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gambort is a group administrator gambort says:

This thread is for entries for the 7777 Contest. Please don't discuss the contest here (do it over there) or post anything that isn't an entry. Only entries posted in this thread will be considered for the contest.
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gambort is a group administrator gambort says:

EXAMPLE ENTRY (Based on pages 54-56)

Note that the real model differs slightly from the instructions (I did not have all the parts in the right colours). Remember an Ideas book is there to inspire your own variations.

7777 Bridge by gambort


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ainex-kockagyar says:

Signal Cabin

Whereas signal cabins are everywhere to be found around railways, 7777 only featured two of them, and none all that prominent: One on the right side of page 48, and another one on top of page 62. I'm trying to improve on these examples, adding some action features around what remains, in fact, a simple building made of a red box on top of a bigger yellow box.

Indeed, a signal cabin is not only an interesting two storey building with an outside staircase, a fancy desk and all manner of accessories, tools and other railway parafernalia. It also has exciting action potential. How so? Well, my model features, on its back side, a red lever that controls the trains' signal, as well as a yellow handle to turn the wheel that operates the barrier of the nearby level crossings. Both mechanisms involve some Technic parts, multiple gears to slow down the motion of the barrier to a prototypical '4 full turns of the wheel to get it standing', and even authentic chain transmission, just like the real thing. It's really fun to operate.

Signal Cabin 1 - Front View by ainex-kockagyar


More pics, instructions and videos of the mechanisms in action:


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Sokratesz says:

This is my first entry.

It doesn't feature any intricate structures and isn't very large either, but it does offer a lot of playability. It includes several sets or parts of sets:

- The small mail van from 6651
- The extra mail car from 7740
- The mail car from 7722
- A custom built shunter loc based on 7760

I tried to keep the building style as simple as possible to allow for kids to easily recreate it and leave room for their own interpretation. It's very easy to build either smaller or larger depending on how much LEGO you have available. While it may not seem very original, kids cannot be expected to own dozens of sets to allow for huge and complicated structures, and because of that, many of the parts found in the original 7777 book and in this model are easy to obtain from generic town or train sets.

As I mentioned, playability is key. This model uses the concept of mail and package distribution to link the town theme (cars, roads, houses) to trains (carriages, locs, track). I remember being frustrated with my first LEGO town and train sets, because all I could do was have people board/unboard the train at the tiniest of tiny platforms of the type that was included with most LEGO passenger trains. It wasn't until I got a nice railway station (7824) that I got a lot more fun in 'combining' the town and train themes and thereby massively increasing the play and replay value. Other sets, such as the 7838 and 7823 cargo stations did something similar, but I never owned them as a kid.

Now, onto the thing itself.

It's a mail/package distribution center that includes a small railyard that connects it to the rest of the railway, and it operates a shunter loc dressed in to move the mail cars in and out of the bays. It's designed to easily connect to existing rail and road networks so kids can incorporate it into their existing town:

IMG_0793 by Sokratesz


The building itself holds a small office, a garage for loading/unloading the mail vans and three parking spots (background left) for when the mail vans are not being used. There is a map of the city (foreground, white panel) that the drivers can use to figure out their daily route, and several storage racks for mail and packages:

IMG_0792 by Sokratesz


There is of course a platform for loading and unloading of the cars:

IMG_0794 by Sokratesz


And Cindy, the manager, is trying to arrange for a police escort for the vault that has arrived today:

IMG_0796 by Sokratesz


- Sok.
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Kyphur_Trains says:

Hand Car

7777 Redux Hand Car is complete! by Kyphur_Trains


I've been thinking about building a Hand Car since I got into trains in April of this year (2011) but never got around to it. Thanks to the 7777 Redux Contest I've completed it.

There is a Hand Car right on the cover and it is actually the first set of instructions (on Page 3) in the book. As you flip through the book you'll notice that the hand car keeps on making appearances amoungst the other models, it sure gets around the yard! It may be the smallest model in the original book but I think it may also be the most iconic...

I wanted to update the look to the more modern sleek look (not too blocky) but still keep the build simple and sturdy. In addition to showing less studs I've noticed that Technic parts have worked their way into system scale sets more and more so I figured using a couple for the pump handle would be a good idea.

Since the original Hand Car seemed to get around I figured I'd follow our dynamic duo, Moe and Joe, as they do a general once-over of the Train Yard. For most of the tour they stayed off the main lines but towards the end of the workday they decided to take a short-cut using one of the long distance main lines.

04. The newest Yard Engine hasn't been broken-in yet by Kyphur_Trains


Unfortunately they neglected to check the schedule or they would have known to stay off that line for at least another 30 minutes becuase the Santa Fe Super Chief was running a little ahead of schedule!

08. Yeah, even worse I see somthing by Kyphur_Trains


Luckily Joe has a good throwing arm and even better aim! I doubt he'll ever let Moe talk him into hopping on to the main line with the Hand Car again.

11. Whew, that was too close. by Kyphur_Trains


You can view all of the images and Building Instructions in this Set:


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pasukaru76 says:

Here is my minimalist entry, a simple ticket machine:

Ticket Machine

Instructions are directly before this image on my photostream.
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_Matn says:

Rural Train Station

It's a countryside railway station, with similar colours and play features as the train station in 7777. EDIT: Instructions have now been uploaded.

Rural Train Station by _Matn


I chose to build in a more advanced style than regular sets, although it's still pretty basic. It's not as big as the modular houses, but it's playable and it looks nice in a little scene. Light bricks, a little shed and a forklift, lots of figures and accessories, how much more fun can a train station be?

More pictures in detail at: Brickshelf and in my Flickr stream.
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nolnet says:

I'm sorry for the low picture quality. My camera messes around with color tones all the time and I didn't have the time to edit all those pics individually...

Anyway, here's my entry. Inspired by page 3 of the book, or, in my case – the front page (I never saw the cover of my torn-up copy...)

7777 Excavator by nolnet


7777 Excavator 7777 Excavator

EDIT TG - changed pic to fit flickr standard
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LegoMatt says:

Village Railway Scene

Inspired by the scenes/layouts from the 7777 booklet.

7777 Redux Entry by LegoMatt


7777 Redux Entry by LegoMatt


Bonus building instructions:

7777 Redux Entry (Bonus Instructions) by LegoMatt

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ted @ndes says:

Having backpacked around Europe a couple times via train, I think a 7777 Redux could use a few more backpackers (especially those flamboyantly Canadian ones), and a few more ethnic food stands at the train stations.... Allow me to present the Shawarma stand (sorry to the vegetarians out there... but it could easily be modified to a Falafel stand ;)).

"Ma, ma, ma, my Shawarma!"

Instructions-Main
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Das Steinkopf says:

Here is the first of my entries

LBB Guarded Level Crossing by Das Steinkopf

LBB Guarded Level Crossing by Das Steinkopf

Crossing Guards Hut Interior. by Das Steinkopf


With this model I have kept the surrounding detail such as foliage simple as I would like it to convey the look of what could be an official set as opposed to a highly detailed diorama. The model itself is inspired by set # 7834 from 1980 which is featured on pages 48 & 49 of the 7777 ideas book, I have also drawn inspiration from some of the HO scale model railway level crossings by Faller. I have refrained from using rare parts with the exception of this one www.bricklink.com/catalogItem.asp?P=3778 , to me it is the best one piece tree that Lego has ever made, it also provides a link back to the 1980s a time when the mighty part ref 3778 Cypress Tree and 7777 Ideas Book ruled.
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stacker9000 says:

[https://www.flickr.com/photos/67413270@N07/6307608024/]
Pages 30-31 Entry 1
I don't have a program to create instructions, so I thought I enter the diorama pictures of the loading yard.(My favorite parts of the book and the ones I found most inspiring.)
Sorry for the fuzzy pictures, clearer close-up pics can be found on my photosteam. Thanks!
Updated for assembly/instruction photos.
train shed build
I found a way to insert pics in MS Paint, so since my train shed is pretty obscured I have tried to make a build instruction snippet to showcase it a little more.Again, sorry for the lousy pics.
EDIT TG Altered the link to flickr standard.
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stacker9000 says:

[https://www.flickr.com/photos/67413270@N07/6307614048/]
Pages 48-49 Entry 2
The other diorama,( Everybody loves bridges,right!) Well, this was the best I could assemble, I really would have liked to filled all the space with trees and bushes,But I have yet to stock up on greenery.
Looks like our buddy on the handcart fell off somewhere between page 31 and these pages, he's got to be tired of running to catch back up by now!
Updated for assembly/instruction photos.
Bridge build
So I found a way to insert pics in MS Paint,so I made somewhat of a build instruction snip.Again, sorry for the lousy pics(cheap camera=more LEGO for me!)
EDIT TG Changed pic to flickr standard.
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The Solitary Dark says:

So I've had great fun building and here is the first stage of my entry - I've lost the light today so I only managed to get a couple of master shots of one section, but this will be enough for now - I'll add more later :

Signal House and semaphore by The Solitary Dark


With the station:

Full scene by The Solitary Dark


The semaphore tower has a turning wheel allowing you and your child to set the positions to stop and go.

There wasnt anything quite like this in the original book, but I feel it fits with the spirit, and I've tried to keep the whole build in the spirit of not being overly complex - The technic elements of the semaphore tower may be a stretch, but certainly not much more complex than some of the original 7777 models.
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The Solitary Dark says:

Second entry - Train station.

[https://www.flickr.com/photos/36416029@N06/6317236645/in/photostream]

[https://www.flickr.com/photos/36416029@N06/6317236641/in/photostream]

The start of the line for the signal box - the fit next to one another - i've not taken photos of the two together yet - I'll edit the two entries with the additional photos.

Here's my completely rubbish Photoshop skills in evidence with some instructions...

[https://www.flickr.com/photos/36416029@N06/6355036715/in/photostream]

And with the full link up to the Semaphore tower and Signal Box

[https://www.flickr.com/photos/36416029@N06/6431438997/in/photostream]
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roamingstudio [deleted] says:

Part of the beauty of the 7777 series was ability to see elements of other models and be inspired on how to make them fit into a new creation.
Many people created long tanker wagons from the Octan 3180 series; but for me, the shorter versions looked much nicer. So here they are, complete with LDD based screen shots for the instructions. I have an idea for other entries, but very little time to actually create them.
[https://www.flickr.com/photos/46773523@N05/6318339288/]

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ted @ndes says:

My second entry:

Winter Village Depot
Winter Village Depot

Back in October, my wife got me all of the LEGO Winter Village sets as an anniversary gift. Since I also have the Holiday Train set, I was inspired to build an appropriate train station to fit in with the rest of the village... and if LEGO were to redux the 7777 train idea book, I think it could also use a page or two using the "Winter Village" theme.


Interior shot:
Winter Village Depot - Interior

Instruction break-down on the snowblower:
Snowblower - Instructions
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Das Steinkopf says:

Here is my 2nd entry to the competition a 20Ton Construction Crane, the crane is designed to be a modern take of the one seen on pages 4 & 5.

LBB 20Ton Construction Crane by Das Steinkopf

LBB 20Ton Construction Crane by Das Steinkopf

LBB 20Ton Construction Crane by Das Steinkopf

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steam powered says:

Whilst loops and wyes are popular methods of turning around locomotives they are not always practical where space is limited. This scene shows heritage railway tourists at the end of the line

IMG_1052 by steam powered


IMG_1053 by steam powered


Find the rest of the set at www.flickr.com/photos/steampowered/sets/72157628167062709/
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Ricecracker. says:

Western Star Brandt Power Unit

I'd say it would fit best in page 4, and probably wouldn't look too bad alongside Nolnet's excavator.

Western Star Brandt Power Unit by Ricecracker.

Cab Breakdown by Ricecracker.

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Kyphur_Trains says:

My Second Entry:

Transfer Caboose

7777 Redux Transfer Caboose - Instructions - 01 by Kyphur_Trains


The inspiration for this entry comes from the concept of the 7777 Idea Book which is basically to provide interesting Rolling Stock & Accessories for the Official LEGO Sets.

We already have a nice Caboose in 10014 but I've never seen a Transfer Caboose done in LEGO so here it is.

Full instructions for 3 versions (basically different roofs and one has a Fireplace/chimney) and additional pictures are in the set below.



Here is the direct link to the Instructions:

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Kyphur_Trains says:

My Third Entry:

Modular Train Tunnel

Assembly - 48 Studs Long - Angle by Kyphur_Trains


Again this inspiration comes not from a single page or model in the Idea Book but rather the whole concept of bringing something to compliment our trains that TLG hasn't released as a set.

There's always a bit of chatter around the forums about Train Tunnels and I'm in need of one for my Massive Table Based Layout so I spent about a week pondering a design. Eventually it evolved into a Modular Design.

Man November got way too busy and with all of the design work/test builds on my Massive Table Based Layout I simply didn't have the time to work-up a comical story for the rest of my entries like I did the Hand Car. I hope everyone (especially the judges) will forgive me for that.

Sadly there is no real model of this design yet :-( I do hope to have it build before the New Year though...



Here are the building instructions:

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ZorkZ says:

My Third entry:
www.flickr.com/photos/zorkz/6411933287/in/pool-1753302@N21

7777ness cargo train by ZorkZ


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My Second entry:
www.flickr.com/photos/zorkz/6412302341/in/pool-1753302@N21

Trafo carrier wagon by ZorkZ

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Kyphur_Trains says:

This will be my Fourth (and Final) Entry:

Train Bridge

Physical Model of my LEGO Train Bridge by Kyphur_Trains


On page 48 we see a Truss Bridge and instructions for a different bridge start on page 54. I modernized the design and built it to resemble some of the concrete pillar bridges I remember from my youth.

Man November got way too busy and with all of the design work/test builds on my Massive Table Based Layout I simply didn't have the time to work-up a comical story for the rest of my entries like I did the Hand Car. I hope everyone (especially the judges) will forgive me for that.

Pics of the completed physical model will be added to the entry set before midnight.


Here are the instructions:

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ZorkZ says:

My 1st entry:

Steam crane train by ZorkZ

Edited to put pic in post TJD
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Das Steinkopf says:

Final entry from me is the G12 series freight van of the LBB, besides making this model for my fleet I also wanted to build a design which emulated the simple style of the freight van seen on pages 80 & 81 of the book but with a modern touch.

LBB Gedeckter Guterwagen G12 by Das Steinkopf


LBB Gedeckter Guterwagen G12 by Das Steinkopf


LBB Gedeckter Guterwagen G12 by Das Steinkopf

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Dan Cowling says:

This is the engineering shed that I put together as my modern take on the one shown on pages 30 and 31. It was inspired by a model that Bricktrix built a while ago and I built my version with hinges so that it can emulate the 7777 shed.

[https://www.flickr.com/photos/66998027@N04/6426519035/]

[https://www.flickr.com/photos/66998027@N04/6426519795/]

[https://www.flickr.com/photos/66998027@N04/6426520671/]
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Dan Cowling says:

I also built an updated version of the signal box on page 30 as an all new 'Freight Control Centre' - to be the place where everything is controlled from. I worked in keeping with the original colour scheme but went for a more modern feel.

[https://www.flickr.com/photos/66998027@N04/6426521737/]

[https://www.flickr.com/photos/66998027@N04/6426522599/]

[https://www.flickr.com/photos/66998027@N04/6426523471/]
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Dan Cowling says:

7777 Redux Pages 30-31. Finally I thought i'd throw the buildings together in a mock up of the scene from pages 30-31 with a modern approach. Time finally caught up with me, and I'm no photographer, but it I'm fairly happy with what I cobbled together!

[https://www.flickr.com/photos/66998027@N04/6426525453/]

[https://www.flickr.com/photos/66998027@N04/6426526359/]

[https://www.flickr.com/photos/66998027@N04/6426524295/]
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Raise a Ruckus says:

7777 Redux Inspired Design from pp. 12-13.

My daughter and I have had a lot of fun designing and building this conveyor belt and loader for grain hoppers. We envisioned this structure complimenting the new 2011 Harbor set (and plan to use the crane from that set for this one). Granted, we used a blue and orange color scheme (our preference), but this model's colors could easily be changed to blue and yellow to coordinate with the Harbor set.

Grain7777-1 Page 1 for 7777 inspired grain loader by Raise a Ruckus


Here are the "action" directions inspired by nolnet's entry.

Grain7777-2 Page 2 for 7777 inspired grain loader by Raise a Ruckus


Grain7777-3 Page 3 for 7777 inspired grain loader by Raise a Ruckus


Grain7777-4 Page 4 for 7777 inspired grain loader by Raise a Ruckus


Grain7777-5 Page 5 for 7777 inspired grain loader by Raise a Ruckus

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Nieks G. says:

This is my entry....

It's a modern version of the original cover, wit a modern train station... build with newer pieces and colors.

The train-wagons, station, platform and signs are build for the contest.

7777 Redux Front by Nieks G.


7777 Redux Sign by Nieks G.


7777 Redux Platform by Nieks G.

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hrcywindu says:

My 7777 Redux Contest entry:

Train Ticket stand.

7777 Redux Contest Entry - Train Ticket Stand - MOC by hrcywindu

7777 Redux Contest Entry - Train Ticket Stand - Build by hrcywindu


I don't know how train ticket stands look in USA, UK, Asutralia, New Zealend and other countries, so I've built it the way I saw it with my own eyes (in Croatia).

My thoughts about the MOC:
As you can see, I've built a small scene showing part of the train station that earns most of the profit for train stations. And scene really is small. It measures 16x16 studs.
I'm going to be completely honest with you and tell you my entry was built today (7 hours ago, to be more precise). However, there is a lot of hard work in it. Ok, at least a bit of hard work...
I've planned to build it for more than a two moths, but never actually did it (because of other contests). Then, I added some details today. YES! That's what I'm talking about.
Besides, I've photographed it outside. Nothing huge, you may think. Well, guess what: temperature was max. 5°C (278,15 K :P). I couldn't feel my limbs and I had to retake to many photos.
Ok, now really, I'll write about the build. As you can see, the scene is pretty simple. 7777 is full of simple builds. You just need to have enough of bricks. Therefor, keeping children in mind, I've decided to got with small, simple and clean build.
Figs just add that extra touch.
Like it? Please take a closer look and comment it. :)

I would like to thank gambort for organizing this contest, and to Tim Gould (gambort), Tim David, Peter Norman and non-trainhead Mark Stafford for judging this contest. :D
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Ministickerman says:

Here is my entry, a bit late (in Holland even too late), but had a busy time.

I recreated the large fuel tanks from the 7777 book. First I designed them in LDD, then I built them. I included some jokes (like an old nutty Shell employee that is trying to protest against ocean but is chased away by a guard, dogs and a nurse).












Link to the HTML instructions:
Instructions in HTML
Instructions as LDD file

It is quite build able, the large fuel tanks use very simple building techniques.

Pages:
back, 48 and 49
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gambort is a group administrator gambort says:

^ You still have about 12 hours by my calculations ;)
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Ministickerman says:

good to hear that ;) but my boss probably won't agree on that :)
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Strikeman 342 says:

Here is my entry for the contest. I've recreated page 22-23, the train car bridge in a new jacket.
Keeping in line with the book, there is no part list, you will have to figure out what parts are added each step by yourself :)

7777 redux contest entry by Strikeman 342

(higher res here)

I have also created seperate instruction including part lists, you can check out the set here:


(higher res on Brickshelf once the folder is public)

I also have instructions for the shunter, and the train car, but trains are not allowed in the contest and it's 3:30 at night here at the moment ... I'll upload them when I wake up :)

LEGO 7777 redux contest - shunter by Strikeman 342

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Kyphur_Trains says:

If this will be allowed as an Entry great, if not then consider it a bonus from me...

This is my Active EOL Buffer inspired by BlokBricks' Active Buffer.

I believe it fits the 7777 Theme as there is a EOL Buffer on the cover and page 63 but no instructions. It's also a common Train Accessory that LEGO has yet to give us an official design or set.

I understand this is probably more of a MOD than a MOC so I'm okay either way but would ask that this be allowed to remain in this area as a bonus if it is deemed to not qualify as an entry.

My design looks & feels more heavy duty and as a bonus it uses 2 pieces of Flex Track for the base. Finally a utilization of Flex Track that even the 9v guys can find useful!

My MOD of BlokBricks.com's EOL Buffer, It uses 2 pieces of Flex Track for the base! by Kyphur_Trains


EOL Buffer: BlockBrik's design vs my MOD by Kyphur_Trains


Here are the Instructions:

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