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 Posted: Tue Aug 9th, 2022 08:43 pm
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Many years ago (20+?) I bought an damaged 'Electra' steeplecab,
and got a second carbody as part of the purchase.

Some day I fixed the complete one, she got a can motor, DCC, lights,
a coat of my infamous rattle can primer, and proper decals.





Recently, I got another one from Germany.

It apparently had suffered from the usual
curse of those models, split axle gears.

The former owner had tried to cannibalize one truck,
and fix the other one with the parts, but failed.

So I got her with one truck without gearbox,
and one with bad gears, but with an Faulhaber motor !

However, all parts came with the loco in a plastic bag !

Having a good supply of Suydam gears,
I reassembled everything in short time. 





When I was ready to paint,
I remembered the orphan carbody...

Not much additional effort to paint it too !

One of the bodies on my cucumber clamp,
stuck in the veranda handrail.










In the meantime,
I found a solution for the missing frame & drive of #3...

Some interurbans put steeplecab bodys on flatcars,
and the respective power trucks underneath... Good.

Found a plain Athearn flatcar,
will put a Halling trolley drive underneath. 







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Great looking models as usual Gerold.

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To show my ignorance,

what is a Halling trolley drive ?

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2foot6 wrote:  
To show my ignorance,

what is a Halling trolley drive ?


Peter

Halling is our local trolley producer.
A merger of three smaller companies who did limited runs.

The trolley line is a modular system, with both complete cars, as well as
components for single truckers, double truckers, articulateds and railcars.

All reasonably priced, good quality, and they have a real store,
with real people to talk with, a few miles from where I live.

https://shop.ferro-train.com/HallingShop/




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Thanks Gerold for the link.

Some interesting drives and parts there.

I can use some of those drives in critters for my layout.

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2foot6 wrote:
I can use some of those drives in critters for my layout.


Forgot to mention...

I think all of those drives are designed,
so they allow any track gauge from 9 to 16.5 mm,
by simply pushing the wheels in and out.

So I have set up most models for standard gauge now,
but may convert them in a few minutes to HOn3 later...
If I ever will have track to operate them on.




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Very nice work !


Some motor cars were nothing but a flat car

and a motorman compartment at each end.







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Have continued on both steeplecabs,
both glazed and lettered.

Have noticed that obviously the numbers from 1544 - 1550
were not occupied in the Pacific Electric numbering scheme,
so numbered them 1546 + 1549

When using a commercial flatbed car with trolley mechanism underneath,
the thing would have been to high, but I found an really old model,
which had a metal wrapper folded around a wood floor.

Removed the wood and attached the empty metal body
on the shortened Halling articulated mechanism.

Also built a wooden frame to hold an old Walthers pantograph.







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What an interesting model Gerold.

Something out of the ordinary,
and well built as usual.


:moose: :moose: :moose:

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Last evenings I have glued brass end beams to the flatbed,
so I have material to tap threads into, for attaching the drive.

Also added (protruding) coupler boxes to the ends. :sad:
 
And cut a hole in the center of the bed,
to route the wires for the top headlamps.

She will also get headlamps on the car ends.







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