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First, I hope nobody feels I swamp the forum with boring trolley stuff.... 

I am idle at home right now and finish all those projects,
that are hidden in countless boxes all around the house.


This days trolley was imported by Model Traction Systems in 1959....
It was their very first model, and it was sold as a unpainted body only.
 
The purchaser was on their own re completing it....
Wonder how many never turned a wheel on any layout??


I have a special affection for those cars....
The prototypes were sold off, when NY shut down the streetcar lines,
and sold cars to Vienna, my hometown, and Egypt.

They were too wide for all but three (ex steam tramway) lines in Vienna,
and orphans from day one. 

I rode them several times as a boy and was mucho impressed!


As I have accumulated four of them....
I felt it can be justified to paint at least one for my private line.

So, it got a coat of yellow, and a white window band,
like two other models I painted recently.
 

Just now, I have cut floor extensions,
for an old trolley drive, that is from the same era.

And, I have glued a can motor, out of a remote car mirror, to the floor,
and have pressed the spring belt pulley on its shaft. 

Shaft was undersize, so put some shrink tubing on it....
Easier to do than brass bushings. Worked well for me many times.







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I am amazed you keep managing to get the traction models up and running,

from days long past.  :apl: :apl: :apl:


One day I may get a bit of traction modelling done,

way to many projects on the go at the moment though.

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" First, I hope nobody feels I swamp the forum with boring trolley stuff.... "



I love being swamped with excellent modeling and photos

Your electrical, mechanical and painting is second to none !


Boring trolley stuff ?


I have certainly learned a lot from reading your cool Threads

Upgrading and refurbishing old vintage gear is a great feeling


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Nice Guy Eddie wrote
I love being swamped with excellent modeling and photos

Your electrical, mechanical and painting is second to none !


Boring trolley stuff ?


I have certainly learned a lot from reading your cool Threads

Upgrading and refurbishing old vintage gear is a great feeling


Eddie, and all... 

I want to thank you all for the good camaraderie here.

Although I do different things than most of you, I feel right at home here.... 
A situation I hadn't had too often, at other places.

Here are people who love to tinker with strange contraptions,
and share their knowledge and experience.

No mainstream, no rivet counters!  Great!! 
And, a opportunity to see new stuff I never would have expected to exist.

Thanks.
Have much more weird stuff  coming up.




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I've always had a fondness for trolleys and interurbans.

I have a number of books on the Pacific Electric, along with other California electrics.


I had a few Suydam models many many years ago.

It's great to see what you can do, to bring these old models back to life.




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Out local trolley museum has one of these cars that they run occasionally.
They got it from Vienna back in the '70's.

I was a member back then and got to run it sometimes.
Really nice car, with self-lapping air brakes.

I've been trying to get a trolley line installed on the club layout up in PA.
Distance has been a factor (I live over 200 miles away).

And the club has decided to blow up the city area, so all that track had to come up
(it needed to be done, so I'm not upset about it).

Biggest problem is that almost all the Bachmann and Bowser models have had split gear issues.
Won't the Chinese learn, for a few cents more, they can have long term reliable models?


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Michael M wrote:
I've always had a fondness for trolleys and interurbans.
I have a number of books on the Pacific Electric along with other California electrics.

I had a few Suydam models many many years ago.
It's great to see what you can do to bring these old models back to life.


Michael, ├Żou mention Suydam's models.... 

My Father gave me a subscription to MR, for my 14th Birthday. 


In one of those magazines I found a review of a PE car.
Think it was the #1407 RPO converted from a Portland coach,and I was hooked.

Of course, at 14, this thing was so far out of reach as the moon....  
Took me 40 years to get one of those.




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I'm sure you remember Richard Orr's products. 

Especially his single-point turnouts.

Somewhere I know I got some of his stuff stashed away.




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ebtnut wrote: Out local trolley museum has one of these cars that they run occasionally.
They got it from Vienna back in the '70's.

I was a member back then and got to run it sometimes.
Really nice car, with self-lapping air brakes.

Biggest problem is that almost all the Bachmann and Bowser models,
have had split gear issues.


Think there are quite many preserved.
 
Three on the East Coast, one in England, at least three in Austria,
although one is in very dilapted condition.

At which museum did you volunteer?


Really? Bowser gears have this issue too? 




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Michael M wrote
I'm sure you remember Richard Orr's products.  Especially his single-point turnouts.

Somewhere I know I got some of his stuff stashed away.


I have a few of those.

They were sold in my local hobbyshop in Vienna too! 
However, I haven't laid street trackage yet.

Have provided a ROW for a trolley loop when building the layout,
but until now they have to use the mainline.




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