telephone pole lines

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  1. rksstl

    rksstl Member

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    I know i've seen it up here somewhere but I can't remember where. Does anyone know what looks good and realitivly easy to use for wire on n scale telephone poles?:confused:

    Thanks
  2. Doug Trouten

    Doug Trouten New Member

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    Most Model Railroaders I know dont put lines on the telephone or power or telegraph poles. There are a couple reasons for this. The lines are fairly hard to keep clean and it is fairly hard to get the lines to look prototypical, especialy over elevations. Also depending on where the lines will be located they may cause problems with layout maintenance.
  3. shaygetz

    shaygetz Active Member

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    I was just at the Great American Train Show here in Pensacola and there was a vender there selling a promising looking line in both HO and N. It was almost like rubber and it would stretch and flex in all manner of ways. Don't know what it's called but it came in 100' rolls. You probably can find it in the Walther's N+Z catalog.
  4. Ralph

    Ralph Remember...it's for fun!

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    I recall reading about the use of elastic thread like the kind in sock cuffs....probably cheaper than a hobby product but I don't know how it might look...
    Ralph
  5. Bill Pontin

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    Hi Rich,
    The elastic line mentioned is called "EZ Line". I use it on my NTrak modules and it works great. It comes in two thicknesses and I believe three colors. I use the thinner stuff on my "N" scale telephone poles. I've snagged it so many times setting up my module and have yet to break it or snap a pole or break it off a building. The only drawback is prototypically it does not have a sag typical of a real line. It does come in 100' rolls and I think it runs $10 -$12

    check out www.berkshirejunction.com
  6. rksstl

    rksstl Member

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    Thanks everyone for the help. Bill thanks alot it was ez line I heard of but just couldn't remember its name. BTW I think it might have been one of your photos I saw it in.
  7. shamus

    shamus Registered Member

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    Well, I did have telephone and power cables on my N-gauge and H0 layouts, heres a photo.
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  8. CN1

    CN1 Active Member

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    Shamus, what did you use:confused:

    Looks great:thumb: :thumb:
  9. rksstl

    rksstl Member

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    I agree, that looks great shamus.:wave:
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    I think it may be the same stuff called expandex that you can get at sewing shops.
  11. shamus

    shamus Registered Member

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    Ror the heavy looking wire slung underneath, I used (Solder- painted) it stays in the position you place it. For the rest, I used shearing elastic. (Stays taut) Comes in 50’ rolls.
    Shamus
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