Full size printed plan Vintage 1942 Building an Elevated Train
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THESE ARE REPRODUCTIONS OF A 1942 PLAN
Building an Elevated Train
(These DRAWING were of a FULL SIZE TROLLEY and THE MEASUREMENTS are in FEET)
WE HAVE RE SCALED THE DRAWINGS TO O GAUGE
Full size printed plan on a 17” x 11” sheet
Ten page article on building the Trolley and notes on elevated rails poles and station (Not all shown)
LENGTH 11 1/2”
WIDTH 2 3/8”
THIS train of elevated cars was built for my Riverside, Bridgeboro, Mount Holly, and Atlantic Shore Electric Railway as rolling stock for an elevated subsidiary line, the Electric Traction Company. The "el" is raised on a steel structure at one end of its run only, the remainder being on ground level; withal, some distinctive elevated cars were needed. My original plans called for part of the line to be in a subway under the platform, but the grades and curves necessary to clear under-pinnings of the panel prohibited this. Some regulation metropolitan rapid transit cars with many sliding doors on each side were at first thought of, but discarded because they would look out of place on the main interurban line when they ventured out there. The elevated cars chosen are indicated in the plans and photographs. They are of a type used on the "high lines" in Chicago, New York, and Brooklyn, not to mention several other level places such as the Illinois Central suburban trains before electrification, the Baltimore and Annapolis interurban, and the extinct Boston, Revere Beach and Lynn, In some of these cases at least they are used motor-less, as trailers, and in others they were motorized after electrification of the lines. The steam model railroader will therefore.find these cars an interesting project to build and use as regular coaches, for what with wartime traffic, plenty of ancient equipment is showing up around the country. They may, again, serve as "rush-hour" trailers on a model interurban line.
The pre-requisites to the construction of one or more elevated cars are principally Bristol board, airplane cement, scraps of wire, solder, celluloid, paint, a few fittings such as bells, wood roof and floor, trucks, and a motor truck. Due to the lack of motors, MU trucks are scarce these days, so if you have non~ consider making the cars without power, either as trailers or scenery, Perhaps you can borrow a motor truck from another piece of motive power, or even snitch a motor out of a steam locomotive you aren't using so much, to be installed on the base of a power truck which you can make or possibly buy. Motorless trailing trucks can be bought, if your dealer still has a stock, or taken from other equipment. This last may seem at first thought to be shoddy practice, but with the growing scarcity of hardware, the model rail who wants iio progress in rolling stock during the war will have to resort to some trucksnatching!