Sci-Fi-themed HO trains

Prompted by a discussion over in the #-rail forum, I want to ask if anyone is familiar with any SF-themed HO trains.

I have long wanted to see is an HO train themed for Space:  1999.  Despite being labeled 1/72 scale, the old Airfix/MPC Eagles and Hawks are much closer to 1/87 scale, and it would be pretty easy to scratch up a Moonbase Alpha landing pad and some buildings.  A great deal could be done with just a 4' x 8' piece of foam with a tunnel on one end.

Few as there are in O, there just don't seem to be any SF-themed trains at all in HO.  Does anybody know of any?

Ah:  memories of the youth of a nerd!

Frisco, MoPac, and T&P near Rolla, MO

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Palallin, this is my first post. I was browsing this forum and found your thread. There is an obscure branch of our hobby that centers on lay-outs that feature more than one time and place existing in the same time and place. My lay-out has room for improvement (I only started this hobby in January), but it features more than one time and place.SUNP0005SUNP0024SUNP0012SUNP0006SUNP0011SUNP0002SUNP0005SUNP0024SUNP0012SUNP0006SUNP0011SUNP0002ace together.

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Very interesting approach to the hobby, Vincent!  Looks like a lot of fun going on there.

FWIW, I am slowly collecting/designing what I need to carry out this project--a very quirky one, to be sure.

I will post about it as physical work begins.

Frisco, MoPac, and T&P near Rolla, MO

Going over the web for a while, it LOOKS like this:

By far, the most common science fiction/fantasy theme on model railroads is dinosaurs. They are easily available in a wide variety of designs, but are usually only a part of a regular lay-out.

A distant second is "aliens." Flying saucers, military resistance, etc., but again, most are only part of a regular display.

 

Surprisingly it APPEARS that if a lay-out is entirely themed for science fiction/fantasy, the most common theme is underwater railroads. The trains aren't literally underwater but the lay-out uses aquarium supplies, colored plastic paper in front of light bulbs, etc.

You have good taste Vincent. The submarine and tuboat in G scale are by my all-time favorite master modeler Chris Walace. (Who happens to be the same as the CW of special effects fame; Return of the Jedi, the Fly, Indiana Jones, etc. etc.) There is an old web page "Chris's Creations" that has more along these lines as well as more traditional modeling. He also did 'Futureopolis'; a "spectacle layout" in Cal. at the Fairplex in San Diego (or was that San Fran.?) His style has had a great influence on much of my stuff. They make a small Lost In Space "JUPITER-II" if that helps.

"Still trying to not shoot my eye out"

 

"Nursing insomnia one railcar at a time"

My aroma therapy? Smoke Pellets.

 





I'm back. I disassembled my railroad empire and have begun assembling My Underwater Kingdom (MUK). But my van broke down, so I can't get to a hobby shop to buy the N scale train I want to add to my HO lay-out. So I'm left with assembling Lego pieces for a few days.SUNP0002SUNP0003SUNP0005SUNP0001

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SUNP0001I bought this for $1 at a pawnshop. It is powered by three flat, disk-shaped batteries and the insides are full of wiring. However, it has no lights, nor does it have a way to connect to anything. Experts concur that it was left behind by water-breathing aliens as a message to us.

 

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That better not be an Aqua-spoiler or I'll be temted to school ya 😒

Timing seems fishy but I'll bite...what?

Water breathing aliens?  Emperor Gargoyle from Johnny Sokko/Giant Robo?

I can't tell if this is P.Shop, a forced perception picture, or what.

Assuming it is a bat. op. toy, I see red in the eyes of the pillar's idol's faces.  I wouldn't be surprised if there were lights ment to bleed through the half-globe ornamentations, etc. either.

Try to power it with 4dc -4.5v dc.( not over 4.5v) Then if you get nothing, 9vdc or less. (if these are led, overvoltage will cook them, stay lower than 4.5+9v

"Still trying to not shoot my eye out"

 

"Nursing insomnia one railcar at a time"

My aroma therapy? Smoke Pellets.

 





 

Finally! I was able to buy a Bachman N scale train, and construction of My Underwater Kingdom (MUK) has resumed! This will take weeks, as the kingdom is beset by air-breathing pirates.

1) The Sunken Valley Railroad passes through a bizarre structure left behind by water-breathing aliens.
2) Underwater construction vehicles are hard at work.
3) Sea creatures, some of whom can communicate with humans, are settling in as citizens of the kingdom.
4) The legendary undersea hero, Diver Dan (1961 TV show) has joined us to help fend off the pirates and their evil allies.SUNP0023SUNP0004SUNP0005SUNP0008

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