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Pacific Electric trolleys in N-Scale
« on: August 30, 2015, 04:00:21 PM »
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Just read the following listing for sale in the Trading Post and wanted to show Phillip H. another assembled & weathered PE trolley (OOP resin kit from Miniatures by Eric). Won traction award @ N Scale East 2014 Chantilly, VA (see enclosed photos for further details). I would have never finished the trolley in time for the convention nor thought it worthy of contest entry if not for fellow NRMRC member & friend Jim Kalenowski who helped mentor me through out the painting, decaling, weathering & track work portions of this build and to Joe Peacock (another good friend / NRMRC member ) who helped out with LED light pipes & painting metal details as well as constructing the wooden base that the trolley sits on. I honestly value their assembly help, opinions and guidance that these two gentlemen provide....Better modeling thru peer pressure !

https://www.therailwire.net/forum/index.php?topic=36863.0

The "other" Pacific Electric N-Scale trolley  ;)

















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Re: Pacific Electric trolleys in N-Scale
« Reply #1 on: August 30, 2015, 04:06:30 PM »
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I wish that Eric made more

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Re: Pacific Electric trolleys in N-Scale
« Reply #2 on: August 30, 2015, 04:12:06 PM »
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Very nice indeed...

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Re: Pacific Electric trolleys in N-Scale
« Reply #3 on: August 30, 2015, 04:32:26 PM »
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What's not to like !!! Interurbans, the most neglected piece of the transition era.

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Re: Pacific Electric trolleys in N-Scale
« Reply #4 on: August 30, 2015, 06:46:56 PM »
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Nice model.  I love seeing photos of the old PE, North Shore, and CTA and sometimes wish to model traction; the North Shore especially since it did have some neat freight action and those ex-Oregon motors.  But I gotta ask a silly question... with motors getting smaller and trolley cars basically only needing to be self-propelled, is there any means to make N scale traction models with less obtrusive drive mechanisms?  I'm not imagining one that can be concealed in a N scale rattan seat, just something with a lower profile.
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Re: Pacific Electric trolleys in N-Scale
« Reply #5 on: August 30, 2015, 06:58:00 PM »
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But I gotta ask a silly question... with motors getting smaller and trolley cars basically only needing to be self-propelled, is there any means to make N scale traction models with less obtrusive drive mechanisms?  I'm not imagining one that can be concealed in a N scale rattan seat, just something with a lower profile.

Yes...Not sure if this power chassis was available when I built my Miniatures by Eric kit.



Or....you can also do something like this but it can only work for trolley models that have floors/chassis lower to the tracks



After I purchased his NT-K1 kit Eric did provide a resin floor/chassis that had provisions for snapping in Tomix power trucks & also slightly modifying the motor, cast metal weights and phosphor bronze pick up strips. I can attach some photos of my PE trolley with the shell off so you can see what's "under the hood" BUT I'm in the process of adding a Digitrax decoder to it.
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Re: Pacific Electric trolleys in N-Scale
« Reply #6 on: August 30, 2015, 07:13:10 PM »
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Yes...Not sure if this power chassis was available when I built my Miniatures by Eric kit.



After I purchased his NT-K1 kit Eric did provide a resin floor/chassis that had provisions for snapping in Tomix power trucks & also slightly modifying the motor, cast metal weights and phosphor bronze pick up strips. I can attach some photos of my PE trolley with the shell off so you can see what's "under the hood" BUT I'm in the process of adding a Digitrax decoder to it.

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Re: Pacific Electric trolleys in N-Scale
« Reply #7 on: August 30, 2015, 07:15:52 PM »
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I have the entire North Shore fleet in roughly 1950 ( with a few exceptions including the Oregon Electrics). 

I think it totals to around 170 cars including the 4 steeplecabs,2 battery motors and 40 express cars.
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Re: Pacific Electric trolleys in N-Scale
« Reply #8 on: August 30, 2015, 07:54:40 PM »
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I was unaware of the MBE kit - I sit corrected. Looks like yo did a great job!
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Re: Pacific Electric trolleys in N-Scale
« Reply #9 on: August 30, 2015, 08:40:43 PM »
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Those are awesome...more pix, please....:)

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Re: Pacific Electric trolleys in N-Scale
« Reply #10 on: August 30, 2015, 10:06:59 PM »
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I have the entire North Shore fleet in roughly 1950 ( with a few exceptions including the Oregon Electrics). 

I think it totals to around 170 cars including the 4 steeplecabs,2 battery motors and 40 express cars.

These are the products available on Shapeways?
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Re: Pacific Electric trolleys in N-Scale
« Reply #11 on: August 30, 2015, 11:42:22 PM »
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Very nice model Paul - congratulations on the award!
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Re: Pacific Electric trolleys in N-Scale
« Reply #12 on: August 31, 2015, 12:45:40 AM »
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Where did you get the trolley poles?  Or are they HO "finescale" poles?
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Re: Pacific Electric trolleys in N-Scale
« Reply #14 on: August 31, 2015, 02:47:21 AM »
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Say, that looks really nice...

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