A classic TYCO “action” accessory, first offered in 1968 and available until Tyco Trains’ demise in 1993. This spawned quite a few imitators, such as crossing gates from Bachmann, Life-Like and Pemco. The reason the plywood is blank is because I am working on building a bigger and better train layout this crossing gate will be part of!
The early models had the side rod of the crossing gate be attached to a small metal rod under the base that was connected to the pressure device. It also had a removable track section: I replaced the original 9″ brass Atlas track section it came with (Tyco used to use Atlas track in the ’60s and early ’70s) with a newer nickel-silver Atlas track section, to ensure better electrical contact and consistency with any newer layouts.