Street lights/hydropoles/telephone ploes

Discussion in 'Scratchin' & Bashin'' started by interurban, Dec 29, 2002.

  1. interurban

    interurban Active Member

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    Hi Folks At the last R/W show up here at Whitby I was doing a clinic, and I got into trying different ways to light our hobby;)

    And Val aka spitfire thought they might do the trick so I have posted two that I like.
    We will be planting them on the Traction in Action layout this winter.:D :D :D :D :D

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  2. interurban

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    This one is for dark alleyways and such;)

    Both are unpainted of course, do they look promising??

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    Nice job! I've been thinking of something similar for my layout (N-scale). Do you have any hints, tips, or words of wisdom?
  4. interurban

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    Hi Rory , I did this for HO gauge
    N gauge hmmmmmmmmm;)

    I think the smallest brass tube is 1/16th and I had to go to 3/16th
    for the main tube is this to big for N Gauge??

    If you can find the bulbs hot or cold ( wire has to thread down the tube)
    and the size of tube that won`t look over size on N gauge
    you might be able to make them up.

    Let me know and I will tell it step by step.

    happy new Year
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    I'm not sure about dimensions. One idea I had was to thread only one wire through the tube, and solder the other directly to the tube. That way I could cut down on space...but it would be hard to make it look nice. Also, I was considering using LEDs since they last so long and I wouldn't have to worry about changing bulbs...
  6. interurban

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    Hi Rory ,
    The street light 2nd pic for alleyways, stations and such could be modified.

    If you use the 1/16th all the way to the base ( mine go`es into a 1/8th tube).
    both wire`s will fit in but be carful when you shape the top. Put a heavy gauge wire down the tube before you attempt to shape it that way it will still be nice and hollow , find a small round object that you can use to bend the brass to shape. Solder the fine cross piece in place before you put the bulb in ;)
    It will be hard to handle a small lengh so bend it while its one piece then cut what you need for scale height.
    Do it sound right???

    Happy Happy Hogmoney
    To you and yours.


    Let me know if you make one up please, would like to see it:)
  7. interurban

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    how I made those street lights

    Hi HAUSPETER,

    These lights I made are easy , if you read this part=-

    If you use the 1/16th all the way to the base ( mine go`es into a 1/8th tube).
    both wire`s will fit in but be careful when you shape the top. Put a heavy gauge wire down the tube before you attempt to shape it that way it will still be nice and hollow , find a small round object that you can use to bend the brass to shape. Solder the fine cross piece in place before you put the bulb in
    It will be hard to handle a small length so bend it while its one piece then cut what you need for scale height.

    That is for the small street type of light.

    Building the one with the telephone wires on top.
    I again used 1/8th hollow brass I researched the hight and drilled the biggest hole I could into the side of the brass rod and made a downwards type cut so it would except the 1/16th hollow brass rod.

    I soldered this into the side, being careful to ensure the hole was clear to except the light wire.

    That step can be difficult, i used my fine overhead wire and threaded it through then hooking the wire i brought the bulb wire down and through to the base.

    The bulb cover is 1/8th brass u channel cut and shaped.

    I simply cut the top off a H O scale brown telephone poles that you buy and cemented it into the top trying to mould it into place.


    The bulbs are 12 /16 volt when you get a few wired in line they are not to bright.
    I hope that helps you Ryan.
    If you make them please show us .
    Thanks.
    :wave:


    btw here is a picture of both lights on the layout.

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  8. Bones

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    5 year delay, but thanks for the info. :p

    3/16" would be gigantic in N scale. ... almost 3 feet around.
    There are smaller sizes available, you just have to search for them.
  9. MadModeler

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    They definitely do!:thumb::cool:
  10. railroader9731

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    what about 1/16th tube and a coated copper wire that radio shack sells as i have some now ill put that on my list of things to do. and its for n scale to boot.
  11. mont2186

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    Get the smallest tube you can and use fiber optics threaded into them. Melt the end of the fiber with a match to form the bulb. At the other end use an LED bulb. Drill a hole for the size of the fiber in the top of the LED an insert the fiber end. Looks great in N Scale. Been doing this for years now. Good Luck !! Den