The Grey Era celebrates its 40th birthday in 2020! Congratulations to what is probably the coolest LEGO rail system ever. Here I show a few own creations (MOCs) fitting in they the vintage 12 volt style.
12 Volt Trains
12 Volt meets Power Functions: The 12 Volt wheels are printed from the 3D printer and were kindly provided by Marco Dutto from Italy. They caputre the original 12 Volt style but have Technic axle holes on the back. A Technic axle is used to connect the wheels with a regular Power Functions train motor.
12 Volt Roundhouse „Bamberg“ with remote controlled turntable
Busy hustle and bustle at the 12 Volt River Port.
Mallet Steam Engine (inspired by #7750 and the Baureihe 99 … I just wanted to build a "large" 12 volt style steam engine
It opens like #7750
Full side view
With historic carriages. I build 3 of these carriages, inspired by Hofzug Kaiser Wilhelms II.
The cars are longer then the classic 6x28 train base plate. I added a 2x6 plate at each end. This requires a special way to lengthen the couplers and buffers. The bogie plate can not be moved outer due the limitations of the train base plate. And see the simple solution to fix the minifigure shield which I use as logo of the train.
V 100 diesel engine (based on #7755 with shorter base and 5-wide body)
V 100 diesel engine and so called "Silberlinge", very typical local train in Germany in the 1970s/1980s
Trains like this were able to operate in both directions due to a steering post in the end car.
Side view of the "Silberlinge".
Classic 12 volt style interior in both cars.
Happy Birthday Grey Era!
More about the Grey Era on this page.
Green electric locomotive with a red 12 volt motor inspired by Baureihe E 44.
Small electric engine with hopper cars #4536 in brown, ready for the 12 volt system.
What if the Grey Era would have been really grey?
Some 12 Volt trains in action – YouTube Video „LEGO 12 Volt trains“