Crossing signal

Discussion in 'FAQs' started by DinoB, Aug 22, 2004.

  1. DinoB

    DinoB New Member

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    Hi,
    I have built an operating version of a crossing signal. It is about7 feet tall overall. Does anyone have an idea what I can use for a bell? Or where I can buy a low voltage or electronic bell?
  2. Pitchwife

    Pitchwife Dreamer

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    How bout an old windup alarm clock?
  3. siderod

    siderod Member

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    Only 7 Feet?

    Wow...thats short. Are the cross-bucks to-scale? and the lights? A real bell would be FAR too big, so i would suggest a Fire-alarm or something like that...though that might be too big as well. I'm debating, if i can find all the stuff, working and to-scale crossbucks with all the lights and such. Look for my upcomming thread on Boston 2004 for my inspiration
  4. Ralph

    Ralph Remember...it's for fun!

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    Hey Dino,
    Welcome aboard! Are you asking about the bell sound or the bell itself? For sound, how about a continuous loop tape recording of a bell that could be activated by a switch? I recorded a bell sound like this off of Microsoft Trains Simulator to use for the facsimilie control stand I use to run my layout. I have the continuous loop tape in a cheap walkman with an insulated copper disk between the batteries, interupting the current. When I move a switch it opens this circuit, letting the walkman play through small speakers, simulating a locomotive bell.
    Ralph
  5. N Gauger

    N Gauger 1:20.3 Train Addict

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    Wow!! Wish you luck!! I havn't found one yet :(

    Here's mine...

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    Here's the 2 meg video of it working :)

    Video
  6. Ralph

    Ralph Remember...it's for fun!

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    That's cool Mikey!
    Ralph
  7. DinoB

    DinoB New Member

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    I need an electric bell. As far as the interupted ring, I know how to do that. I want to simulate the real sound. I have the flashing part done. I have a 6volt door bell which works, but i would like something a little better. I will try to post a picture. It looks almost exactly like the full scale. It is for a display we are having in the local museum over Xmas. I have it operated by a motion detector so it only flash's for a pre programed time when someone comes near.
  8. Ralph

    Ralph Remember...it's for fun!

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    Sounds great! Do post a pic when you can. I like the motion detector idea.
    Ralph
  9. DinoB

    DinoB New Member

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    I hate to apear stupid, but I am not sure how to post a picture
  10. N Gauger

    N Gauger 1:20.3 Train Addict

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    Dont worry about that - we all are really good at "appearing stupid" :D :D :D

    you should click on "Go Advanced" below the reply block at the bottom of the page.

    Here's the format you would use IF the picture is somewhere on the internet:

    http://mywebpages.comcast.net/thegauge/cb1.jpg[/ IMG]
    Take out the "space before "img" at the end & you would get "My Pic " from my last post :)

    If you want to upload a pic from your computer it HAS to be smaller than 70,000 K and smaller than 600 X 460

    Click "Manage Attachments" below the Advanced Reply Screen & you will be able to upload most any pic from your computer. :D
  11. Ray Marinaccio

    Ray Marinaccio Active Member

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    A possibility would be to take one of your wife's metal mixing bowls and cut the sides down, drill a hole in the center to mount it, then use the electric bell mechanism to make it ring.
  12. N Gauger

    N Gauger 1:20.3 Train Addict

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    Ray???? Is this why you are always in "The Dog House" :eek: :eek: :rolleyes: :rolleyes: :eek: :eek:

    Great idea though!!!!!! :wave: :D :wave: :D :wave:
  13. DinoB

    DinoB New Member

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    I know this is not a computer chat line but I tried to send a picture of my crossing signal and it said file is to large. Don't have the foggiest how to reduce it. It was taken with a sony still camera, sent to my documents (MSN) and saved as picture. upload procedure seemed to be right but to large. Any help?
  14. DinoB

    DinoB New Member

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    I will try to send pictures. One is the real thing, the other obviously is not

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  15. screwysquirrel

    screwysquirrel Member

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    looks like it worked this time :)


    I'd say your crassbuck is about 1/2 to 1/3 life size?
  16. Ray Marinaccio

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    That's probably one of the reasons. :rolleyes: