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Take The Train: Lian Li PC-CK101, Built, Tested, And...Driven?

Though Niche, Lian Li's PC-CK101 Is Certainly Cool

Alright, so, the last part of our story is mostly aimed at model train buffs, train watchers, and railroad enthusiasts. Hopefully you still enjoyed our little excursion, though.

You don’t have to keep Lian Li's locomotive case running all the time. The knowledge that you could, if you wanted to, is good enough. Now, it's pretty clear that this is a special chassis for a special type of PC enthusiast. We covered the aspects we liked and thought could be improved upon in sufficient depth, so let's wrap this up with a video.

Regardless of whether you consider a $300+ ticket to ride on this locomotive-styled chassis (and its propulsion kit) worth the money, you have to give it up to Lian Li for getting inventive and designing something that transcends our traditional concept of PC enclosures. Going so far as to make the train run down 10 feet of track is just cool, even if we did have to help it along a bit with our own tweaks.

With a few minor exceptions, the workmanship that went into this case and its rails is very good. We specifically like the paint job, which is robust enough to weather some fun outdoors (as you witnessed). Coarse gravel, bent rails, old grease, a nasty drizzle, and the bitter cold couldn't stop Lian Li's locomotive. After a thorough cleaning, it continues to delight visitors.

Naturally, this is somewhat of an showpiece for Lian Li, which demonstrates what a skilled designer can do with aluminum. Consider the experiment a success and color me impressed.

We want to extend our thanks to the Sächsische Eisenbahnmuseum e. V. in Chemnitz, Germany and the many volunteers there keeping the exhibits in pristine condition by donating their spare time. If you’re in the area with or without kids, do visit. You won’t be disappointed. And while Germany may be too far for most readers, the translator of this article shares the author’s enthusiasm for historic steam locomotives and enjoys visiting the Travel Town Museum in Los Angeles and the California State Railroad Museum in Sacramento.

  • Trueno07
    I am so jealous right now, this looked like it was a blast to put together!
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  • slomo4sho
    I am surprised you didn't use the model with the moving train!
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  • bit_user
    Not the first time I've seen it, but I still think this case is just an exercise in sheer ridiculousness.

    But since the PC era is coming to an end, who can blame Lian Li for having a little fun while they still can?
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  • edogawa
    This thing is so awesome...if it wasn't for the noise I would get one...I love trains...
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  • ASHISH65
    awesome! i want to drive that train
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  • JOSHSKORN
    The Little Engine That Could...
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  • g-unit1111
    *Ozzy Osbourne Voice* ALL ABOARD!!! HA HA HA HA....
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  • bambiboom
    Just brilliant. Finally, a computer case with a bit of style suitable for grownups.

    Taking the mobile computing theme further, and addressing the limitations on computing power, if you had a Dell Precision M6600 or 6700 laptop with a broken screen, how about mounting the components, motherboard , PSU, batteries, drives, Wifi and all? Then, there could be an i7 CPU and a Quadro 4000M, all very quiet and still getting more air than it's used to. And, appropriately, no power cord!

    The idea of a serious, self- propelled workstation steam train model seems the best use possible of this fantastic enclosure idea. That the computer is itself the game is on the borderline of being art.

    And congratulations to Igor Wallossek for an excellent description of something so wonderfully out of the ordinary.
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  • shikamaru31789
    I remember when I first saw this on Newegg. I thought I'd lost my mind for a moment. It's definitely a unique case.
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  • ojas
    Tom's Hardware's German team has a lot of fun, i can see :D

    Really enjoyable read, Igor! Also got to know about that Gigabyte wireless streamer, should prove useful!

    Nice house btw :)
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