How to make signals for your layout


A series of photos which are almost self explanatary for making signals


Big thanks to Peter – a fantastic ‘how to’. Ebay’s the place to go for the parts – keep getting emails on this dealer for the bulbs and stuff.

And don’t forget time’s running out if you want to grab my boy’s bundle deal on the print out scenery. His ‘Big Kahuna’ offer runs until Monday midnight.

Please keep ’em coming. Hope you enjoy them as much as I do.



18 Responses to How to make signals for your layout

  1. Hi Peter,
    I was impressed with your photos of the making of the signals. I guess these signals are in fact “HO” scale, do you know the measurement’s for these signals if one wish to make some for an “N” scale layout and I guess the globes would be wheat grain, Red and Green, the power would run off the points, I suppose.
    Anyway thanks for sharing this segment, as I know a lot of modelers will be sorry they missed it.

    Best Regards,

  2. john creasey says:

    Great how to peter, i must try it……later

  3. Thomas Meleck says:

    Very clever and well done. Thanks.

  4. Dick says:

    Hi Peter,
    Very nice photo tutorial. It took me several passes to figure things out, but when I did, it all made sense. Stemar has a good point. Dimensions would be helpful so he could calculate his needs for N gauge.


  5. Ray Appenzeller says:

    Very creative and detailed steps without even saying a word. Good job! Thank you for sharing! Regards, Ray Appenzeller

  6. Tom says:

    Job well done Peter.
    Thanks for sharing


  7. Roland Burch says:

    Very good job, Peter.

  8. Ben Zalewski says:

    Thanks for the how-to.
    I’ll give it a try. Need to find where I can get the ladders.
    –Ben Z

  9. Ray Suckling says:

    Excellent photos but could we have a few words to explain the process and a list of stock and where to obtain it , particularly the ladders. I really do like the finished product and would like to try to build it up for myself.

  10. Ray Suckling says:

    some dimensions for HO would also be handy.


  11. Manie says:

    quit nice.thanks for the tip

  12. THOMAS says:


  13. Lionel Boutin says:

    would bw nice to have some measurements for N scale, was looking for something in this category to make.

  14. Ken Hecker says:

    When I did some construction of mockups of locomotives in my youth (for HOn3 gauge) I would use brass and silver solder. To clean it up I used a Dremel tool with a composite abrasive wheel (sort of a rubber eraser thing). It would clean off all the solder not in the joints, leaving a very smooth surface.

  15. Desert Rat PHX AZ says:

    I`m with the rest of the bunch I love what you have done, BUT I have questions. I assume the material is brass? Also I sure would appreciate a scale, I model N gauge. some measurements would be very helpful. I have a idea I think they could also be made from styreen All those pcs are available in that at the hobby stores. Strange I have been working on some traffic lights very similar with coffee straws and plastic parts i have in my srcap. I sure appreciate your advice and pictures it will help me a lot. Tom DRRR

  16. dangerous dave says:

    Nice job and explanation on how to Peter ….Dangerous Dave

  17. Hemi says:

    NICE work on the brass signals!!!! I too make them the same way, (very similar just different “signal type”)…. NICE choice, GREAT set-up for cutting, ALL is done well! Just call you “Johnny Jig” with the jig you made to make multiple sections of each part to the signal……

    I’m impressed!!!! GREAT work! ~Hemi

  18. Jim says:

    excellent, with the jigs you can make lots! Curious how you wired it. did you make the whole assembly a common cathode or did you run two wires to each lamp?

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