Trolleys, etc.

Hytec Apr 29, 2017

  1. Hytec

    Hytec TrainBoard Member

    Okay, I'm thinking off the deep end, aka Brain Fart, but......

    I've been into trains since the late 1930's...Lionel until 1947, HO until 1981, N today. Now I'm considering getting (back) into hot-wire trolley. I tried hot-wire HO catenary 55 years ago, but didn't have the skill to silver-solder 26 AWG Phosphor-Bronze.

    At any rate, I'm looking for sources of O-Scale live wire street cars, e.g. NOLA RTA cars, MBTA PCC cars, etc. Also wire systems and components, though I have no problem constructing my own poles and soldering my own wire and pans.

    The hardest part will be deciding whether I'm willing to rip up 10 years of building the Saucier Central.

    Please have sympathy for this 82 year old, humor me....:rolleyes:

    Thanks Gals-n-Guys. :)
  2. acptulsa

    acptulsa TrainBoard Member

    Coupler trouble again?

    Some days I think I'll live years longer if I never see another coupler, too. It isn't true, though.

    Besides, you know it's only a matter of time before you get bitten by the m.u. bug. And then you have catenary troubles and coupler troubles!
  3. BoxcabE50

    BoxcabE50 Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

    This has me thinking of print magazine articles. Such as a couple done on the work of Bob Hegge.
  4. bremner

    bremner Staff Member

  5. Mr. Trainiac

    Mr. Trainiac TrainBoard Member

    Do you have a prototype in mind? I don't know much about O, but there aren't many HO trolleys worth anything. Most seems to be just Bachmann stuff from the 80's. Interurban is even rarer. If the live wire doesn't work out, you could always do a dummy one with more modern plastic models. For overheads, try European companies. A lot of European railroads are electrified, and I've seen a few catenary systems in HO, so it may be possible to find some kits in O as well.
  6. Hytec

    Hytec TrainBoard Member

    Thanks Mr. T. My memories of the heft of Lionel O-Gauge just won't go away. Of course I was a teenager at the time. But the fascination of hot-wire with isolated ground rails, i.e. running two trolleys simultaneously with DC is too fascinating not to consider. (DCC is too expensive for this 82-year old.) Only problem, this could get expensive in real time, real quick. OK. I have a choice, me or the kids inheritance....guess who wins the contest. :rolleyes:

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