I’ve uploaded a new time-lapse video of one of my classic LEGO Train sets from 1986. It’s the LEGO City Shell Tanker Wagon 7813 from 1986 – a time when LEGO sold a lot of single add-on carriages and sets (hint… hint…).
After I’d dismantled it to give it a cleanup – was a bit dusty from living in a loft for a long time – I thought it’d be interesting and fun to remake it like this. For reference, this is how it’s been sitting on a shelf in the attic for the last 20 years or so. Pretty grubby and discoloured as you can see – although the minifig looks like he’s been working hard on the track! Think the white bricks could do with a bit of brightening but worried about those stickers. Something else to figure out.
So after a good scrub and dry, it was time to do the rebuild. It was quick as you can see in the video, but I hadn’t realised just how far LEGO instructions have come. For this set, you get a fold-out sheet with 12 steps on it. And in each step, you have to figure out what has been added as there are no “parts needed” bubble. Sounds easy enough, but can see how I made a few mistakes in the past.
I’m hoping I can incorporate this into my new LEGO City Cargo Train, but I haven’t had a chance to research the coupling mechanisms yet. If anyone has any pointers with the classic LEGO Train stuff mixed with the new stuff let me know in the comments, please.