...for serious HO traction modelers..
Custom Traxx Business Plan:
Custom Traxx continues to support the HO scale traction modeler by supplying authentic detailed decal finishing sets, heralds, destination signs and other markings for streetcars, and interurban railway vehicles as they ran in most American and Canadian localities. Most of our products are related to HO scale, but there area very limited number of decals for electric railway vehicles in 1:50, O and 1:24 scales. However the reality of the growing ready-to-run phase of the hobby had to be recognzed and decals are becoing less and less economically to produce. Several of our sets previously offered will NOT be available once they are sold out. We are sorry for that but that is the current reality.
Custom Traxx now offers a growing line of traction parts including selected A-line traction repowering items; Bowser HO scale traction mechanisms, drives and parts; trolley poles by Miniatures by Eric (HO & O scale) and HO scale ORR girder rail, turnouts and crossings. Also available are special parts from Bowser and other manufacturers for the operational trolley modeler. Several of these parts previously offered will NOT be availabe once they are sold out. We are sorry for that but that is the current reality. We also carry the HO scale Ready-To-Run PCC Cars from Bowser. Production Bowser PCC cars with Tsunami sound are now available at your dealers. Bowser is actively developing another HO scale streetcar, a model of the Perley-Thomas 900 class now running in both New Orleans and San Francisco. First articles have just been delivered to us for examination. Sounds were recorded in October 2011 and should be available for these models also. These cars will be available by th end of this year decorated not only for New Orleans but for other cities such as Atlantic City, Chicago, and Philadelphia.
We still aim for complete customer satisfaction. Prompt service is the norm not the exception. Orders are often sent within hours of receipt and rarely later than next day. We do not keep orders in suspense for days and weeks at a time. We are never "...too busy.." to talk to our customers, trolley fans, and traction modelers. Our main purpose is to assist you in getting the information that you require for your hobby enjoyment! We are becoming more knowledgeable in Digital Command Control (DCC) every day and were instrumental in designing both the TCS M4T decoder (now replaced with the M4P-1"); the KAT14 and KAM4 decoders with with "Keep Alive" capabilities that makes operation from overhead wire much smoother and more reliable in the DCC arena) and the Tsunami sound decoder for the Bowser all-electric PCC cars. We are currently working with TCS for a "Keep Alive™"double end PCC decoder with directional headlights, brake lights and tail lights. The first test car arrived and was a success. Look for the article in the March 2013 Trolleyville Times on how to convert your late model TCS decoder to work in a double-end PCC car. Some CV changes and away you go. We encourage traction-related calls at 310-990-5422 during normal business hours (Pacific Time). Our business number is a mobile phone to avoid missing your call! We do not take orders while mobile, so we prefer that your fax your order at any time to 310-475-5597.
Note: All reservations for future items should be submitted preferably via email. The email date determines the order in which orders are filled. This can be critical for items for which there are just a few available.
Custom Traxx accepts Mastercard, Visa and Discover credit cards for your convenience! See section VI, Ordering Procedures, for more details!
Our on-line catalog is updated at the end of every month so the latest information is always on this site. Accordingly, we no longer publish printed catalogs except for special occasions.
For our complete six-part catalog, click here!
Sometimes Almost Unbelievable 'F-Market' Line:
In 1995, the PCC streetcar, after disappearing from every major North American city that proudly introduced them beginning in 1936, made a big comeback in San Francisco, California. Fifteen excellent PCC cars, which had been partially rebuilt in the 1980's, were obtained for "peanuts" from Philadelphia and fourteen of them along with three of San Francisco's own 1948 double-end PCCs were rebuilt at Morrison-Knudson in Hornell, New York to almost "better-than-new" condition. On September 1, 1995, F-line operation began along Market Street from the Castro district to the Trans Bay Terminal. The line became extremely popular, gaining as many native riders as tourists. It was featured in issue 222, of the Passenger Train Journal (PTJ) Magazine (June 1996). On March 4, 2000, the line was extended to Fisherman's Wharf via the now freeway-less and beautifully renovated Embarcadero.
When in San Francisco,
always take at least one ride on the
F-line to Fisherman's Wharf and note the cars in service other than the car on which you may be riding. San Francisco, unlike other cities, has embraced the colorful and lovable streetcar and and made them a vital part of their transit system. Service has been increased by over 240% since the line started in 1995. Bring your camera or camcorder,
and enjoy the ride and
the city. We recommend riding early in the day and
boarding at the 17th & Castro terminal as the popularity of the line
continues to grow beyond all original expectations. You can always check the internet or your smart phone to see where all the cars are on the line all the time. You can even watch the movement along the line. To find out what cars are in service and which way they are going, just click here.
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