Simple model train signal circuit

Rob’s been in touch with a simple model train signal circuit:

“Hi Al,

I thought you might be interested in this video. I’ve gotten a good response with it on my channel I demonstrate how to add very cost effective signals to any layout.

The first few scenes are just me having a play with my new DCC controlled coaches/passenger cars. It is fun to be able to operate the lighting remotely.

I have heard from many that these easy to understand videos have started them to add signals and railway crossings to their layouts.

It is fun, not hard and very rewarding building automated signals. There are many suppliers that will provide kits, but they are expensive. This method is not.



simple model train signal circuit

simple model train signal circuit

simple model train signal circuit

simple model train signal circuit

simple model train signal circuit

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Next up, Paul:

“Hi Al,

I thought I would send you some photos of how to easily and quickly make tin or corrugated roofing.

I used a artist’s paint tube squeezer that I got on Amazon for less that $6. You can salvage the metal stock from aluminum drink cans as I show in the photo.


model train corrugated roofing

model railroad corrugated roofing

model railroad corrugated roofing

A huge thanks to Paul – as usual, it’s always the simple ideas that work best.

A big thanks to Hall of Fame member, Rob for sharing his simple model train signal circuit.

It’s another great example of you don’t have to spend a fortune to enjoy this hobby.

I do enjoy Rob’s videos – especially one that helps save on expensive signals.

That’s all for today folks.

Please do keep ’em coming because it’s getting a bit thin on the ground this end.

And if today is the day you get started on your layout, the Beginner’s Guide is here.



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PPS More HO scale train layouts here if that’s your thing.

6 Responses to Simple model train signal circuit

  1. Peter Waring says:

    Thanks Paul and Rob for 2 great ideas, always amazed by the number and variety of tips and ideas on this web site. Many thanks to all contributors. 😄🚂

  2. Alexandra Reniewich says:

    i enjoy your videos,keep up the good work

  3. Billy Mills says:

    how do you take the curl out of the finished product?
    I’ve cut the ridged out of cans, but because they are round/cylindrical they end up w/ a curl/cure to them. Not found a way to take the curl out without compromising the ridges.

  4. Wow.
    Great tips…
    Thank you for the tip on how to corrugate metal from aluminum cans.
    ( I need to see if there is a similar trick for paper…)
    The signal video was good too.. A useful tip on some affordable electronics.
    John from CA

  5. Stephen D Gispanski says:

    Great ideas, I have to get one of those, tin benders. The videos was super also. Keep on railing.

  6. great stuff guys
    keep em runnin fellas
    stjohn in Long Beach Calif

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