I really love these Corgi models of the Birney Safety Car. They are excellently made compact O-Scale creations, and I already have one of them. Well, now I have two of them. Only problem? Again? Not my scale! But, guess now I need motor kits for them. And some two rail track, which seems to be harder to find than I thought it would be. And space to set it all up.
I found this nice little N Scale model of a center door streetcar on Shapeways. Besides the fact that I am very interested in 3-D modeling and printing, this is a good match for the Cincinnati Car Company cars that were run on the South Carolina Power Company rails here in Charleston in the late 20s and 30s. These are the same cars that are now unfortunately rotting away out in the elements.
Looking at the car you can see the very fine striations that are created by the layered 3-D printing process. Take a close look at the roof of the car and you will see the lines that will need to be sanded away. But overall the quality is excellent and the detail is amazing. That is a testament not only to the Shapeways printing process, but also to the person who did the design of this particular model.
The biggest difference between this model and the car you see pictured below, at least the most obvious difference, is the siding. Look below the windows and you will see that the model has wood slatted siding and the original is steel sided. I will need to take care of that in the build process. Of course I will also be fitting windows, a Tomytec power unit, poles, etc. Will just have to figure which of each are appropriate. Oh, and of course get the correct colors for it. And work on the layout. And….
Just a quick one. Didn’t realize that I had never posted the video I took of testing the Bachmann Peter Witt streetcar. This is a great little runner, and I do mean little. It is quite small in comparison to the Bachmann Brills. But it runs really well. Unfortunately I do not have a DCC system to hook it up to yet. I am on the verge of purchasing a Digitrax Zephyr, but the budget just doesn’t quite allow right now.
Oh, and please ignore the not-so-beautiful water heater and other garage/office crud in the background.
Thought I would just pass along an interesting video from YouTube. This is just one of many that can be found there. The gentleman who is made this video, and many others under the name “Trolley69”, is Ted Roy whom I became acquainted with due to the Model Rail Radio podcast. What you will see in Ted’s videos are a lot of traction modeling in N Scale (1:160), G scale (1:24), and restoration work on 1’=12″ scale traction equipment at the Connecticut Trolley Museum. A man after my own heart!
Yes, I know that G is not my scale. I don’t have a garden railway and don’t have plans for one at the moment. And there is no way I have enough room inside the house to set up such a large scale operation. But, all of that aside, I have wanted one of these streetcars since they first came out. They are simply gorgeous and are getting harder and harder to come by. So when I was able to buy one at a very good price, far below the going market, I had to snap it up. Much to my wife’s chagrin I might add.
The LGB 20380 New Orleans Streetcar was produced back in 2004 and is a hefty model of the cars made by the Perley A. Thomas Car Works of North Carolina. The model, which is nearly 2 feel long and basically 1:26 scale features, “weather-resistant construction, factory-installed onboard decoder for MTS and analog operation, opening doors, four-way power control switch, protected gearbox with seven-pole Bühler motor, eight powered wheels, twelve power pickups, voltage stabilization circuit with surge protection, and automatic directional lighting.”
I would love to create a street scene like diorama for it, and eventually would like to have a nice circuit for it in the yard. But, as neither of those things are in the cards right now, it will live in my office where I can admire the lines and imagine the sights and smells of New Orleans.