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enzio
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Signals
 
« on: Apr 8th, 2010, 6:26am »
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Would anyone out there happen to know where I can buy either a crossbuck (preferably without the gate) and or a wig wag signal?  I would like to decorate my front lawn with all sorts of railroadiana.
Thanks in advance.


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Stephen R. Gargiulo
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« Reply #1 on: Oct 18th, 2010, 7:03pm »
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I would think that a good railroad supply house would be able to supply a crossbuck sign, but if your budget is modest you will probably have to cultivate a friendship with the signal maintainers of your local class 1. You might also try looking at suppliers to the theme park industry; they may have half- and 5/8ths-scale signs which would be better suited to the scale of most backyards...a four-foot crossbuck can be a little overwhelming.
 
As far as the wigwag goes...good luck, you'll need it. There are probably fewer than four dozen of these obsolete signals still in use in the U.S., and the railroad companies know their value. I understand that standard practice is now for senior railroad managers in the region to take possession of these signals when they are retired, for "safekeeping." You might be able to come across one at an auction or an estate sale of a collector, but be prepared to shell out a minimum of a thousand dollars.


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