THE PROTO:87 STORES

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"REAL TRACK SCALED DOWN" TM

TRANSFORMING HO MODEL RAILROADING REALISM FOR THE 21st CENTURY

, TRULY REALISTIC ZERO DERAILMENT TRACK,  REALISTIC HEAVY CAR INERTIA AND ROLLING, REALISTIC SIMPLE REMOTE SWITCHING, REALISTIC GLIDING TRAIN MOVEMENT WITH WORKING SUSPENSION.

WORKING TOWARDS COMPLETELY HANDS OFF, 100% RELIABLE, TOTALLY REALISTIC OPERATIONS,


OUR PHONE NUMBER

(for leaving messages)

805 710 8244

IMPORTANT ANOUNCEMENT

Despite the claim on the their website,

WE ARE NOT IN ANY WAY "PARTNERS" with

OAK HILL MODELRAILROAD TRACK SUPPLY.

To build correctly working items from our

NMRA Warranted "ULTIMATE" TM TRACK RANGE,

and obtain our support,

please use the "Switch-Works" TM fixtures and

"ULTIMATE" TM Complete Kits and Iinstructions

posted here on our own website.

The new "PRESTO" TM,  Smart Push Button Switch Motor Controller

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Adds Push Button Operation to the MOLE TM, or ALMOST ANY OTHER MAKE OF STALL SWITCH MACHINE, from local to mutiple panels, with Dispatcher Override and Local Lockout.

Many other features including optional rotating switch stands and "Invisible Switchman" TM simulated local hand throwing of yard turnouts without needing ugly overscale manual switch stands. Typical installation "plug and play" cables included!

Just "touch" near the switch stand, or wherever is convenient and the turnout will throw automatically..

Click here for more information

A brief Video demo.

Click here for more information

Please note we are currently updating the PRESTO TM web pages ordering and technical information. Please excuse any stange appearance while we finish this work. If you have any ordering problems, please email us for assistance. contact@proto87.com

 

The Mole II TM is the new even more shallow depth,  easy mounting MOLE TM, with a new ,Precision Rotating Switch Stand Option. See the new help video for the Mole II under the information menu.

 

 

The new way of making curved turnouts of any radius that you need to fit your particular layout plan is here! Click here to find out all about it.

 

Do you have what is probably the most common type of frog in US Railroad Yards - in your model yards?  

We can help! Now you can have far more realistic Switching and Operations on your layout.

Click on the model frog to go directly to the page for our unique "Ultimate" tm "88-Safe" tm model "Yard Frog" tm and our other far more realistic model frog types.

And remember, our "88-Safe" TM technology means that you can run the popular but narrower code 88 wheels safely and smoothly on regular NMRA HO standard track work.

 Professional Engineering Designers and Manufacturers of Truly Realistic and Prototypically Accurate Model Track, Precision Electro-Mechanical Mechanisms and Prototypically Working Miniature Engineering Items for Small Scale Model Railroads.

Originally founded in 1996 as the R&D and Supply Department of the NMRA Proto:87 SIG, we have steadily grown to become the leading provider of more accurate and realistic HO, N and Z Scale track kits and parts to discerning modelers around the World.

 

AS A TRULY USA BASED, R&D AND MANUFACTURING HOUSE, WE GIVE YOU REAL CHOICES AND MORE CHOICES!

LIKE TRULY REALISTIC TRACKWORK

ON EITHER, "FAST AND EASY" TM PLASTIC FLEX TIE BASES, OR OUR "ULTIMATE" TM, "REAL TRACK SCALED DOWN" TM, EXACTLY PROTOTYPICAL, REAL WOOD TIES WITH TRUE SCALE SPIKES AND TIEPLATES.

OR EVEN BOTH MIXED FOR YOUR IDEAL BALANCE OF CONVENIENCE AND APPEARANCE

 

 


HO . . . . OR . . . P87

Regular NMRA HO Width Flangeways         Near Scale,  NMRA Proto:87  Width Flangeways

Absolute precision, super-detailed, manganese or regular bent rail frogs
Fully inter-changeable, for easily changing style,
Or even upgrading later to the finer proto:87 standard



Yes! This really is our "Ultimate" TM HO Scale hand-laid track!

With our absolutely precision "drop-in" pre-formed frogs, along with our CNC pre-machined "slide-in" points and our scale appearance, solderless, "snap-in" throwbars and "glue-down" point hinges, we make it so easy, that anyone who can glue together a plastic kit, can easily make track this accurate and realistic.

Or you can even use our individual parts to upgrade the turnouts you already have!!!




While for comparison, this is the real thing!

 

THE ORIGINAL, FAR LESS EXPENSIVE, NMRA WARRANTED,

"SWITCH-WORKS" TM EXPANDABLE TURNOUT BUILDING FIXTURE

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The Extra Smart, LH-RH Flip-Over Design saves 50% of the Cost Immediately!

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And just the one expandable fixture BUILDS EVERYTHING to COMPLETION, including all the ties, the points, the frog and of course, all the Prototype's many different tie plates.


UNPARALLELED SCALE TROLLEY TRACK FOR HO

The "Electric Avenue" TM, complete realistic trolley and industrial railroad street track system.



We are dedicated to helping you model what the prototype actually looks like.

We pride ourselves in the Proto:87 Stores, that we help you model the way the prototype actually is, so everything you do automatically becomes much more realistic. So when it come to the track and it's details we make, we continually go out with our camera and "Walk the Tracks", to find proper examples to base our parts on.

That's why you will probably find our site to be very different from most other Model Railroad Track suppliers. We try and show pictures of "The Prototype" alongside our parts, so you can judge for yourself how close to the "Real Thing" it's now possible to get!

But at the same time we use extremely advanced 21st Century "Hi-Tech" Engineering Technology, Materials and Manufacturing Techniques to design realistic new parts to be very strong and very inexpensive, as well as being incredibly tiny and accurately detailed.

 


The new 24/7 automatic order form will to save you creating your own lists of parts to email or call in to order. However we still want you to enjoy the previous personal relationship we have had with every one of you. So our telephone number and voice mail (805 710-8244) is still there for any questions of actions you'd rather handle with a real person :)

Finally, this site is continually growing and evolving, as well as having new products added at frequent intervals. Check our "NEWS" Page for the latest additions!. But if there is something you don't see this time, or want to find out about, come back and look again soon, or call and ask :)

Thanks for all your support!

Sincerely,

Andy Reichert

 

 

 

 

Just an extra front page reminder for discerning
 
RAILROAD PROTOTYPE MODELERS AND SCALE MODELERS

 

 

ONLY WE OFFER

REAL TRACK - SCALED DOWN! TM

 

  

HERE ARE JUST SOME OF THE DIFFERENCES

YOU CAN EASILY SEE 

WITH THE 1960's HAND-LAID TRACK

 

No Ugly Solder Blobs, or Cut Tie Grooves,

No Just Painted on PRETEND Tie Plates, 

All THREE of the MOST COMMON REALLY USED ON THE PROTOTYPE RR Frog types,

(Bent Rail, Managanese and Self Guarded)

Prototypically Working UNDERCUT Points

So NO IMPOSSIBLY DANGEROUS Filed Away Stock Rail Bases,

And So NO EXTRA, UNECESSARY, MISTAKE FIXING Filing Tools

Realistic Throw Bars, and Point Hinge blocks - No Fantasy "THROW TIES" or Unreliable Flexing Solder joints

Actually Accurate, Proper 4 foot 8-1/2 inch, HO Scale track Gauge.


AND . . .

 

ALL MOVING PARTS GUARANTEED TO WORK PERFECTLY . . .   

EVEN THE VERY FIRST TIME -

NO LEARNING CURVE THROW AWAYS 

 

And then for as long as the Stores exists, we will replace any track part that ever fails in normal use.

 

(But Please Note - after 15 years shipping, it still hasn't happened yet)

 

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