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12 Volt LEGO Train

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.

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Mallet Steam Engine

Mallet Steam Engine (inspired by #7750 and the Baureihe 99 … I just wanted to build a "large" 12 volt style steam engine

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It opens like #7750

It opens like #7750

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Rear view

Rear view

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Full side view

Full side view

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Historic cars

With historic cars. I build 3 of these cars, inspired by Hofzug Kaiser Wilhelms II.

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Design of the waggon with extended base plate

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.

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V100 diesel engine

V100 diesel engine (based on #7755 with shorter base and 5-wide body)

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V100 diesel engine and so called "Silberlinge"

V100 diesel engine and so called "Silberlinge", very typical local train in Germany in the 1970s/1980s

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Steering post in the end car

Trains like this were able to operate in both directions due to a steering post in the end car.

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Side view of the "Silberlinge"

Side view of the "Silberlinge".

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Classic 12 volt style interior in both cars

Classic 12 volt style interior in both cars.

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On duty for 40 yerar

Happy Birthday Grey Era!

More about the Grey Era on this page.

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Locomotive parade on my glass table

Locomotive parade … LEGO set #7760, green electric locomotive (MOC) and red electric locomotive from LEGO idea book #7777

Some 12 volt trains in action – YouTube video

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Electric locomotive inspired by Baureihe E 44

Green electric locomotive with a red 12 volt motor inspired by Baureihe E 44.

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Small electric engine with hopper cars #4536

Small electric engine hopper cars #4536 in brown, ready for the 12 volt system.

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Small electric engine in medium blue

Small electric engine in medium blue, one of a few colors (left and right) trains doors were made.

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Highspeed train #7745 in Metroliner #4558 colours

Highspeed train #7745 in Metroliner #4558 colours.

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What if the Grey Era would have been really grey?

What if the Grey Era would have been really grey?