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
Operating Piggyback Loader/Unloader
Pipe Dump Car
Pipe Loader
Signal Man
Steam Whistle in Billboard
Tractor Loader
Unloading Box Car Set
Unloading Mail Car Set
Brown Box Era HO-Scale
Crossing Gates

Crossing Gate No.908

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 Nite-Glow No.924

Nite-Glow Crossing Gate

Add a bit of glow-in-the-dark paint and you've got the Nite-Glow Crossing Gate(No.924). Introduced in 1979, this variation on the No.908 Crossing Gate is the same item with Nite-Glow applied to the highway lines and the crossing gate. The 1981 catalog was the last appearance for this item.

Signal Crossing with Lights, Bell, and Nite-Glow  No.937

Signal Crossing With Lights, Bell And Nite-Glow

Here's a neat accessory that was first seen in 1980 in The Golden Eagle train set(No.7328) and also sold separately. The Signal Crossing with Lights, Bell, and Nite-Glow(No.937) works much like the No.908 Crossing Gate. The No.937 differs in that it includes alternating lights in its crossing buck and a warning bell. The warning bell is housed in the loading dock area on the base of the item. The large crate is removable and a winder is inside it. You wind up the bell and it works when the train passes. This accessory had a fairly short life and only appears from 1980 through the 1982 catalogs.

Operating Lighted Crossing Flasher  No.960

Operating Lighted Crossing Flasher

The Operating Lighted Crossing Flasher(No.960) is a very simplified version of previous TYCO crossing gate accessories. This item lacks a base that was included with other similar items in this line. The crossing buck or flasher is the same one used in the No.937 accessory and functions much the same with alternating lights. Introduced in the 1982 catalog, this accessory is last seen in the 1986 catalog.

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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.