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Since nobody makes a 3-rail Neighborhood Trolley,  here's my take! 

Since I'm impoverished,  I had to make do with materials on hand,  in this case a toy San Francisco cable car mounted to an MTH bump and go chassis by Bill Ondeko of Springfield, MO: 

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The trolley dismantled:

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I decided to leave the old signs in place, as it would be too messy to remove 'em...

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Off to the paintbooth for primer! 

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And paint!  

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Workbench view of the painted shell and seats. 

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And, of course, it wouldn't be a build without Shop Superintendent Norma Bates Kitteh... 

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Having approved the project,  she graciously sat to be scritched.  

Fortescue J. Gi-raffe and his flamingo friend were hanging out next to the soldering iron station. 

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I made up some stickers and attached them...

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And the finished project! 

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A couple of happy snaps on the test track... 

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And a couple of rather blurry cellphone pics of the Neighborhood Trolley at the JRM museum layout! 

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If you have a cable car which you wish to convert, the labels are in the attachments in PNG and PDF format!

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Mitch 

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M. Mitchell Marmel posted:

Since nobody makes a 3-rail Neighborhood Trolley,  here's my take! 

Since I'm impoverished,  I had to make do with materials on hand,  in this case a toy San Francisco cable car mounted to an MTH bump and go chassis by Bill Ondeko of Springfield, MO: 

GEDC0903

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If you have a cable car which you wish to convert, the labels are in the attachments in PNG and PDF format!

trolley-signs

MItch 

Great work, Mitch!

Nice job, Mitch!  Since I model in S, finding a suitable car will be hard to do, but there's always sheet styrene!  I could mount the body on an old American Flyer handcar chassis too.  And your pdf can be shrunk down or enlarged to almost any size.  Thanks for doing that particular job.  And thanks a TON for giving me another project to do!  (just what I need...)

poniaj posted:

Nice job, Mitch!  Since I model in S, finding a suitable car will be hard to do, but there's always sheet styrene!  I could mount the body on an old American Flyer handcar chassis too.  And your pdf can be shrunk down or enlarged to almost any size.  Thanks for doing that particular job.  And thanks a TON for giving me another project to do!  (just what I need...)

Happy to help! 

Mitch 

M. Mitchell Marmel posted:

Since nobody makes a 3-rail Neighborhood Trolley- 

And why the heck not?

I never knew what type of track the original trolley ran on but I'd have guessed it was 3-rail track.

Like many people who grew up with Mister Roger's Neighborhood, I'd love to have a screen-accurate copy of the trolley an would pay a bit to have one that was just like the one on the show.

FYI, when I was a kid, Fred Rogers came to my hometown for a kid's event and I got to see the man. Looked just like he did on TV and very laid back. I remember he smiled a lot even as he was being introduced and talking with the event adults. I honestly can't remember what he said or what the program was about (I'll be 50 in November and I was probably less than 10 at the time) but I can still tell you where it was and where I was sitting...

Can't see the pic? 

OK, not sure what the problem is here.  I can see the picture as I'm writing this.  Anyone have an idea how I can fix this ?

My trolley is inspired by yours, very similar.  I used your artwork as a start and the same/similar toy shell.  Great Idea.  Thanks.  The motive force is a MTH bump and go trolley.   I added my own yellow LED/s for headlights which are DC and reversed by the bump.  My constant interior illumination is also LEDs powered by the AC rails and converted to DC.

I'll paste the photo again below.

@shorling posted:

OK, not sure what the problem is here.  I can see the picture as I'm writing this.  Anyone have an idea how I can fix this ?

My trolley is inspired by yours, very similar.  I used your artwork as a start and the same/similar toy shell.  Great Idea.  Thanks.  The motive force is a MTH bump and go trolley.   I added my own yellow LED/s for headlights which are DC and reversed by the bump.  My constant interior illumination is also LEDs powered by the AC rails and converted to DC.

I'll paste the photo again below.

still no for  me

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