Random set of the day: Diesel Heavy Shunting Locomotive

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Diesel Heavy Shunting Locomotive

Diesel Heavy Shunting Locomotive

©1983 LEGO Group

Today's random set is 7755 Diesel Heavy Shunting Locomotive, released in 1983. It's one of 9 Trains sets produced that year. It contains 164 pieces and 1 minifig.

It's owned by 375 Brickset members. If you want to add it to your collection you might find it for sale at BrickLink or eBay.


 

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16 comments on this article

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By in United States,

This set is amazingly expensive on the secondary market. It looks pretty awesome, another great set to expand your train fleet back in the day.

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By in Denmark,

“DB” for Deitsche Bahn: German Railroads.

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By in United States,

This is the one

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By in Australia,

My initials are DB, so I was digging LEGO Trains as a kid because they all came with stickers specially made for me.

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By in United States,

I saw just the set name in the headline at first and since it's release season I got extremely excited for a brief moment...

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By in Australia,

First time I've seen one of my old sets pop up at random! I'm embarrassed to admit I found what remains of this and 7740 Inter-City in a box in my attic space earlier this year. I've been dragging them around with me everywhere I've moved to since leaving home in my early twenties. Unfortunately they've seen better days. Soooo much dust and fluff! I'm planning on trying to resurrect them when I've got the time but I also found my old Black Seas Barracuda at the same time and have spent the last few months carefully cleaning all the pieces of that one instead.

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By in Turkey,

I've always liked old train sets, although never got to have even a single set at the time. I recently bought 7740 from a friend of mine, used heavily of course. Almost all 7000 series train sets looks bautiful and nostalgic at the same time. Great random memory...

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By in Australia,

The Hobby Train 9V set included the pieces (and the online instructions) to build an updated version of this engine, with dark red pieces to compliment the traditional red pieces

It was one of the first alternative engines from the Hobby Train set that I built.

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By in United Kingdom,

Very nostalgic - though IMO it’s the least interesting of the 12v train sets (more detail in my review on the set page) it’s still a must for anyone wanting to add a bit of industrial diesel atmosphere to their collection or layout :)

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By in Germany,

Sets like these brilliantly illustrate how the markets have changed.

Back in the 80s, Germany appears to have been the largest market for LEGO worldwide, as seen by the details in the sets produced. All trains from that era for example were based on German vehicles. Signage even said DB (@icey: Deutsche Bundesbahn actually in those days). Buildings and other "Legoland" City sets also had a very German or at least European look and feel to them, making them very relatable to Europeans.

Nowadays otoh everything seems to be aimed at the US market mainly. Buildings, vehicles, themes, everything is trying to please US customers. Coupled with the fact that most LEGO prices tend to be far cheaper in the US than anywhere else, one can clearly see which market now gets preferrential treatment.

Just look at stuff like most Friends sets. Frozen Yoghurt Shop with Drive-in? Perfect example.
Just watch Jangbicks' review versus the review by Held der Steine to see the difference in market appeal that such sets have, depending on the target market. Superhero sets just the same. The list could go on and on.

How I miss the old days sometimes. Not because I feel that LEGO should return to only cater for the German or European market, but because imho they have become too one-sided in the opposite direction. I think they should offer sets for all kinds of markets. Perhaps then their sales numbers would get better again as well.

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By in United Kingdom,

Partly true - though the box art featured the DB logo (as 12v was only released in Europe and Germany would have been the biggest train market at the time), the sets all included a big sticker sheet with multiple national rail logos on, so all of mine are good old British Rail :)

I agree on the clear swing in focus - while Lego in the US came under the Samsonite company it was very much a secondary market for Lego, but when TLG took back control, and with the prevalence of American culture via films, TV etc meaning kids today in Europe are probably more attuned to, and accepting of, American-styled models, then I suppose they’re just following what their core market will accept. To bring it back to trains - you only have to look online at the bemusement from Lego train fans in the US when confronted with a European style loco, and unfortunately TLG need every sale for this niche theme that they can get!

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By in Germany,

You are right about the sticker sheet with different national rail logos of course, but even a different sticker didn't change the fact that the source material in those days was a German locomotive. ;-)

Just a few examples:
Set 183: DB electric loco type E69
Set 727: DB diesel loco type V160
Set 7740: DB electric loco type E03/103 with Intercity carriages

and so on.

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By in Norway,

"It's one of 9 Trains sets produced that year." 9 trains in one year! And a train with doors! Things WAS better back in the days ;o)

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By in United Kingdom,

^^ True, I am a bit ashamed to admit that it only realised the inspirations for many of the 12v sets once I exited my dark age as an adult! Though as the last two passenger trains appear to be based on German prototypes, as well as freight sets 7939 and 60098 having a European feel, TLG are continuing with the tradition to a certain extent! :)

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By in Indonesia,

I still have it's smaller blue predecessor, the 7760 Diesel Shunter Locomotive, from 1980 in my collection. Pocket money wasn't sufficient to afford the mighty 7755. As far as I know the 775 is the biggest 12V Diesel locomotive produces by Lego. Lead filled weights (for better traction) made them even more impressive than the look on the pictures because of their weight.

Lovely model.

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By in Hungary,

Beautiful engine from the golden era of LEGO trains. It costs a fortune on the secondary market but someday I will purchase it with other 12v stuff. Probably not as brutal as 7750 or lovely as 7760 but has its place in every big 12v layout.

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