The LEGO® Group just announced the second set in the freshly re-branded 18+ line. The Haunted House (10273) Fairground collection set was the first. The Crocodile Locomotive (10277) is the second. No press release comes with this announcement, but the LEGO® Group did provide some great photos to show the set off.
The Crocodile Locomotive was an electrical train designed in Switzerland. The specific model shown in this LEGO® kit is the CE 6/8 II. Incidentally, the actual train was first produced in 1919, and was so named because the long snout resembled that of an actual crocodile. Crocodile locomotives pulled cargo trains up the steep alpine slopes of Switzerland. Additionally, a total of 33 trains were produced between 1919 and 1927. The trains remained in service until 1982 due to their effective design. The snout sections housed electrical motors. They were flexibly attached to the central cab. Consequently, this articulation allowed each third of the train to move somewhat freely from the others. As a result, the train could adjust easily to the tight turns of the mountain tracks.
LEGO® Crocodile Locomotive set specifics:
- NAME: Crocodile Locomotive
- SET #: 10277
- THEME: 18+
- COST: $99.99 USD / €99.99 (Canadian price not known yet).
- BRICK COUNT: 1271
- MINIFIGURES: 2
- RELEASE DATE: August 1, 2020
I do not know much about trains or their history. However, I did some quick research into this train in absence of a press release. I do like that this model stays true to the flexible design of the original. Additionally, the train can move by adding power functions. However, based on the box art, the battery box and motor are not included in the set. Regardless, it is a nice looking set for train collectors. What are your thoughts? Let me know below or reach out on social media.
Until next time,
p.s. there is another big announcement coming today, to be sure to check back!
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