(Pictures of my creations can also be found in my BrickShelf folder)
To all those who ever paid a visit to one of the LegoLand parks: where you as amazed as I was when you first laid eyes on one of those large scaled trains?
Since metallic parts have dissappeared (from 9V to RC-rails), it would become easier for TLC to create different track geometries: they've already admitted that they would consider doing it. But what type of track should that be? Within the AFOL-community there have been lots of discussions regarding this matter. I'd like to do my share, right here.
Märklin has three different train-scales:
What if Lego came up with a new system of railtracks (we already know that the L-gauge will not disappear!) that would allow three types of trains all running on the same tracks? Here's my solution:
First of all I studied the way parts are created for LDraw to be used in e.g. MLCad. Because RC-rails are very difficult parts to create - especially the curved one with a different radius - I will be using 4.5V rails in a representational way.
The straight track (partnumber 53401) and C1-2 already exist (partnumber 53400), one more curve is required (I suggest it's made in a different colour, to be easily distinguished from C1-2). But what to choose: should it be C3-4 or C5-6?
Creating another curve will open up lots of new possibilities:
If we take a closer look at the bogies only:
In 2007 TLC already released a new rail crossing (set 7996). Both tracks are 16 studs seperated from each other. Therefore it is more likely that TLC will release a new curve with 56 studs radius (curve 5-6), to be more compatible.
If TLC decides to go back to the old 4.5V rails (like I did in my representation), then every train fanatic would have the possibility to only use those tracks required for his/her personal layout (e.g. only tracks 1-3 or 2-5, depending on what type of train you want to run on your tracks).
I don't really like it if TLC releases new parts that serve only one purpose (e.g. partnumber 2999), it's always a big R&D-cost with low usability. I want them to create a new curve, but I want it to serve another purpose, too. I was thinking of an expansion of the Lego-Racers theme:
Have you ever bought set 8364? I never really liked those track-sections: apart from the fact that they were too juniorized, track-expansion was very difficult. As you all know, TLC is working on a new system for the new PF-trains that would allow batteries to be recharged in such a way that they don't have to be removed from the train model. If this new system would be similar to the one from set 8364, then we only need new wheels for the rechargeable electric motor to make the racing vehicles fit on the traintracks. In this case I was thinking of a wheel similar to the small train wheel, but with a rubber band to avoid skidding (and maybe slightly larger?).
With a new curve, it would become possible to build custom slot car racetracks. Since train tracks are widely available, track-expansion would become much easier.
A few years ago I already had this idea lingering on my mind. With the introduction of the RC-rails and the numerous possibilities of the new PF-elements, I thought the time was right to finally put it on my webpage.