What Is Custom Traxx ? <ul><li>Custom Traxx actively supports the scale streetcar modeler by supplying ready-to-run models, ready-to-finish kits, authentic detailed decal finishing sets, heralds, destination signs and other markings for streetcars as they ran in most American and Canadian localities. </li></ul>Los Angeles Railway PCC #3165, J Line, circa 1956 (now at Orange Empire Railway Museum) Milan “Peter Witt” car and San Francisco MUNI “Torpedo,” F Market Line, San Francisco, Present Day San Francisco MUNI ”Torpedo,” F Market Line, San Francisco, Present Day
<ul><li>Custom Traxx also offers a growing line of traction parts including selected A-line traction re-powering items; traction mechanisms, drives and parts; trolley poles, and HO scale ORR girder rail, turnouts and crossings. </li></ul><ul><li>Currently, our flagship product is the Custom Traxx/Bowser HO scale San Francisco F Market Line PCC car. This product line consists of fourteen different HO scale models of the streamlined, vintage cars that were restored for passenger service along Market Street and the Embarcadero in September 1995. The line has become extremely popular with San Franciscans and tourists; the line averages over 20,000 riders per day. </li></ul>What Is Custom Traxx ? A-Line Repowering Components Custom Traxx/ Bowser San Francisco F Market Line PCC cars Bowser Flywheel Retrofit Kit
Who Is Custom Traxx ? <ul><li>George Huckaby founded Custom Traxx in 1992 which has become a leader in HO scale model electric railway products. He is also the moderator and webmaster of www.trolleyville.com . George has led Custom Traxx in collaborations with other manufacturers to bring new products to the marketplace, such as the 1999 Bowser trolley drives and the on-going project for the HO scale San Francisco F-line PCC car with the Bowser Manufacturing Company and the M4T decoder with Train Control Systems. George is also the founder of the Southern California Traction Club. He has an extensive collection of HO scale traction and railway equipment totaling over 1000 pieces, and continues his efforts to expand the role of Digital Command Control (DCC) in traction modeling. </li></ul>George Huckaby, Founder and CEO
Who Is Custom Traxx ? <ul><li>John McWhirter is tasked with ensuring the prototypical accuracy of all scale model projects done by Custom Traxx. He is also responsible for the body shell, chassis, and power drive integration in Custom Traxx kits, as well as researching and developing methods for converting two-rail powered vehicles to overhead operation. John is a key figure in continuing the commitment Custom Traxx has to innovations in all aspects of DCC operation. John also serves on the Board of Directors of the Southern California Traction Club. Many of his innovations in layout construction, such as building and completing a power station structure on the Club's "Access" module, a television transmission tower using custom built circuitry complete with flashing lights, and his techniques for fabricating interior building details and using fiber-optics for illuminating many different types of structures has led to him being known as "Mr. Club." </li></ul>John McWhirter, Director of Project Engineering & Development Jonathan Werner, Director of Procurement Jonathan Werner an joined the Custom Traxx team in 2009 and is instrumental in negotiations with our suppliers. With his background in systems engineering and business management, he plays a major role in determining marketing and production planning, cost containment protocols, and general business strategies. Jonathan was recruited by Custom Traxx after several years of serving as a consultant to both Custom Traxx and the Southern California Traction Club. Jonathan is unique as he is the only member of the Custom Traxx team not based in Southern California. As our "man in the Midwest," he has an interest in electric railways in the central United States, especially PCC cars (Chicago, Kansas City, and Minneapolis). He also has an interest in the “fallen flag” railroads from that part of the country, specifically the Great Northern Railway and the Soo Line. He is a second generation modeler.
What Does Custom Traxx Do? The F Market Line <ul><li>Custom Traxx current flagship product is the HO Scale models of the PCC streetcars currently operating on the F Market Line in San Francisco. These cars were restored and painted in the colors of various transit companies which operated the PCC car. The first four marketed by Custom Traxx are shown here. Made in conjunction with our strategic partner, Bowser Manufacturing, these models feature injection-molded plastic bodies and come fully painted and decaled. Each model is available in a fully-powered ready-to-run version and an unpowered souvenir version. </li></ul><ul><li>Each powered model features a proven Bowser can-motor drive with flywheel, window glass, dummy roof poles, operating headlight, and is DCC Ready with 8 pin plug. Each powered model can easily be converted to operate off overhead wire power, as are all Custom Traxx traction vehicles operated by our partners at the Southern California Traction Club. </li></ul>#Car 1052, Los Angeles Railway #Car 1055, Philadelphia #Car 1057, Cincinnati #Car 1061, Pacific Electric
<ul><li>The second four models (pictured here) became available in late February 2009 and some sold out within days. In fact, demand was so great from modelers we actually needed to publish an instructional document on how to convert the unpowered “souvenir” version to a fully powered unit. The next six units scheduled to be available in late summer 2010 are pictured on the following page. </li></ul>What Does Custom Traxx Do? The F Market Line (cont’d) #Car 1059, Boston #Car 1063, Baltimore #Car 1050, San Francisco #Car 1058, Chicago Transit Authority
What Does Custom Traxx Do? The F Market Line (cont’d) #Car 1050, San Francisco #Car 1053, Brooklyn #Car 1054, Philadelphia #Car 1056, Kansas City #Car 1060, Newark #Car 1062, Louisville
<ul><li>The Custom Traxx/Bowser HO scale San Francisco F Market Line PCC car is also available in an undecorated version, which allows modelers to “kit-bash,” meaning it offers the ability to be used as a “starting point” to model various other types of post-war, “all-electric” PCCs. Two examples done by our customers are shown here. </li></ul>What Does Custom Traxx Do? “Kit-Bashing” F Market PCC model converted to Toronto Transit Commission Car # 4670 F Market PCC model converted to Southeastern Pennsylvania Transit Authority (SEPTA) Car # 9038
What Does Custom Traxx Do? Research and Development <ul><li>Custom Traxx also works with many other manufacturers providing technical assistance ranging from specification evaluation and verification to functional testing and design revision. Our relationships with organizations such as the Southern California Traction Club and the Orange Empire Railway Museum allow us to collect data and confirm specifications both in scale and “real-world” environments. One example is the specification data we were in a unique position to provide for Con-Cor’s production of models of Los Angeles Railway #3001, a pre-war “Air-Electric” PCC built in 1937 and currently running at Orange Empire Railway Museum. </li></ul>George Huckaby operating Los Angeles Railway Car #3001 at Orange Empire Railway Museum Con-Cor model of Los Angeles Railway Car #3001
Custom Traxx: Modeler, Museum & Transit Relationships Jonathan Werner at the controls of Los Angeles Metropolitan Transit Authority Car #3165 at Orange Empire Railway Museum Los Angeles Metropolitan Transit Authority Car #3165 getting ready for a full day of passenger service at Orange Empire Railway Museum Custom Traxx believes the relationships between modelers, museums, and present-day transit systems can be very beneficial to all parties involved. For example, the car shown here, Los Angeles Metropolitan Transit Authority (formerly Los Angeles Railway) Car #3165 was originally built for Twin Cities Rapid Transit in 1948 before being sold to LAMTA in 1953. As “our man in the Midwest,” Jonathan Werner is well aware of some of the unique details specific to cars built to operate in the harsh winters of Minnesota.
Custom Traxx: Modeler, Museum & Transit Relationships Through the relationship Custom Traxx established with San Francisco MUNI during the development of the F Market PCC models, we gained the ability to gather specification data on other MUNI vehicles, such as MUNI’s Breda Light Rail Vehicle. We then shared this data with Miniatures by Eric, another model manufacturer, and well as offered technical assistance on their Breda LRV model project. Another benefit was we were granted permission to examine some pieces held by the Western Railway Museum due largely to their relationship with MUNI. This made a major difference in our plans to model the San Francisco “Torpedo” double-end PCCs. San Francisco MUNI Breda Light Rail Vehicle Miniatures by Eric’s Breda LRV undergoing testing at Southern California Traction Club’s testing facility San Francisco ”Torpedo” in Philadelphia Suburban Transit colors, F Market Line, San Francisco
Custom Traxx: Modeler, Museum & Transit Relationships San Francisco MUNI #1071 (Originally built for Twin Cities Rapid Transit) LAMTA #3165 (now at Orange Empire, also originally built for Twin Cities Rapid Transit) It all comes full-circle as Custom Traxx provides it’s knowledge of Minneapolis PCC cars to Orange Empire Railway Museum, which has provided vehicles to San Francisco MUNI. In turn, MUNI is in the process refurbishing several Minneapolis PCC cars while Custom Traxx partners with San Francisco MUNI to sell its current line of F Market PCC models and possibly to develop a future line of MUNI “Torpedoes.” Illinois Terminal Double-End PCC on SCTC’s layout SF MUNI “Torpedo” in Illinois Terminal Colors
Custom Traxx: Product Development If you are a hard-core traction modeler, you are thinking an Illinois Terminal Double-End PCC is not the same thing as a San Francisco “Torpedo” regardless of how you paint it. Enter John McWhirter, Director of Project Engineering and Development. Below, John is shown doing what he does best, which is the model railroading equivalent of “turning water into wine.” In short, John is our key person on any project like “kit-bashing” a Double-End PCC into a “Torpedo.” Here’s the calculus: Turning a Double-End PCC shell (as shown here) into one representing a true “Torpedo” means giving John an undecorated shell, a shell that has the needed doors, and his milling machine. By taking the rear door out of a Bachmann PCC shell and moving a few roof air vents, in no time at all, John has created an undecorated shell worthy of prototypical testing.
Custom Traxx: PCCs in more than just San Francisco Los Angeles Railway “Huntington” Car, Era 2 Shaker Heights cars running in Multiple Unit Configuration with a power bus developed by Custom Traxx Boston ex-Dallas pre-war “Air-Electric Car” Toronto PCC #1183
Custom Traxx: More than just PCCs For a variety of reasons, Custom Traxx categorizes the traction industry in five eras. Era 1-Four Wheel Wood Car Era (1880-1925) Era 2-Eight Wheel Wood Car Era (1910-1940) Era 3-Conventional Steel Car Era (1920-1957) Era 4-PCC Era (1936-1985) (not pictured here) Era 5-Light Rail Vehicle (LRV) Era (1975-present) Sacramento Northern Birney Car, Era 1 Los Angeles Railway “Huntington” Car, Era 2 Baltimore “Peter Witt” Car, Era 3 SEPTA PCC-II (left) and Kawasaki LRV, Era 5
Custom Traxx: More than just PCCs Through its close relationship with the Southern California Traction Club, Custom Traxx offers products for models across all eras of traction modeling. From top (clockwise) are shown a myriad of cars on the SCTC layout, two 1923 Philadelphia double-end Brill cars, a pair of San Francisco MUNI “Peter Witt” cars originally built for Milan, Italy, and a “Riverfront” car from New Orleans.
Custom Traxx: We can do freight too… Plenty of freight was moved under overhead wire. At left is a Southern California Traction Club World War II-era troop train, in which both the steam and electric locomotive are both powered. This was no easy feat, since all power had to come through the electric locomotive as both rails are grounded for overhead wire operation. Another SCTC member made the Sacramento & Northern Steeplecab shown at lower left. Custom Traxx also does shows with other clubs, and with vehicles not powered by overhead wire. A good example is the Pennsylvania Railroad Q2 steamer & coal train shown below running on the Golden Empire Historical & Modeling Society layout in Bakersfield, California.