Builder Kim’s Tips: Signals

Recently I received another email from one of my favourite scratch builders, Builder Kim. In the email he explains how you can take a static non working crossing signal and with a bit of ingenuity, get it to light up.

Hi Dan,

This is how to make non working static signal’s to working.

First take a drill bit slightly larger than the two holes. Careful not to go all the way through or damage the inside of the lens. Just big enough so a 3mm led pushes in tightly. Now take two 1 second red flashing diodes or leds. The first photo show’s that the positive lead’s on both leds are soldered together and so are the negative. Do not over heat the parts. Use paste, that is what you see in photo as it isn’t melted. Can just wash it off after its all done.

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Now second photo shows the leds done and the wire running down the post to the base. Now make slices at the top and bottom so the wires push into the slits. At the base cut a slit so the post slips into the base without crushing the wire, then run the wire through the bottom as in photo two.

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The video is a test run to be sure its working. I have a diagram of how to hook to the rail so when the train passes it goes off and as it go’s by it shuts down, or it can be left running all the time.

level crossing test

Kim”

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Dan Morgan

Dan Morgan fell in love with model trains at the age of six when he visited an NMRA Convention in Seattle with his father. Forty two years later, his passion remains just as strong. After achieving a successful career in architecture, Dan’s particular interest is within layouts and buildings. With a wealth of knowledge on the subject, Dan loves nothing more than sharing this with others and is delighted in the forum of members who are brought together over the hobby they have in common. Dan lives with his wife Helen in Washington. As a professional painter, Helen has learnt through Dan about Model Trains and they now enjoy working on projects together. The only member of the family who isn’t allowed to join in is their over-enthusiastic Labrador called William who has been strictly banned from the workshop! You can find Dan on Google here!
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Dan Morgan

Dan Morgan fell in love with model trains at the age of six when he visited an NMRA Convention in Seattle with his father. Forty two years later, his passion remains just as strong. After achieving a successful career in architecture, Dan’s particular interest is within layouts and buildings. With a wealth of knowledge on the subject, Dan loves nothing more than sharing this with others and is delighted in the forum of members who are brought together over the hobby they have in common. Dan lives with his wife Helen in Washington. As a professional painter, Helen has learnt through Dan about Model Trains and they now enjoy working on projects together. The only member of the family who isn’t allowed to join in is their over-enthusiastic Labrador called William who has been strictly banned from the workshop! You can find Dan on Google here!