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@1. Were the icicle breakers made from flat bar stock or round tubing? (to me it looks like flat stock)2. Were the "mountain lights" mounted on all A units, or just the lead loco in a consist? I have found out that these were not so much spot lights, but rather a twin beam Gyralight, model Horiz. 20585.
@I don't know if they were applied for certain routes, and if so, were those locomotives in captive service for those routes due to having the avalanche lights?
@From the photos I've looked through, I'm certain that the icicle breakers were made from flat stock.
contact Dan and he may be able to give you the specs they used.
Detail Associates makes several sizes of flat brass wire. https://www.walthers.com/catalogsearch/result/?q=flat+brass+wireMaybe 0.015x0.018" or 0.015x0.024" would work?They also used to make 0.010x0.018" and 0.010x0.030" flat brass wire, but I don't see it available anymore - I still have have few pieces squirreled away.
No need to etch the part, flatten wire, buy brass flat-stock that may or may not be the correct width or thickness....just mark it, cut it, straighten it out, emboss it, bend it, solder on accessories and mount it to the model. Easy as pie and quick too.
If you make them truly scale thickness they might be a bit fragile. That would be ok for a display model, but they might get mangled on a operational model. Sometimes it makes sense to make details a bit more robust when the models are utilized on an operational layout.