V-Other Traction Products
A-Line
Precision Micro-motors for Repowering Traction Models.

A-line currently markets four Mashima precision motors, three of which (40321, 40322 & 40324) have the most application to HO scale traction modelers. All three have 1.5mm shafts and are compatible with A-line cradles and flywheels. Custom Traxx and the Southern California Traction Club have been using these motors almost exclusively for traction model repowering since 1998.

#40321 - $47.00 each
#40322 -
$47.00 each
#40324 - $47.00 each

For specific information on each of these motors, consult the A-line/Proto Power West catalog.

Flywheel Retrofit Kit for Bowser 1999 Trolleys [20040] - $8.95.

This kit is for the 1999 drives only and does not fit the earlier (1966) drives. Kit includes one tapered A-line 20021 flywheel, replacement universal drive components and instructions. Original motor and motor mounts are retained and not relocated. Kit takes ten minutes to install. Razor saw and modeler's knife and A-line #20010 Flywheel Cement required for installation.
For installation instructions, click here.

Flywheels for Improved Motor Performance

A-line currently produces four flywheels, two of which (20006 & 20021) have the most application to HO scale traction modelers. Each flywheel has a 2.0mm shaft which is compatible with the motors listed above. For specific information on each of these flywheels, consult the A-line/Proto Power West catalog.


#20006 (left) -
$10.95 (2/pkg.)
#20021(right) -
$10.95 (2/pkg.)

Motor Cradles - $5.99 each
When repowering electric railway vehicles, significant weight is removed when the original open frame motor is replaced as can motors are much lighter. The A-line cradle acts as an excellent mount for the A-line motor and replaces this weight and improves traction by placing this weight low in the car. A-line makes several cradles for different applications, three of which are shown to the right. Custom Traxx and the Southern California Traction Club mainly use the #12401 cradle. For more information on these cradles, consult the A-line/Proto Power West catalog.
Ball Couplings [12054] - $3.25.

These ball couplings are designed to fit 2.0mm shafts as found on Mashima 40321, 40322 and 40324 motors. This kit must be used in conjunction with A12031 when re-motoring units with A-line motors.

Brass Sleeves [12053] - $5.95 (4 per package).

To increase A-line #40321, #40322 or #40324 motor shaft diameter to 2.4mm (3/32") to mount the spring belt drive knurled pulley, use one of these units.

Universal Coupling Kit [12031] - $7.95.

This kit is used to update drive trains in model traction vehicles. Contained in each kit are two lengths of 3/32" steel shafts, three plastic female ball couplings, two male ball couplings, one four-prong ball coupling, one four-prong coupling, one small spline, three long splines, two long ball couplings for 2.4 mm shafts, and two short ball couplings for 2.4 mm shafts. Refer to the Trolleyville Schoolhouse for more information in using this item.This slow curing compound was designed for cylindrical part bonding to provide an extremely strong bond while facilitating time for precise flywheel positioning on motor shafts. It sets in about five minutes. (.02 fl oz)

Flywheel Cement [20010] - $4.25.

This slow curing compound was designed for cylindrical part bonding to provide an extremely strong bond while facilitating time for precise flywheel positioning on motor shafts. It sets in about five minutes. (.02 fl oz)

Complete Ready-to-Run (RTR) Painted PCC Cars (HO)
Complete Ready-to-Run (RTR) Painted San Francisco Muni "F-line" PCC Cars
(HO)
Complete Ready-to-Run (RTR) Painted New Orleans 900 series Streetcars

 

 

 

 

 

The Bowser RTR PCC cars consist of an entirely new injection molded model based on the 1945 model All-Electric PCC car built by Saint Louis Car Company, delivered to Philadelphia in 1948 and modified by Philadelphia in the 1980s. The 12500 series are powered models of the fourteen cars obtained by San Francisco in 1992-1993 for use in opening their heritage F-line in 1995. Available were San Francisco 1950s (12550), San Francisco 1960s (12551), Los Angeles Railway (12552), Brooklyn (12553), Philadelphia 1938 (12554), Philadelphia 1955 (12555), Kansas City (12556), Cincinnati (12557), Chicago (12558), Boston (12559), Newark (12560), Pacific Electric (12561), Louisville (12562) and Baltimore (12563). Released in 2009 & 2010, most of these are out of stock! The latest group of PCC cars arrived in November 2012 and include the following:

SKU 12540/12550 San Francisco PCC, Car 1050.

This release of 12450 was equipped with Tsunami-sound and the 12550 was DCC ready.

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SKU 12468/12568 San Francisco PCC in Chicago CSL/CTA, Car 1058.

This release 12468 was equipped with Tsunami-sound and the 12568 was DCC ready.

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SKU 12670/12671 Philadelphia (PTC) 1948, Car 2171/2200 (DCC).
SKU 12672/12673 Philadelphia (PTC) 1948, Car 2171/2200 (Tsunami Sound).

The 12670/12671 was DCC ready and the 12672/12673 was equipped with Tsunami-sound!

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SKU 12674/12675 Shaker Heights PCC, Car 53/55 (DCC).
SKU 12676/12677 Shaker Heights PCC, Car 53/55 (Tsunami Sound).

The 12674/12675 was DCC ready and the 12676/12677 was equipped with Tsunami-sound!

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SKU 12679/12680 Birmingham Electric PCC, Car 820/847 (DCC).
SKU 12681/12682 Birmingham Electric PCC, Car 820/847 (Tsunami Sound).

The 12679/12680 was DCC ready and the 12681/12682 was equipped with Tsunami-sound!

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SKU 12683/12684 Pittsburgh Railways PCC, Car 1748/1795 (DCC).
SKU 12685/12686 Pittsburgh Railways PCC, Car 1748/1795 (Tsunami Sound).

The 12683/12684 was DCC ready ($129.95) and the 12685/12686 was equipped with Tsunami-sound!

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SKU 12687/12688 Boston Elevated PCC, Car 3197/3221 (DCC).
SKU 12689/12690 Boston Elevated PCC, Car 3197/3221 (Tsunami Sound).

The 12687/12688 was DCC ready and the 12689/12690 was equipped with Tsunami-sound!

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In July 2014, Bowser released the New Orleans 900 series streetcar in HO scale in both NORTA and SF Muni versions. Cars were also available in Atlantic City, Chicago, Philadelphia (PRT) and Philadelphia Suburban (PST) versions. They sold out much quicker than anticipated. Custom Traxx does still have a limited number as shown below. See the home page for a listing:

The next group of PCC cars is due this fall and will consist of the following:

Re-releases of F-line cars 1050 (San Francisco Muni 1950) and 1061 (Pacific Electric). These cars will have black trolley catchers, simulated super resilient wheels, windshield wipers ansd B-2 truck detail. MSRP for DCC/Sound ready cars is $159.95 and for DCC/ESU Lok Sound Select equipped cars is $259.95. DCC Sound cars are operable on DC. Selector switch for track/overhead power will not be located on the floor, eliminating the need to remove the body shell to use.

F-Line San Francisco Muni
F Market Fisherman's Wharf
#12550 Car #1050
#12450 Car #1050 w/DCC & LokSound

F-Line San Francisco Pacific Electric
F Market Castro
#12561 Car #1061
#12461 Car #1061 w/DCC & LokSound

SEPTA (Philadelphia) Phase II
#12691 Car #2095 Route 15 63RD STREET via GIRARD AVE
#12692 Car #2730 Route 23 10-BIGLER [Unique scheme with gray window area]
#12693 Car #2095 Route 15 Route 15 63RD STREET via GIRARD AVE w/DCC & LokSound
#12694 Car #2730 Route 23 10-BIGLER w/DCC & LokSound [Unique scheme with gray window area]

Toronto Transportation Commission
#12695 Car #4317 Route EGLINTON - ST.CLAIR
#12696 Car #4399 Route HIGH PARK - CARLTON
#12697 Car #4317 Route EGLINTON - ST.CLAIR w/DCC & LokSound
#12698 Car #4399 Route HIGH PARK - CARLTON w/DCC & LokSound

Pittsburgh "Mod Desire"
#12699 Car #1730 42/38 MT LEBANON BEECHVIEW
#12700 Car #1730 42/38 MT LEBANON BEECHVIEW w/DCC & LokSound

Los Angeles Transit Lines (LATL) "Fruit Salad"
#12701 Car #3126 Route P - PICO TO RIMPAU
#12702 Car #3137 Route P - EAST FIRST STREET - DOZIER & ROWAN
#12703 Car #3126 Route P - PICO TO RIMPAU w/DCC & LokSound
#12704 Car #3137 Route P - EAST FIRST STREET - DOZIER & ROWAN w/DCC & LokSound

For more information, please consult the Bowser web site.
Traction DCC Decoders from Train Control Systems (TCS).

FOR THE BOWSER R-T-R PCC CARS!

Custom Traxx originally collaborated with Train Control Systems (TCS) for a decoder designed for the Bowser R-T-R streetcar. This modified four function decoder, the M4T, featured realistic brake light operation when the car is slowing down or stopped. Function 3 will activate the brake lights effect. Depending on appropriate CVs entered, rear tail lights can be activated for San Francisco's F-line PCCs or deactivated for traditional PCC cars or the Bachmann Baltimore Peter Witt Car. Pressing the Function 6 button will initiate a complete controlled stop of the car and the brake lights will stay illuminated as long as the car is stopped. Pressing the Function 6 button a second time returns the car to the original speed. This is a plug-in decoder. The M4T (SKU 1340) has been upgraded and replaced with a new decoder, the M4P-1" (SKU 1391). Our stocks of the M4T (SKU 1340) have been exhausted, and the M4P-1" (SKU 1391) are avalable for purchase. Decoders with the new TCS "Keep Alive™" capability, KAT14P-1 (SKU 1462), which allows continued operation during brief power losses are now also available for the Bowser PCC. This decoder is also supplied with a 1" inch harness and an NMRA 8-pin plug. Smoother and slower operation from overhead wire has been demonstrated in our exhaustive tests. The KAT14P-1 (SKU 1462) is now in stock and available at $49.95 each. The KAT14P-1 (SKU 1462) is a very tight fit inot the Bowser PC cars but with care it can be snugly fit diagonally behind the motor. A slightly smaller version of the Keep Alive™ is also available, the KAM4P-SH (SKU 1486). This decoder is about 20% smaller and is slighly easier to install but it has the same capabilities andalso available at $49.95 each. We found both of the TCS Keep Alive™ decoders to be fantastic.

Bowser Toronto PCC cars (12603, 12604) with the Advance Light, the KAT14P-1 (SKU 1462) and KAM4P-SH (SKU 1486) are also suitable. The modeler must solder must solder the purple wire to the appropriate tab F4 on the circuit board to operate the Advance light (Function 4).

Note: For Bowser Philadelphia (PTC/SEPTA) PCC cars (12601, 12602) with both a Subway Light and the Emergency Beacon, TCS initially offered a special edition of the T6X decoder, designated the T6XT (SKU 1026). This was a plug-in decoder that has all the functions of the M4T plus the ability to operate both the Subway Light (Function 4) and the Emergency Beacon (Function 5). The modeler must solder the purple wire to the appropriate tab F4 on the circuit board to operate the Subway light (Function 4) and must solder the brown wire to the appropriate tab F5 on the circuit board to operate the Emergency Beacon (Function 5 ). The T6XT (SKU1026) decoder is $32.95 each and we still have a few in stock. The T6XT (SKU 1026) has also been replaced by the M6P-1" (SKU XXXX). The KAT16P-1 (SKU 1463) is supplied with a 1" inch harness and has the TCS "Keep Alive™" capability which allows continued operation during brief power losses. This has great application in Bowser 126XX Philadelphia PCC cars powered by overhead wire. When our stocks of the T6XT (SKU 1026) are almost exhausted and we have received our initial stocks of the new KAT16P-1 (SKU 1463). They are also available at $49.95 each. Again, you will find the improved overhead wire operation well worth the increase in cost.

PCC Detail Parts For Bowser 125XX PCC Cars!

The Bowser 126XX series PCC cars, released in March 2011, were equipped with windshield wipers (part 1381), resilient wheel details (part 1382), and improved truck detail (part 1383). Custom Traxx has a limited number of these parts available individually as follows:
1381 (Windshield Wipers) - $1.95 each
1382 (26" Wheels with Resilient Wheel Details) - $1.15 each
1383 (B-2 Truck Sideframes with Track Brakes) - $1.50 each

HO scale PCC Form 11 Trolley Pole [12600] - $16.00 each

The new HO scale Bowser Form 11 PCC trolley pole assembly consists of the trolley pole (part 12509) and the trolley pole base pivot (part 12508). The 12509 pole is a duplicate of the HT-P2 trolley pole manufactured by Miniatures by Eric. Arrangements were made with Eric Courtney to allow his designed HT-P2 trolley pole and HT-C4 shoe to be produced by Bowser and used on Bowser RTR trolley cars. As of March 15, 2012, the 12508 trolley pole base bushing is the same as the SCTC1 trolley base bushing formerly manufactured by Custom Traxx, both having the same .375"/9.5 mm length. The SCTC1 is now discontinued.

Complete Power Chassis For F-Line 127XX "Souvenir" Units [12548] - $85.00 each

For those of you that purchased the Bowser 127XX "Souvenir" versions of the F-line PCC cars, you will now have the option of powering your car with a complete #12548 chassis shown above. This is a DCC ready chassis with headlights, taililights and interior lights (that illuminate after a suitable two-function decoder is installed). When this unit is installed, your car will be identical to the 125XX series of powered units.

This unit replaces the plastic floor and wheels and is a "snap-in" fit. If you would like us to install the power unit for you, simply send us the car plus $99.95 plus $8.95 shipping ($108.95 total).

The TCS M4T can be installed for you at this time without additional labor charges for an additional $25.00!

If you purchased your unit from Custom Traxx, the San Francisco Railway Museum, San Francisco, CA; the Western Railway Museum, Rio Vista, CA; or the Orange Empire Railway Museum, Perris, CA, return a copy of your receipt with your order and receive a $10.00 discount on the above price.

In August 1999, Bowser released their revised power unit for all four HO scale trolleys in production. The new units, called the Bowser 1999 drives, feature can motors, eight wheel electrical current pickup with solid brass wheels, electrically neutral chassis, smooth operation with low current draw. Custom Traxx and the Southern California Traction Club tested the units and have several Bowser and cars, including brass models, operating with these units. They are highly rated in both operational and cost performance. All four of the former metal bodied trolleys have now een discotinued by Bowser, however, conversion units for the older HO scale PSM and Bowser PCC Steamlined Trolley and Brill Suburban with the older Bowser 66 drives, plus the Bachmann PCC and Brill shown below are still available for modelers who wish to upgrade.

Conversion Mechanisms with Floors (HO)

 

Each Bowser 1999 HO scale traction mechanism contains power and trailing trucks, can motor, solid brass wheels, drive shafts, universal joints and Baldwin, Brill, and Commonwealth truck side frames along with PCC track brakes. Conversion mechanism is already mounted to the appropriate floor for the intended shell and directions and special mounting hardware for the shell are provided. A look at a typical Bowser traction mechanism is available in the photo of the SLRV [125147] mechanism below:

For older Bowser and Pennsylvania Scale Models (PSM) PCC Shells - [125141] - $65.00 Discontinued by Bowser!
For Bachmann PCC Shells - [125142]
- $65.00 Discontinued by Bowser!
For Bachmann Brill Shells - [125143] - $65.00 Discontinued by Bowser!
For older Bowser and PSM Brill shells - [125144] - $65.00
For older Bowser and PSM IRR shells - [125145] - $65.00
For older Bowser Jewett shells - [125146]** - $65.00 Discontinued by Bowser!
Custom Traxx stocks a number of repair parts for the Bowser 1999 trolley mechanisms. Parts are no longer available for the '66' (original) PSM/Bowser traction mechanism. Call or email for information!

HO Scale Traction Mechanisms Only (No Floors) - $47.50.

Mechanism with 26" blackend plated nickel silver wheels - [125100]
Mechanism with 28" blackend plated nickel silver wheels - [125105]
Mechanism with 30" brass wheels - [125110]
Mechanism with 33" brass wheels - [125115]
Mechanism with 34" brass wheels - [125120]
Discontinued by Bowser!

SLRV/LRT Track Brake Assembly [SCTC-3] - $4.50 per package of 6 or $1.50 per package of 2.

These assemblies, produced by a suburban Philadelphia firm, more accurately represent the track brake assemblies used on Light Rail Vehicles. They replace the PCC track brakes furnished with the Bowser 1251XX mechanisms and with both the 125147 and 125148 mechanisms. Shown at right is a Bowser truck equipped with both the SCTC-3 Track Brake and NWSL #2634-6 Nickel Silver Wheels.

Brass Bolster (for use with 1251XX mechanisms) [1335] - $4.00 each.

This 1.25" brass bolster, shown to the right, is designed for mounting the power truck in models other than Bowser units. These bolsters are notched to clear the gear housing. They have been successfully used by Custom Traxx with the Bowser 1251X0 mechanisms in Suydam, Model Tramway and Fairfield Traction Models brass models and other model vehicles. They are particularly useful in Suydam Models of Pacific Electric 800, 950 and 1000 series cars where the wheelbase of the Bowser unit more closely approximates the prototype. All of these converted cars are regularly operated on the modules of the Southern California Traction Club.

Operational Trolley Poles [1250] - $12.50 each.
Bowser Roof Insulators [1251] - $1.50 (2/pkg).

The well-known Bowser operational trolley pole is back in production with a new contact and stronger springs. The original 3/32" (2.38 mm) base is retained due to customer demand. Each pole still is accompanied by the #1251 roof insulator, washer, spring and 2-56 nut. The black #1251 insulators, shown at right, facilitates conversion of the current Bowser metal trolleys to overhead wire operation and are available separately from Custom Traxx. The new contact/rollers, part 12507, are fully compliant with NMRA Standard S-5, Trolley Power Collection, and are also available separately from Custom Traxx. They were extensively tested by Custom Traxx and the Southern California Traction Club (SCTC) during 2008 and found to be excellent for DCC overhead wire operation. For more information, click here!
Bowser 1250 poles are now back in stock!

Trolley Pole Springs [12502] - $3.00 (6/pkg).
Trolley Pole Rollers/Collectors [12507] - $3.00 (6/pkg).

Trolley pole springs are now available from Bowser. These are the springs used on their upgraded #1250 trolley pole now available. These springs are shown at right after being installed on a Miniatures by Eric HT-P2 trolley pole, also available from Custom Traxx.

Also shown on the trolley pole is the new #12507 NMRA Specification S-5 compatible trolley roller/collector that is available on the Bowser 1250 trolley pole. Both the brass roller/collector and the springs were extensively tested in both the DC and DCC operating environments.

 

Custom Traxx

HO scale metal floors for selected traction kits - $9.95 each.

Custom Traxx has available metal (pewter or aluminum) floors for specific models with resin shells listed. These floors can also be used for scratchbuilding projects. BOWSER has ceased manufacture of these items. When they are gone, they will be gone. Numbers in Stock indicated with each floor:

#125160 - For the Transit Classics San Francisco Muni Class K/L model - Pewter floor designed for the BullAnt mechanism to fit the existing shell. Adds 1.7 ounces of weight to the model. In stock - 1!
#125161 - For the Custom Traxx/Miniatures by Eric San Francisco "Milano" Peter Witt* model - Pewter floor designed for the Bowser mechanism to fit the existing shell. Adds 1.8 ounces of weight to the model. In stock - 15!
#125162 - For the Custom Traxx/Miniatures by Eric San Francisco "Milano" Peter Witt model - Aluminum Floor designed for the BullAnt mechanism to fit the existing shell. In stock - 23!
#125163 - For the Custom Traxx/Miniatures by Eric Canadian Light Rail Vehicle* model - Pewter floor designed for the Bowser mechanism with 25' 0" truck center-to-center wheelbase. Adds 2.2 ounces of weight to the model. In stock - 5!
#125164 - For the IHP Illinois Terminal 450-457 series PCC model - Pewter floor designed for the Bowser mechanism with 22' 11" truck center-to-center distance. Adds 2.1 ounces of weight to the model. Click here for photo. In stock - 11!
#125165 - For the IHP Shaker Heights 71-95 series PCC model - Pewter floor designed for the Bowser mechanism with 25'
1 1/2" truck center-to-center wheelbase. Adds 2.1 ounces of weight to the model. Click here for photo. In stock - 4!
#125166 - For the Custom Traxx/Miniatures by Eric Boston (ex-Dallas) double-end PCC* model - Pewter floor designed for the Bowser mechanism with 22' 9" truck center-to-center wheelbase. Adds 1.1 ounces of weight to the model. In stock - 12!
#125167 - For the Custom Traxx/Miniatures by Eric Boston single end PCC model - Pewter floor designed for the Bowser mechanism with 22' 9" truck center-to-center wheelbase. Adds 1.1 ounces of weight to the model. In stock - 6!

Upgrade Kit for Bowser Souvenir PCC cars [12700] - $25.00.

The Bowser San Francisco F-line PCC cars are currently available in two versions, the powered version, 125XX and the souvenir, non powered, versions, 127XX. The souvenir versions have the same body shell and windows as the powered version but have a plastic floor and wheels. The wheels are HO scale but do not swivel so the souvenir versions can only be set on straight track. This kit upgrades the souvenir units by replacing the plastic wheels and truck assemblies with two Bowser trailing trucks which will swivel. The kit converts the souvenir model into an unpowered trailer. After installation, the souvenir version is almost externally indistinguishable from the powered version. Instructions for installation are contained in the kit, which contains the following items:

Two Bowser 1320 trailing truck assemblies,
Four Bowser 1270 track brake assemblies,
Two Bowser 256031 2-56 screws

HO scale Trolley Pole Pivot Bushing [Bowser Part #12508] - $1.50 per pair.

Designed for those modelers operating traction models using powered overhead wires. The Southern California Traction Club has discovered that the most reliable overhead operation results when trolley poles are mounted in a pivot base. Custom Traxx has fabricated the pole pivots similar to those formerly imported by Dr S. Soho and Fairfield. These pivots are .375"/.95mm and were intended for use in resin castings with thick roofs. The club has also developed a method of converting Bowser and Suydam pole bases to use these pivot bases replacing the screw base. This allows poles to be removed from cars for repairs without having to disassemble the car (a must for overhead operation). Refer to the schoolhouse in www.trolleyville.com for the conversion process.

 

HO scale Trolley Pole Pivot Bushing Insulator [SCTC-2] - $1.25 per pair.

Specially made for those modelers operating using powered overhead wires. Part SCTC-1 fits inside this insulator when mounted in a brass or other metal car. The photograph to the right shows three SCTC-2, one of which has the SCTC-1 inserted within.

HO scale Operational Automatic Traction Coupler [SCTC-40] - $10.00/ 2 pair.

Custom Traxx periodically acquires stock of these couplers via a special manufacturing run. They are very popular as all of our previous runs have been exhausted quickly. Please check with us via email or phone prior to ordering to ensure availability. These couplers are working copies of Tomlinson couplers as used on many multiple unit streetcars, interurbans and subway-elevated cars. They snap together and lock and pull apart for uncoupling. No draft gear is supplied as most modelers fabricate their own draft gear for best operation. One method is described in the Trolleyville Schoolhouse. The Southern California Traction Club uses these on all equipment requiring automatic couplers.

Note: For best operation, it is important to ensure that the working parts of these couplers stay lubricated. A drop of plastic compatible lubricant on the coupling levers tends to avoid premature breakage.

Trolley Pole Platforms - [RGS3509/RGS3510] - $9.95 each.

In the 1940's, the Pacific Electric began using diesel locomotives. Because the highway crossing signals were activated by trolley poles, trolley poles had to be installed on the diesels until the crossing actuators were changed. Among the diesels equipped with trolley poles were Baldwin AS-616, DRS-6-6-15, VO-660, VO-1000, EMD SW-1 & TR-6 and General Electric 44 tonners. Produced by Rio Grande Models from etched brass with extremely fine detail, both the small (RGS3509) and large (RGS3510) trolley pole bases are available.

Pewter Sideframes for Bowser HO scale mechanisms [13-13, 13-14, 13-15, 13-16] - $5.50 for four.

Four additional side frames are now available for the new Bowser mechanisms. Because of dissimilar materials between the pewter side frame and the two engineering plastic mounts, these side frames work best when the mounting holes are drilled out slightly. Then use ACC to affix them directly to the brass pick-up plate (Bowser part #1262) using the plastic mounts as guides for positioning. See photograph below:

#13-13 - St. Louis 61A - Used for Pacific Electric 950-999 series cars among others. See example to the right.
.#13-14 - St. Louis 23B - Used for Pacific Electric 257 and 800 series cars. See example to the right.
#13-15 - Brill 27-MCB-3X - Used for Pacific Electric 1000 and 1001 series cars. See example to the right
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.#13-16 - Baldwin 78-30 (This side frame contains brake release springs on one end. There is a right and left casting and they are sold in pairs.)

Sideframe Mounts for Bowser Traction Mechanisms [1341] - $2.00 (4/pkg).

These mounts, shown directly below, have been made available for those modelers who wish to mount brass or resin cast sideframes to Bowser 1251XX traction mechanisms. These cast parts allow the modeler to attach a mount to the car and then glue the sideframe to the mount. This allows perfect alignment of the sideframe to the axles and wheels.

The first step is to attach the spacer to the Bowser truck over the two lugs as shown as the top right photo. Some adhesive may be necessary to keep the spacer on the truck. Then position the sideframe on the space, ensuring that the journals on the sideframes line up with the axles as shown in the bottom right photo.

Occasionally, due to the nature of castings, the mounting holes, shown above, may not be drilled out completely. Simply use a #52 drill to clean them out.

Special High Floor Bolsters for Bowser Traction Mechanisms [1305] - $1.00 (1/pkg).

These mounts, shown directly below, have been made available for those modelers who wish to use the Bowser 125120 with 34"wheels to power high-floor cars such as subway cars. These bolsters are designed to be mounted on the top of 1/8" thick floors. Shown below left is the Bowser 1305 high floor bolster and below right the stock 1264 bolster. These bolsters have been used for subway car projects for MTS imports, Inc and Island Model Works.

Miniatures by Eric

HO scale Pacific Electric Railway Rename Trolley Poles [HTP1]- $29.95 per pair.*

These trolley poles have pole bases that represent the Greenamyer pneumatic poles bases used on the Pacific Electric and are made for those modelers operating traction models using powered overhead wires. These trolley poles have excellent upward spring pressure and have been tested by Custom Traxx and the Southern California Traction Club. Specially designed for Suydam, Cars Works and other HO scale Pacific Electric models requiring the pneumatic trolley pole bases. All trolley poles are sold with HTC4 trolley shoes. Trolley wheels are available separately (See item HTC3 below).
*For a pair of poles plus two brass pivots and two roof insulators (SCTC-2), order HTP1s at $32.00 per pair.

HO scale PCC Form 11 Trolley Pole [HT-2/12600] - $14.00 each

The HT-P2 trolley pole is being replaced by the Bowser 12600. The new HO scale Bowser Form 11 PCC trolley pole assembly consists of the trolley pole (part 12509) and the trolley pole base pivot (part 12508). The 12509 pole is an exact replacement for the HT-P2 trolley pole manufactured by Miniatures by Eric. Arrangements were made with Eric Courtney to allow his designed HT-P2 trolley pole and HT-C4 shoe to be produced by Bowser and used on Bowser RTR PCC cars. The 12508 trolley pole base bushing is similar to the SCTC1 trolley base bushing manufactured by Custom Traxx, except that the length is .277"/.701mm. Both parts (12509/HT-P2 and 12508/SCTC1) are interchangeable.

HO scale Form 1 Trolley Pole [HTP3] - $29.95 per pair.*

These trolley poles have pole bases that represent the United Standard Form 1 trolley pole bases used by many 1895-1920 era streetcars. These trolley poles were designed specifically for those modelers operating traction models using powered overhead wires. These trolley poles have excellent upward spring pressure and have been tested by Custom Traxx and the Southern California Traction Club. All trolley poles are equipped with HTC4 trolley shoes, Trolley wheels are available separately (See Item HTC3 below).
*For a pair of trolley poles plus two brass pivots and two plastic roof insulators (SCTC-2), order HTP3s at $32.00 per pair.

HO scale Trolley Pole (for US 13 Applications) [HTP4] - $29.95 per pair.* NEW!!!!

Although the prototype US13 trolley base employed four springs, these trolley pole bases employ a profile similar to the United Standard 13 four-spring trolley pole base used by many 1920's era trolley cars. The HTP4 troley pole emulates designs similar to those formerly used by Model Tramway and Kemtron and are fine replacements for model streetcars using those poles. These trolley poles were designed specifically for those modelers operating traction models using powered overhead wires. These trolley poles have excellent upward spring pressure and have been tested by Custom Traxx and the Southern California Traction Club. All HTP4 trolley poles are equipped with trolley wheels. Trolley shoes are available separately (See Item HTC4 below).
*For a pair of trolley poles plus two brass pivots and two plastic roof insulators (SCTC-2), order HTP4s at $32.00 per pair.

HO scale Trolley Wheels [HTC3] - $5.00 per half dozen (6).

Since all Miniatures by Eric trolley poles are currently equipped with trolley shoes, packages of six trolley wheel collectors are available. These trolley wheel collectors are castings which depict the harp and the trolley rope attachment. They usually require some drilling to attach to the various diameter trolley poles used in modeling.

HO scale Trolley Shoes [HTC4] - $5.00 per half dozen (6).

These are the same trolley shoes with which all Miniatures by Eric trolley poles are currently equipped. These trolley shoe collectors are castings which depict the harp and the trolley rope attachment. They usually require some drilling to attach to the various diameter trolley poles used in modeling.

O scale Trolley Poles [OTP1/OTP3] - $34.95 per pair.

Currently available in two styles similar to the HO scale poles described above. Designed for those modelers operating O scale traction models using powered overhead wires. Model OTP1, shown below left, is designed for Pacific Electric models requiring the pneumatic trolley pole bases. Model OTP3, shown below right, is a simulated Form 11 base as used on PCC and current heritage trolley cars. Other pole bases are in development. Many modelers who have examined these poles have stated that these appear to be the best operational poles ever available.

 

ORR Street Railway Track (HO Scale)

This line of HO scale street railway track, formerly available from Richard Orr of Omaha, Nebraska until 2003, is exclusively available from Custom Traxx. All items, except 2300 series nickel silver girder rail are cast from White Tombasil in Pinedale, CA. ORR Track, turnouts and crossings were designed to be used with powered overhead wire as the rails were NOT insulated. However, many users, including the East Penn Traction Club, have modified these turnouts for the two-rail environment. ORR Track items can be used with DC or DCC.

Girder Rail and Girder Rail Curving Tool

HO Girder Rail in meter lengths or 39.37 inches long (286 scale ft)

4 pieces [2314] - $17.00.

17 pieces [2327] - $70.00.

 
Prototype Girder Rail Cross Section
Orr Girder Rail Cross Section

As you can see from the above illustrations, prototype girder rail would not be capable of supporting a model train in smaller scales so the compromised cross section to the right must be used in HO scale. In O scale and larger scales, prototypical girder rail has been produced from time to time.

*NOTICE!!!!! ORR Rail is currently only available in meter lengths and is imported from Swedtram. The former 2304 and 2317 yard-length bundles have been replaced by the new meter-length 2314 and 2327 bundles. Prices change due to increased shipping costs and currency exchange rates.

Custom Traxx recommends that Orr Track users visit the Trolleyville Schoolhouse and review lessons 2, 3, 4 and 5 in Room 2 prior to installing Orr Track for the first time. The recommended method of installation requires use of printed circuit ties which are available from Clover House, P.O. Box 62, Sebastopol, CA 97473-0062, phone 707-823-7301 (fax orders preferred). Custom Traxx can supply limited numbers of printed circuit track ties [PC1] at $.50 each to the modeler in conjunction with Orr Track orders. Each strip of printed circuit board is 12" or 87 scale feet in length and will make ten 8 ft or nine 9 ft ties. An example is shown below.

For securing special work and rails at table edges and module interfaces, Custom Traxx has made special Module Interface Ties available to modelers. These printed circuit ties are designed for applications where rails must be secured where no movement can be tolerated. These ties are also provided by Clover House. Custom Traxx can supply limited numbers of module interface ties [PC2] at $1.00 each to the modeler in conjunction with Orr Track orders. Each strip of printed circuit board is 12" or 87 scale feet in length and will make ten 8 ft or nine 9 ft ties. An example is shown below.

Girder Rail Curving Tool [2350] - $32.00.

Because of the nonsymmetrical nature of the simulated girder rail, this tool must be used to correctly bend the rail into sharp radius curves. Detailed instructions for assembly and use are provided with the tool.

Single Point Girder Rail Turnouts (see illustrations below, right)

Right Turnout, with frog [2400] - $14.95.

Wye Turnout, with frog [2402] - $13.95.

Left Hand Turnout, with frog [2403] - $14.95.

The diverging portion of the right and left turnouts and both legs of the wye turnout are of 6 1/8" radius.
Experienced modelers may request unassembled turnouts at the following prices: 2400U-$10.00; 2402U-$9.00, 2403U-$10.00.

Single Point Point-Mate Assemblies - $12.95. (See illustrations below, right)

These turnouts lack frogs and have a slightly larger radius in the diverging portion

Right Point-Mate Assembly [2401]

Left Point-Mate Assembly [2404]

Experienced modelers may request unassembled point-mate assemblies (2401U, 2404U) at $8.00 each!
Curved Girder Rail Crossings - $9.95. (See illustrations below, right)
Right Curved Crossing [2520]

This crossing consists of a section of 6 1/8 radius track crossing a section of straight track and is normally used adjacent to a 2400 turnout in a normal double track city street setting.

Left Curved Crossing [2523]

This crossing consists of a section of 6 1/8 radius track crossing a section of straight track and is normally used adjacent to a 2403 turnout in a normal double track city street setting.

Straight Girder Rail Crossings - $9.95. (See illustrations below, right)

30 degree crossing [2530]

45 degree crossing [2545]

60 degree crossing [2560]

75 degree crossing [2575]

90 degree crossing [2590]

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