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US steam locomotive (Polar Express) Pere Marquette 1225 (own built model MOC)


US steam locomotive (Polar Express)

Pere Marquette 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 Express. 

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 Marquette Railway”.
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
steam 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.

The train "Polar Express" with the "Pere Marquette 1225" adapts perfectly to the Lego railway system and is executed approximately in the scale 1: 40/45.

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