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Holiday Train Conversion Kits In Store!

We're excited to announce that our Holiday Train conversion kit is now available! It brings the magic of light and sound to the LEGO® 10254 Holiday Train set. This conversion kit comes complete with all of the components you need to rebuild the Holiday Train with added lights and optional sound. You simply combine the contents of this conversion kit with the Holiday Train set and follow our instruction books. When built, you can download the Holiday Train profile from our website and install it into your PFx Brick using the PFx App. This profile pre-configures the PFx Brick lighting outputs and effects, adds steam train sound effects, and pre-configures the remote control actions. Using the PFx App you can modify the profile to change the lighting effects, add/change sound effects/songs, or reconfigure the remote control actions.

Feature Summary

  • Locomotive headlight
  • 8x Tender blinking lights
  • 8x Caboose blinking lights
  • 2x Caboose porch lights
  • Custom light accessory board to connect PFx Brick
  • All electronics pre-wired and ready to use
  • Extra LEGO® parts required to modify and convert the Holiday Train set
  • Colour printed instruction books (+ digital download instructions)
  • PFx Brick profile with steam train sounds, music, sleigh bells, Santa's "Ho Ho Ho!"

To use this kit, you must have the following LEGO® brand items (available separately from shop.lego.com):

  • 10254 Holiday Train Set
  • 88000 Power Functions Battery Box
  • 8886 Power Functions Extension Wire
  • 8879 Power Functions Speed Remote
  • 88002 Power Functions Train Motor

This kit is designed to work with any PFx Brick (IR, 4 MB, 8 MB, etc.) which is sold separately.

There are three versions of this kit:

1. Basic - Lighting conversion without sound

2. Standard - Lighting and sound conversion (adds Fx Bricks M-Speaker brick)

3. Deluxe - Lighting and sound conversion with separately purchased Speaker Wagon add-on kit



The Speaker Wagon is an exclusive custom designed wagon kit to expand your Holiday Train! The visual style of the wagon has been carefully designed to harmonize with the design style of the LEGO® Holiday Train. Of course, the real function of the Speaker Wagon is to maximize the sound performance of the sound effects from the PFx Brick by enclosing a powerful XL Speaker Brick. Even though the XL Speaker is hidden inside the wagon, the wagon roof and end walls have carefully designed grilles to allow the sound to project from the wagon. This charming new wagon will look (and sound!) perfectly with your Holiday Train!

Feature Summary

  • All LEGO® parts to build the wagon (198 pcs)
  • Colour printed instructions (+ digital download instructions)
  • XL Speaker Brick
  • 8x blinking side lights
  • wiring and connections to adjacent Holiday Train wagons

Delivery

Due to the difficulty in sourcing LEGO® parts with guaranteed delivery times, we have only provisioned for approximately 25 complete kits with guaranteed 2018 shipping. These initial kits are offered as an "Early Bird" production batch with a limit of 1 per customer. Quantities after the Early Bird batch will be fulfilled as best as we can but we cannot guarantee shipping for Christmas 2018.

The "early bird" production batch will sell out quickly; so visit our web store and get your Holiday Train conversion kit as soon as you can!

Brick Dimensions Kits now In Store

Custom LEGO® train model instruction kits designed by Michael Gale have been available at Michael's personal site brickdimensions.com for a few years. However, in order to expand the range and possibly offer complete kits (with bricks, printed instructions, stickers, etc.), Michael has decided to host and sell these kits in the Fx Bricks store instead. This will allow the kits to be sold more efficiently through the Fx Bricks e-commerce platform with automatic digital downloads provided by Amazon S3. Eventually, these kits will be re-branded as Fx Bricks products with the intention to expand beyond digital downloads, into printed instruction products and eventually into full boxed "sets" with bricks. Fx Bricks intends to expand its product range for LEGO® trains with some exciting new product announcements in the near future.

New Profiles and Sound Fx for Trains!

Good news for LEGO train fans! We've just updated our sound effects library with a bunch of new train sounds. These sounds have been carefully chosen and remastered for use on the PFx Brick and can be combined with our new downloadable profiles for extra customization. The sound files have been tagged into these major categories:

  • Bells - loop-able bell sounds representing both mechanical and electric types
  • Horns - an extensive combination of popular horn sounds from Nathan, Leslie, etc. mastered in both long and short versions
  • Misc - miscellaneous sounds including couplers, squeals, grade crossings, etc.
  • Whistles - a collection of steam whistles representing a range of locomotive types

The biggest addition to our downloadable resources are new pre-configured sound profiles for steam and diesel locomotives. These profiles combine carefully mastered sounds of actual engine/prime-mover noises which automatically playback based on motor speed. This gives the ultimate simulated sound experience of real locomotives! You can customize the profile with your preferred horn or whistle sounds as well as customize the remote control actions for sound playback. The PFx Brick even has "random" playback of sound effects further enhancing the realism. Combined with the customization of motor speed curves, acceleration, and deceleration--a sound equipped LEGO train takes operation to another level!

We plan to add more sounds effects and profiles in the future. In the meantime, checkout the new profiles and have fun customizing them for your models!

PFx Brick for Trains Part 2: Configuration

As a continuation from Part 1, the video shown below discusses how the PFx Brick can be configured to exploit features specifically beneficial to LEGO® trains.

The discussion is split in to four main topics:

  • Remote control setup
  • Motor configuration and operation
  • Lighting setup
  • Sound effects

The remote control setup discusses how a typical handheld remote can be configured into logical groups of functionality. It also shows how remote control actions can be assigned completely freely and how functionally dense a remote control can be configured. The motor configuration topic is the lengthiest since it covers almost every aspect of advanced motor control in the PFx Brick including speed control modes, speed steps, dual motor operation, speed curves, acceleration, and much more. Sophisticated and automated lighting behaviours such as directional headlights, flashing ditch lights, and adjustable brightness are discussed as well as loading and configuring sound effects.

The video includes a great deal of helpful illustrations to help explain more complex topics, especially those related to motor control. After completing two videos on this topic, it became clear to me that even more videos could be produced since some areas of functionality could benefit from deeper examination. This applies especially to the topic of sound effects.


PFx Brick for Trains Part 1: Installation

The PFx Brick is capable of transforming LEGO® trains with the addition of smart lighting effects, advanced motor control, and most of all programmable sound effects. Scale model trains have long enjoyed these benefits with the introduction of the NMRA (National Model Railroad Association) DCC (Digital Command Control) standard. Retrofitting DCC sound decoders into LEGO® trains is a difficult and challenging exercise requiring specialized tools and modification to LEGO® components. However, with the use of the PFx Brick, these missing features can now be made available to LEGO® trains and installation is no more difficult than fitting other Power Functions™ components. Some of the features that the PFx Brick offers LEGO® trains include:
  1. Syncronized control of two motors each with a dedicated motor driver channel.
  2. Adjustable speed curves to suit locomotive type.
  3. Adjustable limits on both minimum and maximum speed.
  4. Simulation of momemtum with programmable acceleration and deceleration rates.
  5. Smart directional headlights.
  6. Special light effects such as flashing ditch lights, MARS/Gyralite beacons, flickering fire boxes, dimming, and much more.
  7. On command sound effects for bells, whistles, horns, prime movers, chuffing, brake squeel, couplers, compressors, machinery, crossing gates, and much more.

The video shown below is the first of a two part series which discusses the installation aspects of fitting a PFx Brick to a typical LEGO® train. In this video, we modify the locomotive that is part of the City freight train set #7939. However, the techniques and methods shown are equally applicable to virtually any LEGO® train. The challenges a builder will face are the usual factors such as space and clearance for items such as wiring, motors, battery boxes, etc.

The diagram below shows how the PFx Brick has been installed into the locomotive including its accessories. This installation includes:
  1. Bi-directional head and tail lights consisting of a pair of 3 mm LEDs at each end.
  2. Two Power Functions™ train motor bogies each connected to a dedicated motor channel.
  3. M Speaker brick for sound effects.
  4. Rechargeable battery box with top-mounted access to power switch and recharge port.
  5. Side access doors to allow easy connection of a USB cable to the PFx Brick for programming and configuration.

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