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 Posted: Mon Jan 26th, 2015 01:02 pm
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OK, here's the PRW shot.

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 Posted: Tue Jan 27th, 2015 10:59 am
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 Posted: Tue Jan 27th, 2015 05:32 pm
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Ohhhhh yes indeed the Streetcar I desire...



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 Posted: Fri Oct 2nd, 2015 02:45 pm
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Been a while since I posted, so here's an update. All of the girder rail in the city area is down, but there have been some issues with the underlayment material the guys used in portions of the area. The material won't hold spikes so we need to do some retrofit. On the plus side, the "main line" including the other reverse loop is now all in, including the tracks for the car house and small yard.

The club guys would like to extend the auto reverse run over essentially the full length of the run, but that means I will have to take the Dremel to several of the Orr single-point turnouts to gap them for two-rail. I've been reluctant to do that, but wondered if any of you had done this and what pitfalls I might encounter.

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I made my own points and they really looked neat until I tried to run trams around them. Lots of judicious use of the dremel to ease clearances once they were laid....

http://trevs-tramway.blogspot.com.au/2011/11/making-points.html



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I've gone through this thread for a wealth of information.
lacking the correct name has hampered my search for the safety device mounted on the front bumper which ushers an errant pedestrian gently out of the car's path.
anyone know the correct name so I can search? thanks.

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southpier wrote: I've gone through this thread for a wealth of information.
lacking the correct name has hampered my search for the safety device mounted on the front bumper which ushers an errant pedestrian gently out of the car's path.
anyone know the correct name so I can search? thanks.
Fender.
for example, https://www.google.com/patents/US549256

Watch Out For The Cows! Submitted by TechnoBuff on Fri, 04/06/2012 - 12:47pm. tterrace's comment had me going to Google to see what these contraptions were called when fitted to streetcars. Apparently the proper terminology was "streetcar fender". There were an abundance of patents issued for designs to enhance the safety of pedestrians who were reckless enough to walk in front of moving streetcars. Some required the conductor to pull a cord to lower the fender when a collision was eminent, while others were designed to be deployed full time on the forward facing end of the streetcar.http://www.shorpy.com/node/12683#comment-134343
(warning: the period photographs on that website ^ will cause you more 'missing time' than being abducted by aliens ever could)
From The Washington Bee / Saturday, May 18, 1901. Page 3. SLEPT ON CAR FENDER. Michael Nolan,a Sleepy Chicagoan, Makes Odd and Expensive Choice. The Chicago Chronicle is probably right when it says that Michael Nolan was tired and sleepy as he strolled along Madison street at midnight. He had seen things which dazed him and he yearned for a nice, soft spot on which to rest his weary weary bones. He was not particular where he rested himself or the kind of a bed he chose so long as it had proper springs. http://www.cable-car-guy.com/html/ccchi_2stories.html

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Also of interest;
"1900: Marguerite Globman, Inventor of the Streetcar Fender
After the frustration of designing a sewing pin that she discovered had been patented before she
was born, Marguerite Globman decided to invent something totally different that would save
lives—a streetcar fender"
https://greyhouse.com/pdf/1900s_pgs.pdf

Were quite a few variations.
"Seven years later, Cherry set out to solve a problem with streetcars. Whenever the front of a streetcar accidentally collided with another object, the streetcar was severely damaged, often having to be totally replaced. Cherry patented the street car fender on January 1, 1895 and added safety for passengers and employees. The fender, which was a piece of metal attached to the front of the streetcar, acted as a shock absorber, thereby diminishing the force of the impact in the event of an accident. This device has been modified through the years and is now used on most transportation devices."
http://blackinventor.com/matthew-cherry/

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 Posted: Sun Dec 17th, 2017 06:11 am
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and I just found something I didn't already know about,
We are known as one of the top streetcar part restoration companies in the United States. We are the only company in the United States actually building several types of safety fenders (People Catchers)
http://historictrolleycars.com/services-and-products.html

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