US Civil War Union Army Railroad Gun - the Battle of Petersburg
About this creation
This is my first version of a US Civil War Union Army Railway Gun used in the Battle of Petersburg to secure the railroad. This gun was normally pushed up front by a Locomotive engine. The cannon and mini figures are from The Lone Ranger Cavalry Builder Set (Lego # 79106). The Cannon tilts up and down but only shoots forward. The Union soldier who has a pistol standing on the rear of the railway gun car is the guard to protect the gun crew from Confederate snipers; the union soldier guarding the gun crew is on a 2x2 turntable so he can easily swivel to protect his gun crew. A Lego Technic pin is used as a railway coupler so it can be towed by a locomotive engine. Initially, I designed this car to be historically correct four railroad wheel axles side by side (no bogie plate is use). While this Railway gun car was able to transverse a full circle of track with four sets of railroad wheels - it came with a price - high rolling resistance. Changing the car to two sets of railroad wheel reduced the rolling resistance significantly.
Below is a rear operational top view of this railway gun
Below is a more menacing front view of this railway gun
The locomotive coupler successfully allowed a train to push and pull the Railway Gun Car at the Charm City LUG group meeting on June 26, 2013.
This US Civil War Railway gun will be part of the Washington DC Metro Area Lego Train Club (WaMaLTC) Display on the August 3-4, 2013 Brickfair (Dulles Expo, Virginia) along with a working 9vdc version of the Lone Ranger Constitution Train. I believe the PA LUG will have a US Civil War Dio there to celebrate the 150th Anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg.
I have a *Dictator* Siege Mortar display (with a Railway Mortar Car in the works) inspired by and build along the same lines as the mocdesign of Matthew Hocker.