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    Just want to say i'm falling in love with this site...you guys always have good ideas and resources.

    I'm wondering if anyone has ideas on n-scale catenary. I have a 3-track mainline and station area (with 4 tracks and 3 platforms and a small yard. I'm wondering what the best (most realistic solution) is for a 3-track mainline catenary system. I've looked at Veissman and Sommerfeldt (sp?) and I've only been able to find that sommerfelt offers a 3 track catenary span.

    Are there any other manufacturers (besides kato and tomix) who have such a thing. Are there any smaller specialty manufacturers that might produce something like this?

    I'm not sure I will be running wire on them yet or not, but atleast the sommerfeldt has the potential to lay wire up also if I decide. Already though i've noticed that track cleaning is a lot of time and energy so not sure having delicate wires above the tracks is the best solution but I atleast want the look of having the masts.

    I've also considered scratch building, but noticing that supplies from evergreen and places like it could probably just be about as costly as buying the somerfeldt stuff with less than impressive results.

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    Yeah this is something I've been looking into as well and the options just aren't that cheap, and i'm only doing a small tram line. If you use a cleaning car though rather than your hand to clean your track it might make things way easier once you've got it installed though. Evergreen products cost about 3x as much as they should, but that's the "hobby" markup for you.

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    I've been looking for years for N scale PRR-style catenary. No such luck; only HO stuff. Scratch building is the only (time consuming) option for PRR / NH style catenary.

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    I have no idea if it's possible , but could european style catenary be kitbashed to american style? Haha you know one of the minor reasons I wanted american themed layout was to have no catenary like most countries here have.
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    I'm modeling a german train layout (or possibly even swiss) - no specific region in mind other than the fact that all the building kits and trains I have are either minitrix, vollmer or faller. The style of the catenary isn't as important I think as it is to have it (since my locos) have pantographs. Looks kind of silly running them around with the pantographs sprung. I wonder if I could buy one set, then dip them in something to make a quick mould and mould my own and paint them.
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    try Dapol in UK http://www.dapol.co.uk/index.php?opt...d=59&Itemid=59 this link should take you to the correct page, scroll down a bit and there are some. I used the for a ski lift gantry. Cheers, Bill.

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    You might take a look at ebay germany http://www.ebay.de/sch/i.html?_sacat...n&Spur=N&rt=nc , oberleitung in n spur.
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