N.J. International’s searchlight towers are back in stock after a five-year hiatus. There are two options available for these important accessories. The prototype is a four-sided steel structure with one or two platforms on top of the tower. The tower includes footing and base with pre-drilled holes on its surface as option to secure this item to your railroad.
The HO-scale working lights include injection-molded plastic with metal parts. Illumination is provided by LEDs (with appropriate resistors attached) and the light cans swivel to allow for control of beam of light. There are two styles to select from in N.J. International’s line. A Twin Light Tower (1972) lists for $37.99 and a Quad Light Tower (1973) is available for $39.99.
ABOVE: Union Pacific’s Roper Yard at Salt Lake City, Utah, as it looked in the late 1990s. Facility detail is not limited to the surface of a model railroad. Note the communications tower (center) and searchlights (left and right) residing over this yard scene. — Peter Arnold photo, Kevin EuDaly collection