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Old RR Crossing signs

Postby Pencil » Wed Mar 25, 2009 1:14 pm

Pictures of the prototypes of these just came across the Early Rail mailing list, and so another distraction was born!
The first is based on a photograph of a sign in Hingham, Massachusetts ca. 1861. According to the mailing list, the wording on the sign was dictated by law back in 1835...
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The second is based on a prototype in Idaho ( Rathdrum, to be exact) in 1888.
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Coloring is hypothetical for both.
I've just sent these to the DLS, so expect them some time this week (most likely)...

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Re: Old RR Crossing signs

Postby meconicuk » Sat Mar 28, 2009 9:00 am

Do you have a photo of what the original sign ( the 1861 Hingham one) wold have looked like?
Mac.

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Re: Old RR Crossing signs

Postby Pencil » Sat Mar 28, 2009 1:17 pm

Here are the prototype pictures:
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Re: Old RR Crossing signs

Postby meconicuk » Sun Mar 29, 2009 5:00 am

Thanks.

That's a pretty neat feature to have on a layout.

I've sent off for a couple of pictorial books on Old New York and Washington to get some ideas on pre 1870 structures/street scenes.
Mac.

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Re: Old RR Crossing signs

Postby Dreadnought1 » Tue Mar 31, 2009 3:05 am

Amazing stuff...You learn something everyday...

So, when (and where) were crossbucks first used??
Cheers,
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Re: Old RR Crossing signs

Postby Pencil » Tue Mar 31, 2009 11:03 pm

Good question. I had always assumed crossbucks were what was always used. Based on those photographs, though, it appears not :)

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Re: Old RR Crossing signs

Postby Pencil » Thu Apr 02, 2009 11:15 am

The assets in question are now on the DLS. I'll add links to the download pages eventually :P


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