Image from page 325 of "Electric railway journal" (1908)
Title: Electric railway journal
Year: 1908 (1900s)
Subjects: Electric railroads
Publisher: [New York] McGraw Hill Pub. Co
Contributing Library: Smithsonian Libraries
Digitizing Sponsor: Smithsonian Libraries
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any replaced it by aflagman. These flagmen use the white enameled diskon which the word stop is boldly painted as a moreeffective means of stopping a vehicle than the old-timecloth flag, which has been misinterpreted on someoccasions. Another feature of the safety measures in addition tothe flags and crossing bells is the placing of warningsigns either side of the right-of-way at all crossingsexcept those equipped with gates. On the east side, and300 ft. from the track, a large round iron sign paintedred, with the printing cast in raised letters and silveredto reflect the light from automobile headlights, ismounted on a steel post set in concrete and reads Rail-road Crossing 300 Ft. The right-of-way is paralleledon the west side by the Chicago & North Western Rail-way, with only a narrow strip between these tracks andthose of the electric line. In order to give added warn-ing to traffic approaching the.electric right-of-way fromacross the steam tracks, a round warning sign similar
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NORTH SHORE GRADE-CROSSING PROTECTION—AUTOMATIC WIG-WAG SIGNAL AND SIGN INSTALLED AT CROSSING AND WARNING SIGNAL INSTALLED 300 FT. AWAY 804 ELECTRIC RAILWAY JOURNAL [Vol. XLIX, No. 7 to the 300-ft. sign is placed at the electric right-of-way,reading Railroad Crossing, Danger. The wigwag signals installed are the auto-flags fur-nished by the Bryant Zinc Company, Chicago. Theyare equipped with a combination of three warnings, theswinging disk, the red light in the center of the diskand the electric bell, each of which operates independ-ently of the others. The wigwag is motor driven by a600-volt motor and the signal is controlled from a trackbox designed by the engineering department of the rail-way company. These track boxes are built for high-speed operation, and while a few failures have beenregistered in snowy weather, these failures have alwaysbeen on the side of safety—that is, the signal was notcut off and kept on operating continuously. The trackboxes are located to give a t
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