RAILROAD SIGNALS of the U.S.
aka Train Signals

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RAILROAD SIGNALS HOME


A -- SIGNAL BASICS
B -- WAYSIDE SIGNALS
C -- OTHER SIGNALS
D -- SUPPORT EQUIPMENT for SIGNALS
E -- OTHER ASSOCIATED RR EQUIPMENT
F -- SIGNAL ASPECTS
G -- MANUFACTURERS
H -- MANUFACTURER and MECHANICAL DRAWINGS
I -- ELECTRICAL DRAWINGS and SCHEMATICS
J -- MODEL / LIVE STEAM/DIESEL RAILROADS and SIGNAL INFORMATION
K -- PERSONAL SIGNAL COLLECTIONS
L -- MUSEUMS WITH SIGNALS
M -- MAPS
N -- SIGNAL LINKS
O -- OTHER NEAT-O NON-SIGNAL STUFF
P -- INTERNATIONAL SIGNAL LINKS


     
 



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If you like U.S. American railroad signals, please consider joining these two signal groups

The Railway Signaling group at:
 
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Railway-Signaling/

A signal group just for the Pennsylvania Railroad, considered by many to be the most innovative of all American RR's
http://finance.groups.yahoo.com/group/PRRSignaling/


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   A - SIGNAL BASICS
     

1)    Introduction
2)   
Signals In Use In The U.S.A. Today
3)    Glossary Of Signal Terms
4)    Reading Signals and Rules 1
5)    Reading Signals and Rules 2
6)   
Train Control Methods by Signals 
7)    AAR Abbreviations and Circuit and Drawing Symbols
8)    Chromaticity Charts for the railroad and other services

9)    Signal Timeline
10)  Signal Survey - 8/2005


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   B - WAYSIDE SIGNALS     

1)   Early Signals
2)   Semaphores
3)   Searchlight Signals
4)   B&O Style CPL (Color Position Light) Signals   
5)   PRR PL (Position Light) Signals
6)   Amtrak's PCL (Position Color Light) Signals
7)   N&W PL and CPL signals
8)   Color Light Signals
9)   Tri-Lights
10) Domino Signals
11) Heavy Rail (Subway and Metro) Transit Signals   
12) Light Rail Transit Signals

This section, Section B, duplicates what is on the homepage


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  C - OTHER SIGNALS     

1)   Hump and Shove Signals
2)   Grade Crossings
3)   Diamond Crossing Protection 
(index now part of the Railfan Guides homepage)
4)   Hand Signals 
5)  
Pedestrian Crossing Gates

OTHER FORMS of SIGNALS…….
1)   Whistles and Horns 
2)   Flags, Classification flags, and lights 
3)   Markers
4)   FREDs
5)   Lanterns 
6)   Fusees and Torpedos
7)   Signs 
(all signs on one page - used to be split up)

OTHER OTHER
Collection of random signal pictures from around.....


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    D – SUPPORT EQUIPMENT for SIGNALS   

1)   Signal Bridges 
2)   Relay Huts / Battery Boxes / Insulators / Poles/ Etc 
3)   Mounting Options
4)  
Lenses
5)   Signal Relays 

6)   Doll Posts
7)   Pinnacles and Finials
8)   Light Bulbs 
9)   Batteries
10) Power Sources and Transformers
11)
Lightning Arresters


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   E – OTHER ASSOCIATED RR EQUIPMENT   

COMMUNICATIONS…….
1)   Telephones and Telegraph
2)    Insulators and Poles now in section D2

TRACK…….
1)   Defect/Hot Box/Dragging Equipment Detectors  moved location 1/18/2011
2)   Switches (turnouts) and switch machines  moved location!  1/18/2001
3)   Switch (turnout) throwing mechanisms (manual)
4)   Switch (turnout) and Track Heaters 
5)   Derails 
6)   Flange lubricators
7)   Sleepers (Ties)

STRUCTURES…….
1)
   Towers
2)   Stations and Depots of Maryland
3)   Stations and Depots outside Maryland

MISC…….
1)   Traffic Light Signals with Semaphore Lenses!


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  F – SIGNAL ASPECTS  

1)   Rulebook Signal Aspects
2
)   Reading Rulebooks


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   G – MANUFACTURERS  


1)   GE - Harmon     http://www.getransportation.com/na/en/signalingcommunications.html
2)   General Signal     http://www.generalsignals.com/
3)   GRS - General Railway Signal /
now Alstom     http://www.alstomsignalingsolutions.com/OurProducts/WaysideProducts/Signals/
4)   Hall Signal
5)   Safetran (Invensys Rail Group)     http://www.safetran.com/
6)   Seermi Products     http://www.serrmi.com/
7)   US&S - Union Switch & Signal     http://www.ansaldo-sts.com/AnsaldoSTS/EN/index.sdo
8)   Western Cullen Hayes     http://www.wch.com/
9)   Western Railroad Supply

10) Dorman (UK)    http://www.dorman.co.uk/rail/infrastructure/led-colour-light-signal/index.html
 


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   H – MANUFACTURER and MECHANICAL DRAWINGS  

1) US&S
    -- S & T-2 Semaphores

    -- Type PL-2 Position Light Signals


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   I – ELECTRICAL DRAWINGS and SCHEMATICS  

1)   Todd’s own signal driver schematics 
2)   Model Railroad Signal Driver by Michael Watnoski 
3)  
CSX drawings from Carroll Interlocking  (Baltimore MD, location of the last known Full CPL)


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   J – MODEL and LIVE STEAM/DIESEL RAILROADS  
and SIGNAL INFORMATION

 

1)   Live Steam and Diesel Homepage
2)   Simple Two Color Lionel Latching Signal Circuit
3)   Have a model railroad pike?  Check out these Model Railroad Offerings - includes signals
4)   Other Model RR Signal Manufacturers (including live steam size)
          --
Signalist DCC Signal Decoder  It can decode ALL North American signal aspects and programs with a PC!
5)   The BSME – Baltimore Society of Model Engineers – downtown Baltimore MD
6)  
Excellent modefanguides.us/l l starter reference and guide  by Elmer McKay - nice graphics
7)  
A great page of links to all Live Steam and Live Diesel Railroads that have websites

8)   Great simple signal drivers and track detectors  by Bill Hudson
9)   The Superior Central RR - A great HO pike in Traverse City MI
 by John Popa
10) the Holland Modular Railroad Club A modular RR club based in the Holland and Zeeland area of western Michigan
 


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   K – PERSONAL SIGNAL COLLECTIONS  

1)   My own collection  (don't expect a whole lot :-)
2)   A fantastic personal collection  
by sltower2000
3)  
An excellent collection   by Scott H
4)   A great personal signal and control panel collection:   http://rrsignal.com/signal.htm

5)   Another great collection of RR signals and (mostly) Virginian Rwy railroadiana by Aubry Wiley: http://junkmanwiley.blogspot.com/


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   L – MUSEUMS (etc) WITH SIGNALS  

To make it easier on myself so I don't have to update TWO lists, please check here for my Museums, sorry for the inconvenience:
http://www.railfanguides.us/#MUSEUMS

If you belong to a museum with railroad signals in your collection, and on display, please send me pix so they can be posted here!!!


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   M – MAPS  

As above, this page has been merged with my Railfan Guides homepage:
http://www.railfanguides.us/

If you wanna see a map for somewhere I haven’t made one, drop me a line, I’ll see what I can do…


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   N – SIGNAL LINKS  

These links are in no particular order, usually as I find them or if someone pays me huge sums of money :-)

A most wonderful website with oodles of pictures and documents, take your time…  Thank You Zax for all your hard work!!     
        http://www.rrsignalpix.com/

How to start building a signal system for your own model railroad
           http://waynes-trains.com/site/Signals/GettingStarted/SignalsGettingStarted1.html     

Aspect Reference for CPL’s and PL’s of the B&O, N&W, Amtrak, and PRR:
        http://broadway.pennsyrr.com/Rail/Signal/aspects_us_pl.html

A huge collection of signal collections, also has some great train pix
        http://www.redoveryellow.com/signals/index.html

Dan's Wig-Wig Site:
        http://www.trainweb.org/dansrailpix/WIG_WAG_PAGE1c.htm

Comprehensive picture oriented signal site and history on signals:
        http://home.comcast.net/~candcb1/

All things Semaphore (but hasn't been updated since 2001):
        www.semaphores.com/

A great LINKS page at railserve.com:
        http://www.railserve.com/

A nice technical reference section from the Railway Technical Web Pages People:
        http://www.railway-technical.com/US-sig.shtml

A nice site from north of the border about his US&S searchlight, very well done!, in both Francais and English:
        http://www.emdx.org/rail/signaux/SignalNain/

Commercial website talking about their LED's used on Amtrak's Northern Corridor
        http://www.ledsmagazine.com/articles/news/1/11/8/1

An outstanding links source for signal signal systems worldwide:
        http://www.thesignalpage.nl/en/data.php

Railway Technical Web Pages signal index page:
        http://www.railway-technical.com/site-map.shtml

If you're into grade crossing signals, this is the motherlode with over 14,000 pix:
       
http://www.rxrsignals.net/      

A three page list of signal sites, mine finally got added in April 2010 
          http://www.railroaddata.com/rrlinks/Signals/

A great source for info on railroad lanterns, watches, locks, etc, and other things like astronomy, COOL SITE, by Jeff Polston
          http://www.jeffpolston.com/home.htm

Several cool links associated with model RR electronics and electricity by Bill Hudson:
         
http://www.hudsontelcom.com/  

A neat website with more than train info to offer, with links to other cool sites!
          Sent in by Ms. S. Powers of Jefferson County TN and her class:
          http://trainhornsdelivered.com/trtrfitrra.html

Not a signal site, but has many signals in Todd Paoni's photos of the MD-VA-WV areas
       http://members.trainorders.com/bucky1986/

Links last checked June 2014

Reciprocal links greatly appreciated!


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   O – OTHER NEAT-O NON-SIGNAL STUFF  

TRAIN STUFF
1)   All about the Baltimore Light Rail Vehicles (LRV’s)
2)   Light Rail doubletracking in the Riderwood/Timonium MD area
3)   The Baltimore and Susquehana marble ties of Timonium MD
4)  
Misc Train & Transit pictures
5)   Railroad pictures from Tim Vermande
6)  
My Favorite Railroad Engines GP-30's, E-33's, RS-11's (aka DL-701's), SD-90's, and last but not least, NKP #759
7)   Railroad Stations around North America  (Includes warehouses, towers, etc)
8)  
Some of my Favorite Websites
9)  
Old Main Page Pictures
10
) Google Satellite View Quiz
11)
Merger map of North American Railroads is here, along with a few family maps
12)
Trains, Transit, and Busses on TV and in the Movies A fun page
13)
Graffiti
14)
Locomotive Trucks A comprehensive page with pictures of all sorts of Diesel Locomotive Trucks
15)
Railroad Photos The parent site to the above page, plenty to keep you busy for a while!!!
16)
Selected Railroad Accident Reports
17)
PRICES - How much does all this railroad and railroadiana stuff go for???

NON-TRAIN STUFF
1
)   Random pictures (combined with train & transit pictures)
2)   Funny Stuff Pages: Page 1   Page 2
  Page 3   Page 4    Page 5   Page 6    Page 7
3)  
Having fun with license plates
4)   Todd's Toys
5)   World Trade Center 9/11 Memorial
6)   My Neighborhood
7)   Halloween 2006

8)   Renaissance Faires I Have Been To
11) Rant's
12)
My wife's sister-in-law Diane's 40th Birthday Party

13)
Work and play pictures

14)
The movie Oblivion


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   P – INTERNATIONAL SIGNAL LINKS  

American signals are cool, for sure, but don't be a signal snob…. check some of these websites out, we're not the only ones with cool signals!

1) Australia
        a)
Wikipedia's entry for Australian signaling
        b) Signalbox's entry for Australian signaling
        c) Vicsig's page of Australian links
        d) SA Track and Signal
2) Austria and Switzerland
        a) Austrian and Swiss signals, in German and English
3) Belgium
        a) Belgian signal page
4) China
        a) Chinese hand and semaphore signals
5) Denmark
        a) An intro to Danish signals
        b) An updated version of the above site, by Carsten Lundsten

6) France
        a) Description of the signals used on TGV routes (no pix)
        b) Links to French (and other) signal websites, en Francais
        c) A detailed website on French signals by Xavier Geillon, en francais
        d) A very good website in English by Peter Bereczki
        e) Another website that just touches on French signaling
        f)
Wikipedia's page on French Signaling
7) Germany
        a) An intro to German signals
        b) Detailed info on German signals
        c) More info on German signals
8) Great Britain
        a) Some info on British semaphore
        b)
Wikipedia's 1st page of British RR Signals
        c)
Wikipedia's 2nd page of British RR Signals
9) India (the IRFCA has a most excellent website on all aspects of Indian railfanning, BTW)
        a) Indian Railway signal FAQ'a
        b) Indian Railway signal aspects
        c) Indian Railway subsidiary signal aspects
10) Italy:
        a) General site on Italian signaling, in Italiano
        b)
Wikipedia's page on Italian Railroad Signaling
11) Netherlands
        a) The NS signaling system
        b)
A website in Dutch by Henk Bartels -signals and trains
12) Portugal
        a)
Intro to Portugese signals, in Portugese and English

13) Sweden
        a) http://www.signalbox.org/overseas/sweden/signals.htm on older signals, in English, by Per Olofsson & John Hinson
14) All countries
        a) http://www.thesignalpage.nl/en/data.php  A master list of almost every railroad signaling website to be found on the net....

Links last checked June 2014
 


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