August 14 2017

LEGO Metro Train – #BrickMetro

LEGO Tyne & Wear Metro model - Brick Metro

Last week saw the completion of the “Brick Metro” completed in South Shields at The Word.

Nexus, the operator of the Tyne and Wear Metro service, had commissioned Steve Mayes to design and build a LEGO Metro train, with half of it to be completed in a public build event. Tickets inevitably disappeared very quickly! Luckily, Steve asked for some help in the public build, and I got to supervise some very eager builders and see the construction of the model first hand.
Front of LEGO Metro train model - BrickMetro

About the LEGO Metro train

The LEGO model is truly impressive, and includes a huge amount of detail, including fire extinguishers, the Metro network map, replicated seat patterns, and a detailed replica of the driver’s console.

  • The LEGO Metro was 3 metres in length
  • This gives a 1:10 scale – real Metro trains are around 30 metres in length
  • The completed model contained around 22,000 LEGO bricks
  • The first half of the model took around one month to design and build; the second half (largely identical to the first) was then built

A close-up of the LEGO Metro’s pantograph for power pick up from the overhead lines. I like the use of Technic pneumatic hosing there!

LEGO Tyne & Wear Metro model - pantograph close up

An interior shot capturing the mini Metro map (top-left), and the seat patterns printed on to tiles and sloped LEGO elements. It works brilliantly!

Brick Metro - LEGO Metro train - seat patterns

Another interior shot, showing the central pole for passengers, the Metro map (again), and the doors in a closed position. You can also see the interior lighting coming through the grates above the door. Note the LEGO parts bag peaking through the window on the right – oops!

LEGO Metro - interior details

The LEGO model will be left on display at The Word, the National Centre for the Written Word, in South Shields, until around the end of September 2017. The Word is well worth a visit anyway – some brilliant telescopes to see a closer view of the ships coming in and out of the River Tyne, as well as a nice little cafe and exhibition space (currently a history of pirates on screen).