IV-Traction Items in Development

There are three HO scale traction projects in development right now, all involving the Bowser/Custom Traxx team !

We would like to hear your ideas on these projects!

 

Project #1 is the 1946/47 ex-Kansas City All-Electric PCC cars which besides Kansas City also ran in Philadelphia, San Francisco, Tampico and Toronto.
These will be the same level quality as the current line of Bowser all-electric PCC cars.
Prices expected are $59.95 (unpowered, souvenir version), $159.95 (powered DC only) and $259.95 (powered, DCC and Sound)!

At this time, the team is planning to release models of the following:

Philadelphia Transportation Company (PTC) 2251-2290 series obtained from Kansas City in 1954.
PTC Route 50, car 2260 #12901 DC, #12903 DCC w/sound; PTC Route 5, Car 2286 #12902 DC, #12904 DCC w/sound.

Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) 2240-2250 series obtained from Toronto in 1976.
SEPTA Route 50, car 2240 #12905 DC, #12907 DCC w/sound; SEPTA Route 53, car 2243 #12906 DC, #12908 DCC w/sound.

Toronto Transportation Commission (TTC) 4750-4779 series obtained from Kansas City in 1957.
TTC St. Clair, car 4750 #12909 DC, #12911 DCC w/sound; TTC Earlscourt, car 4777 #12910 DC, #12912 DCC w/sound.

San Francisco Municipal Railway (Muni) 1180-1190 series obtained from Toronto in 1975.
Muni K-Ingleside, car 1180 #12913 DC, #12915 DCC w/sound; Muni N-Judah, car 1190 #12914 DC, #12916 DCC w/sound.

Kansas City Public Service (KCPS) 501-585 and 725-799 series obtained from Saint Louis Car Company in 1947 and 1946.
KCPS Route 50, car 513 #12917 DC, #12919 DCC w/sound; KCPS Route 53, car 725 #12918 DC, #12920 DCC w/sound.

Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) 2240-2250 series obtained from Toronto in 1976.
These cars ran in Philadelphia in Toronto colors with SEPTA roll signs and numbers until repainted as shown in #12905-12908 above.
SEPTA Route 60, car 2245, #12921 DC, #12923 DCC w/sound; SEPTA Route 60, car 2246, #12922 DC, #12924 DCC w/sound.

Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) 27 cars of the 2251-2290 series decorated as Bicentennial cars in 1975.
All 13 original colonies were represented, three for Pennsylvania and two for each of the other 12.

Pennsylvania:

SEPTA Route 50 Rising Sun - Knorr, Car 2251, #12925 DC, #12928 DCC w/sound, #13001 Non-powered.
SEPTA Route 50 6 Oregon, Car 2254, #12926 DC, #12929 DCC w/sound, #13002 Non-powered.
SEPTA Route 50 Rising Sun - Olney, Car 2288, #12927 DC, #12930 DCC w/sound, #13003 Non-powered.

Delaware:

SEPTA Route 53 10-Luzerne, Car 2252, #12931 DC, #12933 DCC w/sound, #13004 Non-powered.
SEPTA Route 50 6 Oregon, Car 2258, #12932 DC, #12934 DCC w/sound, #13005 Non-powered.

New Jersey:

SEPTA Route 53 10-Luzerne, Car 2255, #12935 DC, #12937 DCC w/sound, #13006 Non-powered.
SEPTA Route 50 Rising Sun - Olney, Car 2274, 12936 DC, #12938 DCC w/sound, #13007 Non-powered.

New York:

SEPTA Route 50 5-Erie, Car 2283, #12939 DC, #12941 DCC w/sound, #13008 Non-powered.
SEPTA Route 50 Rising Sun - Knorr, Car 2285, #12940 DC, #12942 DCC w/sound, #13009 Non-powered.

North Carolina:

SEPTA Route 56 23 Venango, Car 2263, #12943 DC, #12945 DCC w/sound, #13010 Non-powered.
SEPTA Route 50 Rising Sun - Knorr, Car #12944, DC, #12946 DCC w/sound, #13011 Non-powered.

South Carolina:

SEPTA Route 50 4th Catherine, Car 2267, #12947 DC, #12949 DCC w/sound, #13012 Non-powered.
SEPTA Route 50 Rising Sun - Knorr, Car 2269, #12948, DC, #12950 DCC w/sound, #13013 Non-powered.

Georgia:

SEPTA Route 50 Rising Sun - Olney, Car 2276, #12951 DC, #12953 DCC w/sound, #13014 Non-powered.
SEPTA Route 60 Richmond - Westmoreland, Car 2280, #12952, DC, #12954 DCC w/sound, #13015 Non-powered.

Massachusetts:

SEPTA Route 50 Rising Sun - Knorr, Car 2273, #12955 DC, #12957 DCC w/sound, #13016 Non-powered.
SEPTA Route 50 Rising Sun - Olney, Car 2277, #12956, DC, #12958 DCC w/sound, #13017 Non-powered.

New Hampshire:

SEPTA Route 6 Broad-Olney Subway, Car 2270, #12959 DC, #12961 DCC w/sound, #13018 Non-powered.
SEPTA Route 50 Rising Sun - Olney, Car 2278, #12960, DC, #12962 DCC w/sound, #13019 Non-powered.

Connecticut:

SEPTA Route 50 Rising Sun - Knorr, Car 2275, #12963 DC, #12965 DCC w/sound, #13020 Non-powered.
SEPTA Route 23 10 Bigler, Car 2279, #12964, DC, #12966 DCC w/sound, #13021 Non-powered.

Maryland:

SEPTA Route 50 Rising Sun - Knorr, Car 2284, #12967 DC, #12969 DCC w/sound, #13022 Non-powered.
SEPTA Route 50 4 Ritner, Car 2290, #12968, DC, #12970 DCC w/sound, #13023 Non-powered.

Rhode Island

SEPTA Route 23 Germantown - Gorgas, Car 2271, #12971 DC, #12973 DCC w/sound, #13024 Non-powered.
SEPTA Route 50 Rising Sun - Knorr, Car 2272, #12972, DC, #12974 DCC w/sound, #13025 Non-powered.

Virginia:

SEPTA Route 6 Broad-Olney Subway, Car 2259, #12975 DC, #12977 DCC w/sound, #13026 Non-powered.
SEPTA Route 50 4 Ritner, Car 2261, #12976, DC, #12978 DCC w/sound, #13027 Non-powered.

Note: This is a major project and the number of these cars made will depend on demand. So It is recommended that you make reservations with either (1) your local dealer, (2) Bowser Manufacturing or (3) Custom Traxx to ensure that the car you desire will be available.

Project #2 is the release of the 1906 Brill/American Car Co eleven-window semi-convertible in the same quality RTR form as the Bowser New Orleans 900 streetcar. This car will be based on the 25 cars of the NOT&L 300 series of which NORTA 453 is the sole survivor.

 

Project #3 is a eventual release of an RTR Light Rail Vehicle. it has been decided to pursue a model of the Siemens S-70 as used in San Diego, Salt Lake City, Atlanta, Charlotte, Houston, Minneapolis, Norfolk and Portland. We are working with Folvmar Meier of France and he has produced a 3D Printed model, powered with two Halling drives which has been tested. We expect this month (September 2015) to receive two painted units designed for Bowser drives. We will complete lettering with our decals, install the drives and begin testing.

Our goal is to produce this model with an injection molded body and diecast floor with two Bowser drives. In that quest, we will be showing the model at selected train shows in California beginning as early as October 2015 and ask that those interested sign up for their car(s). We have no idea of price right now due to the financial turmoil in China so that part will be not considered until final designs are ready for submission. A small number of the 3D models may be available for sale and we will let you know when that becomes a reality

Meanwhile here is the first photo of our first test HO scale model Siemens S-70, SDMTS 4001 while undergoing evaluations on the SCTC test track (Painting by Volkmar Meier, lettering by Custom Traxx):

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