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Bill was a professional modelbuilder who made at least two models for the Smithsonian Museum. All his powered cars used large K&D motors inside the carbody, which made the smoothest operation of all the power options at the time. Notice that he, and his Son, extensively ''back-poled'' with no problems Note also that Bill was not afraid of complex trackwork, and was a early proponent of narrow tread wheels. O scale, of course.

This 8mm film made by Bob Hegge is a little dark, but shows some of the best interurban modeling of that era. Bill worked in one material--Strathmore, an artists form of cardboard.

The layout still exists in the care of David Neubauer, who owns the film, and has a small museum of P48 (as finescale modeling in 1/48 was called at the time) layouts at Tehachpi CA

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jGwRi0vXrdI&feature=youtu.be



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Herb,

That was nice. Loved the Class C motor. Would love to have one in HO.

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Wow very neat, such great control too. All before the days of DCC and PWM I imagine....



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That's great to see. I get a lot of inspiration from a pile of 1960's MR articles I was given years ago, and names like Bill Clouser & Bob Hegge stand out for me. Thanks for sharing, Herb.
Do you know if there is any film of Bob Hegge's Crooked Mountain Lines ?



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Oh my, that was sweet! I've admired Bill for years and have seen many of his models win contests in the olden days of MR magazine but have never seen film of them running. My wife was looking over my shoulder and she let out a gasp when the Giant Hand appeared.  She thought she was watching old films of actual interurbans until then. Thanks for linking this video and thanks to Electopickle for putting it on the YouTube. :2t:Lou

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Tramcar Trev wrote: Wow very neat, such great control too. All before the days of DCC and PWM I imagine....

A statement like this always fascinates me. What some don't seem to understand that perhaps what was done before DCC and all the fancy electrical gadgetry was to use gearing. High gearing gives smooth running at slow speed. Think of it as a standard drive in a car.

You want something even smoother then try an eddy current drive. I wrote about  it here in this post: http://www.freerails.com/view_topic.php?id=5594&forum_id=20&highlight=eddy+current

Near the bottom is the last I did as far as the drive is concerned. There's a video showing how it works. I consider it similar to an automatic transmission in a car.

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Bernd wrote

''You want something even smoother then try an eddy current drive''

Or a humungus flywheel

Or both!!

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While I have not modeled traction or trolleys, I love them just the same. Mr. Hegge's CML always got to me. Back then, it was very uncommon to see O scale running on code 100 rail. His layout just looked "right" with light rails and overhead. Thanks for the memory jog.

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That's great stuff, particulary for the mid-50's. I remember seeing Clouser ads in the mags back in the 1960's when I started out in scale modeling. I believe he offered those scale working couplers that you see in the film. Also the scenic details - ties buried in the ballast and dirt; painted rail (unless that was real rust?); carved brickwork in the streets. In addition the Clouser and Hegge, the other great traction modeler that comes to mind was Bill Hoffman.

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That's a keeper Herb, thanks! Do you know the era of the prototypes? The interurban runs ended in the 30's over on the Kansas City side of the state, I wonder about the St. Louis runs. My mom and grandma rode the interurban and I actually owned at one time, (inherited) a concrete bridge that was on our property. I'm glad I sold it, it became part of a park.

The cars in the film look similar to what I've seen of the KC equipment.



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