My Trolley Project

Discussion in 'HO Scale Model Trains' started by shaygetz, Jan 15, 2006.

  1. Drew1125

    Drew1125 Active Member

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    Another great piece of work, Bob!
    :thumb: :cool: :cool: :thumb:
    And that little innovation with the roof walk...hope you don't mind if I steal...er...I mean BORROW that one for a project I've been contemplating! :D
    Thanks for the inspiration! :thumb:
  2. 60103

    60103 Pooh Bah

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    Bob: that little fixture on the pole base (like a tube of caulk) is the pneumatic pole retriever. Because of the high speeds that PE operated at, a dewirement could cause major damage. A sudden upward movement would cause the pole to be slammed down suddenly on the roof. They also had a regular rope and retriever on the pole.
  3. shaygetz

    shaygetz Active Member

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    Drew, you can't use it re. Patent #123456789 :thumb:

    Appreciate the insight, David. I do have some really fine wire that I'm going to use for that detail.

    While the poles are about 2 feet longer than the longest I've seen, I'm gonna stick with 'em as is for now. I'm still just ducky that I have two sets of workin' poles, I'll be more mindful of the next ones and where they go. I've recently aquired an MDC/Roundhouse boxcab that's just screaming to have a pan/pole combo placed on the roof deck. That'll leave one more pole for a steeplecab scratchbuild I've had waiting in the wings for awhile. That little Tyco Birney will just have to live with that plastic fishin' pole stickin' outta its head fer now :D ...
  4. ed acosta

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    Congratulations on such a fine job customizing the Bachman trolley. I would go one step further. Remove the window material with the silheutte passengers. It makes the model look too 'toy-like'. You might try adding some shades pulled down aways to hide the interior mechanism and this would make the model so much more presentable.

    Yours Trolley,
    -Ed
  5. Drew1125

    Drew1125 Active Member

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    Sooo...I guess this means that if I DO infringe on your patent, I'll hafta pay you royalties every time I run that piece on my layout...? ;)sign1 :D
  6. shaygetz

    shaygetz Active Member

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    Every time you run on the layout? Golly, I hope the UP guys don't latch onto that one... :oops:

    I appreciate your thoughts on it, Ed. I thought about doing just that, using my ususal method of "frosting" the windows with a coat of clear flat paint. This project takes me back to my first modeling desires years ago, when I had the Tyco Birney 4-wheeler. I hated those printed passengers as an 8-year-old, they weren't real lookin'. Now, they're a quaint reminder of my roots, I couldn't pull 'em out if you paid me :thumb: :D
  7. Ralph

    Ralph Remember...it's for fun!

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    Splendid work Bob and a nice photo essay on "how to"!
    Ralph
  8. interurban

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    I think that is a splended idea Ed.
    Bob do you think you can find time to go the extra step?
  9. MilesWestern

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    Hey there interurban ans Shaygetz...I'm about to convert one of these (mine will be unpowered) BACbrills...any suggestions before I start? Does anyone have a pair of trolley poles they'd be willing to sell me? Thanks if you can!
  10. interurban

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    I think Bob is the one to help you there after rereading this post most of the info is here.Ebay had poleds on last week.
    I will see what I have down stairs, here is a link for HO stuff,

    http://www.eatoncustomengineering.com/HOTractionProducts.html

    When you are ready for poles and have not got them pm me and we`ll see what we can do:thumb:
  11. shaygetz

    shaygetz Active Member

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    Suggestions? Dive in...the worst that can happen is that you'll destroy a perfectly good trolleysign1

    Miles, I got my poles from a veiled listing on Ebay for a parts lot that simply said "trolley parts, etc.". I was looking for poles at the time when it came up. For $30, I took the chance with less than a minute to go and wound up with two pairs of trolley poles and 3 pairs of pantograghs.

    I do have a set of poles left over, they are the same as the ones I used on this project which would make them a bit big as Chris noted earlier. If you are interested, I prefer good old fashioned bartering over selling:thumb:
  12. MilesWestern

    MilesWestern Active Member

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    What'd ja want for 'em? I have lots and lots of old rr cars, maybe an old athearn dummy or two, I keep all building parts for myself. PM me as to what you may want, and I'm pretty flexible.
  13. MilesWestern

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    Hey interurban! post some more pics of brill-like trolleys for reference, please!!

    Thanks if you can!