This second page of the non-Lego section will highlight some of the current offerings
of trains NOT made by companies such as Mould King and Jie Star. The
majority of the stuff on this page comes from the Ali Express website.... and
they carry a ton of L-Gauge train and train related products!!! So
much so, that this page could probably go on forever.... Just like trying to
reach the end of the internet :-)
Most of the L-Gauge models offered on Ali Express' website DO NOT offer
printed assembly manuals. They will either send you a link to where
you can download a PDF assembly manual, or email you the PDF once you
have bought the item.
I've noticed that since I got snagged by the block building bug, I seem to
migrated away from trains, and gone into buying construction and heavy
equipment, and industrial scenes like the Blast Furnace. I also came
across a huge 20,000 piece model of the Battlestar Galactica
spaceship from a U.S. TV series back in the 1980 timeframe, but at $1200,
I'm not sure if I will be buying it.... :-) Looks to be a beautiful
As you may notice, a lot of these listings were "found" over the Black
Friday weekend (2023), and prices were reduced.
You may also notice while looking at the listings, that most of them are quoting
you huge discounts, like 80%.... compared to what?: :-)
IMPORTANT NOTE: Keep in mind, that the offerings from many of the Chinese
"manufacturers" may be short production runs, so, if
you're looking for some of these items I have mentioned on this page,
this page was originally done in 2023, and the kits may not be available
when you go looking for them - ESPECIALLY the MOC models! When I
started this page in late 2023, I kept many of the tabs open in my browser.
Just in three months, about six of the pages have dissapeared
I have not
provided links to the listings on Ali Express, but you can do a search
by the product name to see what they are currently offering, if anything.
Additionally, once you have gone to a specific page, further down on the page
you will see links to more and more of the same.... you may never be able to leave
- down the rabbit hole we go!!! :-)
An eight wide model with motor, 1647 pieces. Interesting articulated
loco with a B-B-B wheel arrangement with 2 motors (540hp each) on each axle
for a total of 12 giving the engine 5,940hp! Also in HO by Rivarossi.
No where in the listing does it state that this engine is an SD-70.
This listing is not offering motors with the kit, nor the decals/stickers
:-(. Kit contains 2233 pieces. Notice the more prototypical
couplers. Once completed, it looks like this model is 10 wide, so if
you power the thing, it may not fit thru a lot of your stations and/or
tunnels if you have them designed for 8 wide equipment.
Be careful where you purchase this non-powered model from, because, while
the 42 bucks may seem cheaper, they charge $50 for shipping! :-( The
other listing for this engine sells for $62 but includes shipping.
The German class BR250 is a Co-Co electric engine, while the class BR143/243
is a B-B engine. Both of these look well designed to look like the
real thing. Looks like only one truck on each model is powered.
Depending on how the wheels are mounted on the Co-Co version, it may have
difficulty negotiating a small radius curve.
Appears to be 8 wide models, 1410 pieces for the Geep and 1336 for the
boxcar. I guess by using the "salt" name, they avoid copyright issues?
Notice the more prototypical couplers.... The listing does not mention
anything about being powered, so it probably is not :-(
On Ali Express, there is like, no description whatsoever. However,
while looking for a picture of the prototype, I came across a listing for
the engine, with a short description. IF the Ali Express version
follows the designers design, it is powered by two KL motors, and looks to
be an eight wide body compared to six for the majority of other engines
listed thru Ali Express. I think the darker green would have been a
better choice however. Don't know if the Ali Express version comes
with decals, if not, I've included a link to the Rebrickable page containing
them. Also, Rebrickable does not have suppliers that can supply all of
the parts, so if you want to build this engine, Ali Express is probably the
best bet, keeping in mind, that you may still have to purchase the motors
1426 pieces. The listing does not
state anything about it being powered. The only problem I see with
this MOC, is that #5623 did not have the "resistor blister", otherwise, they
did a good job following the prototype, even down to the white handrailing.
Two versions of basically the same engine. The cheaper version fits
standard track and is less detailed. The larger version is well
detailed, and fits a 12 wide track. Looks to be 14 wide on the main
body, and 18 wide at the upper level of the "home", not counting stuff that
overhangs. Neither one is probably powered. The more expensive
version comes with a display base, with non-standard track made from elements.
If it looks familiar, I also have this listed above in the SD-70 section,
because MOC Building has it incorrectly labeled in the photo as one.
The loco uses an EMD prime mover rated at 2476HP, and can be used in either
freight or passenger service, as it has a separate head end power unit.
Max speed is 81MPH/130km/h. Originally built for broad gauge
(5'-3"--1600mm), and later re-gauged for standard gauge (4'-8 1/2"--1435mm).
Nice looking dual cab engine! https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/V/Line_N_class
A huge 11,083 piece kit to build a locomotive and four passenger cars. Listing does
not say if the engine is powered, but a detail photo shows the truck is geared.
Unfortunately, one thing the Lego world doesn't do well is "sloped
surfaces", hence, the front is not as good looking as it could be..... and
so it goes :-)
Self powered passenger cars for the North East Corridor built for the
Pennsylvania Railroad by Budd, and subsequently operated by Penn Central and
Amtrak. Can't tell from the listing if you are able to build both versions of the
Metroliner at one time, or, if you are only able to make one set of 4 cars?
Either way, pretty expensive at $250+ per car if you can only build a four car set!
Plus, they are probably unpowered cars. 9212 pieces. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Metroliner_%28train%29
There are 2062 pieces in this 4 piece copy of the GO Commuter trains found
in Toronto, Canada. The engine is not powered, but the listing says it
is compatible with standard power bricks. Don't know if that means
there are gears in the trucks or not? Interesting offering that is one
of the few strictly North American style train sets.
A non-powered locomotive set that you can buy a 4 set of matching passenger
cars to go along with them. Appears to be non-powered from the
included loco interior detail, and not sure what it uses for couplers, if
anything. Don't know if it can be easily powered. At $100 per
piece, these guys are on the high end of the spectrum for not being Lego's.
A nice Dutch Inter-City trainset, available as a set or by the piece.
The whole set is $797 with 9400 pieces. Seems like there are two
slightly different versions of this found on Ali Express, most noticeable in
the dome car. Dome car is $80/85 and has ~936 pieces.
From TNT's version of Snowpiercer, the Eternal Engine and Big Alice, either together or
separate. Too bad the engines aren't built to the same scale as standard
Lego trains, of course, then they wouldn't fit onto regular Lego track :-)
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