Rob’s signal ‘how to’

“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.


“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.


Latest ebay cheat sheet is here – still updated everyday.

A huge thanks to Paul, and Hall of Fame member, Rob. I do enjoy his videos – especially one that helps save on expensive signals.

That’s all this time folks. Please do keep ’em coming.

And don’t forget the Beginner’s Guide if you want to side step all the mistakes most of us make.



6 Responses to Rob’s signal ‘how to’

  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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