Build an operating railroad crossing signal with flashing lamps and a bell.
It seems that no matter how much things change, one thing that is always constant is a kid’s fascination with all things trains.
When my son was about 4 years old he was fascinated by passing trains. Even more captivating to him was the railroad crossing signals which would flash and ring to announce a train coming. Because he enjoyed it so much, I thought a small prototype of a crossing signal, perhaps one which could be placed in his playroom would be a lot of fun for him…and me!
My original prototype build turned out really nice, but it was quite difficult to build. Lots of mistakes, lots of time and lots of expense. But it was for my son, and well it was worth every hour and dollar I spent. Since that time however, there has been some interest in what I built as others have wanted to build something similar as well. So for that reason I thought I would try to make another. This time however I would document the process, make it simpler, and make it less expensive to build.
These instructions represent that effort. Here you will find my complete and detailed instructions on how to build a similar operating railroad grade crossing signal of your own. The crossing signal itself stands about 78″ tall, 31” wide and 28” deep. It features two automotive trailer lights for lamps, as well as an operating bell. Of course it also features the distinctive cross bucks which are recognizable on any prototype railroad crossing signal you may have seen.
The operational features of this railroad crossing signal are described as follows;
The build is also very light and portable (built from four main sections which can be easily separated). It is primarily made from PVC pipe as its main structure which also makes it light weight. The signal can be easily assembled and disassembled in about 5 minutes making it ideal for train shows, club spaces and / or demonstrations of all kinds.
If you have interest in having an operating signal like this (similar to a stage prop) I hope you find these build instructions useful. I also hope you have as much fun building (and modifying it your own way) as I did making (and re-making) it. Enjoy!
For a complete and detailed parts list, please refer to the files section and click on rrxing_signal_parts_list_detail.pdf