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Galactic Freight Hauler
When space freight has no choice but to travel by rail, the Galactic Freight Hauler takes it there.
About this creation

Unlike the Cosmic Rail Runner, which is able to haul multiple types of cargo due to its modular design, the Galactic Freight Hauler is specialized for all types of freight cargo at high and efficient speeds.



The locomotive, like several other Classic Space Train locomotives, was retrofitted from salvaged "old Earth" technology. This one in particular was used by the Maersk Container Train. The front end of the locomotive (at least what was able to be recovered) was not up to Classic Space standards and had to be redesigned. An improved lighting system was installed in the front. Standard spaceship navigation lights have been added onto the sides, as per Classic Space regulations.



This is the rear of the locomotive. The original Maersk locomotive did not have any functional lights, so a functional light system was also added to the rear. Thrusters and a communications antenna have been added.



This cutaway view shows all of the Power Functions components. Included are two Train Motors, a Control Switch for ensuring that the two motors run in the same direction, an IR Receiver, and the Battery Box. There are minor interior structure changes so that the wires for the lights can be routed.



The cockpit has state-of-the-art technology for the engineer (which is either this guy or a redshirt ), including the mandatory steering wheel. Located behind the engineer are the air conditioning vents, which may or may not be connected to the locomotive's nuclear drive ventilation system. The schematics are unclear about this feature.



The boxcar is of original design since there was no recoverable salvage that fit the requirements of a large train car for bulk shipments. Controls and triangle warning placards are placed on each end and side.



The central portion of the boxcar's interior contains a spot for different palletized cargo. Shown here is a small and shallow open universal container that is prepared for transport. The cargo is placed into the boxcar with a forklift, which is discussed later.



This cutaway shows the interior of the boxcar. On the left is a large tank that can contain various liquids and gasses. What is odd is the addition of a spigot that appears to be useful for dispensing tea. More speculation on that shall be conducted later. As discussed previously, the center section is for palletized cargo. The right section can be used to hold various crate- and box-type cargo.



The tank car is based on a design that was built by an old-Earth developer by the name of Murdoch 17. The original tank car in the schematics proved to be too small in size, and so it had to be lengthened. Additional features were added to improve upon the cosmetics of the lengthened tank car.



Another module that can be transported via the boxcar is a FPCT (Fueling Pump Converter Thingy). The large hose on the FPCT connects to the tank car and siphons whatever liquid or gas the tank car contains. The small nozzle is used to fuel rovers, hover scooters, and other small space vehicles.



The interior of the FPCT shows where much "whirring" and "slurping" occurs.



Here the FPCT is hooked up to the tank car.


A small race rover in its transport crate can also be shipped in the boxcar.



The race rover is based on Victory Cup Racers go-karts. The basic frame was retained, but the controls and engine were replaced to better suit space racetracks.



The forklift was restored and modified from Cargo Train Deluxe wreckage, salvage, and scrap. The wheels were replaced to better handle lunar and other-worldly surfaces.



The rover transport is based on Car Transport Wagon with Car and is capable of carrying two rovers. The rovers are built specifically by David Roberts and David Alexander Smith for this Classic Space Train. The ramp has been unchanged from the original set and retains the swiveling functions. The flatbed car also retains the same basic functions as the original set.



The Rail-Portable Rover is the third attempt made by Llwyngwril Space Systems to create a rover that could be reasonably transported by space trains. The first attempt, while being of aesthetic quality, was prone to melting. The Train Freight Rover proved to be too successful and exceeded too many standards. This ultimately deemed that it was a failure and could not be approved for full production. As such a spinning Space Buggy seemed to be a more viable option.



The T. F. 5000 was produced by David Alexander Smith. One feature that I added was suggested by matt rowntRee, which was a set of golf clubs. The golf club and club bag can be seen loaded into the back of the rover for a nice day on the space golf course.



The set in its entirety.



*Twitch's Notes*
Once again, many thanks first of all to David and David for their contributions to this MOC. I normally enjoy designing the locomotive the most, but designing the flatbed and implementing your rovers was what I enjoyed most. Thanks again to Murdoch 17 not only for your MOC that contained the tank car, but for all of your amazing and inspiring work. Lastly, I want to thank myself for being awesome (I am welcome).
This has actually been completed and finished for a while, but real life has prevented me from uploading this creation. I just recently completed a move from one end of 'Murca to the other (I may be a creeper and go visit Chris Roach some time in the near future). So, I have been very busy lately. To everyone that has been uploading lots of great MOCs over the past few weeks: you have been doing awesome work, keep it up, and I apologize for not leaving any feedback and/or praise.
As of now, this concludes my Classic Space Train series (at least as standalone MOCs). For a preview of what is to come, check this out. Hopefully the references above will spark a new rage of space golf and space race tracks. Unless those are already "things," which means that I need to catch up.


Building instructions
Download building instructions (LEGO Digital Designer)

Comments

 I like it 
  June 16, 2014
http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/390600 Instructions you wanted are up
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  May 12, 2014
Quoting Stephan N great, so much stuff. i like the freight. And the Train Looks excellent.
Thanks!
 I like it 
  May 12, 2014
great, so much stuff. i like the freight. And the Train Looks excellent.
 I made it 
  May 10, 2014
Quoting David Alexander Smith I've been up against it this week with work, but what joy to drop in and see this realised. Now why didn't I put golf clubs in there? The flatbed integration looks great. It's fun seeing one of my creations in LDD for the first time too.
Thank you. It seems as though now you need to go make some Classic Space golf MOCs, along with David. Now if I was a master with POVray, I could make everything really pop, but I am not.
 I like it 
  May 10, 2014
I've been up against it this week with work, but what joy to drop in and see this realised. Now why didn't I put golf clubs in there? The flatbed integration looks great. It's fun seeing one of my creations in LDD for the first time too.
 I made it 
  May 10, 2014
Quoting cyberfrank 2010 awesome space train kit!!! the blacktron mech does nt leave much to be desired either, you rock!
Thanks for the praise! I have some WIPs that need to be finished, then everything will come together. These Classic Space Trains will be featured, I assure you.
 I like it 
  May 10, 2014
awesome space train kit!!! the blacktron mech does nt leave much to be desired either, you rock!
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  May 10, 2014
Quoting jd davis Yes, I do have some investment into space. Southern Pacific has a vast rail yard on the moon's surface, and a trans-dimensional portal to it. This Nuclear Diesel is perfect for the heavy hauls to and from it.
You are using lots of big words that hurt my head. Stop it.
 I like it 
  May 10, 2014
Yes, I do have some investment into space. Southern Pacific has a vast rail yard on the moon's surface, and a trans-dimensional portal to it. This Nuclear Diesel is perfect for the heavy hauls to and from it.
 I made it 
  May 10, 2014
Quoting Dr. Monster Cool train. It looks great and has some sweet play features and details.
Thank you. I like to design everything to have as much play and features as possible.
 I made it 
  May 10, 2014
Quoting jd davis This set is what I have been hoping for! Now I can do heavy transport at SP's Lunar Rail Complex! Keep Building!
Oh, so you did not like the other Classic Space Trains? I am just kidding. Although I did not know that you were investing in space railways.
 I made it 
  May 10, 2014
Quoting David Roberts Great work and a superb effort collecting all of the different ideas and MOCs. It's been very interesting to watch this project as it has grown. This would have been a fun addition to the original Classic Space range. Lego could have kept adding different set and modules, just like you've done. Super work and I'll be interested to see what your next project will be.
Thank you for the praise. You Davids are the main source of inspiration for my Classic Space builds (of which there are few), but my "logic" pales in comparison to yours.
 I like it 
  May 10, 2014
Cool train. It looks great and has some sweet play features and details.
 I like it 
  May 10, 2014
This set is what I have been hoping for! Now I can do heavy transport at SP's Lunar Rail Complex! Keep Building!
 I like it 
  May 10, 2014
Great work and a superb effort collecting all of the different ideas and MOCs. It's been very interesting to watch this project as it has grown. This would have been a fun addition to the original Classic Space range. Lego could have kept adding different set and modules, just like you've done. Super work and I'll be interested to see what your next project will be.
 
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