Thread: To string utility wire or not?
April 13th, 2012, 03:36 AM #1
To string utility wire or not?
Has anyone else struggled with whether or not to string the power and telephone wires on your utility poles? I've seen some photos that look great, but I'm concerned about things getting tangled, the wire getting in the way and other things I haven't even thought of. What's been the experience around here? Thanks!
April 13th, 2012, 03:56 AM #2
Put a small fly on each post, and see if the spiders will string between them :tb-biggrin:
Nope, not gonna happen on my layout (I also have a dearth of utility poles, so folks won't ask)Thanks,
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April 13th, 2012, 07:39 AM #3
Berkshire Junction has a product called EZ-line that is proving to be a very valuable way of stringing wire, especially so in that it remains flexible so that there is no damage in case the wires are accidentally touched.
April 13th, 2012, 02:04 PM #4
How modern is your era being modeled? A lot of utilities get buried today, and instead of poles you have those gray or green transformers on pads, and smaller versions here and there. If you have to use poles along the track mount them to the side of the track opposite the edge of the layout. That way you can reach a derailed car without having to reach over the wires or poles.
April 13th, 2012, 02:43 PM #5
Don't do it! IMHO, of course. It is just something in the way to be broken off the first time you clean track or re-rail a car.
But...I would pick a good place to take pictures and string some only in that location. It does look nice. I do recommend EZ Line for that and a lot of other things like guy-wire.
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April 13th, 2012, 03:16 PM #6
I use Berkshire EZ-Line, Fine for in town, and Heavy for transmission from the power plant to the substation. The photos are indistinct, but show the lines if you look closely.
BTW, EZ-Line stretches over 100% without breaking, then returns quickly to its original shape. The Heavy line in the photo crosses in front of the house interior power panel, but isn't harmed when the panel door is opened to access the circuit breakers because of stretching.
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April 13th, 2012, 04:47 PM #7
I've seen EZ Line in use. It does make quite a difference to how the layout looks but it isn't going to happen on mine.
April 13th, 2012, 04:55 PM #9How modern is your era being modeled?
The very late 50's, on one half, and the early 80's on the other. I'm doing sort of a split scene. However, the rolling stock and lines will always be B&O and friends up to the late 50's.
Thanks for the input all! Both sides made sense! I'll have to see how things go as I move along. I like the idea of having one little area for photos that have lines.
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Besides being able to reach the track easily, its a corss that line (no pun intended) thing. "I did it here, but those poles look funny without wires over there..."
Also struggled with the natural droop thing too. Great point mcJaco. "How do I capture that look", I have wondered.
Its kinda like the "do I put in the fence wires?" dilemma. For now, I am happy to "see them in my mind". Maybe someday...
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