Hogwarts Express #1

I have been a big fan of the Harry Potter franchise since my childhood, the magic world of wizards and witches concieved by J.K Rowling has always fascinated me and I have spend hours lost in the magic contained between the pages of the books. So has a big Harry Potter fan and hard surface entusiast I have decided to give a proper tribute to the franchise by recreating one of the most famous trains of all times: The Hogwarts Express.

The plan is to recreate the main loco with high detail as well as the passenger car, and set up a small scene in Unreal Engine 4 recreating par of King’s Cross Station.

Now, after a small research I discovered that the main loco used in the movies is a “4900 class 5972 Olton Hall” made by the british railway company “Great Western Rail”, GWR made a significant amount of steam locomotives since 1833 and a lot of their designs have similarities between them. The Olton Hall was designed by¬†Charles Collet and built in 1937 by GWR Swindon Works, and had is last run in 2014.

Here is the original blueprint of the 4900 loco model.

loco-4900

 

Fortunately, due to the train fame, it wasn’t dificult to find image reference of the real train from various angles. The Universal Studios Orlando Resort have reacreated a few of the Harry Potter movie experiences for the public to enjoy, and one of them is a full ride in one of the Hogwarts Express replicas, wich are also a useful source of reference. I was lucky enough to have the oportunity to make a visit to the National Railway Museum in York, UK, last year; and I managed to collect a fairly amount of steam locomotives references, (always bring your camera with you in your travels!)

Now that I have a good reference sheet and moodboard, I can finally start modelling!

Loco Moodboard

Moodboard

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