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VT 11.5 Trans Europ Express (TEE)

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VT 11.5 Trans Europ Express (TEE) as LEGO MOC

The famous diesel multiple unit VT 11.5 Trans Europ Express (TEE) was on my wishlist for a long time. In late summer 2018 I was able to finalise this project.

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The prototype for my model (Picture by Ulrich Budde www.bundesbahnzeit.de)

The prototype DB Class VT 11.5 was in service between 1957 and 1988 on rails in Germany and Europe.

Thanks to Ulrich Budde (www.bundesbahnzeit.de) who allowed me to use his photograph.

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VT 11.5 Trans Europ Express (TEE) as LEGO MOC

It started all with the idea to use two Brick, Round Corner 3 x 3 x 2 Dome Top for the characteristic nose of the engine units. A much bigger challenge were the grey-silver stripe which swings from the lower front lights up to the driver's cabin. For a long time I favoured a solution using rigid hoses, but it didn't work out and the hose did not "swing" (similar to the stripe of my ICE 3). So I ended with the plate variant, at least I did not build any steps.

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Front view of the front engine unit

I also realised the round bull's-eye windows. The first one has to be located as close as possible to the beginning of the tan section. So the arched brick helped here. We still miss an element which fits between the Brick, Arch 1 x 3 x 2 Curved Top and the larger Brick, Arch 1 x 6 x 3 1/3 Curved Top in red. But I found a solution using curved solpes covering most of that gap using Slope, Curved 2 x 2 No Studs.

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Colour variants of the roof (light bluish grey)
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Colour variants of the roof (dark bluish grey)

I am still stuggling with the right colour of the roof section behind the driver's cabin. Originally it should be light bluish grey (same colour as the stripe). But in real live all the grime from the exhausts makes this roof look more dark/dirty. So I also build a dark bluish grey variant. Both can be swaped easily and this feature allows easy access to the rechargeable battery box.

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Detailed view of the roof construction

The rest of the roof also was a nice building experience using some SNOT. I wanted to use dopple-cheese pieces and curved slopes. And the roof should become 7 studs wide. That did not equal out fine so I had to use vertical tile on both sides of the middle brick column. The picture explains the rest of that SNOT nightmare …

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Waggon of the VT 11.5
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Waggon of the VT 11.5

Each of the 4 waggons is 48 studs long (waggon body) and streamlined like the prototype. The arrangement of the windows varies, depending on whether it is a large-capacity, compartment or restaurant waggon.

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Bellow between the waggons

The bellow uses various newer parts like Plate, Round Corner 2 x 6 Double and Tile, Round 1 x 1 Quarter. On the left you can spot the battery/switch unit of the interior lighting.

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Interior lighting of the engine unit
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Interior lighting of the waggon

For the first time I realized interior lighting for one of my train models. The fairy lights with 20 small LEDs can be bent into shape with a little effort.

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Mini fairy string lights with battery

For the interior lighting, I use a button cell powered mini LED string lights. You can find something like this on ebay under the keywords "LED mini fairy string light"

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Night train

The result is convincing and is also comparatively cheap.

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Motor at the engine unit

The bottom side of the engine unit and on of the Power Functions train motors.

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Bogie (non-motorized) at the engine unit
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Bogie (non-motorized) at the engine unit

The non-motorized bogie on the engine unit has the same arrangement of axles and spin pins as the Power Functions motor.

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Design phase
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Design phase

For a long time I wanted to build the curved strip with the help of a rigid hose, but I finally rejected that idea.

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Design phase

An earlier stall, here the nose is still a bit too long. But with trial and error I approach the goal.

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Design phase

A look at the construction table. At times, four or five variants of the round nose whirring around on the table.

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Inside view of the nose
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Inside view of the nose

Again and again is built and rebuilt until it finally fits everything.

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Test ride

The aim of this MOC was to use no custom parts (except stickers and the additional interior lighting). In addition, the train should also come through the normal LEGO curves and switches.

Lots of background information and pictures of the prototype gave me the book Baureihe VT 11.5. Die TEE-Triebwagen der DB. VT 877, SVT 137, VT 08.5, VT 10.5 (Stars der Schiene).

Specifications

Drive: 3 Power Functions train motors (2 in the front engine unit, 1 in the back engine unit), receiver and rechargeable batteries in each engine unit
Type: 7-wide, multiple unit with 6 units (2 engine units, 4 waggons)
Fully capable of LEGO curves and switches (even if it looks silly). Other geometries like BrickTracks R120 curves or TrixBrix/4DBrix switches are highly recommended.
Train Wheels: Train wheel with Technic cross hole
Total Length: ~2,50 m
Lighting: LEGO LED lights for the front and end lights (3x white in front and 2x red in the back).
Interior lighting using button cell powered mini LED string lights
Modified LEGO parts: 2x 2x4 tiles with the TEE logo by www.steindrucker.com
Stickers: A piece of red tape to cover the center LED on the nose
Yellow sticker for the coupling cover from an old LEGO sticker sheet
Trans Europ Express decal by www.modellbahndecals.de in scale 1:45 (which is a little bit too big)
Year of Construction: 2018

 

Building instructions and part lists

There are no building instructions und part lists available for the models shown on this web site. There are no engineering drawings available. To build the LEGO models only photographs from the real prototypes were used. All models are unique and not for sale.

Why doesn't building instructions exist?