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Old 14th April 2011, 18:25   #1
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Default New Tram for New Walmington Pier

I had been thinking about retiring my 11 years old pier tram which has shuttled miles along Walmington Pier (and I do mean miles) -


Then a club member who's building an old-town HO tram layout beat me to it with:


A 'cut and shut' San Francisco Cable Car!!! Heavily weighted and a superb runner.

It's off to a friend for painting, lining and glazing. So watch this space!!
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Old 14th April 2011, 23:39   #2
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Looks good!

Your old one was a SF cable car as well, wasn't it?
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Old 15th April 2011, 03:27   #3
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Looks good!

Your old one was a SF cable car as well, wasn't it?
Yes. Sample of cars on the Powell & Hyde line.
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Yes. Sample of cars on the Powell & Hyde line.
I rode those a lot when I was younger. If ride to the end of the line you get to help turn it on the turntable.
And one time we had to make an emergency stop on a turn - after dropping one cable, and not getting far enough to grab the next cable. So after swearing at the auto that cut in front of us, he made us all get off to help push the car through the turn so it could grab the cable.
It's all part of the charm of those things.
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I've also ridden the San Francisco Cable Cars and they are an unforgettable experience, especially when hanging on the outside with one arm and filming with the other!!!

The beauty of the Bachmann model is that once stripped of it American fittings (Roof boards, Bell, Guard) and reposition the gripman figure further forward, you have a very British looking car and there is a remarkable similarity with the 4wh 'Winter Cars' that ran on Southend Pier between 1914 and 1949. With the model shortened even further, it makes a very passable 'Demi-Car' as used on smaller British & European systems.

This 'cut and shut' car is ideal length for 'New Walmington Pier' and creates the impression due to its length and can run slower that the pier is longer than it actually is!

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Just returned from painting at Eastham Works in East Ham, London (email: grahamweller@btinternet.com) where Graham has done a terrific job of finishing:




Once I get back from Scotland later this month, commissioning of the car starts on the pier.

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