• My WSRR signal tower is now back in service-Lit

  • Pertaining to all railroading subjects, past and present, in New York State.
Pertaining to all railroading subjects, past and present, in New York State.

Moderator: Otto Vondrak

  by SST
I originally rebuilt this tower roughly 10 years ago. But time and weather was giving it a beating. the screws were corroding and not holding well. Wood was splitting and so forth. It was getting so bad, that I was really surprised that it was still standing after the big windstorm this past spring. So, before it came down uncontrolled, I tore it down myself. A controlled crash you might say. Here are several pictures from tear down to relighting along with demonstration videos [I love my signals!].
*****Not certain how big the pictures will be. I use the same method on other sites without a problem.soooooo

The tear down:


90% rebuilt. Outside door lighting was used and is placed behind the plastic red lens. After compounding each lens, I put blue tape over each one to protect them from either painting or a scratch. The compounding did an amazing job of polishing the lens clear. Everything was transferred from the old post to the new one including electric connection boxes, wiring and lights. New stainless steel screws were used.


Blue tape removed:

It is very top heavy. It took two people to get it into the post holder. Then I attached the crossing sign. Thank goodness it is relatively light. Then I plugged it in.

This first video shows how I rigged the signals to my garage doors. Top 3 are connected to the right garage door due to that side being the most busy....."Main Line." The bottom one is connect to the left door as this is rarely used in comparison to the right...."a siding or perhaps a spur."

The second video shows how the signals go dark due to the timers in the garage door openers. I don't have to worry about shutting them off. The left door has a switch on the button that allows me to turn the bottom signal on and leave it on 24 hours a day if I want. This is as close as I can come to mimic the real thing.


  by SST
Thanks. I love coming home at night and opening my garage doors and this lights up. They are really bright due to the compounding I did. Can't wait for winter and blowing snow to see if the "red beam" of light will show up.
  by Fireman43
one word - SLICK........................

I know you also mentioned once seeing the WS crossing signals in the grass along side Transit road . do I dare ask where they ended up?

or that a case of woulda shoulda?
  by SST
These are the signals recovered from the ditch along transit road in the late winter of 2005. I only recovered the black search light portion. Everything that it was attached too was still connected to the "pole."