It's alive!!! The signal runs through all 3 aspects as operated by a photocell between the rails where the cabin car (caboose) is. once the train clears the photocell, a timer keeps each aspect at 10 seconds until clear.
It's time to quit procrastinating. For 5 or 6 years I've had a set of Alkem Scale Models LED scale-sized PRR position light signals, but have been too skittish about wiring them up after I burned one out. However, I'm tired of seeing the oversized bulb-style signals on my layout. Although they are animated (they change aspects as the train goes by), they are starting to detract from, rather than add to, the scene.
After several months of 1980 Conrail fun, it's 1956 again on the Pennsylvania Railroad.
After running Conrail for awhile I’ve been bitten by the Pennsy bug again. I’d taken the day of leave (in part to work on Air War College) but I decided during “breaks” it was time to remove my Conrail stuff and replace it with my PRR stuff. That’s easier said than done, though, as I’m still not even half way there. Nevertheless, it was worth documenting what I’ve done.
Here's some late Penn Central/early Conrail goodness from the CRHS… Dick Bregler photo.
A patched out Conrail SW switcher marshalls cars (and a PC caboose!) at the freight house in Mt Union, PA in 1979. This alignment was the old main line through town. Dick Bregler photo.