Frankford El

Are there any subway/elevated transit system models out there that are close to the equipment once used by the Philadelphia Transportation Co ( PTC ), on either the Frankfort Elevated or the Broad Street Subway ?  I'm talking about the cars I grew up with in the '50s.  

And don't forget that, "You can't get to Heaven on the Frankford El, 'cause the Frankford El goes straight to Frankford.   

 

Dan Padova

 

"In the course of my life I have had to eat my words, and I must confess it was a wholesome diet"..........Winston Churchill

                                                                                                                                        

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rickoshay posted:

Couldn't resist a shout out for the American Dream! 

Rick, enlighten me.  Was that the name of the group that sang the Frankford El song ?

One more thing while I am typing.  The spell check just won't give into Frankford.  It keeps changing it to Frankfort.....LOL

Dan Padova

 

"In the course of my life I have had to eat my words, and I must confess it was a wholesome diet"..........Winston Churchill

                                                                                                                                        

Yep, maybe the best of the local Philly bands. Saw them a couple of times back in the day along with Woody's Truck Stop and Sweet Stavin' Chain. The best was the time they backed up Al Kooper (Super Sessions) to open a multi band rock concert at the Spectrum. The El song is available on youtube.

Rich Riley

Where N&WRy meets Lionel Lines

And for anyone who never heard the song.  Also for those of us who remember the area.

https://youtu.be/JgqXdMCp81c

Dan Padova

 

"In the course of my life I have had to eat my words, and I must confess it was a wholesome diet"..........Winston Churchill

                                                                                                                                        

...pass the mustard..  

(Frankfurter )

Inna-gadda-da-vi-go tie dye some sleepers with it now   

 kiddin', interested; maybe jealous, thanks gents)

"Still trying to not shoot my eye out"

 

"Nursing insomnia one railcar at a time"

My aroma therapy? Smoke Pellets.

 





Adriatic, funny you should mention it!  The other bands at that Spectrum concert were Iron Butterfly, Steppenwolf, Sly & the Family Stone, and the Grateful Dead!

Dan, I hope someone helps out with your original question. I remember going to concerts at the Tower Theater located, I think, at 69th and Market Street. Wasn't this near Frankford? 

Rich Riley

Where N&WRy meets Lionel Lines

MTH has good versions of the street trolleys-green and tan stubby and the PCC in green and white. I couldn't find any photos of the elevated trains for your time period.

I passed under the El in Frankfort this summer while driving to an architectural recycling facility. The steel is still the original riveted material.

Carl

Arctic Railroad

I lived at 5020 Griscom Street in 1966, right near the last stop on the Frankford L, I frequently took it into Center City as I worked for IBM at 17th and Market.  A short walk to the Frankford station and I was on my way.

Moonman posted:

MTH has good versions of the street trolleys-green and tan stubby and the PCC in green and white. I couldn't find any photos of the elevated trains for your time period.

I passed under the El in Frankfort this summer while driving to an architectural recycling facility. The steel is still the original riveted material.

Funny you should mention passing under the El.  Way, way back, in 1966, my buddy and I were passing under the El at Castor and Kensington Aves.  Both being train enthusiasts, we happened to be looking at the support structure of the El.  We noticed a rather sizable crack in one of the truss members.  This particular member was the last sloping piece that basically is the most important piece of the truss.  We called SEPTA and told them about it.  The next day there was a forest of heavy timber supports under that truss.  

Dan Padova

 

"In the course of my life I have had to eat my words, and I must confess it was a wholesome diet"..........Winston Churchill

                                                                                                                                        

    For me, a "trackless trolley" is like hearing an airplane being called a "waterless boat" 

With a steering wheel, it's a bus to me; a no-battery electric bus  

..with a really cool cord

  I caught the IB refrence in the YT comments. I saw John Kay a few times and IB when some of the old Steppenwolf was playing with them, but not until the 80s and "stadium stuff" not in a "nostalgic" theater setting of any kind.  Though I did get my first copy of IGDV from a soon to be Nun as a gift after pushing a car out from under a flooded viaduct ( along with a lot of other music you would not exactly expect a soon to be Nun to be familiar with; like early Pink Floyd and Frank Zappa's "Freak Out" {more sounds than music}... oh, and Black Sabbath  ; She said "If you listen, the songs are just warnings". I like a kind of unusually wide range of music, but "heavy" has really been more my thing since then  

"Still trying to not shoot my eye out"

 

"Nursing insomnia one railcar at a time"

My aroma therapy? Smoke Pellets.

 





Good news:  There are Frankford El and Broad Street Subway models out there.

Bad news:  They're in HO and out of stock.   I do have one of the Adtranz cars in HO; nice bit of kit.  

You CAN get a Red Arrow PCC car or Brill Bullet, however...

https://www.shapeways.com/prod...od?optionId=43631199

https://www.shapeways.com/prod...dy?optionId=37848587

Mitch 

(who grew up riding the Budd Market Street cars from Center City to Bridge Street to 69th and back just for the hell of it.  Also to go to Todd's Hobby Shop at 69th St,  Mack's Hobbies at K&A,  Center City Hobbies on Chestnut Street...) 

It's crackers to give a rozzer the dropsy in snide!

 

Remember, SCROUNGE!

Dan Padova posted:

Are there any subway/elevated transit system models out there that are close to the equipment once used by the Philadelphia Transportation Co ( PTC ), on either the Frankfort Elevated or the Broad Street Subway ?  I'm talking about the cars I grew up with in the '50s.  

And don't forget that, "You can't get to Heaven on the Frankford El, 'cause the Frankford El goes straight to Frankford.   

 

The Hooters! What a great band. My wife and I used their newer song, "I'm Alive" as our wedding song. 

I'm not looking to model subways, but I do look at the offerings. I'm surprised that I have not seen more of SEPTA, PTC, etc.

Yes , that is the Frankford El , as seen from the Northeast Corridor tracks . You are looking at Kensington Ave. , just northeast of the Venago street station of the EL . 

          That location is only a stones throw from the curve the Amtrak train was wrecked .

Enjoy your life now . It comes with a expiration date .

TCA -00-52289  LCCA-25013

Badge109 posted:

 

I'm not looking to model subways, but I do look at the offerings. I'm surprised that I have not seen more of SEPTA, PTC, etc.

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Hello !!

Well,  I have posted my Philly modeling stuff seen shown on my "O-Scale" traction  layout here before --  don't remember it getting a lot of interest -- been in Philly since 1968 and still here in the very far N.E. section where my home and layout is.  Here are a few sample photos below -- and for more photos here BELOW is the link to its FLICKR Album of my Philly models and scenes

NOTE:  original Link was just removed -- this is the proper WORKING LINK below:

https://flic.kr/s/aHsjEcVVeK

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regards - Joe F

 

Joe F

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