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Monorail Mk5: Intercity

October 16th, 2011 Leave a comment Go to comments

My fifth Monorail creation, features a single station with three levels, two Monorails and 100 minifigures.  


Completion date: 05/10/2011
Power: 9V (Monorail) / Power Functions

This creation’s goal was to have three levels of tracks on a single station, and to populate it densely with minifigures. The white Monorail was built first, and I wanted to model it after LEGO Intercity sets, but I came across a number of problems specific to Monorail. For the Monorail to be able to drive up and down the ramps and to fit inside the station, the front and rear of the cars had to be short, and the cars themselves had to be narrow and low. Initially there was sliding door on the side of each car, that would open by coming in contact with rubber axle joiners located at the platform just a moment before the Monorail came to stop. It worked well, but created more problems: the cars were too wide (with doors 1 stud thick) and for the doors to work properly, they would have to arrive and depart in the same direction on all three levels. I have eventually decided that the doors aren’t worth the extra complications and removed them.

The tracks set-up could appear complex, but as demonstrated at the end of the video it was possible to make a Monorail go through all three levels back and forth without stopping. This creation was simple yet enjoyable, and it was my first creation to include some LEGO sets: namely the 7239 set as the fire truck and 7279 set as the thieves/police team with a quad.


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  1. Sariel
    September 23rd, 2012 at 08:51 | #1

    @Ralph H
    I’m afraid it’s just some royalty-free song and I don’t even know who made it.

  2. September 22nd, 2012 at 09:05 | #2

    Just curious, what’s band/song is used in the intercity monorail video?

  3. Sariel
    October 21st, 2011 at 20:32 | #3

    It’s using WordPress platform, if that’s what you mean.

  4. jostein
    October 21st, 2011 at 20:20 | #4

    how did you make this website

  5. Sariel
    October 16th, 2011 at 20:16 | #5

    Zdalnie sterowane zwrotnice są łatwe do zrobienia, pytanie czy na pewno jest sens zdalnie sterować czymś co stoi w miejscu i łatwiej da się przełączyć ręką.

  6. Marq
    October 16th, 2011 at 19:45 | #6

    Niezła konstrukcja oby takich więcej. Myślałeś może o zdalnie sterowanych zwrotnicach w następnym monorailu? Bo jak widzę twoja ręka dumnie zajmuje kadr w pewnym momencie 🙂

  7. Dragonracer
    October 16th, 2011 at 19:26 | #7

    Hi chief engineer,
    Hilarious, what a great slapstick show.
    My fave is the guy mimicking the chef-du-perron on the top level (dsc06852.jpg).
    Thanks for reminding me that minifigs can be fun 🙂

  8. Sariel
    October 16th, 2011 at 18:51 | #8

    1. No preference.
    2. Because I needed greater gear reduction.

    @David Luders
    No, I have never shown any Monorail creation in public. The problem is the power supply: Monorails run on on-board batteries which are bound to run dry in a matter of hours. The hamster is still Lucius – he’s already past the theoretical lifespan of his species, and he keeps going.

  9. David Luders
    October 16th, 2011 at 18:43 | #9

    I like your sense of humor with the Minifigs (the upside-down vampire and the beheadings at the guillotine)! Do you ever show your monorails at local Lego shows? It would be a hit with the kids. Also, is that a new hamster pet starring in this video?

  10. Ed
    October 16th, 2011 at 18:25 | #10

    hey Sariel 2 things what do you prefer being called Sariel or Paul?
    Next, for the escalator why did you use 8 and 24 tooth gears and not 12 and 20 tooth gears?

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