HO Scale SEPTA Kawasaki Single-End LRV


Prototype photo- photographer unknown

THE PROTOTYPES
These big cars (50' long) were delivered to Philadelphia's SEPTA in 1981-1982. 112 single-ended cars were built by Kawasaki Heavy Industries of Japan to replace the oldest of the PCC cars then still in service. Now found only on the subway-surface routes on SEPTA, the cars have gone through several paint schemes and even some minor physical changes. All are in service, a testament to the maintainence care given them by SEPTA's shop forces and to Kawasaki.


Click HERE for a printable brochure with more photos!

THE MODELS
This model is IHP's first injection molded plastic project which is being produced for us by a manufacturer in China. It has been designed by IHP's Mike Bartel, from his own CAD drawings and tooled to IHP specifications. It is an IHP proprietary project and is not a 'collaborative' or 'assisted' effort with another brand name; this is an original IHP-developed, contracted, funded and owned project.

The models feature injection-molded plastic bodies, roof details, dummy 4-spring pole, frame, truck, wheel and underbody details and clear tinted plastic window inserts and clear headlight lenses (some will be painted in the correct colours).

Since the cars had two-piece, openable transom side windows when delivered but were later changed to single-piece solid windows, we can offer any future production runs with the frames printed on the windows or left off as appropriate to the paint scheme.

The underframe is designed to snap into the body; there are no screws in the construction/assembly of this model, making for easy disassembly for anyone wanting to power the model or add interior detail.

DISPLAY MODELS ONLY! The first run of these models are intended as souvenir/gift display models. Thus, they are NOT powered models. They will feature fixed rolling wheels with detail.

NOTE: The rolling wheels are gauged to PA broad gauge to look prototypical for a display model; they will NOT fit on a stock HO track.

THESE MODELS WILL BE AVAILABLE ASSEMBLED AND PAINTED ONLY. NO KITS OR UNDECORATED MODELS.

PAINT SCHEMES, CAR NUMBERS AND DESTINATION SIGNS
This first production run is a special limited commemorative run of the cars in their original 1982 delivery scheme (wide band around the car's waist) to commemorate 30 years of the Kawasaki cars in Philadelphia. (As pictured Below)


Two car numbers are available: #9000 and #9111, the first and the last cars. Destination (for all cars) is Route 10 via City Hall. Production is limited to 1000 models (500 of each car number).

THIS IS A SEPTA OFFICIALLY-LICENSED PRODUCT.

POWERING
We have three options for those wanting powered models (2-Rail DC):

1) DO-IT-YOURSELF POWERING
For those that can do their own work, we offer a 3D-printed plastic frame from our Shapeways page that accepts the Bowser #125100 motor and trucks. It is for more experienced HO modelers and is designed to be assembled by the modeler. You will need to order the frame from Shapeways and the Bowser #125100 mechanism.
Powering Instruction Sheets (Click to View, Print or Download):
Cover Page
Page 1
Page 2
Page 3

2) POWERED RTR MODELS
For those that cannot or don't want to do their own work, IHP is now offering these models powered, using Bowser's traction drive in our own 3D-printed plastic frame designed especially for this model. The basic 2-rail DC model will be available by special order and we ask that you allow 3-4 weeks for delivery. Please note that to help keep the price down, we are only offering the basic Bowser powered model (no DCC, lights, sound, special wiring, or working pole), and these powered models are only available direct from IHP. You can order them using automatic Paypal ordering, or contact IHP direct. MSRP $178.95 plus shipping.

3) POWER DRIVE ONLY
If you already have one of these models and would like to get a drive for it, contact IHP for a price on the drive mechanism only (assembled and 2-rail DC wired 3D frame, Bowser drive, truck/wheel/coupler details) to snap into your model.

FUTURE DEVELOPMENTS
IHP is working with ESU to develop a sound unit for these models. We have recorded sounds for the cars directly from the prototypes in open-air operation. ESU has already developed a DCC unit for lighting and adding a complete sound unit will make these models act and sound as realistic as they appear.

IHP's PEDIGREE
We have over 15 years of experience in production of SEPTA Kawasaki LRV models in four different scales and we are familiar with the market for this model. We also have built a good relationship with SEPTA in that time, and we have access to individuals and reference information that have given us accurate detailing and graphics information and feedback that we have used to produce this model. We thank them all for their assistance on this project!


All models packed in attractive commemorative packaging (Click to see larger images)

MSRP NONPOWERED MODELS: $90.00 Ea.
MSRP POWERED MODELS: $189.95 Ea.

WHERE TO GET THEM:

1) SEPTA Transit Gift Shop 1234 Market St Lobby. Phila, PA 19107.
(215) 580-7168 M-F 10a-5p, Sat 10a-3p EST. SEPTA offers discounts to passholders and employees, too!
NOTE: SEPTA Transit Gift Shop sales are to USA addresses only.

2) Direct from IHP. Order HERE. FREE SHIPPING WORLDWIDE FOR NONPOWERED MODELS.

SPECIAL: Buy 2 or more NONPOWERED models, get 10% off your total order! DIRECT SALES ONLY.

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