Electric Switcher No. 19

by Junior Yamachi

In 1902 the old Pacific Electric Railway (PE) built a switcher and numbered it 20. No. 20 became No. 1510 in 1911 when the new PE started. In 1940 1510 was renumbered to 00196.

This tiny switcher (width: 8', length: 11'-6", height: 11'-6", weight: 25200lbs., wheelbase: 5'-6", electric motors: two Lorain 25HP) was used until the company's Torrance shop was closed, in 1955, and scrapped.

I planned to build this switcher with some modifications. My tiny switcher No. 19 was made of several wood materials, brass strips, tubes and rods.

Q-Car Co.'s K-6P controller set and Grandt Line coupler pockets are the only O scale parts.

Others are HO scale parts; trolley pole (modified to long pole), Kadee couplers, tool box (from a structure kit), pedestals (from MDC Harriman passenger car trucks) and Tenshodo SPUD WB-31 (with 14mm diameter wheels).

A gong on the roof is made of a round-headed push pin.

Here is the finished model on Junior's layout.

My thanks to Junior for another great article and model!

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This page updated Mar 8, 2007
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