On page 296 of Railroad Structures and Estimates by J.W. Orrock published in 1918 …. we find this crossing tower. The following is taken directly from the book:
Using the $DollarTimes Inflation Calculator we find that $250.00 in 1918 had the same buying power as $4,405.69 in 2017.
|Lots of Windows|
his was one of the things that caught my eye .. the structure is basically windows connected by bits of stuff in-between. This makes sense .. after all .. this was the purpose of the structure .. to let the operator see ‘stuff’. The question I had was how to do it in a way that it didn’t look ‘heavy’ (read that .. ‘fake’).
I was looking at an article in Shortline Modelers titled “Scratchbuilding Sash Windows” by Peter Smith. I thought that I could a variation of this for my Crossing Gate Tower. The problem that I saw was simply there would be very narrow (relatively speaking) separation between the windows. Trying (and succeeding) in cutting the .040″ plastic without breaking something .. seemed to me to be .. probable at best.
I think though .. that I might be able to do something using Evergreen strip styrene – modify the structure to use stock (aka – pre formed) styrene.