|Robert Lambrecht of Parkville, MO sends in these photos
of his recently installed wigwag. Here's his story:
"Both of the wig wags at Mendon, MO were removed in the spring of 1996. I purchased the North side and the South was saved as a parts source."
"It has resided in a fire engine museum in Parkville until this past September. A 4' X 3' X 3' concrete foundation was poured in my backyard with 3/4" threaded rods for securement. The unfortunate thing was that this was done while I was out of town and the contractor, not the sharpest tack in the box, put the studs in a 16.25" square bolt pattern instead of the 16.25 bolt circle that is required. I had to have a fab shop build a 1" thick steel adapter plate that would match up to the signal. #12 gage exterior Romex was laid in the ground between the wag and the basement. The control system consists of:
-Two 12 volt car/lawn mower batteries in series (more on this in a minute).
-A 12 DC volt trickle charger.
-A used ($20) garage door opener transmitter and receiver, which runs on 24 volts, hence the two batteries.
-A heavy duty 30 AMP automobile relay, which runs just
fine on the 24
"I can turn the wig wag on from any room in my house and up to 100 yards distance outside with out any extension of the original 8" antenna."
"Future plans might include wiring it into a house alarm or some kind of threshold perimeter barrier that triggers the signal when someone gets too close to the house."
This photo shows the two wags in operation is from the BNSF business car
Kootenai River on a westbound stack train at 70 MPH.