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Help ID Vintage "Rail Road Smoker", 1 Of a Kind?

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 I found it at a "Barn Sale"... and was WAY TOO HEAVY to even think of trying to fit into the trunk of my wife's Mustang!

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That looks more like it belong on and old locomotive, or a coal fired boiler system. I am guessing no one would steal it from your yard.

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Looks like a RR item from this company?


Good luck and good smoking.

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Well, after a bit of online research I was able to dig up some additional info regarding my "smoker"...


It was made by Union Switch & Signal Company. I found pic's of them used in two different ways. One use is as a remote independently mounted relay box to control more than one train crossing signal such as would have been used at a 4-way intersection of a busy city street. The more common usage is as a mounting base to a type of signal referred to as a Semaphore.


Here is a link to a neat site I found where a collector purchases a complete semaphore including a base identical to mine and restores it to be displayed on his property -


 I'd like to find a place close by that I can haul it to and get it sand blasted down to bare metal inside and out, so I can repaint it nice and clean. It's going to need new grill rack's which is no biggie... maybe a couple minor mods here and there... the most difficult part is going to be moving it to the spot in my back yard where I would like to set it permanently, still putting thought into that task!


A couple more photos~





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That is just to cool!! I wish we lived closer,I would love to get involved in that build. ( I love old railroad stuff)

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That is WAY cool! Looks like very little modification is needed. Just something in the bottom to hold the wood up out of the ashes...

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Hey thanks guy's! Yep, I'm excited... this thing has GREAT potential!!


I will try to post a few good photos as I progress with the restoration.

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Wow, not sure what else to say, good for you for your find yahoo.gif . Fix er up and grilling_smilie.gifsausage.gifgrilling_smilie.gif Nice find, WHB
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Great find, And cool link on the restoration project, but I like the idea of it being a smoker better.
Good Luck!!!
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