Anywho, the signal department crew was able to repair it this evening. This signal was not wired up, so I decided to modify it. I removed the gates and will place in the yard as a scenic detail around the yard office. Why, you might ask? Well, getting one of these crossing gate sets to operate correctly using the tortoise switch machines underneath the benchwork is a bear of a job. It is enough to make you leave the hobby. I got lucky on the first set. I don't want to push my luck.
Here is my Ottawa Ave crossing if you haven't seen it before. I don't know what that is built up on the side of the signal. I didn't even notice it until I posted the video. I'm assuming that is from the static grass project. The macro lens picks up everything!
I will use the modified flashing crossbucks only with no arms at Putnam Street.
Mill Street will receive an over-the-road signal with no gates from NJ International.
I'm using the Azatrax MRX2 Flashing Controller as I have with the Ottawa Ave grade crossing. It is a great product and John Parsons provides fast service and excellent support. https://www.azatrax.com/controller.html
Car Dept Report
I continued working on adding new cars and removing old cars that will be sold off. The cars needed weight added, low profile wheels added, etc.
I looked for the plowed fields that I have for adding to Franklin Farms, but couldn't find them anywhere. Wait! I think I just had an epiphany. BRB................ Found it! Well, that gives me something to work on tomorrow evening.