Frog it , so I did

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  1. interurban

    interurban Active Member

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    The Traction Layout main Line is being frogged.

    Now although this sounds painful ,,,it only hurts fro a while:D

    The gang want to operate a few poles on the traction layout.
    So the work crew are at it(me).
    This is the first of 12 to do.

    The last shot is of a scratch built box motor ready to earn revenue on the Traction in Action.

    (announce1 Built by Dave Lawler)

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  2. emt49

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    looks good :thumb:

    but how dose it work to move the overhead from one line to another i have never see this in person? :)
  3. interurban

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    Hi EMT49.

    The overhead is the wire, the pole is diverted to the other wire by the frog , thus.
    The pole is pulled to the rail that the interurban is riding on , when you have a switch area we wait for the pole to be pulled off the wire this tells you when the frog will allow the pole to transfer to the other wire.
    Snip the wire insert the frog and wire up the siding.

    Sounds easy but its fiddly.
    This type of frog also allows the Pantograph to glid freely under it.:D
  4. emt49

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    Thanks i was wondering how it worked.

    and thats a verry nice layout you got there :thumb:
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    60103 Pooh Bah

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    Chris: I think it's a very good idea. I may bring something to the next show, whenever it is. Whose frogs are they?
    EMT49: looked at from the underside, the frog is a flat plate with 3 holes in it. The 2 at the wide end are just far enough apart for the trolley shoe to pass by on one wire. There are wings folded down at the side that guide the shoe as the pole pulls it to one side or the other.
    Prototype frogs have a bit of track cast in for the shoe to follow.
    Shoes for crossings are just weird. For double slips, two normal frogs are used. (Note that trolley double slips are somewhat on the rare side.)
  6. interurban

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    Hi David, I won them on ebay , but we can buy more from the same guy here is his site.

    http://www.eatoncustomengineering.com/HOTractionProducts.html

    I still have to get a crossover for the town but I think bigdonny will give me one from his new collection:thumb:

    They are very well done.
    Shows??? we will be at Bowmanville, then the Christmas train show.
    Hope you bring a pacific:thumb: :thumb: :thumb:
  7. jim currie

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    neat Chris :) have also heard them refered to as pans.
  8. Clerk

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    :wave: :wave: Looking good Chris. I remember seeing that one a few months ago.

    :thumb: :thumb:
  9. Ralph

    Ralph Remember...it's for fun!

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    Chris, frogging does sound "fiddly" and I admire your patience and steady hands! You certainly get terrific looking results!
    Ralph
  10. MadModeler

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    Exactly. Very impressive interurban!:thumb:
  11. interurban

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    Thanks a bunch fellows.
    I appreciate that:)
  12. doctorwayne

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    Man, I wish I hadn't looked at this thread. I've always liked interurbans and the look of overhead and now I'm wishing I had a place to shoehorn in an interchange, or at least a crossing with one. Nice work on those frogs and a nice looking layout, too.

    Wayne
  13. interurban

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    Thanks Wayne, You know you are going to do it soon.:D
    On your Fantastic Layout it would look GREAT!

    You are living in THE interurban area of ONTARIO
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    I know, that's another thing that makes it so tempting. I've built a couple of structures for a nearby museum, and will probably do more. Their trolley layout represents one of the lines that ran through this area, so I've already been exposed to the "bug".

    Wayne
  15. interurban

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    Wayne, Did you build the structures for the new Niagara Museum?

    If so I will have to get out and see it soon.
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    Great shot of the hot water tank, looks like a big industrial tank on the layout
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    Great shot of the hot water tank, looks like a big industrial tank on the layout
  18. Gil Finn

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    Great shot of the hot water tank, looks like a big industrial tank on the layout
  19. interurban

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    There is only one hot water tank Gilsign1 sign1 sign1 sign1
  20. Wildcatfootball

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    What street cars are those?