Crossing gates

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Re: Crossing gates

Post by STRR » Wed Oct 06, 2021 8:26 pm

I use an Omron HC3A-A timer relay. You can set any timing you find appropriate. I use a second one of the same to time the operation of the entire crossing signal. The great thing about using this timing relay is the ability to use a magnetic contact switch (window reed switch from an old-style burglar alarm) to trip the signal cycle WITHOUT any voltage on that set of wires. I figured that would be an added safety feature if anyone, especially children, would accidentally contact the wiring.

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Re: Crossing gates

Post by milwiron » Fri Oct 08, 2021 9:23 am

Here's a potential source- https://www.trafficlights.com/recreational/
Also look on their "Controls" page for more flashers, they have one for RR crossing standard timing.
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Geochurchi wrote:
Wed Oct 06, 2021 3:50 pm
Hi, another question, what type of control do you use to flash the lights?
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Re: Crossing gates

Post by Geochurchi » Mon Oct 11, 2021 6:26 am

Thanks, I have checked that link out and there are definitely possibilities.
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Re: Crossing gates

Post by Geochurchi » Tue Oct 12, 2021 3:36 pm

Hi All, here is a video of our gates, trying to come up with a way to prevent the bouncing, thinking maybe a beefier actuator, thoughts!
Can’t add video, HELP!!!
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Re: Crossing gates

Post by Harold_V » Tue Oct 12, 2021 4:35 pm

Geochurchi wrote:
Tue Oct 12, 2021 3:36 pm
Can’t add video, HELP!!!
Videos are not permitted on the board, although they can be hosted elsewhere with a link provided.

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Re: Crossing gates

Post by Geochurchi » Tue Oct 12, 2021 4:57 pm

No link provided.
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Re: Crossing gates

Post by Harold_V » Wed Oct 13, 2021 1:30 am

???
Where is the video? Is it on your machine, or is it online somewhere? As an example, has it been uploaded to youtube? If you have the video and want to post it, it must be hosted somewhere, like I said.

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Re: Crossing gates

Post by Geochurchi » Wed Oct 13, 2021 4:26 pm

it’s on my IPad, I don’t do U Tube.
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Re: Crossing gates

Post by Geochurchi » Mon Oct 18, 2021 7:15 am

Hi All, let’s see if this link worked so you can see how these gates work, it maybe a balance issue, we really don’t want to shorten the gate arms.
Looking for suggestions
https://share.icloud.com/photos/0Hf85qh ... QwCfE5PXYA
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Re: Crossing gates

Post by Pontiacguy1 » Mon Oct 18, 2021 8:32 am

Video works.

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Re: Crossing gates

Post by Dick_Morris » Tue Oct 19, 2021 12:29 am

Pretty neat! I would try adding more weight to the counterweight and a dashpot to control the bounce. Removing lost motion between the motor and gate may also help, maybe by spring loading it in one direction. Disclaimer - I've never worked with crossing gates.

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Re: Crossing gates

Post by Geochurchi » Tue Oct 19, 2021 6:28 am

Thanks, we are going to play around with the counter weights, not sure what you mean by a dash pot.
Thanks
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