Traction, take a closer look.

Discussion in 'Traction Thoroughfare' started by interurban, Aug 26, 2002.

  1. interurban

    interurban Active Member

    Hi Folks, I think its time to encouage ALL modelers and new people to take a look at the History of Traction In the U.S.A and Canada. There is`nt much around to get you interested and thats a shame.There may be a bit more work involved with making poles and putting up over head, but the benifits are there.
    I model heavey electric also Interurbans Conbines(passenger and fright units.)
    You dont need a lot of space , you can turn Traction around in a 22inch loop and have a very nice 8 to 10inch shelve layout, or you can build an Empire. If there are any Traction fans out there come out of the closet and voice your thoughts on this thread.
    If you are an experienced scatch builder try your skills on a Traction model. I have in the past had a Engish lay out then North American Steam/ Diesal I added a Traction line and that was it. I fell in love with Traction. Yep I had to pull the layout down again.
    All I have to do now is look under the overhead and it all seems worthwhile.

    Tractionaly Yours.
    Chris:) :)
  2. spitfire

    spitfire Active Member

    Hello Chris my friend!

    I see you made it safely over from the Atlas forum. Welcome aboard! :) :) :)

    I have to agree that traction modelling is both awesome and under-represented -- especially when it comes to the TTC in HO scale (have you seen the amazing O scale beauties at:
    drool drool.

    It's almost enough to make me want to change scales - check out the coupler on the front of that 1946 PCC! Man, it doesn't get any better than that.

    Spitfire (AKA Val)
  3. interurban

    interurban Active Member

    I agree

    Well hello my Friend Spitfire (aka val)

    I wondered if that was you.
    The web site you gave us is fab The prices ouch!!!!!!
    Still you pay for what you realy want eh.[​IMG] [​IMG]

    Your Tractionaly
  4. Tyson Rayles

    Tyson Rayles Active Member

    Hello Chris and welcome to the Gauge. While I don't have a thing for traction hopefully you will find others here who do. If you have any pics of your layout please share them with us! Good luck :D
  5. interurban

    interurban Active Member

    Hello Tyson,
    Thanks for the encuraging words.
    and yes when I can work out how to attach the things I will post some pixs.
    I am a bit slow on the modern tecno.

    May be I will ask spitfire to post some of what I sent on Sunday.
    What about that Spit????????

    ;) ;) ;) :p
  6. 60103

    60103 Pooh Bah

    Hi Chris!
    Have you seen the portable O gauge TTC layout that goes to shows in the Toronto area? That's almost enough to make me change scales and prototype again.
    I once had a 2' x 4' traction layout in HO. That was finally stripped down and the track recycled. In HO you can quite sharp curves if you rectrict yourself to city cars.
  7. interurban

    interurban Active Member

    Hello 60103,
    I have not seen it at the shows I 'do' But i have heard about it.
    We take a modual to the shows in and around the Durham region
    In Ontario.
    we are building our second traction modual and are taking it to the Ottawa 'Rail fair' show the weekend after our Thanksgiving
    and then to the Whitby show.
    By the way we have nice tight turns on our traction layouts with freight.

    I bet you miss that old 2' by 4' traction model. Are you in T.O.????

  8. Woodie

    Woodie Active Member

    This one?

    A traction fan's delight. Apparently (according the webpage) the only one in the world. :eek: If you're ever in Melbourne, try this! click here

    Melbourne has, probably, close to one of the most extensive tram networks in the world. (bout 180 miles of track or so, and is still expanding). Lots of detailed info, pics and history can be found here.

    The old Melbourne trams have been fully restored, and used on the general network as fully operational transport, not just a little tourist attraction.

    As well, a lot of Melbourne trams (old ones) have been exported to tourist attractions around the world, particularly the W2 class of which over forty ended up in the USA, many as operating heritage vehicles. click here

    Melbourne trams in Seattle click here

    Enjoy! :cool: :D

    HO models of Melbourne trams can be obtained from here
  9. spitfire

    spitfire Active Member

    Okay Chris, my friend, since you are such a cheeky fellow :p I am going to TRY to post some of the pix you sent me of your layout. Here goes....

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  10. shamus

    shamus Registered Member

    Hi Chris and welcome to the gauge, traction, thats sounds a good idea. like to see some pics soon

  11. interurban

    interurban Active Member

    Well Well Well. all I can say is thanks alot for all the input.
    Spitfire the picky came throu great thats a scatched built unit
    modled off the London&Port Stanly coming off a 22" loop around wiyh about 4 frieght cars. (you will have to email the know how Val).
    Shamus, Hi How do you like the first picky?????

    Hi Woodi, Thanks for the great Web page I bet Spitfire has already put it in the Fav...
    When I worked In Manchester U K a mate went to Ausi and worked for years on the Melbourne Trams> Then he came back to work on Manchester Busses with me again he regretted that move back ,last time I heard(22Years ago) he was on his way back to Melbourne.
    I Met some nice folk from Aussi 2 days after 9 11 they were diverted to T O and were out for a ride on my Streetcar.
    We email picks often and hopefuly he will send my copies of the Trolly Wire book you guys have out.
    Cheers Chris.
  12. Woodie

    Woodie Active Member

    Trolly Wire Book???? hmmmm... I'll look into that one. Can't say I've heard of it.
  13. spitfire

    spitfire Active Member

    Hello Traction Fans (and Chris - wait, he's a traction Nut!)

    Here's another photo of Chris's traction layout. I am happy to be his techno-assistant! :) :) :) (at least I will be if this works - I'm never quite sure if it's going to).


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  14. interurban

    interurban Active Member

    Hi Thanks spitfire you know what you are doing .
    Thats a great shot did you notice the home made switch throws????
    To qoute myself "take a closer looooook".
    Just come back from our night with the second Modual.
    Its realy taking shape.
    Thanks to all the guys Dave Andy Brian Glen Ernie and me.
    Good Night.

  15. interurban

    interurban Active Member

    Hello again, I just found out how to attach:D :D

    Sooooo here is a picture of my layout. Brass motor 1010 peeping at us at the station.


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  16. Bill Stone

    Bill Stone Member

    You guys aught to love the November Model Railroader mag. A surprising amount of traction stuff in it.
    Bill S
  17. interurban

    interurban Active Member

    Hi Bill, yep it`s nice to see Traction in the mag, I just wish we could obtain framed pictures and T shirts with the big pantagraphs on the and overhead and those beutiful interurbans.

    I can always buy steam and thats great but I DO LIKE TRACTION.
    So here is another shot.

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  18. Bill Stone

    Bill Stone Member

    If I weren't stuck in 1880, Chris, I would definately model traction. My best rail memories are from the old Pacific Electric. Rode it all the time as a kid. And nearly killed myself on it once, as on a dare I ran out and jumped for the trolley pole rope to pull the pole off the wire --- our favorite brat trick --- missed it and landed on my head in the middle of Brand Blvd. in Glendale. Cars honking, people yelling. Got up and ran like hell.....

    Maybe that --- landing on my head --- is why I wound up a model railroader????

    Bill S
  19. interurban

    interurban Active Member

    Bill you can become unstuck and put in a traction Museam:D :D
    As for pulling the pole the kids try that on the T.T.C Streetcars
    I know I operated them for at least 11 years CLRV ALRV and the old PCC. driving busses know.

    I was born 30 years to late and in the U K so I only got to know about the Traction 20 years ago, thats why no one models them cause they dont see them in action. I would have loved to ride all the big Traction lines.
    Have you any pixs of the Pacific electrics???:) :)

    Come on Bill put up some overhead, you will love it.
    Chris.;) ;)
  20. interurban

    interurban Active Member

    Hi, Thought I would show you my "tight" loop.
    All my traction navigate it comfortably (you can hear the odd flange squeel).
    Also I can pull a nice 6 or 7 fright cars around to;)
    If you want to model and have very little room try a Traction theme. There is a lot of history around and many books to help you.


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