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    Default Subways: Your Models and Your Favorites

    One of my fast-growing railroad interests is subways, particularly those of New York, but unfortunately I haven't found much in the area of active subway discussion here. So I want to know, who's done some subway modeling here? It can be anything, even just a little cutaway scene under a city section with a layout, or even just a 3D-printed shell. I regret to say that I have yet to build anything subway-related, but I hope to change that sometime soon.

    Also, what's your favorite subway systems/equipment? I already mentioned that I like New York's system, and while I don't know a ton about their equipment yet, so far my favorite has to be the Redbirds.
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    I have a fantasy that after I get my 1000 other projects done, I'd like to build a small "rendition" of NYC circa 1940=ish. Mostly for the elevated railways but would like to include trolley and some subway views.

    My limited research shows very limited N scale subway style models availability. It will probably be a 3D print project. Particularly for the vintage equipment.

    I have seen a few photos over the years but have never heard anyone actively modeling a vintage subway layout. Have seen a few modelers that include cutaways with not specific subway equipment. Maybe someone here will jump in.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jugtown Modeler View Post
    I have a fantasy that after I get my 1000 other projects done, I'd like to build a small "rendition" of NYC circa 1940=ish. Mostly for the elevated railways but would like to include trolley and some subway views.

    My limited research shows very limited N scale subway style models availability. It will probably be a 3D print project. Particularly for the vintage equipment.

    I have seen a few photos over the years but have never heard anyone actively modeling a vintage subway layout. Have seen a few modelers that include cutaways with not specific subway equipment. Maybe someone here will jump in.
    That sounds really cool, in fact the elevated lines are probably the easiest way to model any of the subway lines. One of my dream projects is a diorama or module of Shea Stadium with the Willets Point station in the foreground.

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    @WittyWhitcomb

    I knew an English girl (yep you heard right - girl SuzieX) who built a replica of the London Underground. albeit HO Scale. Not sure if she is still in the hobby or not but if I can dig up her email she might be able to point you in a direction and/or offer some hands on advice.
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    My only experience with subways is the U-Bahn in Hamburg, Germany. Very efficient and clean. It runs both underground and, on the route most convenient to the Miniatur Wunderland, elevated.

    The airport in Frankfurt (Frankfurt Flughafen) has two train stations under the terminal. The first level down is for local and regional trains. The next level is the Fernbahnhof, or long distance trains such as the InterCity Express - ICE. I loosely modeled my staging area after this. Very loosely.
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    Hi WittyWhitcomb,

    I've roughed in a subway stop under my city park...but it's been on the "roundtuit" list for a couple of years.

    For the subway car I'm using a Kato low profile power unit and cut and spliced heavyweight passenger parts and doors(I'm modelling the 1950's).

    I went with dual track at the station and spring loaded turnouts in the out of sight tunnels for a "push-pull" run using a single car.

    The operation will be automated using a Picaxe microprocessor to control random wait times between trains, signals, read the photocell detectors and start/slow/stop the train.

    There are several good videos about modeling a subway station on Youtube.
    Happy Modeling

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    Hi,

    Luke Towan has built an HO diorama of a Subway Station if you are interested.

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=-8hiy4oSJBg
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    Quote Originally Posted by BruceNscale View Post
    For the subway car I'm using a Kato low profile power unit and cut and spliced heavyweight passenger parts and doors(I'm modelling the 1950's).
    That is the similar to my ambition. Except previous subway car era. Tentatively thinking Q cars of 30's-40's...


    Quote Originally Posted by WittyWhitcomb View Post
    elevated lines are probably the easiest way to model any of the subway lines.
    Not sure if easy comes to mind... More observable? Less hidden...?
    It does combine my interests in urban architecture, transportation and history.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BruceNscale View Post
    Hi WittyWhitcomb,

    I've roughed in a subway stop under my city park...but it's been on the "roundtuit" list for a couple of years.

    For the subway car I'm using a Kato low profile power unit and cut and spliced heavyweight passenger parts and doors(I'm modelling the 1950's).

    I went with dual track at the station and spring loaded turnouts in the out of sight tunnels for a "push-pull" run using a single car.

    The operation will be automated using a Picaxe microprocessor to control random wait times between trains, signals, read the photocell detectors and start/slow/stop the train.

    There are several good videos about modeling a subway station on Youtube.
    Neat! Whenever you get "roundtuit" I'd love to follow the building process

    Quote Originally Posted by African Pirate View Post
    Hi,

    Luke Towan has built an HO diorama of a Subway Station if you are interested.

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=-8hiy4oSJBg
    Wow, that's just fantastic. That's how I picture my dream layout, only I also have an idea of building a cityscape above.

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    Not sure if easy comes to mind... More observable? Less hidden...?
    It does combine my interests in urban architecture, transportation and history.
    Fair point, maybe not necessarily easier. Though derailments certainly are harder to handle on subways, both real and modeled...
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    There's always the Kingston trolley museum, that could be modeled. Their collection would allow almost any NYC car to be run prototypically
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    This might be heresy considering my city of residence, but my favorite subway is the DC Metro. I especially like the architecture but the trains are cool too.

    I haven't done any subway modeling but I like freelancing, and a fictional subway to run through my fictional city is on my bucket list.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Intermodalman View Post
    here's always the Kingston trolley museum
    Looks like they have some Q cars in their roster. Thanks.
    A long day trip but will keep in mind if/when can get up that way.
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    Hi all, new to the forum. I'm getting started on my N scale layout, and it will be heavily subway/elevated focused. I'm going for a 70's-80's era, with the grimy vibe of NYC at the time, with influences of LA and London mixed. I'm still trying to figure out the best way to lay the track and set the stations underground. Looking forward to chatting with you, getting tips, and sharing with everyone!

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    Welcome, @quagland! Sounds like a very interesting project.
    Cheers!
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    This guy makes some interesting looking subway car shells - https://www.shapeways.com/shops/ihphobby

    Images Replicas / OCS Models made some very nice looking (and running) brass NYC subway cars back in the 90's , but they're ridiculously hard to find nowadays.

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    Quote Originally Posted by quagland View Post
    Hi all, new to the forum. I'm getting started on my N scale layout, and it will be heavily subway/elevated focused. I'm going for a 70's-80's era, with the grimy vibe of NYC at the time, with influences of LA and London mixed. I'm still trying to figure out the best way to lay the track and set the stations underground. Looking forward to chatting with you, getting tips, and sharing with everyone!
    Nice! This is one of my future layout ideas, though when I say future I mean post-lottery future...
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