freight yard lights

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April 9, 2013 7:29 PM

Looking for ideas to light my freight yard? send pics if you have I'm 

 

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clem

 
 
 
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April 10, 2013 1:26 AM

Searching my files for photos, but we have four MTH yard lights in our through yard. They look nice, but realistically, they're more for decoration than light output. If you can get LED bulbs to replace the incandescent ones, they'd probably throw a lot more light. One of these days we'll get around to changing to LEDs.

 

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April 10, 2013 12:24 PM

I have the Lionel 16 floodlights.

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April 10, 2013 1:45 PM

Spence did you buy the Lionel lights as 16 or did you combined 2 eight light kits to make one? 

 
 
 
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April 10, 2013 2:30 PM

I bought them.

Double Floodlight

 

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April 10, 2013 7:27 PM

These yard lights are great

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April 10, 2013 7:46 PM

Hi

 Here is a nother idea for you. I wanted yard lights that were like ones that I had seen in a lot of PRR pic had built these out of lionel lights.

(Transman) Joe you might rember see these when you were over.

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April 10, 2013 7:57 PM

Yup,I did notice them,they were nice

 

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April 10, 2013 8:10 PM

For me they all seem out of scale. I'm going to make my own. Don

 
 
 
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April 10, 2013 9:18 PM

Here is a pic of my yard with the Lionel 6-12759 tower lights and you will notice all my switches have a double headed Lionel 6-12927 #65 Yard light.   It works pretty well.  My table with overhead lights out looks like a night time scene, not bright, but workable.

 

 

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April 10, 2013 9:48 PM

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I use a combination of Lionel 395 flood light towers and those Mars two bulb flood towers - the ones that always seem to show up at the train shows.

 

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April 10, 2013 9:59 PM

I like Marx towers,I convert them to LEDs,described here

 

www.jcstudiosinc.com/MarxTowerLEDs

 

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April 10, 2013 11:14 PM

I like this style Marx Towers.   

 
 
 
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April 11, 2013 6:05 PM

Well thanks for all the ideas so far. Sure don't want to make them but so far I am thinking  like scale rail. 

 

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October 9, 2014 3:54 PM

Michael's Crafts has LED yard lights in the Christmas stuff.  8 9/16" expandable to 12 3/8". The rack and each light is individually adjustable.  Price about $22.  30% off today! (3) double A batteries or 4.5 power supply they sell also discounted.

 

 

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October 9, 2014 4:55 PM

you have a part number

 

 
 
 
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October 9, 2014 5:35 PM

See attached link.  An even better deal!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Originally Posted by Jhainer:

you have a part number

 

 

 

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October 9, 2014 7:48 PM

Hello Clem,around my engine house which has several tracks and sidings I used the Lionel 6-37995 Lighted Telephone Poles.

 

With these poles spaced out they lighted this area very realistically.

To me the light from each pole is just enough to light an area without being to much light.

They don't take much power to operate either.

 

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Indiana PA.

 

 
 
 
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October 9, 2014 7:54 PM

Originally Posted by MarkStrittmatter:

Hello Clem,around my engine house which has several tracks and sidings I used the Lionel 6-37995 Lighted Telephone Poles.

 

With these poles spaced out they lighted this area very realistically.

To me the light from each pole is just enough to light an area without being to much light.

They don't take much power to operate either.

 

Mark Strittmatter

TCA # 14-69917

Indiana PA.

 

Thank you Mark

I bought those this summer but they are too short, my yard tracks are too close together. I hope to use them at my power plant or industrial area. I think they look good.

 

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October 9, 2014 7:56 PM

We used the MTH flood light towers, and I just converted them to LEDs.20140920_181637
 
 
 
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October 9, 2014 8:26 PM

Originally Posted by Laidoffsick:
We used the MTH flood light towers, and I just converted them to LEDs.20140920_181637

Well that night time scene sure looks good. What do they use in real rail yards? I guess I never noticed.

 

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October 9, 2014 8:29 PM

Many are very similar to the MTH towers, some just have more than 4 lights.
 
 
 
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October 14, 2014 9:48 PM

well I bought some and installed one tonight took it off of the big base and mounted it to the layout. I then ran the wiring to it . here is the results .

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October 15, 2014 12:47 AM

When I was a brakeman for the Quanah, Acme & Pacific, our yard at Quanah had NO lights (except for our lanterns).  It may have gone back to the WWII days when blackout mentality was everywhere.  I don't remember any lights in the SLSF Oklahoma City yard either.  It was just DARK.

I think it is great that your O gauge switchmen will be able to see on the midnight job, but no lighting in the yard is very prototypical.

 
 
 
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October 15, 2014 1:04 AM

Jhainer, who makes that light you got? I like that.... 5 lights instead of 2 or 4. Looks nice.
 
 
 
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October 15, 2014 1:15 AM

http://www.ehobbytools.com/contents/en-us/p4460.html lemex I think makes them . same as richO showed up top but I took the base off

 

 
 
 
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October 15, 2014 8:48 AM

Clem, I used a combination of Lionel floodlight and spotlight towers along with several gooseneck lamps for my yard illumination. I'm very happy with the results.

 

 

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