A popular choice among AFOLs for building their own creations, Trains are now a sub-theme of LEGO City.

learn more… | top users | synonyms

3
votes
2answers
127 views

What are the largest LEGO® Power train sets available commercially?

What set(s) are the largest by number of pieces? These sets could be retired or existing. I am also curious what set(s) have the most rails pieces included.
4
votes
2answers
50 views

9v and Power Functions Hybrid?

I am building a train layout and I am running some of my track through a tunnel. I would like to know if I could hook up a 9v train motor at the opposite end of my train. The front will use Power ...
1
vote
1answer
38 views

Is it possible to use a LEGO NXT ultrasonic sensor for a LEGO train crossing?

I was looking at LEGO NXT components, and I found the ultrasonic sensor. I was wondering that if I put off to the side of the track, the nose of my train would activate the sensor, thus operating the ...
2
votes
0answers
27 views

Train track switching using servo motor [duplicate]

My project requires using a servo motor for switching track. It needs to be automate switching points. Is this possible? What is the cheapest / easiest way of achieving this?
4
votes
1answer
191 views

How to build an automatic Lego train system?

I was wondering if anybody has ever tried using the IRLink NXT sensor to make an automated train system and if so, what kind of setup did you have to make it all work? I have been working on a train ...
6
votes
3answers
115 views

Ideas to slow down RC PF train motor (Item: 88002)

I'm wondering if you already tried to slow down such a motor. I would like the train to run slower at all the supported 7 speeds. Anyway, at speed 7, the train just flies off the tracks.
6
votes
1answer
150 views

What exactly is this Lego train motor?

I bought this in the early 90s as a spare, since the type of Lego train was being phased out. Presumably the old 12V system. The original train was given away but I still have this. I want to sell ...
5
votes
1answer
354 views

Small lego train sets on narrow gauge track?

Will Lego sets such as "LEGO Christmas Train" 40034 or "Emerald-Express" 31015 run (manually) on narrow gauge lego track? These sets use a wheelbase that is only 4 studs wide and wheels that have a ...
2
votes
1answer
179 views

Will Lego Caboose (10014) work with Lego Cargo Train (7939)?

Will at the older Lego Caboose (10014) work with the Lego Cargo Train (7939)? I wonder if it will fit the newer track and if the magnet couplers will still work?
1
vote
1answer
410 views

What different types of lego train tracks exist?

I would like to purchase some used lego train tracks off ebay. I am not, however, very familiar with the different choices of track systems are out there that I might come across. So I would like to ...
3
votes
1answer
478 views

Software to do Duplo train track layout?

Anyone know a way to create with a software duplo train track layout? The only thing I found is: http://www.anyrail.com/index_en.html It's a bit overkill for what I need and it's $US60, although ...
10
votes
1answer
287 views

What is the centre hole for in modern train tracks?

LEGO train tracks have 3 holes in each of the segments: I understand the two outer holes are used with a throw-away piece to keep them stacked while shipping, but what is the center hole for? Is ...
4
votes
2answers
296 views

Battery for Trains

For those who have tried, which one is a better option: Rechargeable Battery Box and Transformer/Charger 10VDC ($50 + $25) or AAA Battery Box and a lot of AAA batteries ($13 + ?) Obviously $75 is ...
7
votes
1answer
544 views

Lego Trains 12v: Identify This?

This is a very popular picture, which almost all Lego Trains' fans from 1980s would recognize. I have the train in the forground, 7740, but not the 4th car (red one). Can anyone please clarify that ...
8
votes
1answer
294 views

What is the maximum distance between fixed train wheels?

I'm working on a train, and I'm curious what the maximum distance is between fixed wheel sets in order to properly navigate all of the different types of track (straight, curved, switch, flex, etc). ...
5
votes
2answers
918 views

Can I use the old 12V rails with the remote trains?

I have a bunch of old 12v track. I am looking to get my son into LEGO, but I am thinking of getting the remote set so we can expand it some more. My question is, can I connect the new track to the ...
2
votes
1answer
190 views

Pushing lego city train [duplicate]

Are you able to push the lego city train around the tracks without damaging it or do you always have to use the batteries to make it go.
7
votes
4answers
6k views

What are some examples of advanced train layouts possible with the PF train sets?

I recently got my first train set, the Constitution Chase, and it has sparked my imagination for building train layouts. My 3-year-old son has a small collection of wooden trains and we enjoy building ...
7
votes
3answers
1k views

Simplest approach for rail sets automation

How would you tackle the automation of a lego rails set. I am looking for a solution that can be achieved with available parts. From the answer I will chose either to invest into lego rail sets for ...
7
votes
1answer
342 views

Are the blue and grey 12v train system compatible?

Are the two generations of 12v train compatible? Eg can you combine a "blue" remote controlled point and a "grey" 12v transformer? Main motivation for this: I have a complete "grey" set of trains, ...
5
votes
1answer
693 views

What is the difference between the two train motors 8866-1 and 88002-1?

At the Lego store the other day they were talking about a "more powerful" train motor for the Maersk train (I was asking about adding a second motor to the red cargo train so it would go uphill). But ...
7
votes
2answers
341 views

What was the 12v AC socket for on the 7864 transformer?

The 7864 transformer had, in addition of the main regulated outlet for controlling trains and a fixed 12v DC for plugging in remote controls and lights, a third socket available which provided 12v AC. ...
8
votes
2answers
2k views

Do regular Lego trains fit onto Duplo tracks?

I have a small kid and a bunch of Duplo train track. (Like what's in this set.) Would "grown up" sets, like the Emerald Night or Maersk trains, work on that track? They look pretty close (the wheels ...
7
votes
1answer
1k views

How many hours of travel does it take to wear out LEGO monorail tires?

I've seen some pretty impressive LEGO tire driven/cushioned monorail displays that put miles of wear on the track and the train cars that ride on it. I'm hoping a monorail expert can tell me (about) ...
7
votes
2answers
417 views

Alternative (back of box) builds of 7822 Railway Station - is there an 'official' configuration where the track terminates at the station?

I am looking for a scan or photo of the back of the box of the 7822 Railway Station Background: As is common with Lego sets, there are a number of alternative builds pictured on the back of the set ...
10
votes
1answer
380 views

How can the 12v Train 7823 Container Depot be used to load container ships as per Lego Catalogue

As I kid I was always confused by the description of the 7823 Container Depot in the Lego Catalogues: ..."The crane can be raised so container ships can be loaded." An example can be seen in ...
5
votes
2answers
410 views

Is the Lego 8884 IR Receiver compatible with earlier IR Speed Remotes e.g. from set 7897?

I'm thinking of buying the new Train power function, e.g. 8884 IR Receiver, 88000 Battery Box, and 8879 IR Speed Remote. However I already have the set 7897, is the Speed Remote from this set ...
12
votes
1answer
1k views

How to build bridge using 4.5/12v train rails from 1969 Lego brochure

I am interested in building a bridge for my layout and stumbled upon this forum post in which user 'Istokg' posted a picture of a train bridge made from the blue rails used in the pre-1980s train ...
5
votes
1answer
167 views

Measurements (LDU) of Lego tracks Set 151

I have an old set of 7851 curved tracks. I want to use the outer tracks (the ones with the bumpy surface). If I was to put one end down on a baseboard so that is tangent/parallel with the grid of ...
10
votes
3answers
2k views

What's the best way to link two (or more) LEGO Power Functions (PF) train motors together?

Last Christmas I built an extended Emerald Night train to run around the tree. To get it to work I had to add a second Power Functions motor. I tuned both IR receivers to the same frequency and slowly ...
8
votes
2answers
1k views

How does the cost of a LEGO railroad compare to a traditional scale railroad layout?

How do the costs compare between a railroad layout constructed with LEGO trains and a nearly identical layout using traditional scale models, such as HO?
9
votes
1answer
760 views

What is the difference between train motors 88002 and 10153?

I want to motorize my Santa Fe Super Chief. Its original instruction mentions 5300 but it's marked obsolete on BS.com and now re-released as 10153. In the same time 88002 costs few times less, e.g. ...
6
votes
4answers
2k views

Are there plans to release new trains for AFOL?

I just built the Maersk train, what an amazing model! I did a little research and found that it was released in 2011 and the Emerald Night was released in 2009. Given the two year gap it seems ...
4
votes
1answer
551 views

How hard is it to convert the new(ish) RC/PF trains to 9V?

I have a HUGE investment in 9V trains (think many thousands of USD) and was wondering how difficult it is to convert the newer RC/PF train systems over to 9V motors? Do the 9V motors fit? Does the ...
8
votes
1answer
941 views

How do the train wheels turn so smoothly?

After assembling a train or its companion wagons, I'm always impressed at how smoothly the wheels glide over the track. When putting them together, it's just a metal axle with two wheels on each end ...
7
votes
2answers
670 views

How do I add a light to the Red Cargo Train?

I want to add led light to the front (and probably back) of the Red Cargo Train but the shape of the light is making me wonder what brick I should use to hold the light. I've never seen these lights ...
9
votes
2answers
571 views

Is it possible to add the power functions to Western Train Chase?

I recently got the Red Cargo Train and it's a great Lego set but a Cars themed train going around my Christmas tree would be even better. Has anyone gotten the power functions to work on the Western ...
5
votes
1answer
225 views

My Own Train vs. other 9v trains

Does My Own Train series have any pros and cons (or pitfalls) against other 9v trains? Seems that is a rich series but less popular comparing to, for example, Santa Fe or regular City sets. Why?
7
votes
3answers
5k views

What parts are really required to motorize 10219 Maersk Train?

The Official site detailed page states that: Motorize your Maersk train by adding LEGO Power Functions #8878 Rechargeable Battery Box, #8887 Transformer 10V DC, #8884 IR Receiver, #8879 IR Speed ...
11
votes
1answer
585 views

Is it safe to overload LEGO train motors?

When I was in Fana'Briques in 2008, there was a speed record competition for TGV-themed train. The setup used a section of custom-made straight track (aluminium rails if I remember correctly) and was ...
10
votes
3answers
2k views

Can I remotly control the points on PF train tracks?

I'm interested in investing in power functions based trains, but want to automate switching points. Is this possible? What is the cheapest / easiest way of achieving this?
15
votes
1answer
2k views

Starting out with trains: PF, RC, 9v or what?

I've always wanted Lego trains as a child, but never had any. However, now my son is old enough to appreciate them, I thought I might invest in some 2nd hand sets. The problem is, what standard to ...
11
votes
4answers
773 views

Is “public transport” train compatable with Lego City track?

Among other things, set 8404 contains a train but it doesn't come with any track pieces (see set 7499). Is this train compatible with these Lego City tracks? I see where it's more of an electric ...
13
votes
2answers
387 views

What kind of metal/alloy were on the old LEGO 9V train tracks?

LEGO's train tracks (the actual rail part) were made from some kind of metal alloy that does not seem to oxidize, and seems to have good electrical charateristics (low resistance). Any ideas what ...