It is 10 to midnight and everybody is on their toes...The Old Train Engine Shed never shuts down and there is always work to be done. One shift follows the other and tonight a GKR Type 1 Schienentrabi is arriving shortly for its routine maintenance after a long hard day.
The setting is filled with lots of carefully planned details. Situated in some rural area, the concept for this Train set came about after a lot of research. Inspired by the late 50s railroads of Central Europe this Idea comes with many features and Easter eggs.
The Old Train Engine Shed itself, build with masonry bricks features 6 large windows and 2 large doors which allow the locomotives to enter and leave. Two big chimneys and a fan are used for ventilation. Inside the shed a fully equipped workshop/machine shop is located. The large variety of machinery and tools included are: different types of lanterns, big chest, radio, handsaw, vice, floor drill press, oxyacetylene welder, mallets and hammers. At the very top of the building and just bellow the roof, a fully working crane can be used to lift and move the heavy engines of the locomotives. On the rear of the train shed there is a little shack with a WC.
There are 2 historic pieces; The Gleiskraftrad GKR Type 1 and the Gleiskraftrad type 2 GKR 50.
The Gleiskraftrad GKR Type 1 (colloquially: Schienentrabi) was a railway service vehicle that was used for route inspections and maintenance work and run on diesel. It carried up to 3 passengers and it was used from the end of the 1950s until the early 1980s, when it was taken out of service. Accordingly the Gleiskraftrad type 2 GKR 50 was a rail track motorcycle build in the early 60s.These vehicles were developed at the end of the 1950s as service vehicles for track supervisions, route control vehicle and railway maintenance companies.
Further down a worker pushes a trolley filled with important equipment towards the rail tracks.
In the end corner, there is a junkyard filled with unnecessary old and wrecked bits and pieces from cable reels to gears and train window frames.
Lastly at the back 2 dogs; an Alsatian and a Great Pyrenees carefully guard the gate, so watch out if you enter uninvited it will be at your own risk!
All and all, exactly 2881 bricks were used to design the Idea (including the 6 minifigures used). It took months of designing redesigning and reorganizing the set. Playability and design aesthetics were once more taken into account.
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*According to Bricklink all pieces and colors exist except of a couple of unique and custom printed pieces.
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