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Hey Moe, these pipes is fulla wires!
« on: January 21, 2010, 01:52:00 AM »
Here's what i've been working on while you slackers are all busy chatting online.

First, clip your wire subassembly to the inner rail, to make sure you're happy with where it's going to go.

Once you're satisfied with it's placement, bend all the vertical drops to the proper angle, so the top messenger wire has the right arc to it around the curve. Then retouch all the top solder joints to adjust the position and angles, so the entire wire subassembly maintains the exact curve shape when you unclip it from the rail.

Then use some wood blocks to support it across it's length at the right height, and solder the ends into the cross spans.

Add in the compound cross drops and other complex work as needed over switches.

Use some unpowered cars with properly sprung and working pans to test your work as you go.

Don't forget to put in the insulators.

Add more wire and continue to test.

The PRR had pull-offs in all kinds of weird places, so don't be afraid to use them to keep things lined up.

Make sure to keep the wire tight, and things should fall into place.

While we're at it, and i'm posting photos:

Always keep plenty of power around, just in case.

Eat your heart out, conrail queens.

..Or SPF foamers.

« Last Edit: January 21, 2010, 08:27:20 AM by Hiroe »
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Re: Hey Moe, these pipes is fulla wires!
« Reply #1 on: January 21, 2010, 07:52:43 AM »
Fantastic wire work there!
Philip H.
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Re: Hey Moe, these pipes is fulla wires!
« Reply #2 on: January 21, 2010, 08:00:24 AM »
That is one beautiful layout and some superb equipment running around.

Keep the pics coming some great stuff there thanks for sharing!


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Re: Hey Moe, these pipes is fulla wires!
« Reply #3 on: January 22, 2010, 09:40:38 AM »
Thanks much,
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