Welcome to 12v-grey.com, a tribute website to the great LEGO Trains sets of the 1980s! 12V or 12 Volts represents the voltage that was used to run the trains, while the grey tracks (as opposed to the blue tracks from the 1970's) dubbed this period the grey era.

This website aimes to serve as an archive for the wonderful trains, tracks, remote controllers and buildings of the grey era, and hopes to preserve these marvelous sets, instruction booklets, boxes, designs, idea books, and - later on - all of your personal MODs en MOCs.

7810
Push-Along Steam Engine
7819
Postal Container Wagon
7720
Diesel Freight Train Set

articles

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Logos, languages, and the 1980s LEGO market
6 May 2022 by Fouke Boss

The LEGO packaging, instructions and sticker sheets do not contain much written text. But the scraps of text they do contain allow us to catch a glimpse of the market that LEGO was targeting during the 1980s.

instructions

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24 pages
120172
2 pages
120179
24 pages
120171

boxes (3D)

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28.2 x 14.3 x 2.3 cm
18.7 x 15.6 x 6.5 cm
v2 (1981-1988)
19.0 x 12.8 x 6.3 cm
195490

minifigs

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jred016
Male in Red Jacket
1 set
grey era only
pln060
Male with Plain Black Torso
1 set
grey era only
jred014
Male in Red Jacket
2 sets
grey era only
In order to rotate the box, use either 1. the space bar, 2. the numeric keys 0-9, 3. the arrow keys, or 4. use the mouse to rotate (left mouse button) and zoom (mouse wheel) the box. Double-click to open and close the lid. Press Esc to close the viewer..