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Does the overhead 'self clean'?
Guessing you still need to track-clean occasionally for the return..
In the real world, in some ways it does.
- it depends a lot on the type of current collector and the profile of the wire. In the old days, frost was a problem (causing arcing) - the perceived solution was to run a vehicle (tram or trolleybus) during the night to try and prevent build-up of ice.
When trolleyheads progressed to slider (carbon inserts), the first vehicle/s of the day (when frosty) were fitted with a cast iron substitute which was transversely slotted. These were removed asap otherwise the wear on the wire would be too great.
London Transport used to lubricate the overhead using a specially converted vehicle (I.C engine powered).
Lightly used wiring was always a problem and poor conductor.
PS. Soz for hijacking the thread!
Always enjoy a trip round this line, the fallen apart nature of some buildings and weathered effect of some Rolling Stock give the effect perfectly of a Bush Tramway that struggles for cash but somehow keeps on running. Smashing.
Roof looks perfectly reusable.The line between what we model and the real world isn't very clear sometimes. The line's prototype is a heritage operation which gets by on donations and voulenteer time, but the real world reality is.. pretty much the same.
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This is especially true at the moment, where a couple of storms have finally spelled the end for the passenger shelter at Falls. It will get replaced once the weather starts to consistently improve a bit.
What a superb line thanks for posting, so glad it has not been effected by the fires that we hear so much about here. Though with all of that greenery I guess it will be quite a task to keep the right of way clear for trains to run?Quick Video from running at the ESET last weekend.
The fires are a few hours drive from us so no problems there apart from the smoke etc. luckily. we've been hit pretty hard though as a state. The track does need a bit of upkeep i believe but trains run pretty frequently and it seems hes sorted out the wildlife problem so that all helpsWhat a superb line thanks for posting, so glad it has not been effected by the fires that we hear so much about here. Though with all of that greenery I guess it will be quite a task to keep the right of way clear for trains to run?