A Christmas Train and Train Station that I designed for the Christmas Season.
About this creation
This is my entry for the i Brick Christmas Contest. This is a compilation of many MOCs, only one of which has been uploaded to MOCpages. I will upload the rest soon, and the individual uploads will have more pictures, details, and explanations. There would be too many pictures to upload them all under this contest entry, so only the basics are covered.
Here is an overview of the entire station with the train. The train consists of Big Blair , a Mail/Baggage Car, three Coaches, two Diners, and two Sleeper Cars. The buildings, from left to right, are the station warehouse/storage, Christmas Tree, Ice Cream Shop, Station House, Toy Store, and Restaurant.
Workers are loading up packages into the Mail Car. See how festive they are dressed!
Passengers load up onto one of the Coaches.
A mother and her son enter another Coach.
The Warehouse. Note that the roofs of all of my buildings are able to come off, so if they are not shown with the roof off, it is mainly for simplicity.
A side of the Warehouse wall taken away to show storage shelves. The other side contains more storage containers.
Shown are storage containers that act as refrigerators for food, and store any items that do not come in their own smaller containers.
The very large Christmas Tree.
Another angle of the Tree.
The Ice Cream Shop. It looks very happy!
The inside of the Ice Cream Shop. There is the refrigeration unit, a price/item board, and underneath the counter are bins and samples of the ice cream that is available.
The Toy Store. Displayed is a car, elf, space ship, and dinosaur.
The interior reveals more shelves filled with toys.
The back wall and part of the roof have been removed to show the kitchen. I like how it turned out.
Revealed is the control tower above the main part of the station, the reception/ticket counter (lower left in the building), waiting area, and baggage/mail department (lower right). A spiral staircase that I designed leads up to the control tower. When I do a more in depth MOC of this station, more details will be shown of the staircase.
The coaches for the train are modeled after the Amtrak Superliner cars. Since this is pulled by a steam locomotive, I decided not to make them too modern. The same basic frame is used for the Coaches, Diners, and Sleepers. Every car has a removable roof and the upper level lifts out. This picture is specifically of a Sleeper.
The inside of the Sleeper shows the stairs at either end to the upper level, bunks on the lower level, bunks on both sides on the upper level, and a luggage rack on the lower level.
This is the Diner. The window layout is different from the Sleeper. Dining tables on both sides are on the upper level, and the lower level houses the dual kitchen units.
The Coaches has seating for many on the upper level, small luggage racks above the seats, and large luggage racks on the lower level.
The Mail/Baggage car. The red stripes line up with the other cars in the train, despite being shorter.
Letter mail and small packages go into the boxes on the left, while larger items go on the racks on the right.
Big Blair, with all of her Christmas decorations! The Engineer and Fireman Santa stand by their locomotive.
The new snowplow! Antlers are attached since Blair is Santa's "sleigh." The plow is modified from the Big Boys by jd davis . I did not include a red nose because Blair is so much more better-er than the reindeer.
A closeup of the Engineer and Santa.
The Engineer and Santa are in the cab, doing their checks before departure.
A picture of just the train without the station. Ooh, aah, pretty...
As I stated above, over the next month or so I will post individual MOCs for the multitude of creations within this single MOC, which will showcase more in depth descriptions and pictures. Each individual item took a maximum of three days to plan and create. The entire MOC is over 15,000 bricks. I built each component separately, then combined them all into one. Needless to say, LDD started to run a tad slow there at the end of adding the components. I guess that it cannot handle that much awesomeness at once. Anyways, please rate and comment, and I appreciate any feedback and constructive criticism. And Merry Christmas! If you do not celebrate Christmas, then Happy Quanzahaunakon, or whatever it is. I UN-like that "Happy Holidays" stuff.
Quoting cyberfrank 2010
it reminds me my ldd days, I used it at it s very loading limit, it was crawling at the end, but, the creations where massive! you did quite a jobon this train, enourmous, and very well designed!
Thank you! Yeah, my computer was "crawling" when I put the individual MOCs together. The first few were not that bad, but after a while it was a pain to get them positioned just right.
Quoting David the Fire Ninja Jedi
Wow! awesome! I like the greens! (my favorite color) I am not good at trains at all, but yours here are fantastic!
Thank you! I will not upload/post anything until I am 100% satisfied with what I am attempting to achieve, and this MOC is no exception. I definately wanted the train cars to "be festive" and therefor chose red and green as the colors. It made senese. To be "good at trains", it does help if you have built them in real bricks. I know that I did a lot growing up, and I currently have the Emerald Night set. So getting hands-on experience does help a lot with knowing how they go together. Personally, rolling stock is the easiest, then diesels, and steam locomotives are harder since there are more moving parts. However, once you have the basics down, anything is possible. My 4-8-8-4s and Big Blair (a 6-10-10-6) all use basically the same wheel base, so all that was required was some simple modifications for each locomotive. And those are based off of my 4-8-4, which is based off of the Emerald Night. So start with a foundation, start small, and then work and expand on it from there. Remember, your imagination is the limit. That is perhaps the best advice that I can give you. Oh, and of course, have fun!
Thank you, everyone, for the nice comments. jd, I am still working on your Mammoth's tender, but this put me behind schedule for that. And Gundam Serenity still has to make her Christmas appearance, so it may get pushed back just a tad more.