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Los Angeles modelling inspiration

This is one inspiring photograph for urban detail.  It comes from John L. Mathis’ site, and he kindly allows one to reproduce his work with acknowledgment. The Los Angeles PCC cars were narrow (3 ‘ 6″ I think) gauge and … 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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And Vienna, 2007

And so to Vienna.  It was really too hot to wander around hunting trams, but I did get a few shots….

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Prague trams, 2007

Another batch of photographs.  In 2011 I went on a study tour of Prague and Vienna (I did pay for the privilege!), looking at flood defences and hydropower schemes. I was delighted to have a hotel room in Prague overlooking one … Continue reading

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Off my trolley – modelling traction in N

Let’s take a slight diversion away from layout design to consider what one might run on this N gauge traction layout.  At moments like these I sometimes wish I had chosen HO to model in.  There is a good range … Continue reading

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Off my trolley – interurban branchlines – 1

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, had twigs off the branches off the … Continue reading

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