Prewar O Trolley?

Hey all, I have googled my fingers raw searching for an O scale prewar trolley and so far have found bupkus so its time to turn to the experts...

Does such an animal exist?

Ted

Ted, the SoDak O-27 Railfan!

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Sometimes you can find the next-best thing if you try Google images for " Paya clockwork trolley ". There are home conversions running out there on Marx and speeder drives. It seems a little closer to S scale/0-27, which would fit right in. Paya was a Spanish tinplate manufacturer - that might set you off in a whole new collecting direction!

 

Firewood

 

"Nice try, Lao Che!"

I've noticed the distinct lack of prewar O gauge trolleys... which is what forced me to take some Joy Line coach parts, combine them with a small Hornby clockwork mechanism, and top it off with a trolley pole made of wire:

Joy Line Trolley 1

Elegant?  Certainly not.  But it sure is fun to watch the little bugger zip around my layout! 

 - James

 

"Clockwork guys really know how to unwind!"

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There are very few O gauge prewar trolleys that I know of. The only operating American made one that comes to mind is the Ives "Suburban" trolley. I think it came both electric and windup... But I'm not the Ives expert.

There are a few European O trolleys. Bing made a beauty.

Pride Lines made a prewar style O trolley.

There is the tin Broadway trolley by Chein. And a Main Street trolley by Mohawk. But neither are motorized. Both of these are close to "O scale".

I motorized a prewar litho Chein Broadway trolley. Powered by the motorized truck from a handcar. I use a Z-Stuff auto reverse for back and forth operation. Not "original", but it has the right look.

CheinTrolley

 

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vintage trolley 114.50Here is the vintage Paya unit.

 

bub trolley1Bub made a nice clockwork trolleys in single and two-car several versions.2nd 3rd clockwork trolley

also seen dark blue and maroon versions of the one on the right.

Keim also had a neat battery powered 2-car unitboxed trolley set

also found in a 3-car version in two-tone green. Again battery powered3-car tram

Unfortunately the Keim clockwork trolley has rubber tires and ran on a single rail.boxed 777 trolley set with station track key

Jim O'C

Upstate NY/So VT

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rdg_fan posted:

Just curious. Are the Pride Lines trolleys good runners? How ell does the plastic drive gear hold-up?

Thanks!

Most of mine are somewhat noisy, but run well after tweaking the pick up slider a bit. I have never run them for extended periods, so I cannot speak to the durability of the mechanism.

Steve

Steve "Papa" Eastman

Yorba Linda, CA

Left Coast, Home of the lunatics

The early Postwar Minitoy trolleys would be a good candidates with their powerful Pittman motors, sliding

pickups, and clunker E units.  Only two models made --Rapid Transit, and Public Service.  Took me forever

to find Public Service at a reasonable price.  All metal of course.

 

lewrail9J Public Service and Rapid Transit Trolleys

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lewrail posted:

The early Postwar Minitoy trolleys would be a good candidates with their powerful Pittman motors, sliding

pickups, and clunker E units.  Only two models made --Rapid Transit, and Public Service.  Took me forever

to find Public Service at a reasonable price.  All metal of course.

 

lewrail

Hi Lewrail

You mentioned Minitoy for working O scale trolleys.

Minitoy, (Minnitoy) as in Otaco from Orillia Ontario?

rdg_fan posted:

Just curious. Are the Pride Lines trolleys good runners? How ell does the plastic drive gear hold-up?

Thanks!

I have one, it's ok, I've had to tweak it a few times so it makes good contact with the pickup. But my only real beef with it is it's big! Like it would almost look ok on a standard gauge layout.

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