Saw this repro of a Paya trolley on the store-site, couldn't resist for $6.75 plus $3.99 shipping. I figured this might be a good candidate for re-motoring for O-gauge.
A few observations:
- Its manufacture is pretty flimsy, all tab-and-slot assembly, no soldering of any joints, and the tin is pretty lightweight, so it took a beating in shipment. There's a few spots that will require some straightening.
- The mechanical motor (windup) is very weak and fidgety. Even if it had flanged wheels, which it does not, I doubt it could make it around a 27" circle of track more than once. Either a stronger mechanical motor will be required, or a step up to electric with an open-frame or can motor/chassis will be needed.
- The lithography is good, bright, and the trolley pole seems pretty sturdy. Proportionally, the body looks about right for O-gauge.
If I ever get around to converting it, I'll post some pictures. Could be a fun project.