Scratchbuilding Semaphores for HO scale layout

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Scratchbuilding Semaphores for HO scale layout

robertw144
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September 27th, 2016, 2:50 pm #1

I am interested in adding semaphores to my HO scale Highland Line layout circa 1948. I would like to start with the distant signal coming up the hill eastbound towards Bank Street Tower (SS 202). I believe it is located just before the bridge where the Meriden Line crossed over the Naugatuck Line. I know it is a lower quadrant distant signal. Is there a standard style, or standard size? Basically, where would I begin? Are there any plans available? Any thoughts would be appreciated.
Rob Gross
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Ron High
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September 28th, 2016, 8:48 am #2

Rob the biggest issue is a lot ,but not all semaphores had arms that pointed to the left towards the track. It was said that it related to the practice in electrified territory. Now I made the mistake of stating that all NH signals were that way .Much to my surprise  that was not the case.MR had a series of articles back in the 1960s? about building semaphores. At some point back then Calscale made all the parts in lost wax castings.. I don't think you found them listed in their catalog but if you wrote them you could arrange to purchase the parts. In the 1970s I was able to do this and I did purchase parts.The only issue is the semaphore arms are for the more standard right hand configuration. Bowser has owned Calscale for a number of years but I don't know about the semaphore parts,Tomar  makes some nice semaphore signals and sells parts but again they are the right hand layout.
https://tomarindustries.com/signals.htm
https://tomarindustries.com/sigparts.htm
Ron High
you can see the left facing toward the track in some of these Tad Arnold photos
http://www.nerailroadphotos.com/TadArno ... /i-7NWwj6B
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nhhe52
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September 28th, 2016, 9:14 am #3

Don at Model Memories used to make the NH semaphores but no longer is making them available.  Perhaps Don can make them up special order.
Ed
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robertw144
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September 28th, 2016, 9:46 am #4

Ron:
Thank you for the information.  I wanted information to scratchbuild the left handed signals. I would Idea;=lly like to have them operational but for now I will settle for non-functional semaphores. 

Rob
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robertw144
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September 28th, 2016, 2:33 pm #5

Ed:
Thank you. I saw on the website that they had them. I've tried to call Model Memories twice in the last few months and have not been able to get a hold of anyone. 

Robert
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nhhe52
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September 28th, 2016, 3:12 pm #6

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September 28th, 2016, 8:43 pm #7

Keep trying. Don is the best.
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haksawjoes
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September 29th, 2016, 11:26 am #8

Rob,
The photo shows a HO semaphore I built with brass several years ago. 

The brass order boards are from a vendor named "Free State Systems", I also used one of the same boards on the signal bridge at Danbury CT. on my layout by rounding the bottom edges of the board. You could reshape the board to what ever you need with a file. I drilled a small hole in the board at the pivot point, inserted a brass rod thru the hole and soldered the rod to the board.

The Mast is made from brass tube stock from KS Engineering. I drilled holes thru the top of the mast to except the size of the rod that was soldered to the board so the board could rotate after the rod was inserted thru the mast. An other small hole was drilled near the counter weight on the board to except a hook bent into another brass rod, this brass rod goes down thru the layout surface to hook up to a slow motion switch machine underneath that operates the indication on the board.

The hardest part of the build was just finding an order board I could use, I do not know if "Free State Systems" still exists.

There is another couple of photos of this signal in Vol 1 #1 of The Speedwitch.

Joe Smith #1253

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haksawjoes
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September 29th, 2016, 11:29 am #9

Sorry for the excess photos, I am new to this photo posting thing!!
Joe
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nhhe52
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September 29th, 2016, 11:48 am #10

Nice modeling!
You can click EDIT in the AUTHOR box of your post and delete two of the three images by clicking behind the image in the text window and back-spacing.

Ed
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