The Oneonta Project (5) - Side view

Oneonta & Mohawk Valley Interurban Car (H0 scale)

Side view of the resin printed model with scribed side panels. Most noticeable differences to Cincinnati wooden cars for Indiana traction lines: elliptic arched upper-window sashes, no oval windows, elliptic clerestory windows. 

This car has also a rear swing door instead of folding doors. The door header was positioned lower and going under the letterboard. 


The Oneonta Project (4) - Mr Boeardus would have smiled

In 1908, Master mechanic Boeardus, covered with a trendy clear hat, stands proudly beside his brand new wooden Interurban car No. 63 at the Hartwick barn.

This baggage-passenger Combine was recently delivered by the Cincinnati Car Co. to his employer, the Oneonta & Mohawk Valley Interurban Line in Upstate New York. No rust, no dust on this immaculate electric car.

104 years later, a freshly unboxed scale model of this Combine is awaiting a photo session in my saloon in Paris. There are still some "print flush" to clean, and nothing is yet glued or fixed.

The H0 model is resin printed by i.materialise in Belgium, including the Alco MCB truck frames.

For a very first time I realised fine grooved wooden sides, the effect is exceeding all my expections. The grooves are spaced 0.58 mm, prototypically 2 inch.

Certainly, Mr Boeardus would have been proud of me. I will look if I could find a trendy hat like he had here in Paris.


Turning around the corner with a big 61'6" interurban

Some may be afraid if this big cars could really negociate sharp curves. They can. I tried a 138 mm radius, about 5.5 inch. It works, and there may be always a small reserve. This is a prototypical radius of slightly under 40'.

The only adapation to be done is cutting the 4 upper corner edges of the NWSL Stanton drive with a cutting knife.


Indianapolis Traction Terminal: the mystery of the Freighthouse No.4 resolved

For a long time I haven't published anything about the Indianapolis Traction Terminal. But this doesn't mean that my interest has diminished or my research was halted.

Some days ago, a friendly modeler published a link to the "Brill Magazine" on archive.org . The "Brill Magazine" was a publication of the carbuilder J.G. Brill Co. of Philadelphia, praising mainly the own products, but treating also the work of concurrents and of the entire Electric Railway industry.

On volume 9 of 1915, page 68, I found a real crown jewel: the trackplan of the Indianapolis Traction Terminal in the time of its greatest extension. It shows the mysterious Freighthouse No.4 with his through track connecting to Market Street. After the freight business had moved off this area, this track was used for the Interstate sleeper service. I serached for this plan since years!

 In the next days, I will add this details to my own "Master Trackplan"