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.
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
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
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.