Building a Traction Layout

Discussion in 'Traction Thoroughfare' started by interurban, Jul 5, 2005.

  1. interurban

    interurban Active Member

    Hi Mielswestern,

    I am glad someone remembers me, as it`s been a while hasn't it just.

    I had a feeling the Traction post`s had lost there interest to folks, as not many "do" this .
    Also we are revamping the Traction in Action modual , so work time has been dedicated to that baby as she needed some changes.

    My own Layout has been slowed down by lack of time and my wife`s health needs.
    But I hope to rev up my motors and get at it a bit more.
  2. MilesWestern

    MilesWestern Active Member

    Please show use tons of the Traction Action Module! I've seen a frew miniscule far off pics, but good overall shots or good closeups!

    ....and just because it seems like nobody's interested doesn't mean it's true. Some unsuspecting newbie or site guest may stuble upon your work and say, "Hey, that's really great work this "Interurban" guy did, perhaps I should see if my town had a trolley..."

    I can't say I've got the traction bug, but It's growing one me... :)
  3. MilesWestern

    MilesWestern Active Member

    ...Also I miss your daily pic, like you had a couple of years ago. How I found about that is that I started on the LAST page of the HO scale posts and occasionally, I work my way forward. Just because it's old, doesn't mean it's bad.
  4. interurban

    interurban Active Member

    Thanks for the encouragement Miles.

    I had forgotten about all those daily pictures. Maybe I should do a daily on the Traction in Action, seen as my own L/O is far from up and running.

    Here is a shot for you from my old Layout.

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  5. MilesWestern

    MilesWestern Active Member

    Whoo HOO!! Traction is BACK IN ACTION!! zzzzaaaaaappp!
  6. RailRon

    RailRon Active Member

    Nice to have you back, my friend! :wave::wave::wave:

    Chris, as a Swiss (we have 100% electrified RRs here) I'm always interested in American traction. It is very interesting to compare electrified RRs in our two countries. That's why I enjoyed your contributions. It's great to hear from you again.

    Did you make any progress with your track-in-the-street part of your layout?


    PS: Not wanting to hijack this thread, but just for comparision - isn't there some family resemblance between the 'faces' of your interurban and this Swiss loco? (She's 50+ years vintage and still going strong! :D)

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  7. interurban

    interurban Active Member

    PS: Not wanting to hijack this thread, but just for comparision - isn't there some family resemblance between the 'faces' of your interurban and this Swiss loco? (She's 50+ years vintage and still going strong! )
    Today 01:08 AM

    Hi Ron, how are you ?
    Yes the big electrics of the past were similar, I always enjoy watching videos of the Swiss electrics.
    I wish our old electrics were going strong and still in service.

    Re my street trackage in the new layout, I did the cobble stone effect but have to high lite it with lighter paint, the town road is also done.

    But as there is so much work to do till I can string the wire up I have left that area for a while.

    btw hi jack my post anytime when traction is on your mind Ron sign1
  8. shaygetz

    shaygetz Active Member

    Good to hear from you, Chris.:wave:
  9. interurban

    interurban Active Member

    Thanks Bob hope all is well with you:)

    Well last night I went down and painted the rust on those three tracks I put in.
    Then much later last night I went down and cleaned the surface off .
    This is the first time I have painted the rust on rails.
    So glad I have not got an empire to do:D
  10. interurban

    interurban Active Member

    Back to that bridge I built , the guard rails are in ( what do you call them I forgot).
    A bit of paint then the ballest will be in soon.announce1

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  11. green_elite_cab

    green_elite_cab Keep It Moving!

    oh man, i should have came to this thread sooner. i notice you used plaster of paris for your roads. i used hydrocal, and it was a mess. should have looked for help here!

    Still, good stuff man!
  12. zedob

    zedob Member

    Uh, guardrails?:D Just kidding.

    Don't you just love those Atlas bridge girders. So cheap and the detail is great. Well, better than I could ever do without spending mega hours dimpling rivets.

    I also like to use the N-scale girders for my smaller underpasses.:thumb:
  13. interurban

    interurban Active Member

    Hey Hey Hey


    I knew that John at the yards gave them a name, I just got the email back, they are know as Jordon Rails.:wave: :thumb: :D
  14. zedob

    zedob Member

    Nice tidbit of info...thanks.
  15. jetrock

    jetrock Member

    I just got back from Chicago on the California Zephyr, and scored a few used single-arm overhead poles for $2 apiece from Chicagoland Hobby--one more barrier to overhead gone! So now I just have to install the darn things and start stringing wire...I also picked up a motorized San Francisco cable car (for a kitbash project to build an open "California style" streetcar) and some other assorted tidbits. I also wired and put down foamcore on Module Three of the Sacramento Northern belt line project. Soon I'll have some of my own traction action photos to post...
  16. interurban

    interurban Active Member


    That is great news Jetrock.
    Sounds like the trip was a success .

    Looking forward to your "Traction in Action" pictures:thumb: :thumb:
  17. MilesWestern

    MilesWestern Active Member

    What do you mean by "california style" street car?
  18. MilesWestern

    MilesWestern Active Member

    Jetrock, what does your layout look like?
  19. 60103

    60103 Pooh Bah

    Miles: A California type car is one that is half open and half closed -- like the cable cars.
  20. jetrock

    jetrock Member

    Actually, a California car is half again a cable car--normally with an open section on each end and an enclosed section in the middle.

    More details in this thread:

    MilesWestern: It's a 15'4"x1' shelf layout with a 2x2 foot "bulge" around the middle for an industrial spur.

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