Suggestions for fiber-optic cable needed

Discussion in 'Getting Started' started by Ray Marinaccio, Aug 21, 2003.

  1. Ray Marinaccio

    Ray Marinaccio Active Member

    Look what came in the mail yesterday. It's military surplus (waiste actually). They just throw this stuff away.

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  2. Ray Marinaccio

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  3. guppyman

    guppyman Member

    I have about 30 feet of 72 (?) strand fiber that I aquired.... One of these days I'll figure out what to do with it. So far the best I have come up with for ideas have been head/tail lights on cars, and possibly street lamps.

    Would love to see a thread that showcase what people have done with fiber!
  4. Ralph

    Ralph's for fun!

    I was thinking of getting some for some signals some day but I don't need bunches of it. Where can I get small quantities cheaply?
  5. billk

    billk Active Member

    I always though it would be cool to somehow use fiber optics to put stars in a backdrop for night-time running.
  6. Russ Bellinis

    Russ Bellinis Active Member

    It might be interresting to use some of it to put individual lamps on tables in dining cars and lounge cars in a passenger train.
  7. TrainClown

    TrainClown Member

    I used fiber optics to illuminate the windows of a boat I made for a N scale christmas centerpiece. The problem was that the boat was to small to put a bulb inside. So I put the light in a boat shed beside the dock and ran the fibers from there.

    I used some fiber optic strands I got from a novelty store. Acme Novelty has these small flash lights with fiber optics coming out the end. They sell them in there kids novelty section for party favors and such. You might try looking in a party store to see if they carry the same sort of thing.

    No end to what can be done with that stuff. Seems to me you have a bonanza on your hands. Mabie you should sell 1' or 2' lengths to some of the gauge members.
  8. Ray Marinaccio

    Ray Marinaccio Active Member

    By the way, There is more where this came from. All it costs me is the shipping. SO, If anyone wants a couple of feet or so of it , for experimenting with, I'll send you some. All I ask is to be reembursed for shipping and for you to post the results of your project on a thread like Guppyman suggested.
  9. ezdays

    ezdays Out AZ way


    And if you ever do run out, I have a bunch down here that anyone who wants it is welcome to it, well most of it anyway.....

  10. jim currie

    jim currie Active Member


    looked up in model railroaders and railroad model craftsmans found three good articles on using fiber optics mr are april of 1973 and november of 1990 rmc is november of 1970. many uses signals, marker lights on rr cars and 18 wheelers, advertising signs, traffic lights,head lights on road traffic,theater marques, the list goes on and on.the rmc adds the thought of movement blinking lights,flashing signs,strobes on towers,traffic signals that change colors.hope this isn't a info over load.
  11. CSX6638

    CSX6638 Member

    The April 1992 issue of Model Railroader ( page 98 ) has a very good how to article about lighting up your town with fibre-optic street street lights.

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