If you have seen the Lego freightliner, you are probably
saying. This is just the freight liner with an additional
car. You are almost right. I liked the old Lego freightliner.
It looked like a good model of a Amtrak train. But a few things
just did not add up.
For starters, it was electric. Amtrak trains are not. Secondly
the passengers slept in the engine. I have never been on an Amtrak
train, but I doubt they are built that way. And besides it looked
to small. Something had to be done. I started by bying a second
The engine was redesigned first. I put a diesel electric
engine in it, and removed the sleeper and the refreshment areas.
I made the rear and front engines exactly the same. I dont
know for sure if Amtrak trains actually have two engines. But it
In the operator cabin, I put a small control center and
a small desk. For easy access two large doors open to see the engine,
and the roof comes off.
The two dinning cars I left the same as they were in the
The next addition was a sleeper car. I wanted to put two
rows of berths, but the minifigs just will not fit. Next, I tried
one row off to the side, unfortunately the minifigs still will not
fit. I had to settle for one row down the middle.
A total of six beds are in the car, along with a row of
storage compartments across the bottom. To allow easy access I made
the roof come off the car, and made the top row of beds to fold
up. To accomplish two levels of beds, I had to raise the roof of
the car a little. The spare parts from two engines allowed it to
have a consistent look with the rest of the model.