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Thursday, November 21, 2013

Unbreakable crossbucks

Magnetic tape punched, screw and crossbuck

Railroad crossing signs are always in danger of being broken, especially the ones close to the edge of a layout.  My solution is to drive in a concrete coloured, flat head screw in the location you want to put the crossing sign.  Then, using a one hole paper punch, punch out a circle from a magnetic tape strip and paint it concrete.  You cannot use two magnets, one on the sign and one on the screw as they jump to one side or the other.  Drill a hole in the punched out magnet to accept the post of the sign and glue it in.  The sign can now be positioned on top of the screw.  The wayward arm will now just knock it over, not break it.

Screw painted and installed


Crossbuck in place

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