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Old December 24th, 2012, 12:04 PM
CGWallace CGWallace is offline
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Default Re: SF&T RR Signals

The railroad uses its own set of signals for authenticity and safety.

Does anyone remember what the forward/highball signal was in the 70s?

Originally, they were using a white flag by day and white lamp at night, raised and lowered. (I suppose they could have also used green, but they specified only white). The latest photo I have showing this is from the mid 60s.

For those that don't know, this is the accepted railroad "hand, flag, and lamp" forward signal used for years in North America and still found in the General Code. (A distinct wave can and is often substituted, and that is basically what was being used during the day last time I was out at the park).

Drawings are by James Thompson, "Assistant Trainmaster" 1962. It was great fun to speak with Jim and Lee Buckner at the Texas train station during the reunion some years ago.
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