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

Discussion in 'Smoker Builds' started by squatch, Jan 15, 2014.

    Last edited: Jan 15, 2014
  2.  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!
  3. foamheart

    foamheart Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    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.
  4. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member

  5. venture

    venture Smoking Guru OTBS Member

  6. 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~

    Last edited: Jan 17, 2014
  7. java

    java Smoking Fanatic

    That is just to cool!! I wish we lived closer,I would love to get involved in that build. ( I love old railroad stuff)
  8. mneeley490

    mneeley490 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    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...
  9. 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.
  10. waterinholebrew

    waterinholebrew Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Wow, not sure what else to say, good for you for your find :yahoo: . Fix er up and :grilling_smilie: :sausage: :grilling_smilie: Nice find, WHB
  11. danmcg

    danmcg Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    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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