• Train Order Signal from scratch

    I got one of the NJ International semaphores a while back, and wired it up as a train order signal for my yard tower. Of course, then I fried the bulb with the wrong voltage. So back to it this weekend; I found replacing the bulb with a itty bitty LED wasn't too tough.

    But Since I want this to be for train order signals, I also wanted one for the other direction. Since my tower is on a bit of a curve, I'm gonna space them out for better line of sight anyway. So I wanted another signal, and decided to try a scratchbuild, using the NJ semaphore as an example.

    So I started with the mast and ladder. Soldering wire around a copper tube for the ladder supports, and using a styrene (Plastruct?) ladder.

    https://farm9.staticflickr.com/8683/...2c3d254c_c.jpg


    Trimmed the wire to fit, and glued the ladder on. Also added a little base thingy and started carving the signal arm from styrene.

    https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7538/...58af7c20_c.jpg


    Used small drill bits to get the holes for the lenses, screw hole, and light.

    https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3948/...5f29408c_c.jpg


    It was at this point that I actually researched what these things should look like for my GN rr.
    Learned the arms should be squared off instead of pointy and painted red with a wide white stripe:

    http://www.carrtracks.com/wagn1527bn900.jpg


    So, trimmed the arms and kept going...I decided I didn't really need this arm to be operational, so I just installed a green LED in from the back. Filled all the gaps, and painted the mast/ladder assembly silver from a can. And then started paint on the arms.

    https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7495/...e91bf13f_c.jpg


    After painting the arms and finishing some touch-up, this is what I ended up with:


    https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3956/...48562239_c.jpg

    https://farm9.staticflickr.com/8137/...b582d0b1_c.jpg


    This turned out to be a lot of fun! (go figure)

    I think these will help add more life to my yard/engine area.
    Comments 3 Comments
    1. 10-7's Avatar
      10-7 -
      love it ender I might try this one day
    1. jfornasar's Avatar
      jfornasar -
      Really nice work...
    1. Albey25's Avatar
      Albey25 -
      Great work! As usual, good scratch-built beats store bought. Plus, you get exactly what you want.