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  • Jan Girardot
    Message 1 of 1 , Aug 7, 2000
      >From: JohnN87774@...
      >Date: Sun, 6 Aug 2000 15:10:46 EDT
      >Subject: Re: Welcome to largescaleTrolley
      >To: girardot@...
      >X-RCPT-TO: <girardot@...>
      >Status: U
      >So far, so slow! In talking with some of those who have attempted to hang
      >wire in a garden RY (not the LGB stiff catenary, the poles for which clip to
      >the tracks) but realistic American trolley wire, I have heard of some
      >difficulties which I think I have a way to solve. One guy in Florida pulled
      >all his wire out because he kept breaking the poles as he gardened. My idea
      >is to use the HDPE-wood composite 1 1/2" x 5 1/2" deck planking as the
      >roadbed. It is expensive but it can be worked just like wood and is
      >completely dimensionally stable. I plan to fasten line pole supports made of
      >the same material directly to the roadbed. Using rebar line poles, with
      >appropriate electrical insulation for the trolley wire, one can maintain the
      >railhead-wire distance exactly constant regardless of weather, ground heave
      >etc. I am in the process of prototyping this method in my basement workshop.
      >The proof of the pudding is when we start installing some of it outside.
      >We'll let you know how it goes. The whole idea here is to plan for the wire
      >BEFORE track is installed. Also, San Francisco's Market Street Railway has
      >returned the 578S, an 1895 trolley, to public service as of June 16, 2000. I
      >attached a snapshot of it.
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