Last March I had posted about my use of Atlas telephone poles in Line side poles. As I prepared to do another batch it was bothering me again that 2 of the 12 poles in each set I was not using because of the transformers. I was also noticing that in the prototype photos the poles all had 2 cross arms instead of the 3 on my models.
On the ones with the transformers, I cut the pole at the bottom of the middle cross arm leaving only the bottom cross arm.
Over the Thanksgiving weekend we had a train show in the SF Bay Area where my Ntrak group had a layout. It was another good show for shopping as several dealers had piles of stuff to dig through and I came up with another box of the Atlas poles for $2.00. A bonus was that there were 18 poles inside so it was actually a box and a half.
There are 36 poles now done and installed on the layout with another 120 "stock" poles waiting to be worked on. That is more than enough to populate the layout as it is now but I estimate the complete layout will need about 250 poles so there will still be many more needed.