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The Railroad Semaphore

Posted by on September 25, 2013
Railroad Semaphore

Railroad Semaphore

We are fortunate that our Depot retains several of its original features. One of the most asked about is the railroad semaphore signal. A semaphore is a system of visual signaling, often using flags or lights.

On the east side of the building, trackside, the metal pole with semaphore still stands. The blade and colored lenses of the semaphore would signal engineers when they needed to stop at the Depot. Inside, the original control switch is located against the wall on a built-in desk in the former ticket office.

While our semaphore no longer signals the passing train engineers, semaphores are still used on rail lines today.

Depot Signal Pole

Railroad Signal Pole

Semaphore Control Switch

Semaphore Control Switch

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