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Advice needed to Model Masstransiscope

TheBigCrabCake ·
Two weeks ago I was in Manhattan and decided to find the hidden Subway art: “Masstransiscope.” Turns out it wasn’t hidden at all but as our Subway car drove past the 30 year old artwork, Nobody seemed to notice it, even with me holding my cell phone up to the window to record it. The experience is over in just a few second but it was really clever and got me thinking if it would be feasible to model the Masstransiscope in my layout Subway. My video is below but if you haven’t heard of it...
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Dunham Studios fantastic, fabulous four-level layout (she said modestly!)

Dunham Studios ·
And Hello out there in trainland (and beyond). This is me, Barbara Dunham, wife and working partner of Clarke Dunham, Dunham Studios. We've been working since fall on a (I add modestly) fantastic four layer Subway-themed layout for a client in Port Jefferson, L.I. which video I want to share with you now. The layout, set in the 50's has three unique sections: New York City, the Sunnyside Yards and Port Jefferson. There is a subway level with stations (locations and advertising taken from...
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Help repainting R-17 RedBird Off White

SUBWAYDEPOT ·
Hi: Seeking recommendation on best approach to repaint a MTH R-17 Redbird to Off-white similar to the R-12. Planned to remove shell, mask gates and remove windows and repaint with white spray paint. Anyone would suggest a particular brand...
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John Pignatelli JR. ·
No, nada, zippo, neit, and do not hold your breath unless you want to model them yourself. Folks have been asking for years.
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Rapid Transit Holmes ·
Dan, Do not abandon hope, ye who enter here! Joe at Island Modelworks might do a carbody for you, if you can get up the numbers to make such a venture worthwhile. Joe makes a number of rapid transit bodies to fit the frames of others' cars of the same length; you might even be able to find something here on his website that could be adapted to your needs: http://islandmodelworks.com/Oscale.html If you should wind up doing some "kitbashing" to achieve your heart's desire, Quentin at Q-Car has...
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Joseph Frank ·
Hello Dan ----- The Market-Frankford BUDD-built "Almond Joy" (roof style, heh) EL cars, and the old Broad Street Subway Cars, were made as epoxy resin bodies by Imperial Hobby Productions. But only in HO and N Scales. IHP (Mike Bartel) did for a short time, plan to offer those cars in O -Scale but that plan was soon cancelled and those items he removed from his website. Perhaps IHP may have made the Kawasaki (1980 era) Broad 4 class Subway Cars --- in HO Scale -- . Here is the IHP Shapeways'...
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Rapid Transit Holmes ·
Aaah! Where there's light rail there's hope for HEAVY RAIL! Island Modelworks Joe had an SIRT "ME-1" available in HO ( http://islandmodelworks.com/StatenIsland.html ) but no version had ever been made in O. I begged and pleaded, offered the fact that the MTH BMT Standard was of the same length and breadth, and polled like-minded friends until we had enough buyers for Joe to justify an O Scale/Gauge version: http://islandmodelworks.com/ONYC.html It is a wonderful model and perhaps, with the...
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CTSRapid ·
Joe- Many thanx for your perceptive and insightful analysis; you clearly are the go-to guy on this stuff. Really admire how you weave in all the socio-economic elements to complete the big picture. Oh well, all I can do at this point is drool over your fantastic R15. That will have to do for now.
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John Pignatelli JR. ·
I would be very interested in the "Almond Joys". I road those guys every Friday night to the dances on the Boulevard. in the fifties and sixties.
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Dan Padova ·
The dances on the Boulevard ? There was D'Scene in the Boulevard Shopping Center, but that was 1969. Our Lady of Ransom dances I used to go to around '66, '67. What other dances were there John ?
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John Pignatelli JR. ·
Hello Dan, we also went to a dance called Wagner's on north Broad st. and a small dance way out west somewhere, we had to take a trackless trolley and a log bus ride to finally get home, The Boulevard was the biggest. 10 cent coke.
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Number 90 ·
Boy, no kidding! I never knew about any of these cars or the lines they ran on -- only the Philly trolleys and the Red Arrow Lines. Thanks for enlightening me.
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Number 90 ·
Ah . . . Brother Pignatelli, we should have suspected it of you. And did you dress like the guys on American Bandstand? I used to rush home from school to see all those Philly teens dancing and rating records in black and white.
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Dan Padova ·
Ah yes, Wagners. Never went there, but my wife frequented it. She's a Dougherty girl.
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CNJ 3676 ·
That would be his Fallon Street Railway. Amazing stuff. Images from http://philadelphiaareatractio...arkman_may_2009.html Bob
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CTSRapid ·
That Almond Joy is so sweet. I want it!
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Dan Padova ·
I've seen them in action several times. Amazing modeling.
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jcovert ·
Hi- If anyone knows CTSRapid, or if he happens to see this post, I would like to ask him some ? about the Broad St Line Cars he built. Amazing. My email is jcovertpa@gmail.com Thanks
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Dan Padova ·
As a kid, I rode those older Frankfort El cars many times, going in town with my mother to shop at Wanamakers, Gimbals, Snellenburgs, Lits. To me, they were like riding on a monorail they swayed so much. In 1983, I was working in town and would take the Broad Street Subway to center city. That summer, the new orange cars showed up. I remember coming home one day, riding in one of them for the first time. The air-conditioning must have been on full tilt or malfunctioning. While it was a...
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CTSRapid ·
Jeff- Broad Street subway is an Atlas Comet commuter car in disguise. Any of several roads they modeled will do. Sides are covered with Evergreen clear plastic sheets for windows and recovered with Evergreen corrugated strips below the window line to simulate fluted stainless steel streamlined panels. Add downloaded pictures from prototypical photos (including those peculiar destination signs) and M.V. colored lenses and you have something resembling those colorful orange cars. Have used...
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phillyreading ·
MTH made a couple of Septa trolleys, might not be current production. Lee Fritz
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blackops0 ·
Hi, if you go to the nicholas smith website you what you want. phil
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John DeAlto ·
All the Subway Cars look very nice. Good luck , John
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jcovert ·
Hi CTS- Thanks - that helps. If you have any other photos of the Broad St cars could you please post or shoot me an email with the photos? I looked up the Atlas Comet Commuter cars online. Are they the same as Comet II commuter cars, or is there a Comet 1 commuter car? Thanks again - never thought I would see a Broad St subway car made by someone. Jeff
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MNCW ·
Joseph, As always, spectacular work on your part. Thanks for posting your pictures. Tom
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Joseph Frank ·
Hello Tom -- Thanks for the support -- I would expect same from an ex Bronx "Mountie" (Mt St Mike) guy - just like me !! I am very glad to see so much response and interest posted here for the PRT / PTC / SEPTA era Broad Street Subway Cars and Market Frankford EL Cars - pre war and post war car types. When I was the main Tech Support person since 2000 for all the MTH produced O-Gauge NYC Subway Sets cars, I brought up, back in the mid 2000's, with the MTH VP Mark H., whom I had been...
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Alentown ·
Up Hayes...and all it's loyal men.
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CTSRapid ·
Jeff- Here's another view.
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jcovert ·
Great ! Thank you - jeff
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jcovert ·
I would def be interested if there was a run of El cars (Almond Joy type), or Orange Broad St line Cars. Jeff
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prrhorseshoecurve ·
Nice use of Lionel Superliner II Trucks!
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CTSRapid ·
PRR- Ooh- good catch! Although not exactly accurate (they aren't really Lionel Superliner II trucks), it did remind me that the template for the model was NOT the Atlas Comet II commuter car as I advised Jeff Covert. Atlas made a variation of the Comet in the form of Amtrak Horizon passenger cars and that was the car and the trucks used on the SEPTA version. I did use the Comet for subsequent conversions to Baltimore, Boston, Cleveland, and Toronto cars. My apologies to Jeff and the group...
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jcovert ·
Thanks for clarifying CTSRapid I was looking thru my mth subway sets today, and realized the CTA 30-2477 set bears a close resemblance to the orange Philly subway cars. I might be on the look out for some more of these cars for repainting and new decals.
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Joseph Frank ·
Hello Guys PERHAPS we should create a survey for Joe @ IMW on this thread as to who want to have these BELOW items in O-Scale: Using the " a to h " list below: ---------BROAD STREET SUBWAY -- PRE-WAR CARS: (a) - North Broad / B-1 Cars (1926 built original cars) (b) - South Broad / B-2 Cars (1938 built Pattison Ave. Extension cars) (c) - Broad St. Subway / B-3 BRIDGE line cars (built in 1936) ---------BROAD STREET SUBWAY -- POST-WAR CARS: (d) - Broad IV Cars (Built in 1980-81 - Modern Orange...
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jcovert ·
Thanks Joe for taking the initiative to set up the survey. G: Budd Built 'Almond Joy Roof' El Cars D : Broad IV Cars - modern orange cars
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CTSRapid ·
Joe- Amen to that- great initiative on your part! I'm all in on "G- Almond Joys" if and when. Well done and many thanx!
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Joseph Frank ·
Hello Jeff C Well, some advice, unfortunately; The CTA Chicago (MTH CTA 30-2477) Cars are much shorter very vaguely similar cars to the longer and wider Broad St Subway B-4 Subway Cars. The prototype Chicago EL Cars -(per MTH set 30-2477)- bodies are just inside 9 feet wide x 48 feet long --- The prototype Broad Street Subway B-4 car bodies are 10 feet wide x 67 feet long See Images below attached comparing both body types; Your cursor placed over the photo shows the caption; You could get a...
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MNCW ·
Boo hiss. Tom
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jcovert ·
Hi joe Thanks for the sage advice. Thinking back, having ridden on the CTA EL, there is certainly a big size difference compared to the philly subway. Back to the drawing board..... Looks like we drum up enough interest to get cars made, or it's off to Atlas horizon cars Cool pic of the CTA 2200 at Fern Rock I remember being on the sub at fern rock, wondering if the train would ever make it to the platform. When one wants to get home, it seems like a long ride around the yard
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Joseph Frank ·
Hello Guys Well, heh, except for me and 2 others here showing ACTIVE purchase interest so far, have I proven my stated point that there is scant little MODELING interest in Philly Subway & EL system rolling stock in O-Scale to convince any MFG to produce these cars - and why they have not been done in O Scale ever before ? And only a few in "epoxy resin body shell" tiny limited production runs in HO Scale (and maybe N Scale) !!!
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Dan Padova ·
I'll place my vote for d & g
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CTSRapid ·
Joe- Q.E.D., unfortunately. Well, if Philly is the dead end you predicted, how about returning to the fountainhead of O-scale subways, i.e., the Big Apple. If anyone has his finger on the pulse of MTH, it is clearly yourself. Given MTH's prolonged dormant period, there seem to be only two directions left: newer models (expensive) or the one missing link in the older collection- the R15 everyone has been seeking for years. Any chance?
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Joseph Frank ·
Hello CTSRapid I have had many solely friendly-chat based conversations with the VP at MTH over the past few years -- and other than the new line of HO SCALE NYC Subway cars they have been involved with -- there are no plans definite yet for the future on any new tool & die created new O Scale NYC subway models. There are 2 models that were on the drawing board for consideration back around 2006 -- that is, until the economy took a big dump starting near the end of 2007 and mainly all...
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Rule292 ·
Did you ever see Jimmy Sparkman's large scale PRT/PRT cars? I saw them many, many years ago. Sweet. Wonder how many people would be interested in "Almond Joys"?
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Rapid Transit Holmes ·
Joe F, As the conversation has been allowed to rapidly transit from Philadelphia to New York, I will allow my unalloyed vested self-interest to rear its ugly head and propose what might be a couple of potentially lucrative reissues for Mr. Wolf & Associates to pursue: 1.) The Staten Island Rapid Transit Rwy. (SIRT) ALCo S-2. The model differs from all the other S-2s in only two details, the paint scheme and the crew talk. Though "crew talk" is normally abhorrent to me, what the boys...
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Gpritch ·
RE: the Fallon Street Railway . . . has that been set up recently? Are there any upcoming plans for it? I last saw it at the old Ft. Washington Expo Center which has been closed for years now.
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Gene H ·
I seen Jim Sparkmins trains at the Greenbergs show at the old Civic Center in Philly like 30 years ago. I wish they would make the Philly Subway Elivated cars in O. My Dad worked for PTC/Septa 1941-81 mostly at the 69th st shop.
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Dan Padova ·
I miss the old Fort Washington Expo Center. I live a mile and a half from there. It was so convenient.
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Gene H ·
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Gene H ·
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