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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Know Your Current Class 1 Standard Signals

It's not really in dispute that North American railroad signaling is currently suffering from a lack of diversity.  However with all the legacy signaling still floating around I figured it would be best to illustrate the lack of diversity of a handy dandy guide.  I'm going to proceed in alphabetical order so you can see for yourselves.

Amtrak:

Former Pennsylvania Railroad Territory - LED lit Safetran Position Lights



Non-PRR NEC - LED target color lights.  Non-Safetran Modular housings.



BNSF: Safetran "Darth Vader" heads with silver painted reverse.  2 heads with three lensed lamps most common.



 Caltrain: Color light signals with square modular units.



 CN: Safetran "Darth Vader" type heads with bare LED lamps. (See Below)

CP:

Primary - Safetran "Darth Vader" type heads with bare LED lamps.





 Secondary - In house "mystery" type searchlight.





 CSX: Safetran "Darth Vader" heads.  4 lensed lamp heads used for Lunar White restricting indication.




Guilford Rail System:

Primary - LED target color lights.  Non-Safetran Modular housings.




 Secondary  -  Safetran "Darth Vader" type heads with bare LED lamps.


Long Island Rail Road:  LED target color lights.  Safetran Modular housings.



 Metro-North: Safetran three-unit dwarf stack.


New Jersey Transit: Lensed target color lights.  Monoblock housing.



Norfolk Southern: Safetran "Darth Vader" type heads with "tombstone" backing and lensed lamps.



SEPTA: 

Primary - LED target color lights.  Monoblock housing.


Secondary - Safetran Unilens dwarf stack.


 Union Pacific: Real or knockoff Safetran "Darth Vader" type heads with bare LED lamps and white backing.  Lower head on two head autos left dark when not needed.



I know I missed a few important railroads like METRA and not all of them are officially "Class 1's", but you get the point.

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