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This is an outgrowth of an earlier topic, basically applying the information I learned.

 

http://www.jnsforum.com/community/topic/12623-modeling-stacked-catenary-towers/

 

I've bought a lot of the Kato Rahmen Catenary Poles.  I built a four-level version, which is very similar to those on the Tsurumi Okawa line.  However, after I finished it I remembered that the one adjacent to Okawa station spans three tracks, as the station and industrial sidings exit the main line just north of there.  These towers do provide support for the catenary in between less robust poles - via angle-iron bars attached at a much lower level than the latticework crossbars.

 

I built 3-track and 4-track versions (and 1-track with leftover pieces), but haven't built the 3-track stack yet.  These options require sawing the Kato crossbar at an optimal point on two pieces, and gluing them together.  I don't think the 4-track version is stable enough to stack without horizontal reinforcement at the joint, but I will build a 3-track version for the planned station scene.

 

 

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About halfway down the link in this post by Bill

 

http://www.jnsforum.com/community/topic/12744-meitetsu-freight-locos/?hl=meitetsu

 

is a Meitetsu line image showing a similar tower, but in this case the bottom crossbar does in fact directly support the catenary.  However, smaller towers perform this function between the high tension towers.

 

This site -  http://photozou.jp/photo/show/50802/17227403

 

Shows a tower with six high tension crossbars, but the railway isn't identified and current usage is unclear.

 

One benefit I see in these towers is adding some height to what are often rather flat model layouts.  Although, I think they were all of Showa origin, so you may not want them (back) dating your layout or modules.  I have no idea how many of them have survived on currently active lines.

 

 

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On 4/10/2017 at 6:37 PM, velotrain said:

This is an outgrowth of an earlier topic, basically applying the information I learned.

 

http://www.jnsforum.com/community/topic/12623-modeling-stacked-catenary-towers/

 

I've bought a lot of the Kato Rahmen Catenary Poles.  I built a four-level version, which is very similar to those on the Tsurumi Okawa line.  However, after I finished it I remembered that the one adjacent to Okawa station spans three tracks, as the station and industrial sidings exit the main line just north of there.  These towers do provide support for the catenary in between less robust poles - via angle-iron bars attached at a much lower level than the latticework crossbars.

 

I built 3-track and 4-track versions (and 1-track with leftover pieces), but haven't built the 3-track stack yet.  These options require sawing the Kato crossbar at an optimal point on two pieces, and gluing them together.  I don't think the 4-track version is stable enough to stack without horizontal reinforcement at the joint, but I will build a 3-track version for the planned station scene.

 

 

gallery_941_192_42305.jpg

 

 

gallery_941_192_890.jpg

 

 

gallery_941_192_103696.jpg

 

 

gallery_941_192_11963.jpg

 

 

gallery_941_192_54944.jpg

 

 

About halfway down the link in this post by Bill

 

http://www.jnsforum.com/community/topic/12744-meitetsu-freight-locos/?hl=meitetsu

 

is a Meitetsu line image showing a similar tower, but in this case the bottom crossbar does in fact directly support the catenary.  However, smaller towers perform this function between the high tension towers.

 

This site -  http://photozou.jp/photo/show/50802/17227403

 

Shows a tower with six high tension crossbars, but the railway isn't identified and current usage is unclear.

 

One benefit I see in these towers is adding some height to what are often rather flat model layouts.  Although, I think they were all of Showa origin, so you may not want them (back) dating your layout or modules.  I have no idea how many of them have survived on currently active lines.

 

 

Oh wow! Now these are seriously cool! Have you made any more progress on the towers?

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