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[Contest] Ugly Train Contest

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swoofty is a group administrator swoofty says:

Let's start the new year with a new contest, an ugly train contest! I know in your train research browsing you've come across at least one train item that struck you as the ugliest train you'd seen. Well, now's your chance to build it! The contest is open to all manner of trains: locos, rolling stock and train accessories. Entries must be 8 wide or less and be able to operate on some version of Lego track, if applicable. Locos do not need to be powered, but would increase your chances.

There will be 2 categories and 2 prizes. The first is overall ugliest train and the second will be for most accurate ugly. The prize for each category will be a brand new power functions rechargeable battery! Sorry, charger not included because this is an international contest. Entries must be based on a real object that the entrant can provide photos of or links to. You do not need to enter a specific category; both winners will be chosen from all entries. Judging will be handled by yours truly and also by informal voting by all of us as the cream, so to speak, usually rises to the top in the end.

The deadline for entries will be February, 28 2010 so everyone should have plenty of time. Now get out there and build something ugly!

PS - I'm hoping to at least double the number of entries from the 666 contest! ; )

Entried go here
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gambort is a group administrator gambort says:

Excellent. Now I just have to search my memory for super uglies. Hope I won't offend Carl by linking to his absolutely excellent rendition of the absolutely ugly BR Class 42/43 for inspiration.

1958-class42/43 "Warship" by bricktrix

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JamesOfJames says:

This sounds like a challenge to pull of the most convincing BL2 to me.
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Das Steinkopf says:

^ If you do can you make it in MONON colours that would look sweet.
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[jaster] is a group administrator [jaster] says:



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Das Steinkopf says:

^You just can't get away from EMD products no matter how hard you try, come on Matt there should be an ugly Alco or Baldwin you would be able to pick.
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SavaTheAggie says:

Erie L-1 Long Exposure by SavaTheAggie


:)
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Duq is a group administrator Duq says:

It's brand new but butt-ugly in my books:
[https://www.flickr.com/photos/26138175@N03/4158287627/]
This is also seriously ugly:


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JamesOfJames says:

Super Chief (or was this just the Chief?) got even uglier after they rebuilt it -



I think the Class 70 looks pretty terrible, but would be great inspiration for a fictional sci-fi engine. Just my two cents.
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JORAL 13 says:

^ Somehow that chief looks like a frog nose to me.
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gambort is a group administrator gambort says:

^^ Yeah it would be good inspiration. Technically that was actually not inspired by a class 70 as I'd never seen one but it definitely shows similarities.
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Jayhurst says:

Hey! To me, this contest sounds like it'll be some serious fun for everybody.

...And I have no idea what to build! Hmmm. Sounds like few nights worth of internet pic hopping are in my near-future plans so I can find that alsolutely perfectly ugly piece of railroad gear to prototype.
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JamesOfJames says:

Just to point something out, we haven't really looked into ugly rolling stock yet. Though I can't really imagine what that would look like, since it's generally utilitarian or purposefully prettied-up.
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gambort is a group administrator gambort says:

^ I'm not sure this truly counts as ugly but it seems neither utilitarian nor prettied-up to me



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swoofty is a group administrator swoofty says:

Wow! Those are excellent examples so far; although maybe a little hard on Carl ; ). Here's some of my faves:
[https://www.flickr.com/photos/swoofty/4243883054/in/photostream/]
In fact I like it so much, I rendered one!

SCL BQ23-7 by swoofty

And let's not forget the experimentals; there's a lot of those.
[https://www.flickr.com/photos/swoofty/4243109753/in/photostream/]
I'm looking for rolling stock examples too. I suspect 'modified' cabooses will rank highly. And rail maintenance equipment.
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Lego Engineer says:

Here some MOW vehicles I found.

Track Maintenance Vehicle by sillygwailo

Track Maintenance Vehicle by sillygwailo

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Das Steinkopf says:

^ Perway machines aren't ugly they are just seriously funky too build and offer ample oppurtunity for a greeble fest.

Here's one I want to rebuild, she is over 3 years old now and needs a major redesign.

Tamping Machine by Das Steinkopf



Tamping Machine by Das Steinkopf



On the to build list is a ballast regulator and a few other special oddities.
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JamesOfJames says:

- Wow that thing looks awesomely shitty. A track gang car, I'm guessing? Only problem is the trucks are painted, so it loses a couple ugly points there. :)
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bricktrix is a group administrator bricktrix says:

Swooft, Tim, no worries, not offended. The 42/43 is a "marmite" train, ya either love it or hate it ;)
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stratiformus says:

Hi all. New to these posts. Let me suggest:

The Mighty Mouse

I'd try it myself, but for lack of time. To do it (ugly) justice it needs to be narrow gauge.

Plans are at:
SEC Railway

enjoy
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JORAL 13 says:

^ Wow, somebody ought to do that one! I think I will try several models.
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6widebricks says:

I see potential in a certain group of locomotives, but I want to win, so it's a secret.
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swoofty is a group administrator swoofty says:

How about this boxcar converted to a bunk car?


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Duq is a group administrator Duq says:

That Mighty Mouse has all the design subtlety of a Hummer...
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6widebricks says:

Could it be a model of a model or a model of a real one?
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JamesOfJames says:

"There will be 2 categories and 2 prizes. The first is overall ugliest train and the second will be for most accurate ugly."

If I understand you here, with the former, it could be a totally fictitious train, so long as it's ugly?
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[jaster] is a group administrator [jaster] says:

That looks vaguely familiar, Swoofty ;)
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J Class says:

U30B by J Class

Looks like a squished GP9
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Cale Leiphart says:

Oh come on now. A high nosed U Boat is certainly different but I wouldn't exactly consider them ugly. : )

As for ugly diesels I give you the chop nosed GP7 and GP9. I love the Western Maryland but the nose job the "Wild Mary" gave those GP's is just hideous.
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JamesOfJames says:

Your first link is broken, Cale.
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Cale Leiphart says:

Fixed
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Shuppiluliumas says:

In keeping with my love for oddball steam, I think there might be one or two possibilities for this contest.
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bricktrix is a group administrator bricktrix says:

""How about this boxcar converted to a bunk car?

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Heh, Didnt I see that in Starwars with Jawas and droids running around the bottom of it?
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swoofty is a group administrator swoofty says:

- for either category you need to provide photos of the prototype. I won't totally rule out fictitious builds, but you'll have to figure out the proto photos!

- Are you callin' my GP9 ugly!?!

Trona SD9 left by swoofty



Ootini!
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6widebricks says:

Can it be partially differed from the reference photo?
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Cale Leiphart says:

Are you callin' my GP9 ugly!?!


Um. Isn't that an SD9? ; )

Well at least whoever chopped the nose on that SD (was it Trona?) put a two piece windshield on it. I think that's what bothers me most about the WM chops. That one piece windshield they used always gave them a Uni Brow look in my eyes. Also the proportions seem to work better with that SD than the GP's for a nose chop.
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stratiformus says:

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, isn't it...

20100103_237463 by stratiformus


or maybe not...
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SavaTheAggie says:

^Mister Rodger's Neighborhood Trolly's mentally handicapped older brother.
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Jayhurst says:

Wow Sava,... that was so wrong... and yet, sooo funny, all at the same time. :-D
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Shuppiluliumas says:

Those angles seriously make it look two dimensional.
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swoofty is a group administrator swoofty says:


Picky, picky, GP, SD; amounts to the same thing, but yes, I hear ya on the unibrow!
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gambort is a group administrator gambort says:




The 500 is the ugly duckling of the Shinkansen series. All the rest have some form of sleek charm. This one replaced the charm by more sleek.
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Das Steinkopf says:

^I would have to debate that, the 700 series and E4 series both look like frogs that have had their heads stomped on, while the E5 units would be a front runner if we had a Bonktron train competition ; ) .
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J Class says:

GM6C by J Class

Any idea what it is???
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SavaTheAggie says:

As I said on your photo's page, it's a General Motors built all-electric locomotive EMD GM6C. Only one was made.
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J Class says:

Thanks. I actually posted this at the same time as uploading it so hadn't checked it...
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raised says:

Good find Lego JClass! I was planning on posting that one too! Hopefully I have time to built one of those seventies/eighties american GE/GM electric loco's before the deadline (not really good with deadlines...) if anything's ugly, than its those guys!
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JamesOfJames says:

The thing about that GM6C is that it looks like a selectively compressed model which then got full-sized somehow. It doesn't look good, but I'm yet to find something sufficiently ugly.
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cj 190 says:

@ JamesofJames,

That class 70 looks awesome! It's a pug-faced beauty. I hope you're going to build us one :)

This contest has actually inspired me to build a train. Lately, I've been concentrating on building stuff for my trains to drive by.
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JamesOfJames says:

Well, the one I posted wasn't a Class 70, it was some (I think) custom-built or -rebuilt unit of Santa Fe's.

[https://www.flickr.com/photos/26138175@N03/4158287627/] - that was the Class 70 I was referring to.
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Cale Leiphart says:

That is horrifying.
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Duq is a group administrator Duq says:

^That's what I said umpteen posts ago...
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gerrit carstensen says:

i can't believe no one has posted this yet
www.railpictures.net/viewphoto.php?id=149862&nseq=73
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JamesOfJames says:

^ ...Well at least now we know what happens when an old ALCO and an old jeep fall in love.
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JORAL 13 says:

Blind engine ftw?
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JamesOfJames says:

It's not blind, they just took the picture while it was blinking.
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swoofty is a group administrator swoofty says:

^^^^ - g-rat

Someone asked me to build one of those for them, but I,uh, didn't. It is a real looker, for sure.
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JORAL 13 says:

You didnt? Aw, whats the reason? Haha.
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JORAL 13 says:

CSX goes to war by Renegade_Railfan


How about that beaut?
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gerrit carstensen says:

swoofty
as weird as this may seem, i like this engine, if you kinfa squint you can almost pretend the cab is real,
;)
p.s. i found a real weird prototype
www.railpictures.net/viewphoto.php?id=220591&nseq=0
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JamesOfJames says:

^ Pretty sure those sorts of things are pretty standard issue to check the loading gauge and clearances of tunnels.
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gerrit carstensen says:

true but it looks weird and I've never seen one up till this picture
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[jaster] is a group administrator [jaster] says:

Can we do ugly paint schemes?


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gerrit carstensen says:

if so i vote for the vomit bonnet
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swoofty is a group administrator swoofty says:

[jaster] - sure, ugly is ugly.

g-rat - Wow, vomit bonnet, yikes!

www.railpictures.net/images/d1/1/7/0/5170.1225185123.jpg

TG Edited pic out as >300kb
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swoofty is a group administrator swoofty says:

How 'bout this French beauty?

www.railpictures.net/images/d1/8/1/4/7814.1264864835.jpg

At least it's got '666' in the numbers!

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JamesOfJames says:

^ And it's got very Lego-izable geometry.
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swoofty is a group administrator swoofty says:

OK all you Lego Train MOC-ers out there, only a short month to go. It's been quiet lately, but I take that as a good sign. I hate to pick on Alco, but here's some more inspiration:


It looks kinda like a kid whose feet are too big.
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gambort is a group administrator gambort says:

From a cultural perspective I find it funny that Europeans come up with sleek new forms of ugliness while Americans mess up their old designs with new ratios of ugliness.

I guess that reflects something...
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Das Steinkopf says:

The Great Western Railways 2600 Kruger built during the Boer War period and due to their ugly looks were nicknamed after Stephanus Johannes Paulus Kruger, President of the South African Republic (Transvaal) at that time.

The first in the class was built as a 4-6-0



A basic works drawing also of the 2-6-0 variant of which 19 were built.

www.champwilde.f9.co.uk/gwdrawings/loco-2602.jpg

ps: can someone teach this luddite (me) how to add pics from other sites please.

Thanks Tim I will refrain from having the drawing appear straight away as its to big.
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gambort is a group administrator gambort says:

^ Use <img src="LINK"> but unless it's a small image please don't do it.

On which topic I just edited a couple of big images out. Pleast try to keep directly linked images under 300kb for those of us on slower connections.
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6widebricks says:

I'm just about finished with mine. Can someone post the entry thread please?
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gambort is a group administrator gambort says:

^ Done.
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gambort is a group administrator gambort says:

One week to go!
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6widebricks says:

Come on guys!
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Jayhurst says:

...Build in progress. Awaiting parts.
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JamesOfJames says:

As many ugly trains as we found, I was surprised we didn't have more entries.

On a related note, could we have perhaps have contests run longer for those of us who are less-focused builders? Or perhaps a minimum amount of entries with the cutoff date?
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gambort is a group administrator gambort says:

I was surprised too but I don't think extending the closing-date will make any difference. People either find something that fits the ticket or they don't. No-one has piped up saying they need more time.
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JamesOfJames says:

That's certainly true. How about next time, put a nudge in the OP about sort of RSVPing if you have serious interest in entering? That would help gauge interest, anyway.
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