Dapol January Offers

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  1. gormo

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    ianvolvo46 Staff Member Moderator

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    cheers Gormo .. does anyone know whether the Dapol catenary wires can be electrified?

    Ian vt
     
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    from their discription (These catenary wires are made from soldered wire les than 0.5mm in diameter. They are designed to simply clip onto our catenary masts and can be further trimmed for a neat appearance).
     
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    From what I`ve read so far, it seems the masts are very flexible, to avoid damage, however apparently not so good for tensioning the over head wires...???:scratchchin:
    It seems stiff brass wire would be the go.......but getting it in lengths that are long enough may be an issue.
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    You could try copper wire, secure it at one end to a nail, the other in a drill chuck, lean back, apply a couple of turns then give it a sharp tug. This should give a long straight length of wire.

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    ianvolvo46 Staff Member Moderator

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    Ok so I've ordered 2 x packs (20 total) of 203mm wires for my new layout and intend to see if I can adapt them for use with Hornby International masts which are reasonably sturdy I have type 1 Tri-ang wires and whist they work they look bulky, I also have the type 2 single wires which again work but don't look prototypical … anyway at the reduced price it's worth a punt. … Ian vt

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    Brass wire, in most sizes is available in coils, just search in jewellery example
     
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    ianvolvo46 Staff Member Moderator

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    These are the Triang methods I mentioned, I have plenty and both work well but to have prototypical looks using copper/steel wire as a member on here has done (can't remember who) would require soldering and patience beyond my ability

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    As far as I know the Dapol wires just hook over their masts Ian, similar to my home made wires on Dapol masts below.


    You can probably bend them to fit one or other of the Triang masts, but I don't think you'll get them tensioned enough to be powered.


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    Cheers Ed could be interesting this mmm I wonder if I could use a combination of the Dapol wires and a taut thin copper/steel wire joined together

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    Whatever wires you use, they will need to be fairly rigid or under tension if the pantographs are to actually to touch the wire.

    My pantographs were at a fixed height just under the wire.



    Ed
     

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