These small, light, steel streetcars were designed for one man operation, which made them a boon to labor strapped cities during World War I and economical to operate during the Great Depression. Originally called â€œSafety Carsâ€ to emphasize that they were safe to ride, even without a conductor, they are better known as â€œBirneysâ€ after their co-designer, Charles O. Birney.
â€¢ DCC-equipped for speed, direction, and lighting
â€¢ designed for aftermarket sound system installation
â€¢ dual-mode NMRA-compliant decoder with 8-pin plug
â€¢ two-position switch (underside of car) for choice of overhead wire or track pickup
â€¢ precision can motor
â€¢ finescale gearing for slow-speed operation
â€¢ working trolley poles
â€¢ all-wheel drive
â€¢ detailed painted interior
â€¢ LED lighting
This model performs best on 15" radius curves or greater..