Our major focus since July 2015 has been to persuade a model railroad manufacturer to produce a Ready-To-Run (RTR) Light Rail Vehicle in HO scale. While HO scale was our prime interest, the growth of N scale could not be overlooked. We, along with Volkmar Meier of Paris, France have developed models of the Siemens S70 Ultrashort as used in San Diego, Salt Lake City, and Atlanta and very similar to others in Charlotte, Houston, Minneapolis, Norfolk and Portland. We have produced and decorated several 3D Printed models as San Diego Metropolitan Transit System (SDMTS) 4001, 4012, 4053 and 4034. We also have a model of Atlanta Streetcar 1001 and another of a Minneapolis METRO Transit S70. Our next HO scale model, unit 7, will be dressed in Salt Lake City TRAX colors as soon as decals are made.
All of these cars are always visible at appearances of the Southern California Traction Club in Southern California.
Meanwhile here is at photo of our first test HO scale model Siemens S70, SDMTS 4001 while undergoing evaluations on the SCTC test track (Painting by Volkmar Meier, decals by Custom Traxx).
Most of our S70 models units are capable of operation on both track power and overhead wire power and TCS "Keep Alive" DCC decoders have been installed.
We have tested these units in three-car consists in DCC on 9" radius curves and they run extremely well together.
Our goal now is still to obtain production of this model with an injection molded body and either a plastic or die cast floor with DCC/Sound. In that quest, we began showing the models at selected train shows in California beginning in October 2015 and ask that those interested let potential manufacturers know your desires.
Recently we received our first N scale model, powered with two Tomytec drives and we are in the process of having SDMTS decals made for this car. This model is shown with one of our HO scale models and undergoing testing on the new Southern California Traction Club N scale layout.
We are also working on HO and N scale models of the United Streetcar #100/200 as operated in Tucson, AZ; Washington, D.C. and a few other U.S. cities. The HO scale models would use the Bowser traction drive but the N scale models are being designed to fit existing N scale TomyTec tram drives available in Japan. Such a car and our HO scale efforts so far are shown below: