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The following are publications we feel will be helpful in your modelling efforts. Of greatest importance is Trolley Talk. If you are in this hobby this is a must for you. Each of these publications has some information to offer to you. Through their advertising you will see what is currently offered by other manufacturers.


Trolley Talk
PO Box 206
Amelia, OH 45102-0206
Phone 513 947-1422

Attn: Peter Weiglin

Dedicated to trolley modelling and prototype operations. Excellent advertising supplement included with each issue.

As of January 2012 this magazine is no longer being distributed. All attempts at contacting Peter Weiglin have gone unanswered. There is still interest in the hobby to try and keep this magazine going. If anything positive develops we will let you know. QJC

48/Ft O Scale News
Gate VI Publishing Company
PO Box 51
Elmhurst, Il 60126-0051

A fine O Scale magazine with occasional in depth traction feature articles.

This magazine has gone out of business. We have been told that unfilled subscriptions have been refunded.

Traction & Trolleys Quarterly
PO Box 04016
Milwaukee, Wisc 53204
Attn: Michael Grutsch

Dedicated to trolley modelling and prototype operations. The No. 57 Summer Fall 2002 issue has a nice article on the Baltimore Systems' "Route of the Red Rockets".

As of May 2010 we have not received a copy of this magazine for some time. We are not sure it is still being pubished.

Model Railroad Craftsman
Carstens Publishing Co., Inc.
PO Box 700
Newton, NJ 07860

Periodically publishes articles related to traction. The January 2003 issue has an article on "Forty years gone: The CNS&M's Mundelein Branch" by Bill Schaumburg (thats the North Shore trolley line for the uninitiated). For the New York fans there is a fabulous (my opinion) article on New York Harbor covered barges including a full size HO Plan. Carstens also publishes a number of books relating to traction and trolleys.


Traction Planbook, Hal Carstens, Editor, Carstens Publications, Inc. ISBN 911868-16-X, August, 1975.

May still be in print, but many were printed, and are probably still available from various booksellers. Packed full of plans of various types of trolleys, interurban, and work cars. There is even a plan or two of subway cars. Some history is included. This book got us started in the hobby back in 1968, and it is highly recommended for every traction modeller.

Model Traction Handbook, for Model Railroads, by Paul & Steve Mallory, Carstens Publications, Inc., ISBN 74-74929, 1974.

Probably out of print, but a very comprehensive publication relating to prototype, and modelling practices.

Traction Guidebook, for Model Railroaders, Mike Schafer, Editor, Kalmbach Publishing Co., ISBN 74-76225, 1974.

Out of print, but a good gloss paper magazine format type book relating to prototype, and modelling practices with a section of nice plans and history. Check with your favorite bookseller for availability.

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