Random set of the day: Passenger Coach

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Passenger Coach

Passenger Coach

©1980 LEGO Group

Today's random set is 7818 Passenger Coach, released in 1980. It's one of 28 Trains sets produced that year. It contains 114 pieces and 2 minifigs.

It's owned by 424 Brickset members. If you want to add it to your collection you might find it for sale at BrickLink or eBay.


23 comments on this article

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By in Australia,

Does anyone else get a little disappointed when it's *not* a Clikits set?

Anyway. Beautiful old train set. I love this general design for carriages, particularly when they're behind small engines and cute little tank engines. They're quite charming, you know, I can see a train of these trundling along a branch line, somewhere, by picturesque countryside and old stone station buildings.

28 train sets produced, that year. Have we gotten that many in the last 10 years? And now with the hideous new wheels (in the Hidden Side train), it just makes me a bit sad, how little Lego values this sub-theme.

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By in United States,

They're lucky to be alive considering that train has...

gone off the rails.

Have a great rest of your day.

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By in United States,

I'm going off the rails on a crazy train. The windows on that train look great.

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By in New Zealand,

Why don’t we have that hair piece anymore?

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By in Singapore,

@Zordboy: Are you referring to the 9V "new" wheels? I originally read that like you were saying the Ghost Train Express introduced a new wheel appearance (AFAIK, the only thing that's changed is the removal of metal axles). If you meant the former, I agree that they look... really plain for train wheels. It's particularly jarring given that the wheels that go on the train motor still have the spoked design, even in the new Bluetooth-based trains.

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By in Hungary,

Clikits sets were so much better in the 80's.

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By in Netherlands,

It's kind of strange that this set really goes together with 7715, because of the size and colorscheme of the carriages. But that set didn't came out until five years later.

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By in Turkey,

It's cute and it's nostalgic, I love it.

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By in Germany,

I find it interesting that it is supposed to be a carriage from Deutsche Bundesbahn (German National Rail in the Eighties), yet the relation is Wien - Zürich (Vienna to Zurich), which is from Austria to Switzerland*. I would have expected them to use the sticker with the Basel - Hamburg relation when combined with the DB sticker.

Perhaps, back in the day, to the Danes everything that spoke German was the same country.

Otoh, as we know from Donald Trump:
"Belgium is a beautiful city"
;-P

*Granted, that train would probably travel through Germany at some point.

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By in United Kingdom,

Can you get too excited about doors.

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By in Australia,

^ No.

Same goes for those beautiful train windows that Lego just doesn't do anymore.

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By in France,

So cute isn't it? Guess it is right the kind of little set train lovers miss nowadays.

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By in Austria,

"It's one of 28 Trains sets"

Those were the days...

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By in Belgium,

@AustinPowers I thought it was a hellhole... :o

@AMB90 woah, I never realised that! Even weirder they brought out a similar set in 1980 with a totally different colour scheme!

Loving these train windows still....

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By in United Kingdom,

Another 12v set popping up? Makes it worth all the Clikits...

I have a couple of these and used to run them behind my 7710 as the second class carriages - great set for easily and (relatively) cheaply expanding your train set, an option which is sadly not available with modern sets.

I did a longer review on the Brickset page for those interested.

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By in United Kingdom,

A carriage with doors! Who'd have thought it?

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By in Finland,

@namekuji probably because it looks stupid

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By in Netherlands,

Super charming!

Five years later, LEGO released https://brickset.com/sets/7715-1/Push-Along-Passenger-Steam-Train featuring coaches in the same style and color scheme. The 1985 version featured some improvements with big roof pieces that can easily be taken off and windows on the front- and backsides.

Nevertheless this one is cute as funk.

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By in United States,

Oh! I am having a heart attack, I need those windows for my Hogwarts express. Why don't they make them anymore.

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By in United States,

@AustinPowers: For what it's worth, trains back then tended to have sticker sheets with the logos of various state railways AND various relations!

There were two sticker sheets produced for this set. The first version had logo stickers for SBB CFF FFS (Switzerland), Nederlandse Spoorwegen (Netherlands), NMBS/SNCB (Belgium), SNCF (France), ¨¨ÖBB (Austria), and Deutsche Bundesbahn (Germany):
https://www.bricklink.com/v2/catalog/catalogitem.page?P=7818stk01a

The second version also included logos for Statens Järnvägar (Sweden), NSB (Norway), DSB (Denmark), British Rail (Great Britain), Ferrovie dello Stato (Italy), and Valtionrautatiet (Finland), though still just the same four relations:
https://www.bricklink.com/v2/catalog/catalogitem.page?P=7818stk01b

I guess whoever prepared this set for photography simply wasn't careful about making sure that the logo and relation stickers matched.

As a 90s kid whose first sets were from after LEGO began creating their own fictional companies like Octan or the current LEGO train/transit company, rather than using real ones like Esso, Shell, or these various rail companies, it's kind of wild to realize how long the use of real-world brands was the norm for LEGO sets! But of course, just as with licensed Technic and Creator Expert vehicles today, that tendency seems to have been aimed at making the sets feel familiar and authentic.

I suspect the switch to a fictional rail company was simply a matter of making the sets resonate on a more universal level rather than needing more and more stickers to represent rail companies in more and more parts of the world (particularly in the United States, where rail companies tend to be private, for-profit companies, and would thus expect royalty payments for the use of their logos).

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By in Germany,

@Aanchir: I know how things worked back when LEGO didn't focus 99% of their attention on US based content. As a child of the late Seventies I have several of those sets and sticker sheets like the one in this set. I simply found it strange that such a mistake would make it onto an official box art.

And about those fictional companies, I still prefer my sets featuring Shell or Deutsche Bundesbahn to those with Octan or some fictional train service.

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By in United Kingdom,

28 train sets in one year...
Those classic train windows...
Opening doors...
I doubt we’ll see that much attention to the train sub theme again.
These were truly classic times for Lego Trains.

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