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Another Crossing Signals question

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Another Crossing Signals question
Posted by Jeff1952 on Monday, May 27, 2019 1:15 PM

 I have several Walthers Cantilever Crossing Signals in place on my layout, cosmetic for now, as I like the look. I'd like to have them active, but only as a simple on-off, with a switch. I don't care if they won't come on/shut off automatically as trains approach or leave. Again, mostly cosmetic as I only operate the trains for guests or my own enjoyment. Is there a SIMPLE way to wire these up for basic on/off operation?

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Posted by gregc on Monday, May 27, 2019 2:26 PM

if they are all wired to one power supply you can put a SPST switch between one of the power supply terminals and the lead connected to the crossing signals.

if they share a power supply, you may need to put an SPST switch between the power supply lead and each crossing signal.   This approach may make it easier in the future to support automation.

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Posted by MisterBeasley on Monday, May 27, 2019 2:41 PM

Do these signals have a built-in flasher, or do you need an external circuit for that?

I use Oregon Rail Supply and NJ International signals.  Both need an external flasher circuit.  I use the Rob Paisley circuits, both for the flashers and for the gates.

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Posted by Jeff1952 on Wednesday, May 29, 2019 4:03 PM

Yes, these need an external flasher circuit also. I had already purchased the Walthers Crossing Grade Signal Controller. I just don't want to drill holes in my ballast to install sensors I really don't need.  Isn't there a SIMPLE way to bypass the sensor wiring and yet still have the signals flash? 

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Posted by gregc on Wednesday, May 29, 2019 5:14 PM

connect a SPDT switch between the D5 and A, B, C and/or D input to the flasher unit.  you may or may not need some resistance in series

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Posted by wvg_ca on Wednesday, May 29, 2019 9:34 PM

if you just need a flasher, with out a pickup ....

i found transistor based ones on ebay for 80 cents each ...

came with two leds [white]

 

here's the link

https://www.ebay.ca/itm/5pcs-DIY-Kit-5MM-LED-Simple-Flash-Light-Simple-flash-Circuit-Production-Suite/361767169383?ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT&_trksid=p2057872.m2749.l2648

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Posted by Jeff1952 on Thursday, May 30, 2019 7:44 AM

Thanks Greg!

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