Marker Lights

Discussion in 'N / Z Scale Model Trains' started by absnut, Jan 12, 2003.

  1. absnut

    absnut Member

    Does anyone know if someone makes marker lights that could be mounted on the tail end passenger car? If not, does anyone have a trick for making them yourself?

  2. jdh

    jdh Member

    i have seen this using small LEDs pointing straight out the back.
    they drill the hole smaller than the led, so it only shows the curve of the top of the led.

    this would not work for the side marker types though.

    have you looked at tomar industries?

    i have a couple of their herald kits.
  3. absnut

    absnut Member


    Tomar's all seem too new but, thanks for pointing them out. What I need are the older, side lanterns. They need not "operate".

  4. jdh

    jdh Member

    ok, in that case...

    precision scale co has something that might be too modern, part # 585-6739 & 585-6740

    there are caboose lantern marker lamps that might be more in line with what you are looking for, sunrise enterprises 695-15652

    sunrise also has ditch lights which may work for you, 695-15602 15613 15614 15626 156261

    <part numbers are walther's numbers>

    can you descibe the type of car you are using, and the era you are wanting?
  5. absnut

    absnut Member


    They're for my "transition era" pike, specifically for the rear of my passenger trains (See "Kit Bashed Coaches under Scratchin' and bashin'). This would put the time frame as 30's to 50's. Thanks for your interest.

  6. kettlestack

    kettlestack Member

    Dick, it would be worth experimenting with fibre optics as the lamp lens fed from a high intensity LED (easier to mask off spurious light and also low voltage while train is stationary). As for a scale marker lamp housing.. hmmmmm, I have no idea.

  7. absnut

    absnut Member


    Years ago when I modeled British outline in N, Langley Miniatures (I believe it was) manufactured small lanterns in white metal and included small "jewels" for lenses. At the time, I had many..... all gone now (sadly) with my British equipment. I believe I could have "adapted" these to my pruposes.

  8. Vic

    Vic Active Member

    Dick, At one time a company called Utah Pacific had some working markers just like what you are describing....they weren't any particular scale....although they touted them as being HO....They were very tiny and think they would only just be slightly oversized for N. They used a 1.5 volt axil lamp (about the size of a large grain of sand) Maybe there's still some of them hanging around somewhere.
  9. Blake

    Blake Member

    Better yet, try Tomar. They make N scale drumheads with RR and train names on them and they light!

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