Random set of the day: Train Engine Shed

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Train Engine Shed

Train Engine Shed

©2003 LEGO Group

Today's random set is 10027 Train Engine Shed, released in 2003. It's one of 28 World City sets produced that year. It contains 664 pieces and 2 minifigs, and its retail price was US$70/£49.99.

It's owned by 1687 Brickset members. If you want to add it to your collection you might find it for sale at BrickLink or eBay.


39 comments on this article

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By in United States,

I so want more train sets like this.

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By in Portugal,

I don't understand why TLG doesn't make sets like this one anymore. So simple, it does its job very well. I think that Lego should review the train line up urgently, we're getting one passenger and one cargo train every 4 years, plus the track packs, they should do more stuff related!

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By in United States,

Just beautiful. World City at its finest.

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By in Canada,

One could argue that trains stuff don't sell anymore, but I personally would love more of it!

This shed is actually one of my inspirations for a current tramway repair garage MOC I'm working on (among a million more)...

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By in United States,

I have and love this set. Best $70 I've ever spent on LEGO.

World City is super awesome and doesn't get enough credit.

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By in United States,

I would venture to guess the reason Trains might not sell much anymore as it is a major investment from a parents standpoint. If LEGO went back to the individual train cars, engines etc, they might be surprised on how many kids get into trains. Trains are a major mode of transporting goods in the world and would be great to see more versatility in that product line. LEGO would probably say that the individual train components didn't sell very well, which wouldn't surprise me as they were barely afloat as a company. LEGO is so much bigger these days and products that may have not done well in the past might be perfect for the market these days.

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By in United States,

I can see potential issues with the tracks being on a baseplate and not connecting well to other track pieces. It's the same deal with old castle sets with some like 6080 being built on baseplates but other supposedly compatible sets being built on regular plates like 6034.

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By in United States,

I tend to rotate through what sets are put together and on my shelves, but this and my complete Santa Fe Super Chief train are on permanent display.

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By in United States,

Something I really don't get, parents don't want to spend $150-200 for a train set; yet buy their kids pricey gadgets at that cost or way more.

One of the best Lego sets ever made in my opinion, and I don't even own the set; nor did I even know it existed until browsing here ages ago.

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By in United States,

LEGO stopped making single train cars as no one was buying them.

LEGO releases 10-20 $150+ sets every year, in 2018 it was 17. There are $130 sets in themes, the Jurassic World 2 Wall/House sold pretty well it seems.

Two of the 17 were Train sets, the first in years. Trains just don't sell. But clearly expensive LEGO sets do otherwise there wouldn't be 15 other super expensive sets.

One idea isn't to make small single Train cars but to make a City Police line that has Train sets. Like a small coach where the criminals hide, a small train car where they try to get away with some gold.

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By in United States,

One of my favorite sets. Glad this one made it through the algorithm.

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By in United States,

Ahh yes. That precious yellow colored dolly is worth $$.

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By in Australia,

It's one of the few Train sets I don't own, and I immensely regret it.

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By in United States,

I love this set! I added an office and workshop onto it, turned it into an airplane hangar (those were dark times), lengthened it, enclosed it, and rebuilt it so many times that I'm not sure any of it is original, but this will always be dear to me.

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By in United States,

A fully enclosed, accurately scaled, and nicely detailed building at an affordable price? Am I dreaming?

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By in Netherlands,

I missed out on buying this one. Too bad it's a good set that goes well with other trainsets to build a trainyard,

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By in Germany,

I guess a great reason why parents are not buying the train sets for their kids is the amount of space required to set up a mostly static (i.e. can go forward or backward) toy which takes up half of the kid's room, or a major part of the living room.

Or if you are to make it more interesting with alternative tracks, point switches, tunnels, stations, level crossings, etc, then the need to dedicate a separate room to it.

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By in United States,

This is a beauty. I am glad they don't make trains anymore. I have more than enough! I wish they'd stop making Technic, too... ;) Could use a few more new Star Wars UCS, though.

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By in New Zealand,

Great doors!

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By in Australia,

We definitely need more trains. I thought maybe a System Thomas the Tank Engine line with minifig scale trains and use printed/sticker dishes for the faces but also include a plain black one in each set for those wanting regular trains. That could obviously include switch boxes, engine sheds, individual cars (LOl there would be so many jokes about the Troublesome Trucks being troublesome to peoples wallets...)

Now obviously myself and probably the rest of you would prefer just real trains but we all know Lego is only ever interested in licensed themes, plus of course one is getting that both young and old audience (the books/TV go back to the 1950s for christs sake so if they want to argue about 'not a big target audience' when your getting both nostalgia in general, adult train fans, regular lego fans and of course the kids watching the new TTTE show)

I cant understand Lego not releasing a train station in 2018. Ive been asking about the possible single 2nd year set for 2019 being a train station in city (as in we had trains in 2010 and then red cargo train 2011 and then trains in 2014 and heavy haul train in 2015).

I wholeheartedly agree with TheVision. Ive argued this before and Ill argue it again, the only reason kids 'arent interested' in lego trains, historical themes etc is because lego wont bloody well release anything relating to them, certainly in recent history. If sci fi licensed themes is all kids remember and that is all that's available on store shelves then of course thats what they're going to buy!

And yes, trains are too expensive (I understand about batteries, track etc.) but of course if lego made affordable cheap 'impulse buys' for trains then kids would love it. (and most certainly adults, I mean cmon, look how many LUGs there are devoted solely to lego trains, surely thats proof that theres a market out there and always has been) O and well from a big corporation mindset, once you add up invidividually buying an engine, cars, track, maybe a station or other building thats probably more profit for Lego then one single purchase of one 'big' City train set.

I personally think someone should remind Lego that, theoretically, "kids arent interested in modern military in Lego" so yeah, dont give us any war/army sets lego! (sarcasm, because as we all know lego doesnt do military stuff, like they dont do train stuff!)

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By in Austria,

one out of 28 World City sets released that year - seriously?
It was 16, but you count set 4032 13 times - it has not even a different number!

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By in United States,

I so wish we got something like this again. I'm tired of the same Cargo train>Passenger train>train station cycle. Unless you are REALLY into trains or you have a substantial setup, there's no real reason to get more than one of each of those. If Lego produced something that could actually add to your train infrastructure, I'd definitely get it.

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By in France,

Cool set. I was hibernating in the dark ages. Or i was in the pub.....

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By in United Kingdom,

Both the Pirates theme and the Trains theme could both be relaunched in a big way. Space theme too if Benny's space squad is selling well.

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By in Denmark,

As stated recently by Jamie Berard:

TLG DOES know that many AFOL love trains
TLG DOES consider that the AFOL train-lovers is too small a niche to be catered for specifically
TLG DOES consider that any non-ordinary train set has to appeal to other groups as well, e.g. the X-mas train appealing to both train and seasonal sets lovers.

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By in Switzerland,

My oncle bought two sets at that time and built a bigger shed. It is now featered in my Lego city and I love this set. I wish Lego would bring out much more train related sets.

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By in United States,

I completely missed this when it came out and never knew it existed until a few years ago when I discovered it while browsing brickset. I was floored... what an amazing set! I knew I had to have it, but I also quickly realized there was no way to buy it outright without spending a large sum. Thankful Lego used no stickers in this set, so I managed to eventually gather the pieces to build it via bricklink. There are unfortunately a few very rare parts, but with some patience I managed even those for reasonable prices.

The only real downside to it is several of my locomotives won't fit in it for various reasons. But I don't care, it looks great, and has some awesome details.

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By in United States,

Oh I have this set! I don’t currently have it on display in our LEGO town, but it is all together and it is still a pretty fantastic looking set. It has so many great details. Clearly a lot of love was put into designing it.

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By in Italy,


THE perfect set. Glad I got it.

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By in United States,

No-one has addressed the elephant in the room: it's only half a train shed either way you look at it! You would need to modify it and buy a second set to make it into a complete model with four doors.

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By in United Kingdom,

I don't understand why this is so expensive on bricklink. Looks like standard parts apart from the trolley. Am I missing something.

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By in United States,

I wish Lego would make more awesome trains such as the Emerald Night, but it's been too many years and I don't have much hope that they will. My 6 year old son is so into trains that I realized the only way to get the trains and cars he wanted was to build them myself using a combination of real bricks and Studio from Bricklink. I know not everyone has the time or patience needed to do this, but it is the only way. Plus it is a lot of fun building with him and he has Lego built trains that none of this friends have. He's commissioned me to make all sorts of engines and rolling stock, and we are working on a massive train station together as we speak.

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By in Hong Kong,

I was fortunate to be able to buy this when it came out! A beauty!

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By in United States,

What I would wish for is an affordable train set. I could do with buying tracks and controls separately if that meant getting a train in the $100 range.

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By in Portugal,

LEGO should make a remake of this set.

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By in United States,

@markpotter, it looks like standard parts, but there are quite a few rare or exclusive pieces. The black sliding doors and the light gray doors are both exclusive to this set, the 1x16 dark gray technic bricks are only in 1 other set so pretty rare, and of course the yellow cart. There might be more that I've forgotten about. I was fortunate when I bricklinked the parts they were still reasonably priced, but now the prices on the parts I mentioned are crazy expensive (as is the complete set). That said, the set was released during the transition from the old grays to the new bluish grays, so latter runs had dark bluish gray. It might be possible and cheaper to build it with the new color. You'd still have the problem of those exclusive doors though... welcome to the world of Lego trains where retired sets get crazy expensive :/

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By in United States,

You could just always recolor the doors, dark grey or light grey the set still looks awesome.

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By in Australia,

@iriz ... so it's just down to a changing market, then?

Because Lego spent decades catering specifically to that tiny niche. Those 80s and 90s trains were amazing, and that continued up to about this point. And from the mid 00s onwards, nothing. At least, nothing worth talking about.

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