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 Posted: Sat Feb 16th, 2013 01:49 pm
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I wonder if anyone is attempting traction modeling in large scale, whether indoors or out ?

I can see traction modeling being done with battery power and radio control, with the catenary as a scenic element.

Ever since attending MacWorld 2012 in San Francisco, I have been attracted to streetcars (Market Street Railway).

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 Posted: Sat Feb 16th, 2013 02:22 pm
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Herb plays with 1:48 scale traction. He loves overhead catenary. :)



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There is, or at least was, a fairly large contingent in England, doing just that.

Go to a used book site, and do a search for-

ISBN: 0845311433

"Scale Model Electric Tramways"--a good little book on the subject, although all English prototypes. I just did a search on ABE Books (my favorite used book site) and they have a couple copies listed, the cheapest one is listed at $6.25 plus $3.95 shipping.

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Plays?

Sir- I do SERIOUS WORK

Just D**N little of it!


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OK, I will go with controlling a streetcar or box motor with r/c...but dummy overhead? NO WAY! That's like drinking non alcoholic booze...why would anyone want to drink swill without getting a buzz? Same goes for dummy overhead. Modeling traction is already realistic with working overhead, running a steam or diesel loco with wires to the track is playing with toy trains! Oh gosh...the DCC police will be looking for me!
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Herb Kephart wrote: There is, or at least was, a fairly large contingent in England, doing just that.

Go to a used book site, and do a search for-

ISBN: 0845311433

"Scale Model Electric Tramways"--a good little book on the subject, although all English prototypes.

In the UK, tramway modelling is something of a niche topic - especially in large scales.

There is a group which concentrates on this - the Tramway & Light Railway Society. They run a small (but enjoyable) exhibition during the summer - it usually alternates between Kew Bridge Steam Museum (which is actually a former water pumping station, a few miles west of central London) and the Greater Manchester Transport Museum (which I've never had chance to visit, but is close to the boundary between Manchester and Salford).


E. Jackson - Stevens' book is actually rather good (if, inevitably, a bit dated, thanks to having been published more than 40 years ago).

Another good book on the subject was written by Peter Hammond - "An Introduction to Tramway Modelling" - the edition I've got was published by the Tramway & Light Railway Society - ISBN 0 905587 04 9.


There are also some books available about modelling in smaller scales - especially HO and OO (which often use basically the same mechanisms). What little RTR is available in these scales seems to be based around chassis drawing power from the rails (often SPUDs, HO Bachmann Brill chassis or, at one time, Mehano HO Boeing LRV chassis) - but a number of modellers have devised ways of converting them to run off live overhead (often not without its problems).

About a decade back, some exhibition layouts started appearing in O narrow gauge (in its various "flavours") - no prizes for guessing that a number of the tramcars seemed to be adapted from a (2 rail powered) Spectrum On30 streetcar, which had appeared a year or two earlier.


In the UK, any scales larger than this are very much "scratchbuilders only" - most likely 1:16 (aka 3/4 " : 1 foot) - and almost certainly overhead powered. Models in these scales are often very impressive - and likely to be the result of some guy working in a shed for a few years. After all this effort, they're not likely to cut corners about how they power their models - they want it to work like the prototype (albeit at a lower voltage, like 24V DC).


Huw.

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GUTMACH wrote: I wonder if anyone is attempting traction modeling in large scale, whether indoors or out ? Is that as anyone here, or anyone at all?
There is a Yahoo Group named largescaleTrolley · 1:32–1:20.3 scale models on 45 mm track, I'm in it.



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 Posted: Sun Feb 17th, 2013 03:34 pm
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Interesting, the Los Angeles Railway ran on 42- inch track gauge. We're there any other narrow gauge traction line in the U.S. ?

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 Posted: Sun Feb 17th, 2013 03:54 pm
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Never mind the above question, the Traction & Electrification Forum answered my question.

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Mr Rogers got me hooked on large scale traction years and years ago!!!
There are retailers here In the US that cater to 1.24 traction...

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