|Pvt McGuirk guards the newly installed pole line|
and splice bars.
|Wooden splice bars are now installed |
every 28 feet.
I added wooden splices to simulate the rail joints (later these would be known as Joint Bars). These 48 inch long wooden pieces use 4 square headed nut and bolts to hold sections of rail together. I cut a batch of splices on my laser using 1/16th inch think basswood. The laser engraved the nut detail saving me the tedium of applying hundreds of NBWs.
Sections of rail in this era were 28 feet long. I filed small groves in the top surface of the long rail sections and then glued a splice bar on the outside of the rail. In the prototype the inside did not get a wooden splice, just the opposite end of the bolts and a small iron bar. I did not add these as they are practically invisible under the web. I touched the nut heads with a rusty red color pen.
This work went fairly quickly. The result is subtle as the laser cut wood splices blend with the ground color.
Next I added the telegraph pole line. This will start at the engine terminal shed and will extend all the way to Aquia Landing. The pole line will require a wooden poles, insulators and wire.
I used 1/4 inch dowels for the poles. I roughed up the surface to simulate bark texture as these were basically logs.
|Brass insulators with a stub protruding from the bottom helps strengthen the final|
assembly. The ACW era insulators were secured to the pin with tar
or linen, but not screwed.
|ACW era "hatpin" type |
I made a trip to the local craft store to find some glass beads that would make a suitable insulator. I didn't find anything that would work. So I made insulators from brass rod using my Dremel mini-lathe. I used square tooth picks for the pins. I drilled a .030 inch hole in the center of the toothpick and then glued the stub from the brass insulator into the hole. Then I glued the wooden pin to the pole. I drilled a hole through the wooden pin into the pole and then added a NBW to help secure the pin.
|Poles waiting to be installed|
|The pole line without the wire|
|The telegraph desk is in this shed.|
I painted the poles dark brown, dry brushed with grey and tan. The insulator was painted a light green while the pin got a light wood color. I installed the poles about every 18 inches. I used lycra thread to make the telegraph line.
Next I want to make a figure climbing the pole like the one in the photo. I started modifying a suitable lead figure. I'll finish him in a later post.
|This shows the cut lines to reposition the figure|