Lionel/Converse 2-7/8" Gauge "City Park" Trolley ca. 1902
I recently acquired a 1937 Lionel 700e scale Hudson. I knew that the loco had some problems and was not in running condition when I purchased it.
The Universal Current Controller (UCC) Switch
Getting enough original 2 inch gauge Voltamp track to make a decent size loop for operating trains is not easy. I didn't have too much trouble getting a circle of Voltamp 42"diameter curves, but as our friend Frank Loveland told me not too long ago: "Everybody wants straight sections." And that was the rub for me: where to find some straight sections of 2" gauge Voltamp track.
As fate would have it, I was contacted last summer by an old time former TCA member who had some Voltamp track to sell. From him I ended up buying about eight 24" straight sections of Voltamp track, a full circle of 42" diameter curved sections, and an unusual six section circle of raked track probably intended for use with a trolley set.
This winter I got to work expanding my upper level layout to a dimension of 8 foot by 6 foot. I put down a loop of Voltamp track on the outside, and set up my original (ex. Jack Windt via Stout) Detroit LeLand monorail just inside of the 2" gauge loop. This is the first photograph I've taken of my new 2" gauge operating layout. There will be more to follow. Please stay tuned!