Tag Archives: interurban

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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Off my trolley – redux – interurban branchlines – 1

This post has always been popular, too…. A good, if rather conventional, place to start with interurban layouts, is the conventional branch line.  Some electric railroads were no more than a branch line in total.  Others, like the Pacific Electric, … Continue reading

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Off my trolley – redux – streetcars and trolley layouts

As I’m in Stuttgart this week, I thought I’d repost the three most popular posts since I started blogging three or more years ago.  I’ve updated them a little, too.  One difference I note from starting blogging – I cut … Continue reading

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Off my trolley – Southern Pacific San Fernando Valley branch

Not quite ‘Off my trolley’ but in the vicinity.  Some while back I looked at the Pacific Electric station at North Hollywood as a potential modular layout.  Running closely parallel to the Pacific Electric at this location is the Southern … Continue reading

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Off my trolley – Pacific Electric – Toluca Yard

It’s been far too long since I posted on traction and trolleys.  But the start of this post is a reminder of how useful Google Earth can be.  First, here is a screen dump from Google Earth, “somewhere in Los Angeles”, … Continue reading

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Now we’re talking – an Electoliner for ‘N’!

OK – it’s 3D printed on Shapeways, it’s unpowered and there is no obvious mechanism to put inside.  The livery may be difficult to carry off.  And it’s not my main area of interest.  But can you resist an ‘N’ … Continue reading

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Off my trolley – interurban branchlines 3 – the Sacramento Northern

Despite the fact that the Sacramento Northern boasted 183 miles of track around San Francisco it was really just a long, glorified branch line.  Even in 1940, long after most other interurbans had degenerated into poorly-maintained shadows of their pre-WWI … Continue reading

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