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Old 07-15-2008, 08:09 PM   #1
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Wiring Utility Poles

I am trying to "wire" my telephone poles on my layout. I would appreciate any hints that would make this process a little easier. I know there are "pre-wired" poles coming out this summer but I would really like to try it myself. I would appreciate any help! Thanks!
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Lightbulb Wiring Utility Poles

I have not attempted this feat before, however from other past experiences in MRR.
I would place/glue in the poles, then string the wire from pole to ploe using small amount of CA to afix wire in place.
That's my two bits for food for thought


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Old 07-16-2008, 04:03 PM   #3
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I have not attempted this feat before, however from other past experiences in MRR.
I would place/glue in the poles, then string the wire from pole to ploe using small amount of CA to afix wire in place.
That's my two bits for food for thought


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Thank you very much for the welcome and the utility pole information. I will try that today and let you know how things turn out1
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I am trying to "wire" my telephone poles on my layout. I would appreciate any hints that would make this process a little easier. I know there are "pre-wired" poles coming out this summer but I would really like to try it myself. I would appreciate any help! Thanks!
Good Evening and Welcome.. Regards to the telephone poles I have heard where a tiny hole (just the size of the telephone line being used) is drilled through the insulator. The line then threaded through and you have your line in place. I haven't tried it myself but when I get to that stage, I will sure give it a try.
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Welcome to this great forum.
Another thing you can do to keep your "wires" from drooping if you use thread, is pull them through some bees wax or such. Lay the thread on the wax, cover it with your thumb and pull the thread through. This will help to stiffen the thread.

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Looking at prototype lines, I would say a certain amount of droop is realistic as long as it's not too much.
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Looking at prototype lines, I would say a certain amount of droop is realistic as long as it's not too much.
Plain thread will droop in a unrealistic manner because there is no wire in it like the real thing. The wax will help to stiffen the thread and mimic the wire.

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Rapido Trains has pre-wired poles, I am starting my first set tonight, waiting for the glue to dry on the first pole.

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Telephone wire:

Has anyone tried a fine fishing line.. It is stiff enough there should be no droppy lines.

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That's a good point. I'll have to try that when I get there.
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