4511 / 10157 Train Front finally done

After searching around for a really long time I gave up on finding the LDraw file of this piece (45706). It was not in the library or hidden somewhere on Brickshelf, although it appeared in the poster.

I started to model this initially with MLCAD, which is a pain to edit parts, so I left it as the organic shape was giving me troubles.

I picked it up just a few days ago and with the help of Philo’S Pathtruder (the embedded LDPE version) I could generate the shape pretty easily, so finally those two trains are complete as well!

Find here!

The Light Prism (46309) is just a drafte for now, but will be added soon to the LDraw parts tracker.


Hooking Up – Part 2

I have finally uploaded a whole new set of parts concerning the hooks and constructed them the way they are to the LDraw Parts Tracker.  The first hooks, consisting of two parts, are now really made from two separate parts.

I also modified the geometry to let them “move” through the hole in the plate. This was not possible with the initial drafts that were on the Parts Tracker for too long.


Also assemblies in their pulling and idle positions as shown in the picture below can be found on the PT with their plate number, i.e. 3176c01, 737ac01, 737bc01 and 509c01


Hooking Up – Part 1

The early trains used hooks to connect their cars. This connection method was rather short-lived.  It stayed in use only for about 2-3 years looking at Bricklink data.

Looking around what is digitally available in LDRAW we find unoffical parts x507 and x508. Now whats the difference between them? x507 is not existing alone in the real-life brick collections and consists actually out of two parts which are fused together, within a hole of a platex508 is a removable hook, to be used with a specifically designed plate, 509, available in the official library.

Becoming curious, I ordered all of the variants.

Upon examining the x507 I noticed that this one is actually available in two different versions. The earlier one with a round “fuse” pin, and the latter one with a rectangular shaped one. am currently working on those parts redoing and improving them as some of the dimensions vary between the x507 and x508.

Those hooks need to attach to a hole.

There are several options available, the 2 x 3 plate with a round end and a hole, which everybody knows, then a 2 x 4 plate with a hole, a 2 x 4 plate with a hole and a gap.

The version with the gap is again available in two flavors, once to be used with the hooks, and once with the magnets, which I touch later.

Here’s the family tree:


The Year It Started, 1966

By the end of 2016 LEGO released a 50 Year of Lego Trains commemorative set as Christmas Gift for their employees. I was lucky enough to get one through the usual auction house for acquiring such items and I will probably share some of the content here. But first let’s go back to 1966 and see what came out back then: