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Posted by Overmod on Thursday, May 28, 2020 1:29 PM

Can one of our resident Europeans give sources for contemporary modern constant-tension model wire and insulator components?  (I'd particularly like to see pieces for Pfisterer Tensorex and Tensorex C+).

I know there are many different support-pole types on Shapeways.

There were some extensive technical discussions of the double-trolley Milwaukee 3000V system in the contemporary railroad press, I think from about 1907 through 1915, and probably later notes on improvements.  It might be interesting to see if the wood-pole support system could accommodate modern constant-tension with these wire gages and structure...

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Posted by wjstix on Thursday, May 28, 2020 3:36 PM

You could go New York Central style and do outside third rail, I'd think that would be easier than stringing overhead wire. It wouldn't be functional - although in the olden days, working outside third rail layouts were common in O scale, and even some early HO layouts - but the overhead wire wouldn't have to be functional either.

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Posted by maxman on Thursday, May 28, 2020 3:40 PM

wjstix
You could go New York Central style and do outside third rail

Isn't that also called "Lion Style"?

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Posted by Overmod on Friday, May 29, 2020 10:56 AM

maxman
Isn't that also called "Lion Style"?

Be careful to distinguish overrunning from underrunning contact.  But in this case, yes, I think NYC-style would be Broadway Lion compatible - there were demonstration runs of subway equipment over NYC under its own power.

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