Fwd: garden trolleys...
>Date: Sun, 6 Aug 2000 15:10:46 EDT
>Subject: Re: Welcome to largescaleTrolley
>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.