After last nights chat I set out on a mission to find help for someone that had a modeling nightmare and find information on running a live overhead cat or wire for trolleys operation while switching..
Now granted, there are those that like to think that the wires are just over the cameras lens angle. ( I'm cool with that to!!) This help is for those like me that have to see sparks fly from the overhead for the complete modeling experiance...
The link below will shed an entire world of knowledge for sparky wannabee's....
So .... if you are like me and have to turn off "ALL" the lights and hope for a " LITTLE BLUE or ORANGE SPARK" from the overhead, you got to read this information.
Which by the way I have soldered little fingers onto the wire to try and reproduce this neat little sight.. Nope I'm not crazed by electricity in the least....
Years ago, a guy that shopped at the local hobby shop that I infested had a large Lionel layout, with rather crude, non powered overhead. He wanted sparks from his GG1 pantographs.
He placed a wire alongside the overhead at several spots. The overhead was grounded, the little wire only touched the pan momentarily as the loco went past the spot. The little wire was hooked to the 110V house current.
He got SPARKS! He loved it. The pans didn't. Short (pun) time later all the pans had an area burnt away, and fell apart.
Performed by a professional idiot--don't try this at home
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