Searchlight type TO signals

Discussion in 'General' started by TAG1014 (Tom Galbraith RIP 7/15/2020), Jun 29, 2011.

  1. TAG1014 (Tom Galbraith RIP 7/15/2020)

    TAG1014 (Tom Galbraith RIP 7/15/2020) Passed Away July 15, 2020 Frisco.org Supporter

    Were there any Frisco depots with "searchlight" type train order signals, as opposed to the blade type?

    Tom
     
  2. Karl

    Karl 2008 Engineer of the Year Frisco.org Supporter

    Lamar after a derailment, circa 1967, took out the trainorder semaphore. I think that Cape had one as well.
     
  3. FriscoFriend (Bob Hoover RIP 4/12/2018)

    FriscoFriend (Bob Hoover RIP 4/12/2018) Passed Away April 12, 2018 Frisco.org Supporter

    I need to check, but I believe that either Neodesha, Fredonia, or possible both had them.
     
  4. klrwhizkid

    klrwhizkid Administrator Staff Member Administrator Frisco.org Supporter

    Cape Girardeau did, in fact, have a searchlight train order signal, but not until after the brick passenger depot was razed in 1965. The until 1965, the signal was a lower quadrant semaphore. The searchlight signal was installed at the new, Butler-type building depot at the corner of William Street and Aquamsi.
     
  5. yardmaster

    yardmaster Administrator Staff Member Administrator Frisco.org Supporter

    Right on, Karl and Keith. The Southeast Missourian blog "f/8 and Be There" by Fred Lynch had a photo from this era of a school field trip standing alongside the train order signal with two lenses. I just tried to find it, but their website now tells me that I've used all of my freebies for the month and can not access further unless I subscribe. Nuts.

    Best Regards,
     
  6. yardmaster

    yardmaster Administrator Staff Member Administrator Frisco.org Supporter

  7. TAG1014 (Tom Galbraith RIP 7/15/2020)

    TAG1014 (Tom Galbraith RIP 7/15/2020) Passed Away July 15, 2020 Frisco.org Supporter

    Chris--I just tweaked the brightness on that photo and that is for sure a (two light) searchlight signal. Thanks for posting. I've been thinking about a searchlight style TO signal because that would seem to be the only believable type that could be made to actually operate in N scale.

    Tom
     
  8. SteveM

    SteveM Member Frisco.org Supporter

    Tom, there are some new signals available in N that have great color rendition. Joe Kasper is going to install beaucoup of them, replacing his old ones. I didn't get the manufacturer name; you get packages of heads, ladders, etc. and solder/assemble units of whatever configuration you need. Joe will be selling his old signals. He's not on this group, since he models the nasty green stuff, but surely you know him? Perhaps Keith has seen them?
     
  9. TAG1014 (Tom Galbraith RIP 7/15/2020)

    TAG1014 (Tom Galbraith RIP 7/15/2020) Passed Away July 15, 2020 Frisco.org Supporter

    Color wasn't the problem, it was mechanics. I was referring to the fact that a "searchlight" type signal would be more trouble free than a semaphore type if you wanted an operating train order signal. A light changing from one color to another is going to be easier to manage that a mechanical semaphore. Chris ran across the Aberdeen photo of the signal with two bulbs--even better.

    Tom
     

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