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    Question telephone pole wire

    in the Kalmbach book HOW TO BUILD AND DETAIL MODEL RAILROAD SCENES the author (Lou Sassi) tells, in one chapter, how to detail telephone poles, and what to use for wire, in HO scale. Any suggestions on what you can use for N scale?
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    I use a very fine polyester monofilament thread made by Sulky. It's .004" in diameter, smoke colored, and has a little shine to it so it looks like real wire. It's called Invisible Thread.
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    The only way to go is Berkshire Junction EZ Line. It is streachy and very thin and comes in 4 colors.

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    I'll second that EZ Line. The stretch factor of this stuff is excellent.

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    Smile EZ Line

    Here is EZ line on my MOW crane control lines.

    I think Vern Niner used EZ Line on his telephone poles. It does stretch tight and does not sag like a real line might do. There was a thread on this before, but I can't find it now. You can get six feet of EZ Line for 2 US$ (including shipping) from Bobe's Hobby House in Florida. A spool costs a lot more. Bobe's Hobby House.

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    Jerry-

    I would hesitate to use the stuff that does NOT sag. I have seen to many pictures of poles slightly askew in MR layout shots.
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    The wire shouldn't pull the poles down!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fotheringill
    I would hesitate to use the stuff that does NOT sag.
    You can, of course, let the stretchy stuff sag. One doesn't use this material to resist sagging, one uses it to stretch when you reach across and snag the wires. The stretchy thread will return to it's original position, which may be saggy or tight.

    My problem with wires is spiderwebs! :eek:
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    Tony is right and there is NO substitute for the stuff ...
    It hangs well , by the way.

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    I visited an HO layout once, and somehow the wires had sagged and were picked up on a passing train, which went pretty far before the gracious and gabby host noticed it. It was hard to keep from laughing, but it made me wonder if that level of detail is really worth it on a running layout.
    Jeff

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