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    This may seem like an odd question, but I am building a model of a small Irish town set in the mid 1930s. There is a train station there, and the tracks cross the main road at one point. I’m wondering what Irish signage for rural railroad crossings in populated areas would look like. I am assuming that modern American style gates and flashing red lights were not used at that time. Does any one know where I can get a look at Irish Rail Road signs of that period that might help me to design an authentic looking crossing? I also understand that the crossing may have been manned by a guy with a handheld sign, but I also don’t know what that sign might have read or look like. Go raibh maith agaibh.

    Bríd Mhór

    I think in a rural area it would look a lot like this.


    take out the solar battery and lights for the 1930s effect.

    The gates would either be timber or galvanised. The person crossing would manually open the gates on both sides and close them after he crossed. Keep looking both ways LOL.

    In urban areas they were probably manned. By the 30s big cities and towns had electricity, but I doubt it would be automatic anywhere back then, or warning lights either. But I don’t know.

    Contact a railway historical society in Ireland for more details.



    A lot of people worked on that project, my uncle was one of them.

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