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jackiejr
Joined: Nov 13, 2010
Topics: 29   Replies: 17
posted on Dec 7, 2010 01:05 PM:
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I took this Lionel standard guage 101 bridge I bought on Ebay ;converted it to a double track o guage,added 3 lamp post ,cleaned and repainted. Also converted a Lionel standard guage 280 to a double track o guage. You can just barely see in one of the pics. Bridges were in pretty rough shape when I won them on ebay;they're not that rare so it wasn't like I was ruining a valuable prewar piece.My train collection at that time was solely prewar lionel so I thought the bridges would be fitting on my layout.The 101 bridge spans across an outside door in my train room.I've been considering for some time now whether or not to have the bridge hinged so I can raise it up.I don't really use the door; just open it if the weather is nice outside.Plus I would have to deal with the numerous wires I have running across that area.Hardly seem's worth the effort because of the wire bundle issue.
 

   

Hartman
Joined: Sep 20, 2008
Topics: 21   Replies: 49
posted on Dec 8, 2010 03:52 PM:
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The only way I see to deal with that amount of wire would be to route it through conduit up and over the door. That is how I dealt with my problem of getting from one side of a 'around the wall' layout to the other side. Up the wall, across the ceiling and back down the other wall. I used plastic conduit with elbows and used one wire to pull all of them at once. Best of luck.
Dennis
 

   

heavydutyman
Joined: Apr 15, 2011
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posted on Apr 20, 2011 10:20 AM:
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Very nice use of a 101. I have aquired a few "worn out" 101's and am wondering what to do with them. I really like the width expansion you did. Thanks for the inspiration. Someone a long time ago (cloth covered single strand copper) installed lights into the square holes where the wooden "globes" fit. They are some kind of workshop fabricated metal caps with bulb sockets pressed into the cap. Anyway thanks again for the photos. Jim Bixler
 

   

PRR Bruce
Joined: Nov 30, 2011
Topics: 0   Replies: 2
posted on Dec 5, 2011 04:18 PM:
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Jackie,

If you still wanted to convert the bridge to a "lift-out" to have access to the door, you could make a removable wire harness with plug-in connectors on each side of the door. Just a thought. Love the conversion/restoration you've done on the bridge.

-bruce
 

   





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