"ELECTRIC AVENUE"

THE WORLD'S FINEST STREET TRACK SYSTEM FOR MODEL TROLLEYS AND TRAMS, PAST AND PRESENT




 

 



 

 


THE ONLY NEAR SCALE, ULTRA REALISTIC PAVED STREET, YARD OR DOCKSIDE TRACK SYSTEM.

Although virtually exact scale, ELECTRIC AVENUE can be used by most regular OO/HO RTR Trains, Streetcars,and Interurbans.

 



Here a brand new and completely unmodified Bachmann Peter Witt Trolley sits on bare ELECTRIC AVENUE Street Track, waiting to run a demo of the excellent trackholding possible, using the standard NMRA RP 25 wheel profile.

 

 

 

BELOW IS A SHORT MOVIE SHOWING HOW WELL AND EASILY TWO OFF THE SHELF BACHMANN TROLLEYS NEGOTIATE THE 8" AND 10" RADIUS ELECTRIC AVENUE STREET TRACK SYSTEM

We must apologize for the overly fast speed used in the demonstration. The point of this movie is to show that there is still good trackholding, even when running beyond reasonable scale model speeds.



 

The ELECTRIC AVENUE Street Track System is designed specifically for FINE QUALITY HO and 00 Layouts, where some street running and/or paved over yard or dockside situations exist. It can also be used in many situations for HOm, and even N.

It will operate with either 2-rail, or overhead, DC or DCC wiring.

The ELECTRIC AVENUE Street Track System comprises a set of precision preformed straight and curved, solid Nickel Silver girder (tram) rail sections, of a very low, flat profile, simulating just the visible very top of the railhead. These are used in conjunction with a wide range of sheets of pre-textured street surfaces of matching height, to give the appearance of scale "girder rail" buried in the street.


 



The flat rails are merely glued to a convenient, flat street base in the track arrangement and gauge desired, then the chosen textured, street surface, cut and placed to match.

 



 



Absolutely no complicated or skilled rail bending required! Accurately preformed curved sections are available to fit single or double track working. However, they are sufficiently flexible to adjust for installation as standard, narrow or even dual gauge configurations.

 



A full range variety of Pre-formed street track switches and crossings for the ELECTRIC AVENUE Street Track System are now available. And many more new parts, including the new "TRANSITION SECTIONS" 00/HO Track to ELECTRIC AVENUE TRACK ADAPTERS, are in the process of being added to these pages.

 

 





Using just a few simple modular parts, it is now possible to very easily and quickly create all common varieties of Street Track "Special Work" from simple turnouts and crossovers, through all typical double track junctions and crossings, right up to and including the impressive "Grand Union" configuration.



THE FREE DOWNLOADABLE TEMPLATE TABLE BELOW ALLOWS YOU TO SELECT TEMPLATES TO EASILY AND QUICKLY LAY ALMOST ANY COMMON STREET CAR TRACK CONFIGURATION.

. Click on the configuration of interest and you will see a .pdf template which you can print to full scale size on your own home printer. Just be sure to set your printer to print 1:1 or full size, and not "Fit to page". For the larger templates, just cut and overlap the sheets.

 


ELECTRIC AVENUE PRINTABLE TEMPLATES


CURVES 1 & 2

CURVES 3 & 4

CURVES 5

TURNOUTS
AND DOUBLE JUNCTIONS

CROSSOVERS

3 WAY JUNCTION
AND GRAND UNION

OO/HO LH

H0C1

H0C3

H0C5

THL


XH

3WH

OO/HO RH

H0C2

H0C4



THR


XH

3WH

P:87 LH

P87C1

P87C3

P87C5

TPL


XP

3WP

P:87 RH

P87C2

P87C4



TPR


XP

3WP




Specifications and other data:

The ELECTRIC AVENUE Street Track System Rail has a precision chemically milled grooved simulated rail head and flangeway approximately 0.7 mm high and 2mm wide. (See the picture of the rail profile ). The simulated rail can be placed directly on a street subsurface, so that the rail web and base appear to be buried in the street. While the rail can fully operate, even if placed alone on a finished street surface, the greatest realism is achieved by building up the surrounding street surface by 0.5 mm. (0.020"). This is also the thickness of the textured sheet surface material we provide. We do not recommend a greater thickness, as the slight height difference (0.2 mm) allows for more reliable running and easy cleaning of the rail without damaging the finished street surface.

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For ease of assembly and installation, the rail head is also grooved on the underside. This groove fits short alignment pins (cut from wire) which act as precision rail joiners and also as as location guides, if pre-glued to the street subsurface. As the rail is solid NS, it may be easily soldered. However it is possible to make all solder joints invisibly underneath the rail by using the alignment pins and/or flat wiring strips

ELECTRIC AVENUE Street Track may be used with Regular OO, HO or HOm Cars which have consistently gauged fine metal wheels to US NMRA RP 25 spec or better. This is because the prototypically shallow floored flangeway of ELECTRIC AVENUE Rail allows the tips of finer wheels such as RP 25 to run on their flanges, without fouling the Proto:scale width flangeway.

While wheel guidance is reduced under these circumstances, completely satisfactory operation is usually obtained at up to scale speeds, provided the wheelsets have a consistent back to back setting and the track gauge is set using an example wheelset when laying. Operation with the track gauged in this manner is referred to as "HO compatible mode"

Another new item available in September 2009, is the Street Car "HANDY RAILER" Track Section.



THE HANDY RAILER makes it easy to place trolleys and other track vehicles ontothe fine grooved ELECTRIC AVENUE trackwork



Here is a closer shot showing the wide allowance for putting cars onto the track, so they can then automatically drive safely onto the scale areas of your layout.

It is of course also possible to use Proto:Scale wheels instead (e.g. P4, P:87) on ALL your vehicles, and set the track gauge accordingly.

 

 

 

SOME EXAMPLES OF OUR 3D SURFACE TEXTURE SHEETS, CUT AND FITTED TO PROVIDE VARIOUS REALISTIC STREET FINISHES.



Traditional Setts shown alongside a plain (matte) concrete strip



Modern Round Decorative stones



Modern concrete square tiled



Traditional worn rectangular Cobblestones



Red brick Bond (2 brick sizes)



Red Brick Bond inside the track mixed with Concrete Paving Slabs outside the track



Plain Red Brick (one size) custom cut and fitted to parallel the rails

 

 

 

 

 

As well as the surfaces above, there is a matte near black asphalt version of the plain concrete finish. The available street surfaces are also accurately scaled for HO with fine fine stone or brick detail and minor natural random blemishes.

Except as otherwise noted, these highly durable plastic surfaces are supplied as nominal approx. 8" by 12" sheets in a neutral beige/grey stone color which can be painted and weathered for an extremely realistic final finish.
br>Note that these fine surfaces are intended for use as needed for ultra track realism within the narrow confines of the loading gauge of the street trackage and median. The remainder of the street area can be finished traditionally and economically with painted wood, card or plaster as appropriate.

Further varieties of street surface may be introduced later.

 

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