Originally Posted by MichaelE
Thanks. I still have catenary wire to install but I have to order some raw wire from Sommerfeldt. Ordinary Viessmann pre-assembled cat wire sections won't work inside the building.
I also have a few bits and pieces for the interior like work platforms, tool boxes, and wire spools and crates that I will be ordering soon.
It's pretty bare in there right now.
Great job on the engine house!
I also have a two-stall engine house on my layout, (shown below in the early stages of construction) and electric locomotives.( My N-scale model railroad is somewhat based on part of the Milwaukee Road in the 1920s)
I have always wondered how electrics got into, and out of, the enginehouse. I thought it unlikely that catenary would extend inside the building as it would be a serious hazard for the possible electrocution of workers, and perhaps also a potential fire hazard for my wooden structure.
I know from reading, that the Milwaukee sometimes used steam, or diesel, switchers to get electrics into the roundhouse in some larger yards. They also used a weird little "extension-cord-powered switcher" made from a surplus power truck and a home-built minimal body. This strange little "locomotive" got its power from the turntable, via a cable, and had a very short range!
I have also read that a device called a "stinger pole" was used, at least on trolley lines, and possibly on main line electrified railroads. It was a long wood pole with a contact plate at one end and a very brave/not too imaginative, man holding the other end. The contact plate had an insulated cable attached, and the man held the plate against the overhead wire to provide power to the car when it had to travel a very short distance beyond the overhead wire. I don't think I'd care for that job, especially if it were raining!
I had planned to build a bit of overhead rail inside my engine house with a wood cover on all sides except the bottom. This is the same third-rail setup used on parts of the New York Subway system, and the approaches to Grand Central Station in New York. I also planned to have a large, Frankenstein-movie-type, throw knife switch up at overhead wire level, operated by a long wooden pole to cut power to the inside part of the overhead, once the locomotive was in place.
What system does the moderem DB use in your enginehouse?
Cedar Falls engine house.jpg