Hello all. I had never heard of "The Car Works" prior to the Stout auction on May 13, but there were several 2-rail trolley cars available in several different road names. With the plethora that were available, I thought there would be some good buys, but ALL of these auctions were hotly contested. I tried to narrow my focus to a couple that I felt had local appeal here in Southern California, and ended up with the following Pacific Electric cars; a Hollywood Car and an Interurban.
They are both really nicely done models, but both require a bit of tweaking. I can not get the Hollywood car to move. I think it can be powered via the rails alone, or the overhead pole can substitute for one rail, but in no configuration can I get even a hum. Hoping the gear box just needs a good lube. The Interurban moves nicely in both direction, with lights. However I can not determine if it is also intended to be powered via the overhead pole. It rides a little high at one end, and I think the bolster may have gotten bent.
I would also love to add DCC to both of these models, and have a number of LokSound decoders to choose from, although I haven't yet investigated any sound files.
So before I start taking things apart, I wonder if anyone has any experience with these. I know I can't be the Lone Ranger here, because as I said there was a great deal of interest in these at auction last month.
Looking forward to your insights.