“Totally Wired” Telephone Poles

“Totally Wired” Telephone Poles


HO Scale "Totally Wired" Telephone Poles (sorry - train, landscape, sky, hand and sleeve not included)

HO Scale “Totally Wired” Telephone Poles
(sorry – train, landscape, sky, hand and sleeve not included)

The reason you haven’t seen our “Totally Wired” Telephone Poles on the market in a while is that the factory doubled the price in the two years between runs and they were now costing more than the selling price. This was a few years back so we hate to think what they might cost now! They are very unlikely to return.

The lesson here: if Rapido (or any other manufacturer) announces a product that you really want, don’t take a “wait and see” approach or you may never get it.

Product Number 300001 • NO LONGER AVAILABLE

We all want wires on our model railroad telephone poles, but who wants to spend the 20 years to install them? That’s 10 years to install the wires, and 10 years of therapy to recover! For an all-to-short while, you were able to add super-detailed, “Totally Wired” Telephone Poles to your entire HO scale layout in no time at all.

Each package contained 11 single poles and one double pole. 17 scale-size highly resilient wires were already installed on all of the poles. They were beautiful.

NEW - HO Scale "Totally Wired" Branch Line Telephone Poles (sorry - train, landscape,trestle and cows not included)

NEW – HO Scale “Totally Wired” Branch Line Telephone Poles
(sorry – train, landscape,trestle and cows not included)

Pre-wired and ready to install! THAT’S RIGHT – the wires were ALREADY installed on the poles!

'Totally Wired' Telephone Poles

The instructions were simple: Simply remove the poles from the foam base and plant them on your layout. With over 16 actual feet (almost 5 meters) of wire, the poles can be spaced up to 100 scale feet apart. The wires unroll from rollers inside the box as you pull the telephone poles out. We’ve done all the hard work for you, and we’re a lot cheaper than therapy!

With “Totally Wired” Telephone Poles from Rapido Trains Inc., your model railroad’s right-of-way will be elevated to a new level of realism. Totally.

See them in Action!

Telephone Pole Installation Video Samples
Telephone Poles Sample Installation 1
Click on the image above to see a short video clip.

Updated instructions

We have substantially updated the instructions for the “Totally Wired” Telephone Poles. While these new instructions will be included with every new set of poles, we would also recommend downloading a copy for your existing sets. The links for the english and french versions are below.

Instructions (English) REVISED
Instructions (Français) REVISÉES

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Some tips for installing your Poles

We have now installed several dozen sets of Telephone Poles. We’ve learned what to do and, more importantly, what not to do. If you haven’t seen how to install these, watch the YouTube video by Clicking Here.

  • DON’T TANGLE THE WIRES! This is the most important thing to remember. The wires can easily become tangled if you knock over the styrofoam base while you are installing the poles. They can also become tangled if you allow too much slack in the wires or take a break in the middle of installing a string of 12 poles. Once the wires are tangled, it is very difficult to salvage that set of Telephone Poles.
  • Take it very slow and keep the wires taut. If you pull the styrofoam base too quickly, the rollers will over roll. This will result in tangled wires. Even going at a snail’s pace, you will be able to install 12 poles in about three minutes.
  • Punch the mounting holes in your layout before you start. If your layout has a styrofoam or hardshell base, use a small screwdriver. If your layout has a wood base, use a drill. Mark your holes so you don’t lose track of them when installing the poles. This will allow you to install the set of poles without taking a break. On hardshell or wood you can come back later and glue the poles in place. On styrofoam you don’t need to glue the poles.
  • Use Super Glue Accelerator. At each end of your 12-pole run, you need to put a drop of thick CA or Super Glue on each insulator to permanently fasten your wires. Spray the insulators with Accelerator before trimming the wires to keep them firmly attached, If you don’t use accelerator and don’t allow the glue to set properly, there’s a good chance a few of your wires will pull out once you trim them. You don’t want this to happen. Ask us how we know.

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