Hand made Catenary (I must be insane)

Discussion in 'Scratchin' & Bashin'' started by grumbeast, Jan 29, 2003.

  1. grumbeast

    grumbeast Member

    Hi everyone,

    while work progresses on my main layout, I've had a hankering
    for years to try my hand at scratchbuilding some N-Scale catenary
    for the two electric loco's I've got. I was thinking of starting
    very simply with a piece of test track (just a straight) for display
    purposes. So the question is, does anyone know of any resources that might be useful?. I'm looking for material suggestions, plans, and any tips / advice you may have. I should also mention that I'm looking at main line european style overheads rather than the single wire trolley lines


    Graham (obviously feeling somewhat soft in the head!)
  2. TerryR

    TerryR Member

  3. 60103

    60103 Pooh Bah


    I only got as far as hanging trolley wire in HO. I had a set of N catenary, but sold it many years ago.
    There was a sub-set of N-Trak called N-Cat using overhead wire. I'll see if I have any info left on that. (Late 70s, early 80s).
    Your best bet might be Continental Modeller, but I can't guarentee it.
  4. TerryR

    TerryR Member


    This picture proves that we are crazy :eek:

    This one may be less intimidating :)
  5. grumbeast

    grumbeast Member

    David, Terry, thanks for the encouragement, glad to know I'm
    not the only insane person around :)

    I've found this to be quite useful


    they sell sommerfeldt catenary and have pictures of many
    items :)

    This shot (taken be me!) in Montelimar shows some nice
    (read fairly simple) high speed masts

    Attached Files:

  6. TerryR

    TerryR Member


    Nice shot - how about posting it to my TGV thread in the new international section?

    I had seen the Sommerfeld stuff before. It looks nice but you have to be sitting down when you start adding the prices up :eek:

    I'm having thoughts about casting my own masts. I think Hydrocal would make an acceptable mold material but I don't know what material I should cast them in - I don't really have the facilities to melt metals indoors and it's a bit chilly outdoors at the moment. I could probably melt Aluminum. Lead would be easier but I really don't want a house full of lead fumes...

    Are you planning on making the catenery functional? I'm not.
  7. grumbeast

    grumbeast Member

    Hi terry,

    Thanks for the comments, I'll post the pic shortly.

    I was planning on making the catenary functional. I have
    two locomotives that are capable of getting power from the
    pantograph (a Roco SNCF 71000 and a Minitrix Ce6/8").

    I'm not sure Hydrocal would be strong enough for the masts
    as they are quite slender. I was planning on using either
    brass or aluminium H section's (expensive I know but very
    sturdy. Another thing I'm considering (that I discovered in
    my hobby store last week) were tiny wooden H sections
    (really! :)) they were only .40c CDN for around a 2' length

    The Sommerfeldt stuff is ludicrously expensive (hence the
    scratchbuilding) but the site offers dimensions and clear
    pictures of the construction of each mast. I intend to build
    a prototype pretty soon, so I'll try and come up with a diagram
    with scale dimensions in the next few days for a generic
    european looking mast


  8. TerryR

    TerryR Member


    I was thinking of making the molds out of hydrocal.
  9. grumbeast

    grumbeast Member

    haha.. don't I feel like a prize turnip! :)

    sorry Terry

    Graham :)
  10. TerryR

    TerryR Member

    No problem, if I had a $ for every time I did that... :)

    I would love to see your drawings when you get them done...
  11. grumbeast

    grumbeast Member

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