...for serious HO traction modelers..
March 2014 Catalog
Custom Traxx Business Plan:
Custom Traxx supports HO scale traction modelers 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. The overwhelming majority of our products are related to HO scale, but there are a small number of decals for electric railway vehicles in 1:50, O and 1:24 scales.
When we first opened our doors in 1992, there were no serious HO scale ready-to-run traction models, unless you include the Bachmann Brill and PCC and the IHM/IHC Brill (In reality a Toronto Class F streetcar) and USLRV. when Bowser first announced their F-line PCC in 2008 and Bachmann followed with their Peter Witt, the handwriting was on the wall. Con-Cor followed with their air-Electric PCC and Electroliner while Bachmann added their Birney. Import of HO scale brass traction models was given a serious blow when the last importer, MTS Imports, Inc closed their doors last year. Painting and lettering of HO scale traction models has continued to diminish and accordingly the demand for developing and producing decals has been reduced. Several of our decal sets now state "This set is currently out of stock. No plans to re-run at this time!".We are keeping these decals sets in our catalog as we are willing to re-run these when we get firm orders for 25 or more sets of any of these decals. As of now, we are keeing the artwork for these set available for such re-runs. All Custom Traxx decals are produced by Rail Graphics of South Elgin, Illinois. Runs of 25, or any amount less than 50 are expensive costing almost twice the cost of the decal set as orgibnally priced in the catalog. Partial prepayment may be required for such orders. Please feel free to contact us for more detailed information.
We are deeply involved in the production of HO scale Bowser Ready-To-Run streetcars and served as Product Consultants to Bowser on both the PCC car and New Orleans 900 series streetcar projects. We are considering working with Bowser on an update of their Brill Suburban streetcar with the goal of offering that car in a Ready-to-Run model. If that project gets a go-ahead, the next project would be a line of street railway track and special work (switches and crossings). Unlie the current ORR special work, these would be designed two-rail operation. If you have input to either of these ideas, please do not hesitiate to email us at email@example.com. We would be interested in discussing these possible projects with you
Attention HO scale Boston PCC trolley fans: Custom Traxx has now combined the former CN-3300 decal set and the former CN-3172 set. The CN-3300 set is discontinued. The new CN-3172 set contains all sheets that both the older CN-3300 and CN-3172 sets formerly contained. The new CN-3172 decal set is now available in limited numbers. It is recommended that you place your orders ASAP as they may not be available for some time after this supply is exhausted!
Economics of the times has dictated that Custom Traxx now appears at only a few model train shows, limiting our appearances to local Southern California major events and a few outside that area, such as the East Penn Traction Club Meet (next one - May 2015), held in the Greater Philadelphia, PA area.
Custom Traxx now offers specific traction parts including selected A-line traction repowering items; Bowser HO scale traction mechanisms, drives and parts; HO scale trolley poles by Miniatures by Eric and HO scale ORR girder rail, turnouts and crossings. Also available are special parts from Bowser and other manufacturers for the operational trolley modeler. Since 2007, we have served as Product Consultants for the Bowser HO scale line of Ready-To-Run streetcars including the San Francisco F-line PCC cars, the all-Electric PCC cars and the soon to be released New Orleans 900 series streetcar. We were instrumental in assisting Train Control Systems in the development of the first plug-in DCC decoder designed for a PCC trolley, the M4T. This highly successful decoder has since been upgraded and is known simply as the M4.
We have also been instrumental in recording sounds for the all-electric PCC cars and conventional cars such as the New Orleans 900 series streetcar. We have made some suggestions to Bowser to improve their products. some of them included the simulated super resilient wheels now on all PCC models. We also carry the HO scale Ready-To-Run PCC Cars from Bowser in both DCC ready and DCC Sound versions. We are now assisting in the development of the Bowser HO scale model of the Perley-Thomas 900 class now running in both New Orleans, San Francisco and in selected musuems. First articles have just been delivered to us for examination. Sounds have been recorded for these cars and they will be available with ESU Lok-Sound decoders. Preproduction samples for these cars should be at the Custom Traxx test facility early this month with the cars getting to your dealers soon. The cars will be decorated not only for New Orleans but for other cities such as Atlantic City, Chicago, and Philadelphia (PRT & PST). Bowser is now planning the next release of PCC cars. Watch the Trolleyville Times for more information.
The overhead-track power switch will now be located on the bottom of the New Orleans car, eliminating the need to disassemble the car to make that change. See the next photo of the preproduction car and the location of the switch indicated by the red arrow:
We are also proud to inform you that future releases of the PCC cars will also have this same feature. Bowser will be introducing the DCC/Sound Ready streetcar. What this means is that all cars will have a speaker already installed in the car and using a 21-pin plug can upgrade their DCC/Sound Ready car to DCC/Sound by simply pluggingin the decoder.
Miniatures by Eric HO scale Trolley Poles are still manufactured for and available from Custom Traxx, although not shown on the Miniatures by Eric website. We obtained a large supply in July and quite a few of them have been sold already. They are still $29.95 [HT-XX] per pair and $32.00 [HT-XXs] per pair with Bowser 12508 brass pivots and roof insulators.
Trolley poles with different pole bases available are:
HT-P1/HT-P1s - Greenamyer pneumatic trolley base [Used on Pacific Electric/Sacramento Northern];
HT-P2/HT-P2s - Ohio Brass Form 11 [Used on PCC and current heritage cars];
HT-P3/HT-P3s - Ohio Brass Form 1 [Used on early cars, 1900-1920 era];
HT-P4/HT-P4s - US (Union Standard) 13 [Simulated four spring base with two springs for better operational reliability];
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 and we are never "...too busy.." to talk to our customers, trolley fans, and traction modelers. 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! 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). We are actively supporting the change from Soundtraxx to ESU LokSound for the PCC cars and the New Orleans streetcar currently in progress at Bowser.
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 constantly so the latest information is always on this site. Accordingly, we no longer publish printed catalogs except for special occasions.
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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.
When in that city,
always take time for 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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