German Class 52.80 Steam Locomotive




This is a minifig-scale model of the german class 52.80 "Reko" Steam Locomotive as it was employed in the former GDR. 

It comes with a tender, minifigs, and it also features a Display Track Segment with a main signal and buffer stop. 

For more pictures, visit my flickr-page.
Also check out the 3D Model preview at Bricklink.

Part Count: 2500+ (540 pcs for Gravel and Coal)
Scale: 1:41
Length: 65 cm
Platform Width: 9 studs (Locomotive) / 10 Studs (Tender)
Total Width: 8.3 cm
Height: 12.5 cm without Signal (Signal is 23.8 cm high)
Gross Weight: 1,44 kg

- moving drive rods
- removable cabin roof
- high detail control panel, including valves and gauges
- rotatable Tender bogies
- coal box with loose coal

The model prioritizes detail over playability. Although t
he two bogies of the tender can rotate, this is mainly intended as a display model. Due to the static 1'E axle configuration it is not fit for the standard Lego train curve radius and will only move on straight tracks.

Building Techniques:
This MOC is targeting advanced builders who are looking for a fun build with lots of SNOT techniques. The construction is referencing the original design of the class 52.80 locomotive itself, with the boiler tank and cab built on top of a sturdy chassis. 
Although mainly intended as a display model, robustness was also considered during the design of this MOC. 

This model features nine custom print / decal graphics - four for the Engine and tender, and five for the signal and buffer stop.

The Instructions package includes:
- detailed PDF building instructions, 255 pages total
- nine custom graphics for prints or decals
- Bricklink XML parts list

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Name German Class 52.80 Steam Locomotive
Designer TOPACES
Designed 2019
Inventory 2541
Theme Train
Gingerbread House


  • 1 month, 3 weeks ago asiadream (3K)
    Can i have the part list fro the train only? Need to repair the parts first before buying this instruction? it can run if I push by hand, right?
    • 1 month, 2 weeks ago TOPACES (1877) MOC Designer
      Hi asiadream, 

      Yes, the train can be pushed, all wheels move, and the tender bogies are rotatable. Just note that the locomotive cannot pass through curves due to the 2+5 axle setup - that's basically one long rigid frame. 
      For the parts list, please check your PM's.
  • 3 months, 4 weeks ago psmyth (6K)
    very cool MOC...really like this!!
    • 3 months, 4 weeks ago TOPACES (1877) MOC Designer
      Thank you so much :)
  • 3 months, 4 weeks ago asiadream (3K)
    Can you motorise it?
    • 3 months, 4 weeks ago TOPACES (1877) MOC Designer
      unfortunately no. Since I intended it as a display model mainly, I scrapped all attempts to include space for a motor, or to design kinematics for the locomotive wheels (like bogies) to drive through curves. 
      A Power Functions Battery Case (the old 4x8 stud type) would technically fit in the coalbox of the tender, but would also require some redesign. 
      That being said, I think it's not impossible to modify the design for a motor, but it would be a whole new project and surely also influence some of the design.
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