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Discussion in 'HO Scale Model Trains' started by TEP 60, Apr 15, 2006.
Are operational trolley buses and/or trolley bus overhead ever produced in H0?
Yes, they were in Germany. I do not remember the manufacturer of the early version (late 60ies), the latest version came from Brawa.
2 summers ago i found one in an obscure hobby shop here in NJ. i think they sold it by now, because i haven't seen it. it had 2 busses with some catenary and a transformer for it.
Back in the 60s and 70s there was a company called Brawa that put out a trackless trolley bus complete with overhead and accessories for expansion. Not made for a long time now, you find them on Ebay from time to time for $100 or more depending on condition.
They were produced by Eheim before Brawa.
More info here
then go to manufacturers list, select '" E" then scroll down to Eheim
yeah that sounds alot like what i found. i thought i should have bought it, but instead got a P2k UP SD7
I have a basic Eheim set. The busses had the trolley poles at the front of the bus, linked directly to the front wheels for steering.
I think there were 2 series of overhead - one was a flat strip, the other round wire. The switches and crossings had huge housings on them -- very out of scale. The trolley shoes were also out of scale, but operational.
The think would whizz around the wire like mad.
What is produced now on this topic?
I think David pretty much spelled out why they aren't made any more. The demand for scale fidelity is such that there is no market for something with grossly oversized shoes on the poles and unrealistic wires overhead. I remember they were just shy of subsonic as they cruised around the wire. Your only bet would be to hunt them down on Ebay or kibbitz something together using Faller's wire guided buses and a dummy overhead system.
Faller has a Trackless system but i don't know if they have Trolleys.They do have Buses.
A "trackless trolley" is a bus powered by electric overhead. The Eheim/Brawa kits are cute but oversized for HO (the buses themselves slightly so, the poles and overhead grossly so.) Nobody produces a to-scale version. I suppose that one could modify a Faller Car System bus to a "trackless trolley" system by stringing overhead wire and sticking a trolley pole on the roof--make sure your Faller system runs closely under the overhead, and there you go.
Nice link London Trolly
I Love Trolly busses.
My first job on Manchester Corperation Transport in July 1966, was as a conducter(fare collector) on there last trolly line ( Ashton New Road) . The last trolly ran December 1966.
I loved it.
Happy Days. I wish iI had the foresight to take pictures in those days.
This site covers building your own using the Faller system as a starting point.
I didn't know if Faller made a Trolley or not,just thought i would throw that out there.There is sooooo much talent in this Forum,that someone might come up with a way to Kit bash a Faller bus or something.