|Soviet Old-Style Gate Crossing
About This Accessory
A metal gate crossing of stamped-steel construction was included in every
Stalin-era and Khrushchev-era train set produced by the Soviet Union in the 1950's and 1960's.
The accessory has two 4-inch gates with supports, a 12-inch section of straight track
and four sections of decorative fencing with fence posts on both ends of each 3-inch section.
The older-style gate crossing was a very ornate accessory that is designed like the
early suspension bridge in that the
finial-and-ring pattern on the tubular fence posts is similar to the tops of the pylons on the
bridge. In addition, the vertical fence rails are connected on the top by decorative loops.
(The newer-style gate crossing is
also a very attractive accessory but it represents a much simpler design with stand-alone fence
boards and rectangular fence post caps.)
The gates are lowered mechanically when the train passes over an activator rail (lever mechanism) built into the track that is in the center of the base. (The gate crossing is part of the track sequence and either has the number "3" stamped on the underside of the base or has a metal tag stamped with the number "3" on it and attached to the underside of the base.) If properly connected via the wiring harness furnished with each set, this electro-mechanical accessory will perform another function -- sounding the horn inside the passenger station!
The early-style gate crossing was first shown in the 1951 catalog but it is unknown as to how many were made or when manufacturing ceased. However, it is safe to say that very few were produced. Its complicated design probably led to a decision to discontinue it within the first year of production. Further adding to the mystery is the fact that the operating instruction manuals contained illustrations of the early-style gate crossing through March 1957 -- long after it was out of production!
|The Soviet Gate Crossings
|ABOVE: Old-style gate crossing (Illustration from the 1951 catalog).
|ABOVE: Newer-style gate crossing (Shown here for comparison purposes).
The old-style gate crossing can definitely be classified as a Stalin-era item but it is unknown as to when the newer-style gate crossing was introduced. The only known example of the old-style gate crossing is on display in a toy and train museum in Moscow. It is probably the rarest piece of all of the Stalin-era and Khrushchev-era trains and accessories. All of the information contained here represents observations based on the illustrations from the instruction manuals that have surfaced to date.
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