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Signal at Phillips depot

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Wayne Laepple:
I must say that lever and gear wheel doesn't look like anything I've ever seen associated with railway signaling.

Jeff Schumaker:

That's an example of Yankee ingenuity.

Jeff S.

John Kokas:
Rube Goldberg would be impressed....

Philip Marshall:
I'd never seen this kind of thing before either, but Guy Rioux says he was told this is the way some semaphores were controlled in Australia, and I don't know enough to evaluate that statement.

I imagine there was a counterweight that kept the semaphore in the horizontal (Stop) position until the operator pulled it either up or down to vertical (Clear). When the cable was released the blade would return to Stop.


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