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Telegraph  poles - Line poles


There have always been line poles along the German railways. In some spots, you can still find them.  Since they appeal to my imagination, I looked for a low budget manner to scratchbuild them.

Dimensions :   diameter 6 mm, length above the ground 23.5cm with a black border of about 1.8cm.  The widt of the crossbeam is  4.6 cm and the insulators are 3mm by 6mm of height..They are fixed with a brass rod of 0.8mm.

The top of the pole is is mostly pointed. The pole is painted dark brownisch and weathered .

The crossbeam is made of  2mm L-profile (plastic or brass). The insulators are sef-made, carved out of a wooden rod of 3mm diam. A little hole is drilled on the underside and the brass wire is glued. Then a little hole is also drilled in the crossbeam and the insulater is fixed with glue onto the beam, taking care that the wire outpasses the beam with 1 or 2 mm. The band which contours the pole is made of thin alu foil , glued and painted.

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2nd version :

Update :  14.01.2010


I've been looking to make the cross-beam in a U shape, with as max dimensions 2 by 2mm. Today , I 've found in a local trainshop, OLAERTS, the following item :  K&S engineering from Chicago : Square brass 1/16 x 0.014 stock no 1497
It's a hollow beam that I transform to a U-shape with the aid of my Dremel. Photos will follow.

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Above plastic insulators who will lateron replace the wooden ones below


Ties

Along the railroad track, we frequently find some used ties. They are made of a wooden beam of 8 by 5 mm. The upper edges are slightly rounded off. The the upper side is carved to obtain the specific structure. I painted them first with Tamiya acrylic paint XF-10, dark brown. Then black and rustpowder can be added.




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