IV-Traction Items in Development

There are some traction projects in development right now!

We would like to hear your ideas on these projects!


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:


We are very aware that the hobby is shifting toward Ready-To-Run models. But we are also mindful of some of the excellent quality 3D printed shells that are now becoming available from Shapeways and other 3D printing houses in both HO and N scales. Since we know that there will always be a few distinguished and talented modelers who would like to have something unique on their layouts, we will be producing some decal sets for some one-of-a-kind vehicles that had their fame for a limited time. Accordingly, we are in the final stages of development and production of these decal sets in HO scale but we are adding N scale for all those newcomers.

The first such HO scale set that we are considering is set CN-3002, the "GoodBye Forever - Ole Sweethearts and Pals" President's Conference Committee (PCC) car 3002, shown below, that rode the rails in Los Angeles in 1963 just before system abandonment. At that time, 3002 was chosen for the honor because 3001, the very first LA PCC, was out of service at the time. Car 3001 was saved and now resides at a Southern California museum. We are working with Microscale for this set and we should see results by the summer of 2017. We are also working on N scale SDMTS decals for our N scale Siemens S70 model.

As we began our investigation into this paint scheme and studied most of the photos and models that have been made, we have discovered that the "...Goodbye Forever Ole Sweethearts and Pals..." lettering was placed right over the numbers and the LAMTA herald, so we are looking for some photos, color or black/white of the right side (the side with the doors) of the car. Any help would be appreciated.

Another decal set being considered is CN-2667, the Philadelphia Zoo Trolley, that ran during the summer of 1965 on routes 10 and 15 (shown below):

We need good color photographs of all four sides of this car to make the set. Any help will be appreciated.

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