Power Lines

Discussion in 'General' started by Rick McClellan, May 31, 2011.

  1. Rick McClellan

    Rick McClellan 2009 Engineer of the Year

    I need to run some electrical lines over Rosedale Yard |-| and wonder what everyone uses for the cables. I would like to have something that would sag like the real ones. Wire sounds good but it is curly due
    small spools it is on and might be difficult to straighten.

  2. phawkwood

    phawkwood Member

    In the past I've used heavy black thread. What I had was actually army surplus surgical silk, though I have no idea where you might come by such a thing. I thought it looked pretty good.
  3. meteor910

    meteor910 2009 Engineer of the Year Staff Member Frisco.org Supporter

    Rick - Light test fishing line?

  4. SteveM

    SteveM Member Frisco.org Supporter

    Good grief--mentioning army surplus to an enactor. That'll be the final reason for him to go out and buy a jeep! And not an HO one.
    Otherwise, wasn't there a method of running ACC along a thread to give it the right stiffness?
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  5. yardmaster

    yardmaster Administrator Staff Member Administrator Frisco.org Supporter

    Rick, it sounds like getting the "sag" just right would be the trick. I'm wondering if floral wire would work? I've seen some that comes in the package ramrod-straight, but is easy to bend.

    It isn't worth a whit for most detailing projects, but I would think that if it were gently shaped with a wooden or styrene template, it might do the trick if all it has to do is sit over the tracks at Rosedale.

    Good luck and keep us advised on your results!

    Best Regards,
  6. FriscoFriend (Bob Hoover RIP 4/12/2018)

    FriscoFriend (Bob Hoover RIP 4/12/2018) Passed Away April 12, 2018 Frisco.org Supporter

    When Rick originally posted this question on power lines I thought that I had remembered that someone had made one especially for model railroad purposes. After searching that day I gave up until someone asked the same question today on Cody's Office on Model Railroader Online. The product is Pro Line Pole Line from Pro Tech. Below is the link:


    It actually stretches so if someone pushes on it, it will flex and bounce back.

    Hope this helps!

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