Modern Light Rail Has Arrived

bremner Sep 15, 2021

  1. bremner

    bremner Staff Member

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    I recently ordered a Kato MyTRAM RED from Japan, and this thing is way cool! This little tram is completely see-through and the motors are located in the trucks. Kato was able to put in directional lighting, the lights switch from white to red depending on the direction that the Tram is running. It is standard DC and has a low starting voltage. I have not turned up the power pack too far, due to it’s realistic so speed operations. Kato also offers a MyTRAM BLUE, but I see another RED in my future, especially if KATO reruns the V60 UNITRAM set. Now I have to figure out how to make it look more Pacific Electric.

     
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  2. Shortround

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    That is cool. May have to look into it.
     
  3. BoxcabE50

    BoxcabE50 HOn30 & N Scales Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

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    Kinda reminds me of the those in Seattle:

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  4. Grey One

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    Very nice!
    I'll be trying to review the new Kato steeple cab but so far it has derailed on #6 turnouts and rerailers.
     
  5. HemiAdda2d

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    Cool! I wonder how motors in the trucks at such a small scale works? I suppose, like real locomotives with traction motors...:p
    On a side note, is it like a quill drive? I'd like to see closeups of this new drive, as critter builders all over will want these.
     
  6. bremner

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  7. in2tech

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    I forget what these things are called? And where is it in the Real picture?
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    BTW, it looks really cool. Is it an N Scale item? And run on regular N Scale track? Or special track?
     
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  8. Rich_S

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    Pantograph, and in the real picture it looks like the pantograph is on the end car.
    Yes it's N scale and it's running on Bremner N scale layout
     
  9. Hytec

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    OK Bremner, when are you going to hang catenary for the pants to follow? These max-height pants flailing in the wind aren't all that realistic. LOL
     
  10. SLSF Freak

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    Pacific Electric decals are on point, looks sweet!

    Mike
     
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  11. John Moore

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    The mechanism is probably very similar to the Kato pocket line mech. 11-108
     
  12. bremner

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    it is a pantograph, it is my N Scale layout and I use Atlas code 80
     
  13. bremner

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    Thanks!
     
  14. bremner

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    Well...I need to make more poles...and chances are that I will skip the wire
     
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  15. BigJake

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    I think what Hytec is pointing out is that without the overhead wires (and poles to support them), the pantographs extend upward more than normal. There may be a way to lock the pantographs down or in a lower position, as if they were held down by (invisible) wires.

    Or just leave them like they are. It's your layout, and it shouldn't matter to you what we might think looks odd.
     
  16. Shortround

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    Didn't some use a third rail when over head wire isn't there? Then they lower the pantograph is lowered.
     
  17. bremner

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    not for the Pacific Electric
     
  18. CSX Robert

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    Actually, if you look at the picture of the real one in post #3, it looks like its pantograph is just as high up as the model.
     
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  19. gjslsffan

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    That's the coolest looking little thing I have seen in a long time.
    Kind of egocentric.
     
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  20. BigJake

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    Yep, good point! I guess I'm used to seeing pantographs on somewhat taller cars.

    In this case, it looks like the model is pretty spot-on as is.
     
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