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Classic Railroad Signals
Semaphores, Searchlights, and Towers

Brian Solomon

Since the beginning of railroading in the steam era, signals have always been a vital part of the industry. Everyone who has ever operated or ridden in a train has depended on railroad signals to prevent collisions and mishaps. This book examines how different railroads developed specific hardware to serve their unique needs, in the process tracing the lineage of various types of hardware and highlighting when, how, and where they were used. From nineteenth-century mechanical signals to disc signals, upper- and lower-quadrant semaphores, three-light electric signals, searchlight-style targets, positional lights, and color-position light hardware, the author covers nearly every conceivable piece of North American signaling hardware. Illustrated with gorgeous period and contemporary photographs this is a fine addition to any railroad enthusiast's library.



160 pages, Hardcover, Color and B&W Images, 8.5" x 11", © 2015
Order Number: VAP-SO-RRSIGNAL…..$35.00


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