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THE PROTO:87 STORES

NOTE NEW PHONE NUMBER

805 710 8244

 

Do you have what is probably the most common type of frog in US Railroad Yards - in your model yards?  

We can help! Now you can have far more realistic Switching and Operations on your layout.

Click on the model frog to go directly to the page for our unique "Ultimate" tm "88-Safe" tm model "Yard Frog" tm and our other far more realistic model frog types. And remember, our "88-Safe" tm technology means that you can run the popular but narrower code 88 wheels safely and smoothly on regular NMRA HO standard track work.

New for 2016 and coming soon! 

 A full range of

00/HO SECTIONAL STREET and PAVED YARD TRACK

USING

ULTRA REALISTIC ELECTRIC AVENUE
GIRDER RAIL

More details shortly

 

 

This is a picture of the first pre-production version of an upcoming full range of power and trailing trucks that will have working suspension and ball bearings for superb track holding and ultra low friction, even over bumpy track and/or under heavily weighted cars, multi-unit commuter trains and trolleys. and power units.

The video clips below shows some of the excellent performance characteristics under extreme working conditions, even when using proto:scale wheels. Note the train is being moved safely and reliably by just a single locomotive at full prototype 125 mph speed. 

 

And now for something completely different

SLICKER, SMALLER AND LESS EXPENSIVE SWITCH MACHINES

For example, we recently introduced our new, much smaller and very low cost, "MOLE II" switch machine,

The "MOLE II" can be used not only in the same way as a traditional larger "green" machine, but is now more easily mounted in a far shallower below baseboard space. And it now has a working rotation gearbox and switch stand.

Special thanks to Allan Bishop for the original idea of tilting the MOLE sideways.

THE MOLE II is availble for early purchase NOW, at a special price up through the end of December 2015.

$12.95 for the basic MOLE II

$14.95 for the MOLE II with the rotating switchstand option. 

Also Coming Soon!

The Rotating Switchstand  Option for any make of Slow Motion Switch Machine.

Expected Introductory Price only $5.95

"NEW" - The MOLE II Assembly video is now available

on both the MOLE II ordering page and under the "HELPFUL STUFF"> "HOW TO" MENU.

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 Professional Engineering Designers and Manufacturers of Truly Realistic and Prototypically Accurate Model Track, Precision Electro-Mechanical Mechanisms and Prototypically Working Miniature Engineering Items for Small Scale Model Railroads.

Originally founded in 1996 as the R&D and Supply Department of the NMRA Proto:87 SIG, we have steadily grown to become the leading provider of more accurate and realistic HO, N and Z Scale track kits and parts to discerning modelers around the World.

 

AS A TRULY USA BASED, R&D AND MANUFACTURING HOUSE, WE GIVE YOU REAL CHOICES AND MORE CHOICES!

LIKE TRULY REALISTIC TRACKWORK

ON EITHER, "FAST AND EASY" PLASTIC FLEX TIE BASES, OR OUR "ULTIMATE", EXACTLY PROTOTYPICAL, REAL WOOD TIES WITH TRUE SCALE SPIKES AND TIEPLATES.

OR EVEN BOTH MIXED FOR YOUR IDEAL BALANCE OF CONVENIENCE AND APPEARANCE

 

 


HO . . . . OR . . . P87

Regular NMRA HO Width Flangeways         Near Scale,  NMRA Proto:87  Width Flangeways

Absolute precision, super-detailed, manganese or regular bent rail frogs
Fully inter-changeable, for easily changing style,
Or even upgrading later to the finer proto:87 standard



Yes! This really is our "Ultimate" HO Scale hand-laid track!

With our absolutely precision "drop-in" pre-formed frogs, along with our CNC pre-machined "slide-in" points and our scale appearance, solderless, "snap-in" throwbars and "glue-down" point hinges, we make it so easy, that anyone who can glue together a plastic kit, can easily make track this accurate and realistic.

Or you can even use our individual parts to upgrade the turnouts you already have!!!




While for comparison, this is the real thing!

 

THE ORIGINAL, FAR LESS EXPENSIVE, NMRA WARRANTED,

"SWITCH-WORKS" EXPANDABLE TURNOUT BUILDING FIXTURE

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The Extra Smart, LH-RH Flip-Over Design saves 50% of the Cost Immediately!

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And just the one expandable fixture BUILDS EVERYTHING to COMPLETION, including all the ties, the points, the frog and of course, all the Prototype's many different tie plates.


UNPARALLELED SCALE TROLLEY TRACK FOR HO

The "Electric Avenue", complete realistic trolley and industrial railroad street track system.



We are dedicated to helping you model what the prototype actually looks like.

We pride ourselves in the Proto:87 Stores, that we help you model the way the prototype actually is, so everything you do automatically becomes much more realistic. So when it come to the track and it's details we make, we continually go out with our camera and "Walk the Tracks", to find proper examples to base our parts on.

That's why you will probably find our site to be very different from most other Model Railroad Track suppliers. We try and show pictures of "The Prototype" alongside our parts, so you can judge for yourself how close to the "Real Thing" it's now possible to get!

But at the same time we use extremely advanced 21st Century "Hi-Tech" Engineering Technology, Materials and Manufacturing Techniques to design realistic new parts to be very strong and very inexpensive, as well as being incredibly tiny and accurately detailed.

 

OUR ORIGINAL 3D BRICKWORK, STONE WALL AND COBBLE STREET SURFACE SHEETS

GIVE IDENTICAL FABULOUS RESULTS BUT MAY SAVE YOU UP TO 75%

COMPARED TO THOSE MUCH MORE EXPENSIVE LASER-CUT PRODUCTS.

Our amazingly realistic, "cut an stick" 3D brick and stone work will transform the way you model lineside structures, as well as dramatically lower their cost.

Available in a multitude of different brick bonds and stone work patterns.

NOW EASIER, CLEARER, SITE  NAVIGATION

 

 

 To Navigate around the site, use pull-down menu of links which are repeated at the top of every page.


The new 24/7 automatic order form will to save you creating your own lists of parts to email or call in to order. However we still want you to enjoy the previous personal relationship we have had with every one of you. So our telephone number and voice mail (805 710-8244) is still there for any questions of actions you'd rather handle with a real person :)

Finally, this site is continually growing and evolving, as well as having new products added at frequent intervals. Check our "NEWS" Page for the latest additions!. But if there is something you don't see this time, or want to find out about, come back and look again soon, or call and ask :)

Thanks for all your support!

Sincerely,

Andy Reichert