I finally completed and installed the PRR Main Line Signal bridge that I have been working on for a while and also installed Crossbucks and a Pole Light in the parking lot of the south Yard Master Tower of my layout.
Before I get into the particulars, for those of you who saw my blog to Al about adding PRR signals, I had a major concern about the number of wires that would be running down the bridge. It was solved with the help of fellow modelers.
I want to thank Earl, Les, George and Kelvin for their suggestions and info on the wiring of the signals. BUT I have to give Charlie S. a very special thank you on solving my wiring concern. Charlie provided me with a schematic of the wiring of the signal (see PIC 1).
This basically wired the LEDs in a series configuration which reduced the ten wires down to three.
This made the installation of the signals onto the bridge very easy. Charlie…again…. Thank you.
This was not easy for me as the wires were very thin and the LEDs and connections were very small. I had to be very careful not to have the wires touch each other. The following pictures show the making of the signal.
Pic 2 is the back of the signal with the wiring completed and I used Liquid Electrical Tape (Pic 3) to protect the signals from shorting out.
Pic 3 – The Liquid Electrical Tape I used.
Pic 4 – Horizontal signal (STOP)
Pic 5 – Vertical signal (PROCEED)
Pic 6 – The signal bridge with the holes drilled through to accommodate the wiring running down the bridge to under the layout for connection and power from a toggle switch.
Pic 7 – The mounting of the signals onto the signal bridge
Pic 8 – The signals installed and working.
Pic 9 – Installed on the layout with a work crew.
This is the first PRR Signal Bridge that is completed. I have two more to build and install on the layout.
What follows now is some pictures of the layout I hope you like. I also installed Crossbucks to the layout as you will see in the video and I have a picture of one of the many Pole Lights I will be installing throughout the layout.
Here is the video on YouTube:
As you can see from the video, I still have a lot of work to do on my layout; ballast of all the rails, ground cover, complete the passenger yard with trains and I have to replace some turnouts with underground switch machines.
I want to take this opportunity to thank Al for creating and hosting and maintaining this site for us. And I want to thank all of the modelers who send tips and pictures and blogs about model railroading. I have learned a lot from all of you.
Happy modeling. I will keep you posted on my progress.
Gary M from Long Island”
A huge big thank you to Gary for sharing hsi model train signal lights.
His previous post, which he mentions above, is here: HO scale signals.
You can also see everyone of Gary’s posts in the link above too. It’s wonderful to see a layout take shape from day 1.
And thank you to everyone who has helped, emailed or commented on a post to help someone out. Without you lot, there wouldn’t be a blog at all.
That’s all for today folks.
Please do keep ’em coming.
And if today is the day you join in on the fun and start your layout, the Beginner’s Guide is here.