Video Archive         Recent Topics      
YMR logo

You are here:  Your Model Railway Club > More Practical Help > Members Projects > My Scratchbuilt Catenary To bottom of page
                 

 Moderated by: Spurno Page:  First Page Previous Page  1  2  3  4  5   
Start New Topic Reply Printer Friendly

My Scratchbuilt Catenary - Members Projects - More Practical Help - Your Model Railway Club
AuthorPost
 Posted: Sat Apr 9th, 2016 07:06 pm
PMQuoteReply
link to this 81st post
BCDR
Moderator


Joined: Sat Oct 19th, 2013
Location: Reston, Virginia USA
Posts: 3262
Status: 
Offline

My photos:
view photos in Gallery
view photos as slides

Hi Ed,

Looks very good to me. Some things have to be slightly overscale otherwise they last all of 5 minutes - this is one of them. I'm following closely, I have some catenary building coming up shortly (when I have the loco's running).

Nigel



____________________
©Nigel C. Phillips
Back To Top PMQuoteReply

 Posted: Sat Apr 9th, 2016 09:02 pm
PMQuoteReply
link to this 82nd post
Ed
Full Member


Joined: Tue Jan 29th, 2013
Location: West Anglia Main Line, United Kingdom
Posts: 3803
Status: 
Offline

My photos:
view photos in Gallery
view photos as slides

Thanks Nigel

There are some excellent layouts around where people have made far more accurate OHLE than mine, interestingly the majority are modelling the West Coast main line.

I'm just happy with something hanging over the rails so that the AC locos don't look totally out of place.


Ed



____________________
Engineers just love to change things
Back To Top PMQuoteReply

 Posted: Sun Apr 10th, 2016 04:33 am
PMQuoteReply
link to this 83rd post
Gary
Inactive Member


Joined: Mon May 21st, 2012
Location: Sydney, Australia
Posts: 3837
Status: 
Offline

My photos:
view photos in Gallery
view photos as slides

The catenary is fine Ed. The photo above looks so natural and not out of place. You must be thanking your self for not modelling N gauge !

Keep up the great work. :thumbs

Cheers, Gary.



____________________
...as a young lad, it was big trains for little boys, now it is little trains for big boys...!

http://yourmodelrailway.net/view_topic.php?id=12116&forum_id=21

Back To Top PMQuoteReply

 Posted: Sun Apr 10th, 2016 11:44 am
PMQuoteReply
link to this 84th post
Ed
Full Member


Joined: Tue Jan 29th, 2013
Location: West Anglia Main Line, United Kingdom
Posts: 3803
Status: 
Offline

My photos:
view photos in Gallery
view photos as slides

Thanks Gary. I can well understand why people doing this in N gauge just have the masts and skip the wires.

Ed



____________________
Engineers just love to change things
Back To Top PMQuoteReply

 Posted: Sun Apr 10th, 2016 01:23 pm
PMQuoteReply
link to this 85th post
Silver Fox
Deceased Member


Joined: Sun Mar 23rd, 2014
Location: Ingleby Barwick, Stockton-on-tees, United Kingdom
Posts: 586
Status: 
Offline

My photos:
view photos in Gallery
view photos as slides

Iwould say job truly jobbed,looks fine Ed,so now sit back and enjoy,,
:thumbs;-):cool:
Owen



____________________
web-cam http://82.2.74.174:8081
if the lights are off no cam
Back To Top PMQuoteReply

 Posted: Sun Apr 10th, 2016 02:05 pm
PMQuoteReply
link to this 86th post
Ed
Full Member


Joined: Tue Jan 29th, 2013
Location: West Anglia Main Line, United Kingdom
Posts: 3803
Status: 
Offline

My photos:
view photos in Gallery
view photos as slides

Thanks Owen, not sure about 'sit back and enjoy' though, you'll notice the loco still hasn't been painted Rail Blue although I've had the paint since February.




Ed





____________________
Engineers just love to change things
Back To Top PMQuoteReply

 Posted: Mon Apr 11th, 2016 11:05 pm
PMQuoteReply
link to this 87th post
Silver Fox
Deceased Member


Joined: Sun Mar 23rd, 2014
Location: Ingleby Barwick, Stockton-on-tees, United Kingdom
Posts: 586
Status: 
Offline

My photos:
view photos in Gallery
view photos as slides

Ed wrote: Thanks Owen, not sure about 'sit back and enjoy' though, you'll notice the loco still hasn't been painted Rail Blue although I've had the paint since February.




Ed



well we are all in that club eh?
:thumbs;-):cool:
Owen



____________________
web-cam http://82.2.74.174:8081
if the lights are off no cam
Back To Top PMQuoteReply

 Posted: Wed Jun 1st, 2016 03:31 pm
PMQuoteReply
link to this 88th post
Ed
Full Member


Joined: Tue Jan 29th, 2013
Location: West Anglia Main Line, United Kingdom
Posts: 3803
Status: 
Offline

My photos:
view photos in Gallery
view photos as slides

To conclude, my version of a tensioning/anchor mast (if you can call it that).



It's a bit high as some of the post will go through the baseboard, but it's supposed to resemble this ...

https://www.google.co.uk/maps/@51.6611788,0.8354674,3a,27.8y,95.97h,89.57t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1sbwjsYarA_-bTAht3Pe2V5w!2e0!7i13312!8i6656!6m1!1e1

plus plenty of modelers license :lol:



Ed



____________________
Engineers just love to change things
Back To Top PMQuoteReply

 Posted: Wed Jun 1st, 2016 10:54 pm
PMQuoteReply
link to this 89th post
Silver Fox
Deceased Member


Joined: Sun Mar 23rd, 2014
Location: Ingleby Barwick, Stockton-on-tees, United Kingdom
Posts: 586
Status: 
Offline

My photos:
view photos in Gallery
view photos as slides

that is as close as it gets Ed, neat
:thumbs;-):cool:
Owen



____________________
web-cam http://82.2.74.174:8081
if the lights are off no cam
Back To Top PMQuoteReply

 Posted: Wed Jun 1st, 2016 11:17 pm
PMQuoteReply
link to this 90th post
BCDR
Moderator


Joined: Sat Oct 19th, 2013
Location: Reston, Virginia USA
Posts: 3262
Status: 
Offline

My photos:
view photos in Gallery
view photos as slides

Hi Ed,

Excellent modeling, JLTRT.

Nigel



____________________
©Nigel C. Phillips
Back To Top PMQuoteReply

 Posted: Thu Jun 2nd, 2016 02:06 am
PMQuoteReply
link to this 91st post
MaxSouthOz
Admin


Joined: Sat Aug 23rd, 2008
Location: Adelaide , Australia
Posts: 12346
Status: 
Offline

My photos:
view photos in Gallery
view photos as slides

It looks the business, Ed.  :thumbs



____________________
Max
Port Elderley
Back To Top PMQuoteReply

 Posted: Thu Jun 2nd, 2016 10:30 am
PMQuoteReply
link to this 92nd post
Ed
Full Member


Joined: Tue Jan 29th, 2013
Location: West Anglia Main Line, United Kingdom
Posts: 3803
Status: 
Offline

My photos:
view photos in Gallery
view photos as slides

Thanks chaps.

It should be strong enough to hold the catenary up at the end of the line, which is the main thing.



Ed
 



____________________
Engineers just love to change things
Back To Top PMQuoteReply

 Posted: Thu Jun 2nd, 2016 10:51 am
PMQuoteReply
link to this 93rd post
Marty
Enjoying the Journey


Joined: Sun Oct 14th, 2007
Location: Perth, Western Australia, Australia
Posts: 5993
Status: 
Offline

My photos:
view photos in Gallery
view photos as slides

Once you put a decent attempt at mast/catenary (and yours look super) onto a layout it immediately says "electric overhead"... lay on Ed... I think it's going to make a big difference.
cheers Marty



____________________
Marty
N Gauge, GWR West Wales
Newcastle Emlyn Layout.
Newcastle Emlyn Station is "Under construction"
Back To Top PMQuoteReply

 Posted: Thu Jun 2nd, 2016 11:13 am
PMQuoteReply
link to this 94th post
Ed
Full Member


Joined: Tue Jan 29th, 2013
Location: West Anglia Main Line, United Kingdom
Posts: 3803
Status: 
Offline

My photos:
view photos in Gallery
view photos as slides

Thanks Marty.

It's taking a lot longer than I thought to get any wires up though, as there are so many other things that need to be done first so that the wires aren't in the way :sad:


Ed



____________________
Engineers just love to change things
Back To Top PMQuoteReply

 Posted: Thu Jun 2nd, 2016 12:28 pm
PMQuoteReply
link to this 95th post
new04db
Lurking Around the Forum


Joined: Sun Jan 13th, 2013
Location: Cheltenham, United Kingdom
Posts: 393
Status: 
Offline

My photos:
view photos in Gallery
view photos as slides

Definitely looks the part, good on ya, also like the new profile picture, had to double take it the other day as I though it was a period photo, had me fooled for a second.



____________________
Kind Regards

Aaron

Kingsmead Station

©Aaron C. New
Back To Top PMQuoteReply

 Posted: Thu Jun 2nd, 2016 01:05 pm
PMQuoteReply
link to this 96th post
Ed
Full Member


Joined: Tue Jan 29th, 2013
Location: West Anglia Main Line, United Kingdom
Posts: 3803
Status: 
Offline

My photos:
view photos in Gallery
view photos as slides

Thanks Aaron.

I thought you were doing another class 31 detailing project, managed to get anywhere?


Ed



____________________
Engineers just love to change things
Back To Top PMQuoteReply

 Posted: Fri Jun 3rd, 2016 09:36 pm
PMQuoteReply
link to this 97th post
new04db
Lurking Around the Forum


Joined: Sun Jan 13th, 2013
Location: Cheltenham, United Kingdom
Posts: 393
Status: 
Offline

My photos:
view photos in Gallery
view photos as slides

Ed wrote: Thanks Aaron.

I thought you were doing another class 31 detailing project, managed to get anywhere?


Ed


Not yet, been busy with the garden and probably will be till the autumn, but its still on the to-do list along with everything else



____________________
Kind Regards

Aaron

Kingsmead Station

©Aaron C. New
Back To Top PMQuoteReply

 Posted: Wed Jun 8th, 2016 02:16 pm
PMQuoteReply
link to this 98th post
Westcoast
WCML modeller


Joined: Fri Sep 21st, 2012
Location: Newton Aycliffe, United Kingdom
Posts: 212
Status: 
Offline

My photos:
view photos in Gallery
view photos as slides

Hi Ed well done. :thumbs
Here's a few suggestions based on my experience... 

For the posts I use code 100 rail as it's easy to solder, stronger than plastic and much cheaper than buying brass H section and TBH looks ok from a normal viewing distance. If you are making legs for gantries use 2 lengths of code 100 for the uprights and smaller N gauge rail for the cross sections. I use a small measuring stick (lolly stick with pen marks on) when building up a set of legs. To secure the posts to the baseboard I knock in a panel pin and then just solder the rail to it.  

The reg arms need to be brass as it is stronger than copper and less prone to bending when tensioned. Wrap some wire round one end before soldering to represent the insulator. 

Have a look in a dress making shop for some press studs they make good weights for the tension masts and also use for the pulley wheels. 
For the contact wire on wemblesden I used some old cat 5 cable that was stripped back to bare copper. Since putting up the 'knitting' I have discovered some stretchy rubber elastic 'stuff' in my local boyes store that is 0.5mm and looks similar to a product called EZ wire. I first herd about EZ wire on the MERG forum apparently you can superglue bits of it together so I will be looking into this as tensioning copper wire is a pain! If you are modelling the old mk1 system the wires look much more realistic if you paint them verdigris green along with the reg arms. The later mk3 stuff used aluminium so it would be light grey.    

Finally don't set the contact wire too high. If you look at pics of the pans on AC locos they only appear to be at half height (unless you are modelling the class 87's in Bulgaria!) 

If you are going for the fixed height pan you might want to have a go at fitting a 'pan flash' effect. Here's a link to my website explaining how I did it.. http://www.westcoastminiatures.com/panflash.html
Keep up the good work. :thumbs :cool: ;-)



____________________
Busy building a new show layout .....

http://www.westcoastminiatures.com
Back To Top PMQuoteReply

 Posted: Wed Jun 8th, 2016 07:44 pm
PMQuoteReply
link to this 99th post
Ed
Full Member


Joined: Tue Jan 29th, 2013
Location: West Anglia Main Line, United Kingdom
Posts: 3803
Status: 
Offline

My photos:
view photos in Gallery
view photos as slides

Thanks Dave.

My efforts at present are purely cosmetic and although based a bit on Mk1 and/or Mk3, are just a mis-mash of gantries/portals, masts and (hopefully soon) wires, to represent catenary and stop the AC locos looking daft going around the layout :mutley


That said, if my current plan of hooking the wires over the appropriate point on the registration arms doesn't work and I do have to resort to soldering the wires, then code 100 rail may well be the answer for stronger masts and gantries.

I'm making cateneary wires up from stripped and hardened 1/0.6 hook up wire, but I wish I'd know about using CAT 5 before. Can't tell you how much I've thrown away as we've gone wireless :thud


Ed



____________________
Engineers just love to change things
Back To Top PMQuoteReply

 Posted: Wed Jun 8th, 2016 08:44 pm
PMQuoteReply
link to this 100th post
Westcoast
WCML modeller


Joined: Fri Sep 21st, 2012
Location: Newton Aycliffe, United Kingdom
Posts: 212
Status: 
Offline

My photos:
view photos in Gallery
view photos as slides

With Wemblesden and Potters lane/trent valley before it I used jewelry making wire but half way through wiring Wemblesden I changed to the cat5 as I found it easier to solder especially when trying to replicate compound catenery. I intend to experiment with the stretchy stuff on the depot as I cringe now every time I watch the close up of the shed on the video I took at shildon as none of the overhead is straight! :roll: :sad:

http://www.westcoastminiatures.com/wemblesden.html



____________________
Busy building a new show layout .....

http://www.westcoastminiatures.com
Back To Top PMQuoteReply

This is topic ID = 14021     Current time is 04:12 am Page:  First Page Previous Page  1  2  3  4  5     
You are here:  Your Model Railway Club > More Practical Help > Members Projects > My Scratchbuilt Catenary
You can type a quick reply to this topic here. Click in the box below to begin.

Or to reply to an individual post, or to include images, attachments and formatted text,
click the Quote or Reply buttons on each post above.

To start a new topic in this forum, click the Start New Topic button below.
To start a new topic in a different forum, click the Forum Jump drop-down list below.
Start New Topic


Back to top of page

           
15 Most Recent Topics

Problems with this web site? Please contact the Webmaster.

All material submitted to this web site is the responsibility of the respective contributor. By submitting material to this web site you acknowledge that you accept full responsibility for the material submitted.
Unless stated otherwise, all the material displayed on this web site, including all text, photographs, drawings and other images, is copyright and the property of the respective contributor. Registered members are welcome to use it for their own personal non-commercial modelmaking purposes. It must not be reproduced or re-published elsewhere in any form, or used commercially, without first obtaining the owner's express permission.
The owner of this web site may edit, modify or remove any content at any time without giving notice or reason.    © 2008

                 

Recent Topics Back to top of page

Powered by UltraBB 1.15 Copyright © 2007-2011 by Jim Hale and Data 1 Systems. Page design copyright © 2008-2013 Martin Wynne. Photo gallery copyright © 2009 David Williams.