier, for people under 18 ....
Here are schabel components. With these various models can be build. Well, 24-can version even, in theory, but only in theory.
The main part, the "BEAK". note the pink transparent parts under top. LDD refuses to put the deck on top because of some 0.001mm displacement, aaaargh!
Horizontal and lateral movement of beak. Not very useful with this, but tried anyway.
In real world trains transporting heavy loads have more than schnabel car. This is a pic how it would like to be with all cars included.
The locomotive in the front is GP38-2. The lego locomotive is a kind of "dwarf-version" of real one. I rebuild it to look like somewhat the real one. Bogies are not powered but made as to look more like real ones.
Lego 10133 BNSF on left, my rebuild version on right
SD70MAC: built as 8-wide. Compared to standard gauge 1,435 mm (4 ft 8 1⁄2 in) and lego gauge 38mm i calculated the widht/length/ height values for SD70MAC. With the width 8 knobs baseplate length became 60 knobs, height about 9 2/3 bricks.
But then i found out that height does not match to minifigure scale, so i add height 2/3 bricks. Bogies are not finished yet. The loco is made of blocks as real one, cab , electronics, engine and cooling blocks. So basically modifiyng these parts other SD model can be build too.
Quoting Zbigniew Baron
Lovely. Can I have .lxf or instruction for this? :D
This is a pure LDD construction and i'm not at all sure, if this will work in reality. It's too big to negotiate standard lego rail-curve. But I liked the idea ;) I can put LDD here, hope i have it still.