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Old 01-10-2017, 12:07 PM   #1
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I have spent a couple of hours adding a few phone/telegraph lines to my lay out. I wanted something that could be easily removed to clean and was also easy to add.
The original plan was to have the wires running along the back of the board, well out of harms way however there were a couple of problems doing it like this, it did not look so good and the layout lights cause shadows of the wires on the back board. I have added trees close to lamps to stop them reflecting off of the back board and emphasizing how close it is. So in the end I have gone for the better looking but more vulnerable option.
With this in mind I needed to make sure the wires came off easily so they would not brake or snap a pole and could be quickly put back up.

I started by drilling the board to take the poles, these were then glued in place and left to dry.

To make the lines secure on the buildings I simply cut down a couple of track pins, drilled the roofs in the relevant positions and then glued the pins in with the pointy bit up.




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Old 01-10-2017, 12:09 PM   #2
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So far so good.
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To add the wires I used 'invisible' thread, this is like a plastic fishing line type of thread and is available from any good haberdashery store (or in my case a very good friend). It is very thin and looks about right once a dab of paint is added.

I tied the starting piece to the Goods shed track pin receiving pole then took the thread over to the station pole, around the back of it, then to the first Telegraph Pole, around the back of one of the white wire fixers then on to the second and then through a small hole drilled into the back board behind a tree. The whole length can then be tightened and a dab of glue applied to the thread behind the back board.

To make the wires visible I mixed a 50/50 mix of white and silver acrylic paint and then simply ran the brush along each wire.

I will be making a few song birds out of Milliput to sit in various places on the wires and these will be glued on.



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The 'invisible' thread......

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The white things are called insulators. If it is supposed to be uninsulated single copper wire you need two to each building, they ran in pairs about 8 inches apart. When my friend did his he painted the wire green to look like oxidised copper. Don't forget you need white insulators on the buildings as well.
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Cracking job there John. Looking really good.
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Yes it does look good, sorry PT I wasn't picking holes in it.
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Looks very good PT. The other option for the telephone lines is EZ Line - it is very elastic, being able to elongate up to seven times its length. It does mean that if you accidentally lean on your wires you won't pull the poles down or pull the wires of the conductors. This item was used on a layout in the March 2014 Railway Modeller. It is available through several model suppliers.
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Yes it does look good, sorry PT I wasn't picking holes in it.
lol I know you were not picking holes my friend, I am always happy to get suggestions on how to improve stuff.

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If it is slightly more up to date it would be twin wires in black insulation.
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