Product Idea

Classic Space Monorail

Zoom across the surface of another planet! Drop off the space workers, unload the supplies and move on the the next colony!

 

The Model

This monorail train features a locomotive with opening cockpit, a small flatbed car, and a larger wagon with passenger cabin. There are a seven opening storage compartments and three pieces of cargo: a gas tank assembly, a crate with minerals and a biocapsule. Three figures are included: a train driver and two space workers.

The train runs on the rollercoaster track system (ladders and brick-built bogies are placeholders), the cars have a 4-stud-wide base. The model, as shown above, contains 536 pieces.

The Idea

I discovered the fan-favorite monorail system of old (as in 6991: Monorail Transport Base) on a fan convention, when I was a kid. I was fascinated! What's so compelling about monorails, and which sets it apart from the ordinary railway system, is three-dimensional transport. Any self-respecting sci-fi city has multiple layers of roads, rails and walkways above each other, and the monorail takes you from ground level to ten stories high!

Building a monorail system yourself, without using the original LEGO monorail track pieces, takes a lot of skill and a lot of bricks. However, with the introduction of the rollercoaster track system (see 70922: The Joker Manor), my childhood dream - having a monorail going all across my LEGO world - is closer to coming true than ever. In a few years time, I may be able to get all the parts I need from various sets to make this model in real life.

But, I think the monorail deserves a set of its own!

Who is this for?

Maybe you have the same dream as me? Maybe you are a space fan in general? Or, more specifically, a fan of Classic Space. You may be a collector of anything monorail, or just an ordinary train fan looking for a new experience. If you are any or all of these, then you may be just the one I need! 

Notes

Of course I will update my project if the rollercoaster elements get added to LDD, but other than that I consider adding structures and decorations. If you want to spread the word about my project, or you have any thoughts, suggestions or tips you want to share, please don't hesitate!