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Discussion in 'HO Scale Model Trains' started by tecnomuzik, Sep 24, 2007.

  1. tecnomuzik

    tecnomuzik New Member

    Hello. I'm new around these parts but I'm hoping someone might be able to help. I'm looking for an HO scale train set of the modern/current Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) elevated trains. Does anyone know where I might be able to find such a thing?

    Many thanks.
  2. pjb

    pjb Member

    CTA cars

    There are no trainsets of CTA equipment. Only
    IRT 'R-2s' are made and sold in what would
    pass for "trainsets". Even there you get 3 cars,
    and NYCTA runs ten car subway trains as
    standard on lines that ran 'R-2' rolling stock.

    Go to EAST PENN CLUB's traction pages
    (that you can GoogleUp easily), and once there
    go to traction supply company listings.
    There you will find names of makers/ importers
    of , among other things, kits or rtr - CTA
    equipment. The selections are limited and
    largely confined to 'O' and 'HO', that are
    the most popular scales for street railway
    and transit system modeling here.

    'N' scale has a limited electric traction
    following in North America, but that
    would change if the large producers should
    produce a few more models. I say that because
    of the amount of model pike action which
    can be crammed into 'N' scale electric
    transit based layouts.
    Regardless of that matter, go to the listing
    mentioned on the traction club's website
    and look up who makes what; in the scale
    and equipment area that interests you.
    Good-Luck, Peter Boylan
  3. tecnomuzik

    tecnomuzik New Member

    Peter, thanks for the info. It's too bad there aren't more CTA type models out there. I'll definitely look into traction stuff you mentioned. Thanks again!
  4. nkp174

    nkp174 Active Member

  5. tecnomuzik

    tecnomuzik New Member

    Those look great. Any idea what kind they are? Those only have 2 doors just like the CTA. Most of these types of cars I've found have 3 doors.
  6. nkp174

    nkp174 Active Member

    The first car says Chicago ____ Yellow Book...and it says CTA underneath...so someone in the eastpenn club knows who built it...and how to build it.

    You might want to consider scratch building...or kitbashing. They are methods for getting exactly what you'd like. Not every project needs to have anywhere close to the level of detail that my DSP&P waycar has in the scratchin' and bashin' forum...but the same basic technique of taking a piece of cardboard, brass, or plastic...cutting it to size with a razor/x-acto knife and then filing allows you to build almost anything...and many people in that forum would be thrilled to help. I consider it to be the best bang for my hobby dollar...and you can duplicate an model many times with resin casting (building one CTA car can become 20 for $50 worth of resin & rubber molds)

    Maybe all you need is to purchase a three door model...cut a piece of cereal board (cardboard cut from a cereal box) to cover up the extra door...and then it'll be close enough for your taste.
  7. tecnomuzik

    tecnomuzik New Member

    Thanks for the ideas... You've given me something to think about now. :thumb:
  8. nkp174

    nkp174 Active Member

    You're welcome. Glad we could help :)

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