Re: Telephone pole flatcar loads


Two online sources. one says Telephone Poles, at least the old wooden ones, come in three sizes... 30ft, 60ft, and 90ft. When one is installed, 1/3 of it is buried into the ground, so that means that the part above ground would be 20ft, 40ft, and 60ft high.
wikipedia says, Different length poles, up to 120 feet (36.6 m) or more, are used to satisfy clearance requirements, but the standard utility pole in the US is about 40 feet (12.2 m) long and is buried about 6 feet (1.8 m) in the ground, for a height above ground of about 34 feet (10.4 m).[

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----- Original Message -----
From: Lee A. Gautreaux
To: STMFC@...
Sent: Tuesday, August 18, 2009 10:48 PM
Subject: [STMFC] Telephone pole flatcar loads

I'm preparing a special movement of telephone pole loads over a friend's layout set in 1955. Does anyone have advice on how they would have been loaded? I'm planning on using 1/8" wooden dowels cut about 6" long and loaded in groups of about 9 or 10 wide with stakes in the pockets. How many layers would be appropriate for a load like this? I know that real poles were slightly tapered, but I doubt if I'll try to replicate that. Were longer poles of 80'-100' transported by rail often? I assume they would have been hauled in 65' drop end gons with idler flats.

Lee A. Gautreaux - The RailGoat

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