A Primitive Signal
Written by Laurence
It only took me an hour to
build this wooden signal: do you have a siding that goes around a bend and you
cannot see its end from the switch you must throw to go there? This is a real
question for my home track and might be for where you are railroading also.
Some time ago I ran across an article and photo describing the same
situation on a 1920s short line railroad and this was their solution: on a
wooden pole, beside the track the switchman pulled the rope that swing a red
wooden arrow out into a horizontal direction and tied the end of the rope to a
nail. Everyone on the line knew that this would mean someone was at the end of
the siding and no one should come in and trap ‘em.
I cut a green treated 2 x 4 x 8’ down to 1½" x 2½" x 7’ and then cut a slot
with the band saw (a sabre saw can be used as well) in the wide side at 1¼" x
10" and then bored a hole at the top in the narrow side.
Next I pulled a 1 x 6 green treated board from my scrap box and marked out
the flag for shape and drilling. I drilled the hole first, not wanting to have
problems with splitting, and then cut its profile.
Rather than using a wood rasp, I elected to knock off the sharp edges with
my router and edging tool. Makes thing look "professional."
Bolted the flag into the upright, threaded a hank of rope through the hole,
tied a figure eight knot to keep if from pulling through and then tied a loop
in the other end so it could be attached around the nail. Everything works. A
quick coat of red paint and this job is finished.
It is 20 degrees outside and the ground is froze; this post will be planted
three feet down next spring giving a needed addition to my home track. How
Written by Laurence
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