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TOPIC: Signal board on RDG towers

Signal board on RDG towers 4 years 3 months ago #6460

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I have seen a square board sticking out from signal towers on the Reading. They are about 18"-24" square.

What color are they, what were they used for?


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Signal board on RDG towers 4 years 3 months ago #6461

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During hours of darkness or poor visibility, lanterns would be hung on them to alert train crews of orders. The boards were white, and a yellow lantern would be hung for hooped up orders and a red lantern to stop for orders needing to be signed for. Do not know when they first appeared on the P&R; they were in use on the Reading through the transition era. The boards also appeared on stations that served as block offices. See you Sunday. Evan
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Signal board on RDG towers 3 years 8 months ago #6524

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I aquired one of these boards. possibly from the C&F. they are square about 2' with two hooks on top one each side for a smaller square about 1' to be hung in the center, red on one side cant remember the other color on the other side. there are brackets to hold a lantern on both sides. If you like i could post a picture.
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