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Discussion in 'Right of Way' started by mike, Oct 12, 2001.

  1. I have a dumb question. I've always wondered this, but what exactly are tell tales and how to they function? I know what they look like, but what is the purpose for these?
    Ship it on the Frisco!!!


    Murphy Jenkins
     
  2. pbender

    pbender Member Frisco.org Supporter

    As I understand it, they are a warning for a man wakling/riding the roofwalk on a car that a low clearance area is approaching.

    It is better to get hit in the head with a chain (or whatever else was hanging below the bar) than a tunnel portal.

    Paul
     
  3. klrwhizkid

    klrwhizkid Administrator Staff Member Administrator Frisco.org Supporter

    Paul is describing the use of telltales exactly.

    Take a look at these two pictures from Cape Girardeau. The telltales were not on the Frisco, but the MoPac spur, formerly the Cape Girardeau Northern - one of Louis Houck's railroads. They guarded the viaducts under Morgan Oak and Good Hope Streets.
     

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  4. tmfrisco

    tmfrisco Member Frisco.org Supporter

    Telltales were installed in Tulsa east of the overpasses at the Union Depot. I don't remember any on the west end, but they were probably there also. The ones on the east end were still in place when I hired out in 1971. Those bridges were low (1930ish clearances), and the telltales served their purpose well.
    Terry
     
  5. yardmaster

    yardmaster Administrator Staff Member Administrator Frisco.org Supporter

    Keith, those are neat photos. I can remember when they filled in the old Houck line "cut."

    While not serving quite the same purpose, a modern-day version of tell-tales are being installed in Indonesia in order to deter "train surfing."

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-16596181

    Best Regards,
     
  6. Ok, thanks for the answers. I might add a couple to my layout when it gets underway.
    Ship it on the Frisco!!!


    Murphy Millican
     

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