Traction link

Discussion in 'Traction Thoroughfare' started by CN1, Feb 19, 2005.

  1. Traction is THE historic modeling aspect of the hobby that always gets 'oooooohs' and 'ahhhhhhhhhhhs'! :eek: :thumb: Just take a look at Chris Interurbans work! Here's one of my little switchers built from a kit. Under the wire....the ONLY way to go!

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  2. interurban

    interurban Active Member

    Is`nt she lovley Russ! Well done my friend WELL DONE!! :thumb:
    Love the paint job.
  3. robt46

    robt46 Member

    Ahh! Two fine distinguished looking gents if ever there were. Great shots. Great contrast old and new. The trollys I mean. Hehe. That church scene--wow--look at those wires. Looks like a nightmare. Robt.
  4. robt46

    robt46 Member

    Very nice switcher. Great job. Robt.
  5. From you, Chris, I am honored. :) When I get the pair of Cannonball Car Shops B-W Class D loco kits, I want to do them in a maroon. I hope to get those switchers some time this year...they're going into production soon and I'm lloking forward to getting them. ;)
  6. jetrock

    jetrock Member

    No such thing: PCC's are still carrying passengers in San Francisco, and probably a few other cities as well!

    Another great traction link: The East Penn Traction Club!

    Ahhh, that little GE electric...whenever I see that I turn Pullman green with envy!!
  7. bill937ca

    bill937ca Member

    That's Route 11 during the private ownership days in Philadelphia prior to 1968. The location is the 40th Street portal where subway surface lines come to the surface. Route 11 still operates today.

    Present day photos:

    All you want to know about Philadelphia trolleys including track maps and route maps:
  8. bill937ca

    bill937ca Member

    Hey Chris, :wave: nice photo of King and Church. Here's a couple from a different angle!!

    Notice the two poles close together? The TTC was in the process of replacing span poles and some of the old poles stand close to the new poles while the TTC waits for Toronto Hydro to move its lines from the old poles.

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  9. interurban

    interurban Active Member


    How did you get up there Bill?
    They are very informative shots of trackage and overhead.

    Man I loved my time down there , although stressful to a point, like the OWMYGOD bar that we GRIP when cars take our stopping space when in a full emergancy stop. YIKESSS.

    I will say again.
    If you have never taken the first streetcar out of the barns in the morning (or rode one)after a good snow fall you have`nt had the ultimate thrill.
    No tracks to see, the car just takes you along , wow!

    Then you have to find your switch, I wonder if many no the easy way to locate a switch.
    I wonder how many know how to locate a switch under fresh snow?

    Any one?
  10. bill937ca

    bill937ca Member

    Thanks Chris.

    That was taken from the window of my den in a condo I owned from 2000 to 2004. It was a fun place to live and looking back it seems hard to believe I was there for four years. Time flies!!

    I love traction, but even on the 11th floor there was alot of noise. You're right close by the intersection and hear the cars going through or going around the corner. Whenever Queen cars were diverting down Church or turning up Church I would know. The sound was different when an ALRV came along to the corner than when a CLRV came along.

    It was amazing to have 3 streetcar lines outside your window (503 M-F rush, 504, and 508 M-F rush). The last car eastbound on King is just before 3:00 AM. If I was awake I'd freqently hear it.
  11. bill937ca

    bill937ca Member

    Cool :) I remember seeing King Street from the condo when the snow was largely undisturbed.

    Well the location of the overhead frog should guide you. Using a guide sometimes used in trolley modelling, the overhead frog should be 1/3 of the way past the track switch.
  12. interurban

    interurban Active Member

    Yes all you have to do is look up , with sweeping brush in one hand and switch iron in the other, once you are under the frog the switch is slightly ahead.:thumb:
    If the switch is a manual throw=
    After the streetcar has turned, do not forget to walk back and reset for main line.:D :thumb:
  13. bill937ca

    bill937ca Member

  14. interurban

    interurban Active Member

    Great videos Bill.
  15. 60103

    60103 Pooh Bah

    Bill: the first photo of the car turning south on Church shows that TTC finally removed the unuasable north bound track on Church. That loop has been one way as far back as I can remember (mid 60s) because of one way traffic on Wellington. Funny thing, in the late 60s or 70s (?) they re-did the track and enclosed the ROW in concrete instrad of cobbles. They did both tracks even though the one was never used (unless someone reversed a work car down it). Before that, the curve at Church and Wellington was sub-clearance and had a sign "Cars must not pass on this curve".
    Do they still have the overhead in where the northbound track was?
  16. bill937ca

    bill937ca Member

    I'd have to check the next time I'm in Toronto. I think the overhead is still there.

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