NYC Subway

Discussion in 'HO Scale Model Trains' started by patgin, Nov 23, 2006.

  1. patgin

    patgin Member

    I'm planning to build a NYC diorama with elevated MTA subway. I have seen a Life-like set of 4 subway wagon, proto 1000 this good? Which kind of tracks and transfo will I need to run it?
    Finally, what shoul I use to make elevated tracks like the ones we could see in NYC? Do exist some pillars on the market or if I will have to scratchbuild some?
    Thanks a lot
  2. LongIslandTom

    LongIslandTom Member


    Micro Engineering makes a kit called "city viaduct" which is a good starting point for making NYCTA elevated lines:

    The biggest difference I can see between the ME kit vs. the NYC prototype is that the NYC elevated lines don't have the waffle-pattern girder panels.

    Images Replicas ( also sells NYC subway car models in HO, along with accessories such as decorative 3rd-rail kits.. Their website is currently down (don't know why), but I think they might have NYCTA elevated line kits too.

    The LifeLike P1K kit is a good starting point, but you need to dress it up by adding things like the sprung buffers on the car ends. Trainland/Trainworld has an AWESOME deal on those right now-- $80 for a set of 4 cars (1 powered, 3 dummies). These would be correct for the IRT lines (#1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, and 9 trains) from the 1950s to the late 1990s. These lines ran on elevated viaducts in some parts of northern Manhattan, the Bronx, and Brooklyn. All the time I rode on the #7 IRT I don't think I've ever seen the redbirds with the round car-end door window on that line.

    Hope this helps!
  3. Stuart

    Stuart New Member


    Habve been playing around wih the same idea for a while but have not done anything due to my FRISCO layout.

    But there is a site that will help you make your own uverhead track.

  4. patgin

    patgin Member

    Thanks for the links guy. Really interesting.
    I can't find the set at 89$ on trainland...I see several set alway over 350$, maybe the one at 89 is out of stock now....

    Once I will have the subway train (probably the red Life-Like), which kind of tracks will I need? I'm sorry, I'm really newby in the hobby
  5. LongIslandTom

    LongIslandTom Member

    Trainland still have them in stock for $79.99! Look at the bottom of the page at this link: :thumb:

    Anyway, when you order, call them and use the item number on that page.

    The LL P1K set will run on any normal HO track, using normal analog DC power. I hear that those are relatively easy to convert to DCC but I haven't tried.

    Good luck!
  6. patgin

    patgin Member

    Thanks for all the information, I will try to do that now...

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