Category Archives: Traction

What could go wrong?

A quick post from Facebook Traction Modelling group – it deserves a wider audience.  This slightly predated health and safety, I think! 1/2 inch scale (larger than Gauge 1) 110V (yes 110) overhead line power supply The loco is powered … Continue reading

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Very minimum radii

Again trawling the Traction Facebook site. Volkmar Meier has some interesting 3D printed interurbans and streetcars on Shapeways.  But here he looks at getting the trolleys to go round in ever decreasing circles…. Tomytec drivers, have you ever wondered about … Continue reading

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Two traction micros

A few weeks ago I posted a link to the little micro-layout of the Japanese Gakunan line.  I’ve included the track layout and another picture below… I recently joined the Facebook ‘Traction Model Railroading’ group, that is full of inspiring … Continue reading

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Off my trolley – an excellent little layout

Recently, I came across this rather fine little trolley layout.  Unfortunately, there are no sizes or track plan given.  The plan is pretty obvious, though I’m not sure what happens around the back of the layout.  As for size, it’s … Continue reading

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Crich Tramway Village – 2

I was surprised at just how many trams there were in the tram shed, all available for operation.  They come from all over the UK, and a few from Europe, including this Berlin tram…. And one, if I remember rightly, … Continue reading

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Crich Tramway Village – 1

A week’s holiday with Maxine for a reunion of old Hong Kong friends started in Milton Keynes, where we stayed for the weekend and caught up with three lots of friends and family.  However, any keen railway enthusiast will track … Continue reading

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Off my trolley – streetcars and trolley layouts – repost

Whilst we’re on holiday this week, I’ll repost the all-time top four posts on the blog. Still the most popular post is this one trolley layouts.  If it’s so popular, why don’t we see more layouts??? Again we need a … Continue reading

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Riding the L

I am still processing my Ally Pally photos, so I’ll be blogging those from next time. For today, here’s 80 minutes of travel on the Chicago interurbans.  Useful for USA prototype modellers as it shows the backs of properties backing … Continue reading

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Down memory lane

Recently I came across the site for Blacksmith Books, who publish a lot of Hong Kong and SE Asian books.  I couldn’t resist this one: And the ‘blurb’: For more than a century, trams have plied their trade along the … Continue reading

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Odds and s**s

I’ve found the modelling mojo on the low side recently – a mixture of Christmas busy-ness, cold weather, and too much NGSE exhibition planning I guess.  However, I hope to have some workbench pictures to show soon – I’ve been … Continue reading

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