locomotive (Polar Express)
1225 (own built model MOC)
Wheel set up 2
- 8 - 4 (1 - D - 2)
In search of attractive locomotives, which I could
build from Lego elements, I came across the Web on the so-called "Polar
The Polar Express is a film inspired by the book by
author “Chris van Allsburg”.
The film showed a steam locomotive which made me curious.
My research indicates that it is a 2-8-4 steam
locomotive built by “Lima Locomotive Works” of Lima, Ohio for the “Pere
The locomotive was first put into service in 1941 and has
done until 1951 its service.
Even today, one or two locomotives (after a long
restorative period, for example, the locomotive with the number 1225) is in use
for so-called "show missions".
Because of the film adaptation, the 2-4-8 Pere
Marquette has received the nickname "The Real Polar Express".
I was immediately enthusiastic about this
locomotive, especially the design, so I had decided that such a beautiful steam
locomotive would have to be built from Lego elements.
Like the original, the Lego “Pere Marquette” is
equipped with a 2-8-4 axle chassis, which of course also works smoothly with
the Lego model (in all turns and curves).
The model has been executed in the supporting frame
elements in the six-nep width.
In the Lego model two drive motors "Lego train motors"
were used, which are controlled by the Lego Power Function Control System. The
Lego motors are both installed below the tender.
The model is equipped with LEDs for the front and rear lights.
Since we are
talking here about the so-called "Polar Express", it is self-evident
that appropriate wagons are necessary. The train shown has four wagons
subdivided, e.g. Sleeping car, seat car with toilet, as well as a saloon car
with the striking balcony at the end of the wagon.
"Polar Express" with the "Pere Marquette 1225" adapts
perfectly to the Lego railway system and is executed approximately in the scale