SOLD: As a charging stand for your phone or tablet (or most laptops), this vintage railroad relay is a one-of-a-kind piece of functional art. As a stand alone piece atop a bookshelf or table, it’s a beautiful piece of railroad history. This Union Switch and Signal DN-12 Neutral DC Relay, first manufactured in September, 1934 was found at a tag sale and was covered in so much dirt it was barely recognizable. The seller, a retired railroad worker who was moving out of state, said that this older equipment is no longer in use by the railroad.
After careful cleaning, I decided to give the relay new life as a docking station for modern communication technology. The relay itself is a great vintage condition with expected signs of wear and six hand written numbers on the front that are consistent with an inspection history. I used reclaimed wood and a variety of reclaimed hardware to create a cradle for the relay and a holder for a phone or tablet. The bottom is covered in a soft felt to protect furniture.
For anyone who loves railroading, signal electronics and/or transportation equipment — or just lots of hardware in a striking arrangement — this piece would be an awesome addition to home or office.
Please take a look at the photos and if you have any questions, I will do my best to answer them. This docking station weighs in at 11 lbs. (heavy enough to also be used a bookend) and measures approximately 6.25″ wide by 9.75″ high by 9.5″ deep.