Two-Rail Hot-Wire Trolleys?

Hytec Apr 18, 2018

  1. Hytec

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    Are there any O-Scale two-rail, active pole, non-DCC cars available from any manufacturer? I want to make a hot-wire trolley system using the wire as the power source. I tried this 60 years ago in HO, but my skills and available detail wire pieces were not up to the task. However, after seeing recent YouTube videos of O-Scale trolleys under wire, then riding the New Orleans St. Charles line last week, decided it was time to try again. Thanks, Hank
     
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  2. Kurt Moose

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    Well, that would be awesome to see that running!
     
  3. bremner

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    there are ways to do this, there are even videos of N Scale Bachmann Brills running under wires. there are O kits....got a picture of what you want?
     
  4. Hytec

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    No pictures, just a mental image of a Brill car running around the walls on a double-track point-to-point track plan. Could be an HO car, though I assume the wire system would be more difficult to make for reliable operation. Also will depend on which scale offers a selection of trolley rail, switches, etc.
     
  5. BoxcabE50

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    Ooh. This has me thinking of magazine articles from years past. I especially recall the name Bob Hegge, and photos of his work.
     
  6. Hytec

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    Thanks Ken, I'll search for various archives. Now that you mention, I remember a few trolley articles in MR many years ago. Unfortunately I gave away my collection of MRs from 1947 maybe 15-20 years ago when they began encroaching on modeling and storage space. AAARGH :mad:

    Oh well, too soon old, too late smart. :oops:
     
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  8. bremner

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    Back around 1989, there was a small Model Railroader project railroad called The O'Dell County Railroad that was a HO traction layout....
     
  9. Hytec

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    Thx, I'll try to locate it.
     
  10. bremner

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    Look for Nov 1988 through April 1989, the conversion of Bachmann and Bowser to wire power was in the April issue
     
  11. Hytec

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    I found that Bowser makes a New Orleans River Line Brill car in HO that can switch power feed between wire and rail. I also have found sites that offer poles, wire, wiring hardware, and track. So I appear to be off and running. However, any progress photos will be on the HO forum. Maybe Charlie could set up a forum just for trolleys. It should be open to all scales because stringing reliable wire has the same problems regardless of scale.

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