All posts by Cale Leiphart

I’m the train master.

Diesel Blues

Union Pacific 1982
Union Pacific heritage, MoPac locomotive by Andrew Mollmann

In 2005 and 2006, the Union Pacific unveiled a new set of six, EMD SD70ACe locomotives in unique heritage paint schemes, honoring the railroads acquired by UP since the 1980s. The engine numbers reflect the year that the predecessor railroad was absorbed into Union Pacific. The locomotives commemorate the Missouri Pacific with UP 1982, the Western Pacific with UP 1983, the Missouri-Kansas-Texas with UP 1988, the Chicago and North Western with UP 1995, the Southern Pacific with UP 1996, and the Denver and Rio Grande Western with UP 1989.

Andrew Mollmann has built this stunning LEGO® version of the Missouri Pacific “MoPac” locomotive from this fleet.

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RAILBRICKS Magazine Now Available: Here’s to the first successful week at BMR!

BMR has a successful first week!

Today, January 6th 2017, marks our first official week at Brick Model Railroader. And we have to say that the response so far has been awesome! We can’t thank you readers enough. It is for you and the LEGO® train community that we wanted to start BMR. You have all been wonderfully supportive of us as we get this project off the ground.

In our first week of BMR being online we’ve had 5,500 views to our site, 64 registered users, 15 published articles, and 275 likes to our Facebook page. And this is only just the start. We look forward to growing and serving the LEGO train hobby for a long time to come. But in the meantime, to celebrate our first week we have something special for you, our readers.

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LEGO® Trains Are Older Than You Think

“End of the Line” featuring a 1950’s LEGO wooden train toy. Scene and photo by Chris Rozek

I’m sure many of us know that the LEGO® company has been producing train sets based on their plastic brick system for 50 years. And that’s an amazing length of time. But did you know LEGO trains go back farther than the bricks we all know and love?

The LEGO Group began in the workshop of Ole Kirk Christiansen, a carpenter from Billund, Denmark, who began making wooden toys in 1932. LEGO continued producing wooden toys until 1960. During the wooden toy era of the LEGO company there were several wooden train toys offered for sale. Bellow is are pages from a 1950 LEGO catalog showing several different wooden trains offered for sale.

1950 LEGO wooden toy catalog showing the range of train toys offered. photo from http://miniland.nl

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LEGO® 9v Train Track Geometry: by Ashi Valkoinen

photo by Ashi Valkoinen

Understanding LEGO® track geometry, and best track layout practices, can be a little tricky for fans new to the hobby. And even veteran builders can learn new things about how the various LEGO track pieces can be used to create new layouts. Fortunately Hungarian LEGO train builder Ashi Valkoinen has written an excellent PDF on LEGO track Geometry, which we are happy to share with our readers here on Brick Model Railroader. It’s a great resource for any one who wants to understand better how to work with LEGO track.

You can read the PDF here, or you can download Ashi’s original PDF on LEGO 9v Train Track Geometry from the link bellow.

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B2pGVpZyXf5hU3NYRWNuRkVCbHM/view

And if you are invested in seeing more of Ashi’s work be sure to visit his Brickshelf gallery and Facebook page though these links.

Brickshelf: http://www.brickshelf.com/cgi-bin/gallery.cgi?m=AshiValkoinen

Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/ashivlegorailway/

LEGO® 9v Train Track Geometry by Donát Raáb

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1914 Prussian, Electric Demonstrators

Some of the most interesting railway subjects to model can turn up when you start digging into all the experimental and prototype designs that have been tried over the years. Such is the case here with this set of 1914 Prussian, electric demonstrator train equipment by Falk Schulz (a.k.a. bricknerd of Flickr).

EB1 electric slug unit and its control car. photo by Falk Schulz

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“Set Up Running” Welcome to Brick Model Railroader

Hello and welcome to Brick Model Railroader. If you’re a fan of LEGO trains, then we hope you will like it here. So what is Brick Model Railroader? Well let’s start with a little bit about where we started.
 BMR (Brick Model Railroader) started out with the idea that this could be a sort of hybrid blog for LEGO trains. We wanted to take what was great about the old RAILBRICKS, the in-depth articles on the LEGO train hobby, and give those types of articles a new place to be read, free of the constraints of a bound publication. We wanted to take a little bit from the New Elementary’s focus on new parts and building techniques from and apply them to trains. We wanted to to borrow from the brothers brick  and showcase all the great train builds that we see out there. And we wanted to sprinkle in some of the BrickNerd’s love of LEGO artistry, because we believe LEGO trains are an art form, and that should be celebrated. We want to create a place that will funnel all the great aspects of the LEGO train hobby into one convenient place for fans to explore. And we want to do what ever we can to build and grow the hobby that we love. So here now is Brick Model Railroader’s mission.
 

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Tiny Tea Kettle in A big World

Sunday Afternoon Tea Train to Tetley:  A Diorama by BrickBaron

Outside of the world of LEGO® Trains, I’ve always has a bit of love for well done G Gauge trains and train layouts. It’s the whimsy that always seems to find it’s way into them. With the scale itself being so large, the modelers tend to pick relatively small trains to model to keep things manageable. Thus the trains take on an almost caricature like quality that brings out the fun in model railroading. That is exactly what you find here in BrickBaron’s scene, Sunday Afternoon Tea Train to Tetley.

The colors, the style, and the detail al work in harmony to build a believable cartoon world.

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Finding Inspiration in Strasburg Pennsylvania: Part 1

One of the regular features we wish to provide here at Brick Model Railroader are articles to inspire builders. We’re not just LEGO® Train fans here at BMR, we’re fans of trains and railroading in all their forms. From scale model trains to full size, and from collecting books and RR paraphernalia to visiting museums and tourist railroads, we have a wide range of experience and knowledge in trains and railroading which we hope to use to help builders find that next project, and to increase the enjoyment of the LEGO train hobby.

This being the first of such articles, I wanted to highlight something that has been a regular source of building inspiration for me, and show how it has shaped what I build. Here is part 1 of my article on Finding Inspiration in Strasburg Pennsylvania.

The Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania

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One of the great rail fan joys of living in South Central Pennsylvania is that you are not far from one of the best railroad museums in North America: The Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania. And when you’re a LEGO train builder looking for inspiration on what to build, why not go to where the real trains are? Especially when that museum has more than 100 historic locomotives and railroad cars that chronicle railroad history in the state of Pennsylvania. The museum is located in StrasburgLancaster CountyPennsylvania, and is a hot bed of railroad history, and home to numerous railroad and train themed attractions. Which we will cover more of in part 2.

Normally I would not write about my own, older models here on BMR unless it was to highlight something i felt was worth noting. So bear with me here, but since many of my MOCs are modeled on equipment at the museum, I thought they would provide a nice tour of the great exhibits there, and an example of how real world inspiration can shape your model.

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