Action Cars and Accessories
Chug-Chug Sound in Box Car
Cattle Car and Depot Set
Crane Car and Boom Tender
Crane Loader
Crossing Flasher
Crossing Gates
Crossing Gate
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Electronic Sound of Steam Box Car
Floodlight Car
Freight Unloading Depot
Giant Operating Crane
Gold Mine
Gravel Conveyor
Grain Elevator
Hopper Car Unloading Set
Horse Car & Depot Set
Log Dump Car Set
Log Loader with Log Car
Ore Dump Car Set
Ore Dump Set with Nite Glow
Operating Log Dump Set
Piggyback Flat Car Set
Piggyback Loader/Unloader
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Pipe Dump Car
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Signal Man
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Tractor Loader
Unloading Box Car Set
Unloading Mail Car Set
Brown Box Era HO-Scale
Operating Crossing Gate

Crossing Gate

First found on the back cover of the 1968-69 catalog listed as "New in '68," the No.908 Crossing Gate Set remained until TYCO dropped trains in the early 1990s.

The Crossing Gate, listed among Action Cars & Accessories, works without electricity. As a train passes it depresses the piece of plastic located between the rails. This causes the gate to lower. When the train clears, the pressure is gone and the gate raises. One minor goof in this system does work well with cars longer than the plastic piece. Cars with a length of 62' or longer have enough gap between the wheel sets that allows the gate to raise momentarily as they pass. Another functional liability is that the car's weight must bring down the plastic piece. Often many cars don't weigh enough or have wheel sets that want to derail over this piece. Generally however, this item does what it is designed to do without fail.

Crossing Gate No.908

What Did It Come From?
Where Did It Go?

Revell Crossing Gate

Though the base molding appears different, Revell's Operating Crossing Gate(T-6016) is very similar to what TYCO produced as its No.908 Crossing Gate. Perhaps this was the inspiration for TYCO's accessory. This Revell item was available in the company's HO-scale train line offered during the '50s and early '60s.

Other manufacturers have offered crossing gates including AHM, Athearn, Bachmann, Cox, and Life-Like among others, it is after all a very typical accessory for a layout, but only the Revell and Pemco models share such close similarity to TYCO's crossing gate.

Pemco Crossing Gate

Another close relative to TYCO's No.908 Crossing Gate is Pemco's Crossing Gate(No.3802). Rumor is that Aurora was planning to launch a ready-to-run train line around 1980 and it never happened. Apparently enough items were produced and available that the remains of this aborted offering hit the streets under the Pemco Railway System name. These items came in black boxes with gold trim. Similar items have been found with the Aurora name on them from the Canadian market.