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 Posted: Mon Mar 6th, 2017 11:01 am
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Provided the trackwork is plain, you might be happy with live overhead. The maintenance/accessibility problem is always lurking in the background. Even  Bob Hegge of CMRR fame removed his catenary one day.



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 Posted: Mon Mar 6th, 2017 11:40 am
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I had catenary once. Never again!.
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 Posted: Mon Mar 6th, 2017 01:03 pm
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Good morning, I thank you all for your comments and have to say there are enough opinions to keep me in a state of confusion for a long time. I had an opportunity to speak with a fellow modeler who has a very large HO railroad that is under catenary and an operating group.  I found that he used a very thin piano wire soldered to brass eyelets for his system.  He said the advantage is it doesn't sag and since it is not electrically charged, it became scenery so to speak. I am not sure once I get started just how far I will go but I do want to try it.  I really doubt that I will use the elastic string, I have seen it in demonstrations but not really sure I like it.  I do like the idea of the piano wire.  I guess it comes down to how much aggravation I am willing to put up with.  Worse case is I don't do it and remove the pantograph from the box cab.  Woodie, I don't think trying to charge a r/c reciever is a particularly good idea but might be worth a try, who knows!  This bit about over head and how reliable it will be is mute if you consider I am using battery r/c, then who cares, it is just detail.     OK, that is my take on this and I really appreciate the exchange of ideas, now to a full day of model railroading and other exciting things.Steve

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 Posted: Mon Mar 6th, 2017 01:39 pm
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To me the sound of pole or pan going along the wire is part of the traction appeal.
I need to have live wire again, been about a decade thanks to moves and life changes.



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 Posted: Mon Mar 6th, 2017 10:03 pm
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Helmut wrote: Provided the trackwork is plain, you might be happy with live overhead. The maintenance/accessibility problem is always lurking in the background. Even  Bob Hegge of CMRR fame removed his catenary one day.

I never knew that!
It was photos of his O gauge layout that inspired me to have a go at catenary.
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 Posted: Mon Mar 6th, 2017 10:23 pm
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Good evening, First off my friend Ryan is going to post pictures of my 3/8's work, since this machine still remains a mystery to me, but then so does keeping beer fresh in a can.  Secondly, would someone please explain the meaning of "plain track"? I would think what is meant that there aren't a lot of cross overs and special track work.  Mine is a single track main line that branches off to the pier and saw mill or goes straight over to the other town.  There is no special track work of any kind, so this would be plain in my mind.  I am not even sure that the over head would branch off, probably goes from one town to the other, the train to the pier and saw mill would be the center cab diesel.OK, thanks again all, your conversations have been most helpful and at time humorous.Steve

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 Posted: Mon Mar 6th, 2017 10:37 pm
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Hi Steve :wave:


I was just wondering...

...if you wanted to do SOME but not ALL catenary...

...maybe just the pier section could be operated by overhead.


Or another location with it's own local switcher.


Just an idea.

Perhaps they didn't want the noise & pollution of diesel at certain spots...

...a pier or mine perhaps could be good examples of this.


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 Posted: Mon Mar 6th, 2017 10:44 pm
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Good evening,Si, thanks for the idea, as I have said in the past, I have a long way to go before this can happening, but it is good to get as many ideas as possible. Who knows what the future will provide.  Certainly limiting it, to the pier and center peninsula, would make a lot of sense, light weight loco and if it has to switch the saw mill, planning mill, and what ever else comes along so much the better.OK, time to make dinner for my wife and me, I will check in later,Steve

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 Posted: Tue Mar 7th, 2017 08:23 am
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Steve, plain track is any track that is not a point or crossover. Your length of flextrack is plain track.
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Bob

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 Posted: Tue Mar 7th, 2017 10:23 am
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Si. wrote

...if you wanted to do SOME but not ALL catenary...

this anticipated my question.

Q: would prototype practice allow shared rails with a non-electric locomotive?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=unhXEQQk8G8&index=245&list=PLswKyja_xQfJuj-5B_9h072k9LT5WKbqf

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