Old 04-23-2009, 05:39 PM   #1
Junior Member
Join Date: Dec 2008
Posts: 3
Default Meanings of railroad signs and signals

I have recently started doing some volunteer work for the National New York Central Museum in Elkhart, IN. The coordinator asked me if I knew where to find info on what signs such as Yard Limit, semaphores and the like all mean. He has a bunch of them he would like to display in the museums yard along with signs that explain what they mean. I've tried doing a search online with no luck so far. Is there anyone more knowledgeble in this area? I really don't know where else to look as my searchs have come up empty so far. A lot of what he has are the older signs and signals I don't even know the names of.
dea720 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-24-2009, 04:57 PM   #2
Senior Member
JRMDC's Avatar
Join Date: Nov 2006
Posts: 11,199

Hey, since TO is on my mind just now, I suggest you take this question to TrainOrders, you are more likely to get responses.

But there are basics. A semaphore is a type of signal; signals are loosely speaking like traffic signals for cars, telling them whether to go or stop. IIRC, the red/yellow/green of highway signals came from the RRs who developed the concept first. A sempahore gives its indication by position of the arm instead of color or position of light (some semaphores are combined arm and light signals). A yard limit sign indicates the end of a yard and I believe it governs how far a train switching in a yard can go before it has officially exited the yard and thus is governed by other rules.

Obviously I am not sure of these things but I am not one to know the details of the nuts and bolts.

You should spend some more time on the web searching as there is a lot of detail available.
My RP pix are here.
My Flickr pix are here.

My commentaries on rail pictures are in my blog.

RP Photo Albums:
Engine Details
Farm and Train
Railroad Details
Signal Details
Switchstand Shots
JRMDC is offline   Reply With Quote

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On

Forum Jump

All times are GMT. The time now is 12:40 AM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.1
Copyright ©2000 - 2018, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.