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A few days ago, I found a Corgi PCC in Pacific Electric colors on eBay, placed a bid on it, and forgot about it.

http://s132.beta.photobucket.com/user/wcgutman/media/01PCC-PE_zps69b0d503.jpg.html?sort=3&o=0

I was notified that I was the winning bid, and not only that, it was a local pickup. Bottom line, I got it cheap. :shocked:

http://s132.beta.photobucket.com/user/wcgutman/media/02PCC-PE_zps5d0c8f5b.jpg.html?sort=3&o=1

At some point, I am going to replace the sub-floor with an aluminum plate, fitted with an On30 powered truck, radio controlled.

The Corgi are pretty nice, although not quite got the detail down, this car only has one trolley pole, if you look at the Market Street Railway's web site, you will see PCCs fitted with 2.

-Wayde

On30 White Pass & Yukon 1943

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Great luck!

PCC are one of my favorites.

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Great idea Wayde, I'd never thought of battery radio. All PCC cars with standee windows were single ended, so the Corgi model is right in that respect. PE cars were double ended, and the Market Street Railways homage car is a rebuild, which adds to the confusion. If it really grates, you could do the same as them and add a second trolley, but personally I reckon the Corgis look great for what they are.

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The Corgi PCC is a standard body style for the post-war PCC used by MOST of the street rail companies. (The pre-war PCC did not have standee windows). The most common PCC's had a single pole, were single ended. There were notable variations. The PE, Illinois Terminal, and Dallas (later Boston), for example, were double ended and thus had two poles. San Francisco PCC's had a second pole up front for backing into facilities, but not for street running. Thus, the PCC's Muni haspurchased around the country have the second, or backing pole. Hope this helps explain the difference in poles. Cliff

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PCC were also built of sort-of-in-a-way, standardized, modular sections and were easily built to different lengths or widths.

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Very true about the variations in length, width, interior details, side skirts, even the trolley pole retriever (high up on the rear end-Pittsburgh). The greatest variations were in the front end. As Gutmach and dtsteam point out, the Corgi PC's require acceptance as "in the colors of..." and lack of individual city variations. Its worth it. Cliff

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You'd know - CSL probably to this day tinkers with PCC door locations!

While we're talking PCC quirks and idiosyncrasies, these from a couple decades back are excellent reference books; people will have to Google to find them, probably out of print by now.



I like the Boston and Pittsburgh ones with full length roof duct. Pittsburgh 2100 (think that's right, didn't crack the book to look) style wins of the two.

Boston's with the large windows look nice but I'm paranoid about sealed windows.

Kansas City, nearest user to my current hometown, had late bodies but line president is quited to have said about standee windows something along the lines of that he "didn't like those silly little apertures" .

Remember a 1980s article in Railroad and Railfan magazine, or was it Passenger Train Journal, about NJT's rebuilds which used some kind of sandwich construction side panels to replace aged aluminum skinning.

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Traction fans wish the CSL and its PCC's were still around. Louisville KY,where I have lived the past 40 years, purchased 25 PCC's. The first 12 were delivered on flat cars and several were unloaded. Two were in the process of operator training around the carbarn, when the city traded all the PCC's to Cleveland for a bunch of busses. Trolley service ended Derby Day, 1948, after the fans were delivered to Churchill Downs. Cliff

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Be very careful dipping your toes in the traction tide pool, there might be an undertow waiting to suck you in !

Yet another traction oriented book is heading to my bookcase, 'The Interurban Era' was just won off of eBay.

Plus, I saw the posting that Woody put up some time ago about an 30-inch gauge electric railway in Mexico that would make an interesting On30 motor project.

As of right now, including the PCC, I have three trolley units, with the possibility of building two others.

It is going to look weird running electrics on the White Pass....

-Wayde

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'The Interurban Era'?
Ohhh nice!
Scored mine at a Salvation Army Thrift store :) some years back.

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Hmmm, narrow gauge AND electric, what a great combination ! Los Angeles Railway was an 42-inch electric railway that ran into the 1960s.

Using the Google Play app, I have been reading a traction catalog from the 1920s, in addition to standard gauge, they also carried stuff for the 42-inch gauge, 5' 2", and the 5' 4" versions. Also reading issues of the Electric Railway Journal, the Motormen Union, and traction white papers.

-Wayde

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Kitbash0n30 wrote: 'The Interurban Era'?
Ohhh nice!
Scored mine at a Salvation Army Thrift store :) some years back.
I downloaded a copy from google books some time ago. Jose.

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Although I am not going to bid on it, I WANT to, but I can't, have too many projects as it is.

There is another Corgi, this one a Birney Safety Car in O scale, the bid right now is only $7.95 (shipping is kinda high, almost $17), with a day left on the bidding. The seller is isw-gg1, don't know who it is, just putting it here to make the eBay search easier.

I would like to see someone here gets it, since it is going so cheap.

-Wayde

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If you really want somebody to bid on it copy and paste here the auction number. This way you create a direct link to the page. Jose.

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Here is the location for the Birney Safety Car,

http://www.ebay.com/itm/BIRNEY-SAFETY-CAR-4025-O-SCALE-CORGI-NOT-POWERED-DIECAST-METAL-SER-0094-NIB-/230951812891?pt=Model_RR_Trains&hash=item35c5ccff1b

Looks like it would be pretty easy to convert to a operating street car.

-Wayde


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