Tag Archives: Pacific Electric

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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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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Off my trolley – North Hollywood yet again

Noticed recently that the restoration of the old Pacific Electric / Southern Pacific depot at North Hollywood has been completed and reopened as a commuter café on the Metro Orange Line.  This article gives the details, including: The official grand … Continue reading

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Off my trolley – wig wag’s

And our UK readers will say, “What’s a wig-wag?”  Well it’s not related to a wigwam, or even to wiff-waff (better known as ping-pong or table tennis.   It’s s visual and audible signal for ungated railroad crossings.   The … Continue reading

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Off my trolley – a bargain (I think)

Reading a blog recently, the writer recommended the ‘Model Train Stuff’ shop and internet shop.  I couldn’t resist a browse, and the site made me an offer I couldn’t refuse – Bachmann ‘Peter Witt’ trolleys in Los Angeles Railways livery … Continue reading

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Off my trolley – North Hollywood revisited

A frequently-used phrase in railway modelling is ‘selective compression.’  Most usually it applies to station track layouts, shortening them and losing a few sidings to fit a reasonable representation of a piece of railway in our usually too small rooms.  … Continue reading

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San Fernando Valley Branch, 1973 (Part II)

Originally posted on Rails West:
In an earlier post, I shared B. Smith’s excellent coverage SP action in the San Fernando Valley in the early 1970s.  In this post, we will drill down a little further into the nuts and bolts…

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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 at its best

Browsing (as one does) I came across a New York Subway site with this excellent picture of a Pacific Electric PCC car at an unknown, but very modellable location.  (OK, New York site, PE picture, does not compute…..  but it’s still … Continue reading

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Off my trolley – San Pedro

At the end of one line from LA and Watts were San Pedro and LA Harbour.  In the days of large ocean liners, collecting passengers from the liner and transporting them into LA generated a lot of traffic through San Pedro. San … Continue reading

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