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I know this question has may have been raised before but maybe things have changed where they are available now. Trying to find close to real subway block signal lights. The ones I have seen for O scale are just plain too tall. I mean 7" inches tall which I think it unrealistic. The same issue I had with the platform lights which I finally found with HO scale. I was looking through some HO signals which I believe in terms of height fit what I was looking for. I hear that some real good ones are done by Z Stuff. I just don't know how tall they are. Then I have seen some by Tomar HO scale that look alright. Any ideas would definitely be appreciated.

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Having grown up in NYC, I rode the subways a LOT. Left NYC in 1978. I used to ride in the first car all the time, so I could pretend i was the motorman Smile. The subway signals were set a height that corresponded to where the average sized motorman's eyes would be If he was looking straight & level. Also, the normal placement of the signal was on the right hand side of the tracks. Things may have changed since '78, but I don't think that they would be drastic relocations----
Walthers used to sell them, with GOW lamps. They were little cast metal cubes, with a shield over the lamp. I think you were supposed to stack them, as many as you needed. They looked pretty good, but of course I'm recalling them from around 1970 or so. Walthers may have listed them as dwarfs, rather than rapid transit signals.

The prototype signal bodies are about 8" square, viewed from the front, with 6" lenses, I believe. That would make them 1/6th of an inch in O-scale, and the lenses would be 1/8th inch in diameter. Since LED's are made that small, at least the lamp parts would be easy to source.

Maybe Andre the Brass Master could make the bodies for them.


Custom Signals has them listed as a future product. Maybe you could ask if they plan to make them anytime soon.

OGR Publishing, Inc., 1310 Eastside Centre Ct, Suite 6, Mountain Home, AR 72653
800-980-OGRR (6477)

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