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 Posted: Tue Apr 12th, 2016 02:45 am
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... not more unprototypical than filling the car body with RC gear and batteries...
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 Posted: Thu Apr 14th, 2016 01:41 pm
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pipopak wrote:
I believe that trams, trolleys, etc. need to have live working overhead

Not always:

This picture shows some museum operating with a generator on a trailer.....
Jose.

I have a friend who owns a full size working tram and he uses a gennie on a trailer to power it. Hundreds of KM of abandoned railways for him to use it on, he can have it off the back of his truck and on the rails in less than 30 mins... It does create quite a stir at rail Xings...



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 Posted: Thu Apr 14th, 2016 03:18 pm
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So your friend is operating a gas-electric, then. As I said before, anything running is still better than anything static....
I'm in running real steam, and it is wearing you out to keep that alive and operational. The looks is one thing, the brawn needed another one.



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 Posted: Fri Apr 15th, 2016 06:07 am
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Hi Trevor, Helmut and all,
Here's a similar set up a bit closer to Trevor, #29 at Launceston Tasmania.


They also had some very nice restoration work happening when I was there early last year


considering this is what they usually have to start with

Your trams would have to be in better nick than this one:bg:



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 Posted: Fri Apr 15th, 2016 10:50 am
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The standard of restoration that these museums produce is simply mind boggling. Others not so flash you have to be enthusiastic about what you are doing and you have to be able to turn a very very blind eye to the internal politics and just do what you wanna do...

All the trades with the exception of the electrical and mechanical have died off. Yes some of these guys do work which is absolutley breathtaking. Usual result when I meet some of them is that I am awestruck...

And now of course technology is changing and old skills are replaced with new skills. I was talking to a chap re stained glass quarterlights in some old trams and how they had been reproduced with such stunning detail and workmanship and he said " we had the original drawing, went to a place that does stained glass restorations, took 40 mins to load the data into their CNC Stained Glass window maker came back next day job done"



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