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Buildington Engine Works 2-6-2 Prairie Locomotive
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The Town of Buildington’s new light duty steam locomotive, a 2-6-2 Prairie steamer built in 8 wide. It is much smaller than my last locomotive, a missive 10 wide 6-8-4, but is even more detailed and runs much smother. I have already tested it and it can pull over a dozen cars with just one 9V motor!
About this creation


Buildington Engine Works manufacturing plant (creating the train):
     This train took way less time than my last one to build. My old 6-8-4 took over a week to build and years of troubleshooting to get something that looked OK, and was somewhat functional. This little 2-6-2 was built in two and a half days and worked perfectly without any troubleshooting! I pretty much copied the cow catcher directly from my old train, only made it slightly smaller. The boiler is a completely different design though, built using the same technique used to make rotary engines on most LEGO planes. I did it this way due to lack of black slopes but it ended up looking really good and being incredibly lightweight. The cab ended up being rather difficult, I wanted to make it just as detailed as my old 10 wide, but in 4/5 the amount of space. I think I pulled it off really well, other than the firebox, I think my new cab is even better than my old one despite the reduced scale.
     The body of the coal tender was easy, but the wheels were a problem. I wanted the coal tender to have wheels in a 4-4 configuration with two sets of wheels next to each other on each end. This proved to be a problem though because it wouldn’t allow me to use a 9V train motor as the wheels on the 9V motor are too far apart. I eventually found a solution by placing the 9V motor in the middle in a fixed position with two wheels on each end on a swivel. The result looks like it’s a 4-4, but is actually a 2-4-2 configuration.

On the turntable, slowly rotating for all to see…
     The Buildington Engine Works 2-6-2 Prairie locomotive is the first train to roll off the assembly line of the new company. The 2-6-2 is designed to run on coal or charcoal but test are being made using torrefied biomass which is expected to be the most efficient fuel source for the engine yet. Buildington Engine Works also clams its new locomotive will help the environment, if the trees used to fire the locomotive are replaced, the train will have a net carbon footprint of zero.
     This first engine from BEW is designed for light duty freight service on lines with sharp turns and tight spaces. The 2-6-2 is capable of pulling 10-20 small freight cars and can take them as far as most diesel locomotives thanks to its large coal tender and low fuel consumption. Certain aspects, such as the navigation display, are digital. But the cab is mostly analog. Buildington Engine Works believing that physical controls and gauges are more reliable and easier to repair then digital ones.
     It is amazing that this is only my 3rd LEGO train ever! It looks even better than my old train, and has just as many details despite the transition from 10 wide to 8 wide.

About Buildington Engine Works:
     Buildington Engine Works is a train manufacturing company in the town of Buildington, an island off the coast of Atlantic City New Jersey. They manufacture locomotives and train cars for a different kind of world (my world) were “coolness factor” applies just as much as functionality. Buildnigton Engine Works is for rail lines that want a little more spice for the everyday, who want an alternative to the latest boring diesel or electric locomotive. Buildington Engine Works specializes in making modern steam locomotives and classic stile diesels that are easy to run and efficient but also a break from the everyday drag of the modern world. Buildington Engine Works, building trains that are fun again.
     A company like this, much like my other company retro motors, could never exist in the real world. In real life, most people don't want a cool looking steam locomotive in the same way most people don't want a car with fins and chrome bumpers. Diesels are more efficient and modern cars are more aerodynamic, but in the world of fiction, a steam locomotive can go 100 miles on one piece of coal and car engines are so powerful aerodynamics don't matter. Now if you actually read all that, wow, you have quite an attention span!

Video of the 2-6-2 in action:


Pictures:
















The cab:
Still can't believe the detail I've managed to fit in here, the firebox door even opens!









"Oh Scott, those quarters aren't LEGO!" "Shut up, I'm not paying $5 each for a couple of train weights!" Really, the local LUG drives me nuts!


Looks way better on the turns then my old locomotive.

The future:
The locomotive is mostly done, though I might add some Buildington Engine Works on the side if I feel really ambitious with sticker making. I want to make some train cars for it to pull though, as you can see in the video, I have 3, but I want to build a few more.



Comments

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  June 17, 2014
That's so cool looking! oh all the detail! good job!
Scott Bertaut
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Crown Knight
  May 24, 2014
a great looking engine !>....well done
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  May 19, 2014
Very nice build! Very PRO
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  May 15, 2014
Quoting Cameron Wilson Incredible. You should build a delorean and put it in fr.ont
I have the LEGO back to the future set but this is actually I different type of locomotive then the movies used. The one in the movie was a 4-6-0. If I ever build my own version of the BTTF Delorean I will probably do something like that though.
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  May 11, 2014
Incredible. You should build a delorean and put it in fr.ont
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  May 5, 2014
Quoting cyberfrank 2010 I do have a good attention span, and I m genuinely interested in what you are doing, I also want to congratulate you in thinking green, and you can establish a Buildington factory on Alta-5, great train design Scott!
We will see, I am trying to get on here more, but I am pretty busy with other things. I might make a factory on Alta 5, but first I got to build a factory on good old earth first! I'm also having a little bit of trouble understanding how your Alta 5 universe works, I've read some of your tutorials, but the city with multiple builders thing still confuses me.
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  May 5, 2014
Quoting David Roberts I like this engine because of its detailed cab and the clever linkages on the wheels. The shape and proportions look "right" to me too. Using that dish on the front to get the size and shape of the boiler works very well indeed.
Thank you! I really like the dish on the front too, I really want to get a regular dish in yellow though, then it will shine through the holes in the other dish (the front most one) and make a nice pattern.
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  May 3, 2014
I like this engine because of its detailed cab and the clever linkages on the wheels. The shape and proportions look "right" to me too. Using that dish on the front to get the size and shape of the boiler works very well indeed.
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  May 3, 2014
I do have a good attention span, and I m genuinely interested in what you are doing, I also want to congratulate you in thinking green, and you can establish a Buildington factory on Alta-5, great train design Scott!
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  May 3, 2014
A great engine with a great interior.
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  May 3, 2014
I made too pages for this creation by mistake, I have deleted the duplicate. Here are the comments made on the extra page:
Quoting Nick White Wow Scott! This amazing! Very well done!
Quoting clayton Marchetti Wow Scott! This is awesome, that's the most detailed interior I've seen in a lego locomotive . I love how you made the drive rods , very clever design work. You really have an eye for detail! The video was fantastic BTW in addition to your train I saw Airwolf and your police cruiser . The layout looked amazing. Brilliant job!
Sorry again I had to delete the page with your guys comments on it, MOC pages crashed right in the middle of upload and I had to redo it all. Some how the first one got created anyway despite the crash.
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  April 20, 2014
Wonderful work. Love the boiler and cad design
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  April 18, 2014
Lovely locomotive - the way you've done the boiler on this is especially excellent.
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  April 18, 2014
Nice work Scott, A lovely locomotive with a lot of beautiful details, and it looks great too when running on rails.
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  April 18, 2014
Stunning work, mate! The interior really is amazing.
  April 17, 2014
Beautiful work and the details are wonderful.
  April 17, 2014
Beautiful work and the details are wonderful.
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  April 17, 2014
Great looking engine. I love the detail work on the wheels and the shaping is terrific.
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  April 17, 2014
Great train ;)
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  April 17, 2014
amazing!:D
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  April 17, 2014
Wow! Beautyful!!!
 
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