Just under the wire
Peter Witt streetcar.
IF YOU enjoy running traction equipment such as the Peter Witt streetcar, there are some real nice nuggets at the Trainz Download Station (DLS) for you to use. Elsewhere in this issue of VMRJ I described how to create a traction route (see "Traction action" -- Ed.). The neighborhood in this picture is just starting to be constructed and will be featured in a future Download gold article once all the bits and pieces are finished. For today’s Download gold, I am listing the traction equipment that is available from the DLS for your traction route. Traction can mean large electrically powered locomotives such as the Pennsylvania GG1 or small passenger carrying cars such as a trolley. For this article I will list the smaller passenger carrying units that I have been able to dig out from the mine. I think the pictures speak for themselves! The car barn shown in the pictures is a bwt_carbarn (KUID 61015:28000) by Jaleel.
Left to right: CD 810, UBT Green Hornet, and LRV Muni A/B.
MBTA PCC cars.
Note: Boston MBTA (Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority) cars labeled Type 5 and Type 6 are misnamed. Boston cars are only given type numbers if they are unique to Boston. The PCCs (Presidents Conference Committee) and the Boeing LRVs (light rail vehicle) are not unique to Boston and thus were never given Boston type numbers. The real Type 5 was a very popular lightweight car that roamed the streets of Boston for many years. The real Type 6 never got off the drawing boards. It was preempted by the Boeing LRV, the design of which was “encouraged” by the U.S. Government. Boston and San Francisco were both in need of new cars in the mid-1970s and the government, which was a major source of funding, urged the two cities to join forces in having a U.S. company design and build a standard U.S. car in a "buy-American" initiative. There is a full size mockup of the Type 6 front end at the Seashore Trolley Museum in Kennebunkport, Maine. -- Ed.
MBTA LRVs and a Peter Witt streetcar.
MBTA Type 7 cars, original and repainted.
I would like to give thanks to everyone who contributed their time and effort in order to make these beauties available. Special thanks go to Irv3400 (Damon) for the great collection of MBTA equipment he created for us all to enjoy. When you download these beauties, be sure to download the pack to ensure that you get all the required items.
Article and screen shots ©2004 John D'Angelo. All rights reserved.