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Today I had some fun and wasted the afternoon at the LHS. What a great time!:thumbsup: One of the first thing I did was to investigate the automated newstand and took some pictures. The information is already posted.

Now I have a small project a bridge and tower to relight. The tower is some kind of kit and the bridge appears to be home built except for the lamp heads. First the tower.










 

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This is what the bridge looks like. The lampheads are on top and are obstructed from a railing. I am planning to relocate them in the middle and have two facing each direction.

This is for a friend. SOme day I will get a bridge in there. It looks good sitting there.:thumbsup:






The plan mount under the top.


 

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Cool looking signal bridge, T! Clever custom work on someone's part. It'll be nice to see you get it operational.

Enjoy the Christmas holiday!

TJ
 

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It is cool looking.:thumbsup:

What is it made out of brass & wood? All brass?
It looks homemade, I wonder if a kit ever existed?

I think the lights would look better up top if the railing was lower.
But they will look good underneath too.

How about a couple of yard lights on the top instead?
Along with the signals on the bottom?
A couple old search lights custom mounted?
 

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Thanks guys! The bridge is brass. I thought of notching the railing. I saw that in a google image. The yard light would be a nice touch. You always have good suggestions. I could lower the rail buy cuting the top and adding the rail underneath. That may be possible. The inside has globs of solder guess the iron was not too hot.

Here are some tower shots for scale id.





Now I am thinking of shortening the LEDs in the lamp head. The gold is just a trial. I have to save the red and greens.



 

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Today I had some fun and wasted the afternoon at the LHS. What a great time!:thumbsup:

Like a kid in a candy store, huh T Man.:D
 

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Did you check out the dumpster before you left?:D:thumbsup:
 

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His goodie corner was walled in with boxes. Some other time. :rolleyes:

He has 50% off box and tells me he added to it every time I walk in. Never did see a garbage can.:confused:
That is why you never see a garbage can, he sees you coming and hurries up and dumps it in the 50% off box.:D

Mine has a box like that too, it has different stuff in it every time I go there but not too many broken pieces just items people bring in.
Fun to look through.:thumbsup: Good prices too.:D
 

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I like that spot better then inside on the bottom, matter of fact I like that spot better then the original spot on top.:D:thumbsup:

To bad it wasn't yours that would look good on your table.
 

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I will be checking out brass displays in the future. :)

Here is the first conduit. Originally it was all grounded through the frame. Nowadays each light should have a ground. If you wanted to go with circuits all the lights are independent. WIthout a specific use or plan it gives the owner flexibility. It just adds a lot of wire.

I made some minor repairs to the railling and crossmembers. I use copper wire as a conduit bracket.

 

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It is interesting to note that most of the solder is hidden by rails so it is inside. The top railing is lacking, It needs more pole support. The height is right. I would drill ae hole to set each of the poles and solder from underneath. Also the rails against the deck are soldered all the way across. It caused some warping at the ends. A few good solder points would of held it nicely. SO far so good.




I found this on an image search

This is close in style to what I have.
 

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They look good there.

Maybe the handrail up top was put on with the intent on making it look like a cable, instead of a solid handrail?
 

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It was the best I could do to straighten them. If I do a handrail it will be with copper wire and wound around the poles.

The railing took more damage. Feeding the wire into the tube was not easy.

I did notice on one desig that the center bars were parrallel v's when looking through. I like the x pattern made by two v'sfrom one on each side.


The latest after rewiring.







 

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Boy, you're goin' to town with that rewire, huh? Tedious work, I'm sure ... not much room to route wires up under all of that truss work.

A fun redo, T ...

Makes you think about whoever made it in the first place, though, huh? He could have been a great member here on MTF!

TJ
 
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