Railroad Photo Gallery

Featuring (Hopefully) Beautiful or Interesting Photos of Mostly Railroad Signal Equipment, Crossbucks, and Surrounding Scenery

This page is dedicated to showing captioned images of certain times and places on the railroad which the author thought were beautiful or interesting enough to share.  Although the author likes to see good photography as much as the next person, he isn't too proud to show a slightly blurry photo now and then if the subject merits.  Whether the individual photos have any aesthetic value or not, the captions can shed some light on the value of a photo and should generally appeal to a broader audience than those who are interested in signal circuits alone.  These are part of the sights of the railroad industry that will hopefully give appreciation to those who have never seen them, and that will hopefully be appreciated by those who have seen them before but missed them in the passage of time.  (Paragraph #1)

Some of the scenes on this page are of older equipment that had survived later than average to be photographed, but which have since ceased to exist as such at the location shown.  Which scenes are still in place the author does not always know, and to the extent that he knows, he does not always specify.  The same applies to exact location information as well.  This helps site visitors to enjoy the photos more in some respects and avoids encouraging industry officials with a burden to upgrade or remove everything that isn't brand new when equipment diversity in this field has already largely disappeared.  And it helps prevent people from removing signal equipment on abandoned lines for whatever reason, as some people actually enjoy seeing such things in the "wild" and in as pristine a condition as possible.  Some of the valuable photos on this site wouldn't have been possible with out those specific pieces of equipment.  (Paragraph #2)

There are over 300 images on this page, so it may take some time to fully load, depending on the speed of the reader's Internet connection.  (Paragraph #3)

Please let the author know if you really liked any particular photos or found them interesting.  Enjoy!  (Paragraph #4)

Picture 1
Picture 1--A quintessential crossing from the previous generation of signaling, at dusk.  Somewhere in Kansas, summer of 2010.

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Picture 2--(Same location as above.)

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Picture 3--(Same location as above.)

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Picture 4--(Same location as above.)

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Picture 5--(Same location as above.)

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Picture 6--(Same location as above.)

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Picture 7--(Same location as above.)

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Picture 8--(Same location as above.)

Picture 9
Picture 9--(Same location as above.)

Picture 10
Picture 10--A train clears a crossing in the distance under a big sky.  North of Ashland, Nebr.

Picture 11
Picture 11--A signal with a “cat eye” jeweled crossbuck at Saltillo Rd., south end of Jamaica siding, south of Lincoln, Nebr.  Circa 2001.  The location has since become the scene of a bike path.

Picture 12
Picture 12--Scenery north of Ashland, Nebr.

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Picture 13--A view of the former Rock Island in Hallam, Nebr., circa 1998.  The heads of RI searchlight signals in this part of the country were turned out to the field but left in place for many years following sale of the line.

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Picture 14--The Walnut St. crossing in Hallam was a passive one (i.e., without signals), but featured jeweled crossbucks on round metal posts.  Circa 1998.

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Picture 15--This was the quaint but peaceful scene in Hallam prior to the 2004 tornado.

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Picture 16--A cat appears to approach a railroad crossing in a neighborhood of Walla Walla, Wash.  The crossbuck on the right is shorter than usual to achieve the same viewing angle when seen from a distance, while the crossbuck on the left is across the track from its usual position, apparently due to the terrain on the usual side giving no place easily erect a typical post.  Circa 2000.

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Picture 17--The hill south of Hallam, Nebr.

Picture 18
Picture 18--A Union Pacific passive crossing during an eastern Washington dawn.

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Picture 19--Evidence that the steam era has passed is given with this signal location on the route of the California Zephyr, featuring searchlight heads facing both ways on the same mast and resulting in a left-hand signal location for westbound trains.

Picture 20
Picture 20--An elevator north of Ashland, Nebr.

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Picture 21--This crossing in Hallam, Nebr. still had a jeweled crossbuck when its picture was taken in or around 2008.  The relay case has a style typical of the golden age of railroad signaling, but is unusual due to its width--probably owing to the multiple tracks in use around the elevator.

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Picture 22--A truck rides the rails between searchlight signals.

Picture 23
Picture 23--Searchlight signals at a distance.

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Picture 24--A rare "NO LEFT TURN" signal at Skinner St., Wichita, Kans.  These signals, with their advisory amber roundels, dignify the motorist with the option to proceed on a different route without stopping and without being accosted by flashing red signal heads facing every which way.

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Picture 25--(Same location as above.)

Picture 26
Picture 26--Snow adds character to a shallow-angle crossbuck.

Picture 27
Picture 27--Time-honored technology that some railroads would prefer to do away with.

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Picture 28--A tree aspires to be useful as a a track bumper near this elevator somewhere in Kansas.

Picture 29
Picture 29--Stormy weather in the industrial park.

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Picture 30--No, this signal isn't out-of-place.  It's just easier to see than the track buried in the grass and asphalt of this abandoned crossing.

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Picture 31--A handsome-looking crossing with equipment from WRRS, still maintained, with fresh paint, and apparently in good health.

Picture 32
Picture 32--An abandoned crossing with track that fades into the distance.

Picture 33
Picture 33--With wire holding its gate in the vertical position, this "active" crossing on an abandoned line seems to be anything but.

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Picture 34--This WRRS signal, probably a Model 10, certainly began life with 8-inch heads.  But they were replaced with shiny new 12-inch ones some time before the the line was abandoned and the highway department chose to pave over the rails.  The crisp new heads make the missing gate arm almost unnoticeable while the gate mechanism is wired into is normal position of readiness.

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Picture 35--These signals are considerably far apart for only having two tracks, but the tracks were themselves considerably far apart, typical of sidings where trains are loaded and unloaded.

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Picture 36--(Same location as above.)

Picture 37
Picture 37--The crossing at the above location features a US&S “pear” bell, named for its shape but relatively normal sounding except to bell spotters who like to analyze such things.

Picture 38
Picture 38--An advance warning sign is the “old soldier” at these crossings.

Picture 39
Picture 39--An advance warning sign is the “old soldier” at these crossings.

Picture 40
Picture 40--A perspective on a passive crossing.  The smooth field to the right seems to wash over the track.

Picture 41
Picture 41--A perspective on a passive crossing.

Picture 42
Picture 42--A long, hilly byway crosses the tracks at dusk.

Picture 43
Picture 43--A termination shunt spices up the foreground in this mundane but striking view of the Kansas terrain and skyline.

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Picture 44--A two-piece crossbuck with the usual uphill-downhill placement of the individual pieces swapped for a change of pace.

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Picture 45--This view of the above crossing shows the both of the methods for mounting a two-piece crossbuck without having the post obscure any of the words.  In both schemes, the piece that says “CROSSING” goes on the top, while the part that says “RAIL ROAD” must be in the rear..

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Picture 46--A former MOP (Missouri Pacific) crossing using GRS signals characteristic of the road, some with jeweled crossbucks.  This industrial lead track crosses a divided highway and a frontage road to connect to the main, resulting in a delightful pack of vintage signals.

Picture 47
Picture 47--(Same location as above.)

Picture 48
Picture 48--(Same location as above.)

Picture 49
Picture 49--(Same location as above.)

Picture 50
Picture 50--An older GRS crossing.

Picture 51
Picture 51--Jeweled crossbuck giving reflected light at night.

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Picture 52--Lincoln St. in Wichita, Kans. has four crossings spaced rather closely together: the K&O Baylay St. Corridor (not visible), the Union Pacific main line, the BNSF main line, and a BNSF spur serving industry in the area.  All but the latter converge at South Junction nearby to use shared, elevated trackage through the heart of the city.  Prior to the construction of shared, elevated trackage, railroads caused traffic problems in the city with their many tracks making it difficult to traverse the downtown area expediently.  The elevated portion was recently extended to reach over a larger portion of the city.

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Picture 53--A cast iron crossbuck at dusk in the summer of 2010.  The tree “tunnel” suggests that this railroad is somewhat of an unassuming one.  A close inspection of the photo reveals the rails of a more pretentious railroad existing on an adjacent right-of-way.

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Picture 54--(Same location as above.)

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Picture 55--(Same location as above.)

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Picture 56--Crossing heads facing in different directions is not only a modern phenomena, but was at times done in the past also.  However, it was more often reserved for situations where the track crossed through the middle of an intersection, like this one in a small town neighborhood.

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Picture 57--(Same location as above.)

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Picture 58--(Same location as above.)

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Picture 59--(Same location as above.)

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Picture 60--(Same location as above.)

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Picture 61--Never say that bells always mount to the top and center of the signal mast.  This one uses a bracket to attach off-center.  This was probably done in order to use a bell with a 4-inch base on a 5-inch mast.  Also unusual about this crossing is the combination of 8-inch heads with a gate, with which 12-inch heads are more contemporaneous.  Both the bell and heads on this signal would be more probable on a 4-inch mast, commonly used on lighter signals that have no gate.

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Picture 62--Classic Exide batteries that saw better days before the equipment that they supplied was retired.  These unsealed lead-acid batteries would normally be maintained with a visibly high water level, and the plates would not be warped and corroded as seen here.

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Picture 63--A large, shallow-angle crossbuck.

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Picture 64--(Same location as above.)

Picture 65
Picture 65--A very rarely used crossing.

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Picture 66--Passing catty-corner through the intersection, this former Frisco main track now ends 100 yards or so away.  Not to be lax with crossing protection, though, the Frisco-era signage includes two crossbucks on the same round post, one facing each of the intersecting roads.  Valley Center, Kans.

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Picture 67--A nice pasture that happens to have rails running through it.  Make no mistake.  This was once a Rock Island main track.  Not only is the road grated over the rails, but the ditch cuts under them.

Picture 68
Picture 68--More defunct signals and paved-over rails.

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Picture 69--(Same location as above.)

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Picture 70--While rare at active crossings, cast-iron crossbucks came in both one-piece and two-piece designs.  A two-piece crossbuck could be double-sided and visible from both sides of the signal.  Where necessary, this functionality is usually accomplished today with separate crossbucks on each side of the mast.

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Picture 71--A former ATSF depot with decorative border lights in Guthrie, Oklahoma.

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Picture 72--Newton, Kans.

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Picture 73--Stormy weather for a pair of monohood signals somewhere in Kansas.

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Picture 74--A track of the K&O Railroad goes down the middle of Platter St., Winfield, Kans.  Another website stated that some of these signals were wigwag signals as late as 2008.

Picture 75
Picture 75--The pole line.

Picture 76
Picture 76--The pole line.  Note the insect in flight.

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Picture 77--A WRRS crossing near Hutchinson, Kans.  This is an old signal with 8-inch heads and an old split base, but with a modern Model 95 gate mech bolted to the side of it.

Picture 78
Picture 78--(Same location as above.)

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Picture 79--Note the vertical closeness of the crossbuck to the light units and the length of excess mast above it, characteristic of the ATSF.  Compare to the UP crossing in the background.  (Same location as above.)

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Picture 80--(Same location as above.)

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Picture 81--(Same location as above.)

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Picture 82--(Same location as above.)

Picture 83
Picture 83--The pole line doesn't always carry only low-voltage circuits.  Observe the power feed to the pole line.

Picture 84
Picture 84--Another instance of time-honored technology.

Picture 85
Picture 85--An interesting crossing with some decent scenery around it.

Picture 86
Picture 86--An interesting crossing with some decent scenery around it.  Normally the heads are plumbed to the front and back of the manifold while the ends of the manifold are capped.  This signal, however, has the front and back of the manifold covered with blanking plates, while the heads attach at the ends.  This would seem to result in wider spacing than usual between the units, but it may not be apparent when viewed from the angle at which the heads are aimed.

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Picture 87--Carey Blvd. and Fairlawn Cemetery, Hutchinson, Kans.

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Picture 88--Carey Blvd. And Fairlawn Cemetery, Hutchinson, Kans.

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Picture 89--Carey Blvd. And Fairlawn Cemetery, Hutchinson, Kans.

Picture 90
Picture 90--A colorful scene.

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Picture 91--A healthy-looking pole line.

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Picture 92--A healthy-looking pole line.

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Picture 93--A WRRS split base.

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Picture 94--A modernized signal still retains its pinnacle.

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Picture 95--Tired of unpainted signals or signals with silver paint?  Take a vacation to the territory of the Kansas City Southern, where “Signal Gray” paint is in use in northwest Arkansas.  Don't waste any time, though, as the older signals are being replaced if they haven't been already.

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Picture 96--Scene near Abilene, Kans.

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Picture 97--(Same location as above.)

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Picture 98--The Union Pacific line between Lincoln and Valparaiso, Nebr.  Raymond.

Picture 99
Picture 99--The Union Pacific line between Lincoln and Valparaiso, Nebr.  Agnew.

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Picture 100--(Same location as above.)

Picture 101
Picture 101--A passive, 2-track crossing with a slightly shallow-angle crossbuck.

Picture 102
Picture 102--Changes.

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Picture 103--Transit signaling the old fashioned way.  New York, NY.

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Picture 104--Large, cast-iron crossbuck on left side of the road.  Louisville, Nebr., circa 2001.

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Picture 105--(Same location as above.)

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Picture 106--The mounting of a crossbuck not optimized for the back side view in this rural setting.

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Picture 107--Milton-Freewater, Oregon.

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Picture 108--Crossing signals with pedestal bases.  These signals probably originally had Griswold or Raco 8-inch signal heads, possibly back-mounted.  Milton-Freewater, Oregon.  Circa 2001.

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Picture 109--Milton-Freewater, Oregon.

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Picture 110--Older Kansas City Southern locomotives passing a milepost characteristic of their company.

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Picture 111--A cold scene in central Kansas.

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Picture 112--Griswold or Raco hoods in central Kansas.

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Picture 113--Griswold or Raco hoods in central Kansas.

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Picture 114--BNSF (Former CB&Q) signal in Crete, Nebr.  Note old-fashioned practice of cables not entering signal through foundation.

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Picture 115--(Same location as above.)

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Picture 116--(Same location as above.)

Picture 117
Picture 117--Crete, Nebr.

Picture 118
Picture 118--A KCS crossing and intermediate signals in northwest Arkansas.

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Picture 119--North Gentry Control Point.  Gentry, Ark.

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Picture 120--(Same location as above.)

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Picture 121--A KCS crossing and intermediate signals in northwest Arkansas.

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Picture 122--A KCS crossing and intermediate signals in northwest Arkansas.

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Picture 123--A KCS crossing and intermediate signals in northwest Arkansas.

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Picture 124--A 14-track (yes, fourteen-track) crossing in Wichita, Kans.  Most of the tracks are yard tracks, probably with island-only presence detection.

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Picture 125--A crossing signals sharing structure with traffic signals.

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Picture 126--This gravel road is fairly level but at one point rises up to form a very small hill.  Timbers in the crest of the hill give a clue as to the otherwise elusive reason.  Murdock, Nebraska was once a water stop for the Rock Island, the tracks of which are not only removed but the right-of-way also plowed under for much of the region.  One of the homes in the town has an unusually short crossing signal on display in front of it.  Perhaps this was used to achieve a more normal viewing elevation to motorists in approach to the small "hill."

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Picture 127--Crossover.  Greenwood, Nebr.

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Picture 128--Until about 10 years ago, Nebraska Hwy. 2 was dubbed “Nebraska's Deadliest Highway.” Its accident history could be explained largely by the speed and volume of traffic between Lincoln and Nebraska City, combined with the fact that it was an undivided two-lane road.  Notwithstanding this fact, it seemed to have had the spirit of a scenic byway that those living in the southeastern part of the state may remember fondly as a mainstay of travel.  Part of the scenery that ranks most prominently for visitors to this site is a former Burlington Northern railroad line, commonly referred to as the Nebraska City Line or the “Arbor Line.” This line crosses the highway twice at grade, and has some other interesting features.  In recent years, rail service on the line has been off and on, the only substantial runs being coal runs to a power plant that can arrive via a competing rail route.  Hwy. 2 has been improved, making it a divided highway, and its right-of-way relocated, but pieces of the original highway route are still intact for local traffic, including the pieces that contain the two grade crossings with the Arbor Line.

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Picture 129--A crossing on Old Hwy. 2.

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Picture 130--Same location as above.  Rust shows that the competing rail line is handling coal runs at the time of the photo.

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Picture 131--(Same location as above.)

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Picture 132--Same location as above.  The signaling installation seems to bear the design of the CB&Q, predecessor to the Burlington Northern.  The line is currently owned by the power company for which coal is hauled.  Unfittingly in view of its heritage, the case reveals a sign of more recent Union Pacific operations and maintenance.  

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Picture 133--(Same location as above.)

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Picture 134--(Same location as above.)

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Picture 135--A nearly overlooked shallow-angle crossbuck, perhaps on a private crossing, is seen from Old Hwy 2.  The semi-truck in the background delineates the new highway route.

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Picture 136--A mast-mounted crossing control case in Dunbar, Nebr.

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Picture 137--Flashing yellow traffic head above an advance warning sign near Dunbar, Nebr.

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Picture 138--The terrain around Weeping Water, Nebraska is somewhat different from what one would expect in a flat state, and the area around the town is home to limestone quarries and the like.  It was also home to the Missouri Pacific Railroad, with the associated GRS crossing equipment.

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Picture 139--An interesting cantilever crossing signal has both 8-inch and 12-inch heads.

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Picture 140--A view of passing Norfolk Southern trains on a busy track can be had from the lawn of Southern Adventist University.  A main track passes near the edge of the campus, as given by the gates lowered for another train.

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Picture 141--Whitman Dr., near College Place, WA, 2002.

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Picture 142--(Same location as above.)

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Picture 143--(Same location as above.)

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Picture 144--Council Bluffs, Iowa used to be an important location for the Rock Island.  The track is now the Iowa Interstate Railroad, and the passenger depot is now the Rails West Railroad Museum.  Also remaining at the time of this photo is this fine specimen of a WRRS crossing signal.

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Picture 145--The crossing heads originally made by WRRS were rather round-backed and built like tanks.  The shape of the visors used by WRRS is still seen in the new LED heads made by its successor, WCH, and is preferred above the squarish or misshapen visors seen on some brands of signals by the author of this site.

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Picture 146--(Same location as above.)

Picture 147
Picture 147--Near College Place, WA, June 2002.

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Picture 148--Palouse River & Coulee City locomotive #2333 and BLMR locomotive #784 Near College Place, WA, June 2002.

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Picture 149--Near College Place, WA, June 2002.

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Picture 150--Near College Place, WA, June 2002.

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Picture 151--A gated signal with 8-inch Safetran heads on a major railroad.  May, 2006.

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Picture 152--A shallow-angle crossbuck at Hoag, Nebr.

Picture 153
Picture 153--(Same location as above.)

Picture 154
Picture 154--Crossing at Last Chance Road, near College Place, Wash.

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Picture 155--(Same location as above.)

Picture 156
Picture 156--The legend goes that the water tower in the background used to have a giant “B” for Brunswick, but since the plant has become a Kawasaki plant, the “B” has been shaved on the top and bottom to form a “K.” Although the Union Pacific line between Lincoln and Valparaiso, Nebraska seems less important lately for several reasons, it still serves the Kawasaki plant, which now makes rail transit cars that roll away from the plant on their own wheels, if the author understands it correctly.  Before transit cars were of the essence, the author snapped photos these photos of a signal with a jeweled crossbuck with inverted black and white scheme.  May 20, 2005.

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Picture 157--(Same location as above.)

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Picture 158--(Same location as above.)

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Picture 159--(Same location as above.)

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Picture 160--(Same location as above.)

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Picture 161--(Same location as above.)

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Picture 162--(Same location as above.)

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Picture 163--A rural scene in Nebraska.

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Picture 164--KCS Crossbucks in northwest Arkansas.

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Picture 165--(Same location as above.)

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Picture 166--An unusual structural arrangement combining a cantilever signal with an otherwise free-standing signal in front of it.

Picture 167
Picture 167--Hoppers seen moving across a wooden pile bridge while riding through the Northwest.

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Picture 168--Shallow-angle crossbucks protect tracks in an industrial park of Wichita, Kans., circa 2008.

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Picture 169--(Same location as above.)

Picture 170
Picture 170--The Frisco used to run through Wichita between Valley Center and El Dorado, Kansas.  Once a main track, now only pieces of it remain to access rail customers in Valley Center and Wichita.  In Wichita, the track runs down the middle of Washington Ave.  At the 17th Street crossing, the tall mast with a case at the base, seen on the far side of the street in this photo may have at one time held a wigwag signal similar to the one at a former Frisco crossing in Missouri.

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Picture 171--(Same location as above.)

Picture 172
Picture 172--(Same location as above.)

Picture 173
Picture 173--A rather ABS-ish looking pair of searchlight signals photographed while riding through Montana.

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Picture 174--An economical looking cantilever crossing.

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Picture 175--(Same location as above.)

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Picture 176--(Same location as above.)

Picture 177
Picture 177--Most crossing signal heads mount from the top, but Griswold had different designs that mounted from the top, from the back, and even from the bottom.  These Griswold heads feature a rather mundane top mounting.

Picture 178
Picture 178--(Same location as above.)

Picture 179
Picture 179--A “portable” crossing signal used during construction of the road and also elevated trackage.

Picture 180
Picture 180--Handsome looking Griswold cantilevers on Union Pacific line in Walla Walla, Wash.  Note that the signal heads mount from the back instead of from the top.

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Picture 181--(Same location as above.)

Picture 182
Picture 182--Industrial park in Walla Walla, Wash.

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Picture 183--Most likely, the signal isn't for the track that curves to the left in the photo.  There used to be a switch here on the Rock Island, with a track that proceeded straight ahead and crossed the MOP.  The remaining track from the two railroads is connected by the rails in the photo.  The nonfunctioning signal continues to exist despite drastically changing surroundings at the time of this photo.

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Picture 184--Former Rock Island trackage.

Picture 185
Picture 185--Signals look nice with foliage.

Picture 186
Picture 186--(Same location as above.)

Picture 187
Picture 187--(Same location as above.)

Picture 188
Picture 188--(Same location as above.)

Picture 189
Picture 189--A nice looking neighborhood crossing with the former Rock Island.  Now part of the ASVRR.

Picture 190
Picture 190--(Same location as above.)

Picture 191
Picture 191--(Same location as above.)

Picture 192
Picture 192--An unused crossing in Nebraska City.  In the background, a coal train, comprised of OMAX cars, rolls over a bridge to a nearby power plant.

Picture 193
Picture 193--OMAX cars in Nebraska City.

Picture 194
Picture 194--Union Pacific crossings in a Nebraska City neighborhood.

Picture 195
Picture 195--(Same location as above.)

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Picture 196--(Same location as above.)

Picture 197
Picture 197--(Same location as above.)

Picture 198
Picture 198--A crossing near Nebraska City.

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Picture 199--A signal case exists near this passive crossing on dark territory.  More strangely, the case is painted blue.  The best explanation the author can come up with points to the MOP heritage of the line, the MOP having blue as one of its favorite colors.

Picture 200
Picture 200--(Same location as above.)

Picture 201
Picture 201--Searchlight signal visible across a field of golden straw.

Picture 202
Picture 202--(Same location as above.)

Picture 203
Picture 203--One or more former Rock Island hoppers on former Rock Island track.  Near Plymouth, Nebr., circa 2002.

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Picture 204--(Same location as above.)

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Picture 205--(Same location as above.)

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Picture 206--(Same location as above.)

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Picture 207--(Same location as above.)

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Picture 208--(Same location as above.)

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Picture 209--(Same location as above.)

Picture 210
Picture 210--ATSF pole line.

Picture 211
Picture 211--ATSF pole line.

Picture 212
Picture 212--ATSF pole line.

Picture 213
Picture 213--K&O (previously MOP) crossing near 21st Street & Zoo Blvd., Wichita, Kans.

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Picture 214--Same location as above.  Note bell above case.

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Picture 215--(Same location as above.)

Picture 216
Picture 216--(Same location as above.)

Picture 217
Picture 217--A possible boiler tube post.

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Picture 218--This former ATSF crossbuck features a vintage “LOOK OUT FOR THE CARS” sign on the post.  Literally on top of this, it also features signs providing safety and location information.  Apparently the safety value of the underlying sign was not highly valued at the time of this August, 2005 photo.  Enterprise, Kans.

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Picture 219--Cheney, Nebraska on the Arbor line.

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Picture 220--“DO NOT PARK ON TRACKS” sign near Keystone, So. Dak.  Originally serving mine spurs and continuing as a Burlington Northern line more recently, a flood in the 1970s washed out a bridge near this spot, severing access to Keystone about a mile away.  Notwithstanding this fact, line has been used for a tourist railroad since its CB&Q days.  The line to Keystone was repaired several years ago, and now the Black Hills Central Railroad runs a land-office business during tourist season, with the steam train often parked in view of a main thoroughfare between Rapid City and Mt. Rushmore.

Picture 221
Picture 221--Remnant of old Burlington Northern track headed west of Baird Tower area in Lincoln toward Woodlawn, Seward, and Columbus.  The right-of-way for this line is parallel to the Union Pacific right-of-way in this general area.  October, 2006.

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Picture 222--A colorful variety of paint schemes on older locomotives on the BNSF. The order of the locomotives could be construed as anti-Burlington Northern sentiment in ATSF territory.

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Picture 223--K&O railroad crossings in Wichita, Kans.

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Picture 224--Colorlight signals along Nebraska Hwy.6 near Waverly.  These colorlights have three separate visors on each head.

Picture 225
Picture 225--(Same location as above.)

Picture 226
Picture 226--Melia siding, near Gretna, Nebr.

Picture 227
Picture 227--Melia siding, near Gretna, Nebr.  The high signal on the main track is approach-lit, but the dwarf signal on the siding is continuously lit, due to the siding being “unbonded” and having no track circuit to detect occupancy.  Note the ornate pinnacle on both high signals and entrance of cables near the bottom but not through the signal foundation.

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Picture 228--Melia siding and crossing at dusk.  Near Gretna, Nebr.

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Picture 229--(Same location as above.)

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Picture 230--(Same location as above.)

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Picture 231--(Same location as above.)

Picture 232
Picture 232--(Same location as above.)

Picture 233
Picture 233--The “Arbor Line” to Nebraska City was dormant for a few years before seeing regular traffic again.  Safety concerns regarding trains on a track possibly conceived as abandoned resulted in “TRAINS ARE RUNNING AGAIN” signs placed at both passive and active crossings along the route.  The train traffic again subsided after the time of this 2006 photo, and once again is being opened to trains.  Whether the signs will appear again is not yet clear.

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Picture 234--The “passenger main” in Lincoln, Nebraska allows passenger trains and “hot shot” freights to bypass the freight yards, diverging from the freight main at Denton before coming into town.  One of the first lines around Lincoln to be fitted with CTC in the CB&Q era of ABS, it is also one of the last lines to be re-signaled.  The wayside signals were already redone, but the gate mechanisms on this particular pair of crossing signals were still rather vintage in these 2007 photos.

Picture 235
Picture 235--(Same location as above.)

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Picture 236--(Same location as above.)

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Picture 237--(Same location as above.)

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Picture 238--(Same location as above.)

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Picture 239--(Same location as above.)

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Picture 240--(Same location as above.)

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Picture 241--(Same location as above.)

Picture 242
Picture 242--A US&S Automatic Flagman (wigwag) surviving to be photographed in operation late in 2007 in Missouri.  It also survived a local tornado to be seen in 2011 with slight upgrades.  In the 2007 sighting, the paint scheme of the locomotive looked suspiciously similar to that of CORP (Central Oregon & Pacific) locomotives which had been coming on the market in the last decade or so and were spotted elsewhere quite far from Interstate-5.

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Picture 243--(Same location as above.)

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Picture 244--(Same location as above.)

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Picture 245--(Same location as above.)

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Picture 246--(Same location as above.)

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Picture 247--(Same location as above.)

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Picture 248--(Same location as above.)

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Picture 249--Wigwag near Liberty, Mo. at dusk.

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Picture 250--(Same location as above.)

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Picture 251--(Same location as above.)

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Picture 252--(Same location as above.)

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Picture 253--(Same location as above.)

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Picture 254--(Same location as above.)

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Picture 255--Signal at end of platform in Omaha, Nebr.

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Picture 256--Wayside signals seen from the rear window of the California Zephyr in 2007.  Pardon the locomotive exhaust.

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Picture 257--Wayside signals seen from the rear window of the California Zephyr in 2007.  Pardon the locomotive exhaust.

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Picture 258--Wayside signals seen from the rear window of the California Zephyr in 2007.  Pardon the locomotive exhaust.

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Picture 259--Wayside signals seen from the rear window of the California Zephyr in 2007.  Pardon the locomotive exhaust.

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Picture 260--Wayside signals seen from the rear window of the California Zephyr in 2007.  Pardon the locomotive exhaust.

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Picture 261--Mast-mounted searchlights on top of a signal bridge.  2007.

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Picture 262--No picture of Small Town USA would be complete without a railroad crossing.  Noel, Missouri is pronounced more like “toll,” but still capitalizes on the Christmas aspect by sometimes having holiday decorations out-of-season.  Missouri's scenic Hwy. 59 passes under some interesting natural rock overhangs within the political boundaries of Noel.

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Picture 263--Defunct block signals on the Rock Island in Belleville, Kans.

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Picture 264--Fog on the Arbor Line at Dunbar, Nebr.

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Picture 265--After noting the fall colors and warm welcome sign, note the faded KCS herald in Anderson, Missouri.

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Picture 266--Anderson, Missouri is also the scene of this cantilever crossing signal, notable in that it has no more heads than a typical mast signal, but provides better visibility.

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Picture 267--A gate with a pedestal base near Pendleton, Ore.

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Picture 268--(Same location as above.)

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Picture 269--Perspective on a modern crossing gate.

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Picture 270--South Bend, Nebraska was an exciting place on the Rock Island.  The Burlington Northern paralleled the Platte River on the west bank, and the Rock Island crossed both the foreign railroad and the river, only to cross the Missouri Pacific three miles to the east.  The Rock had two signals in the west approach to the BN crossing, one of which was a double-headed colorlight with triangular arrangement of lights, and one of these signals was unusual by the fact that all three colors were possible on both heads as opposed to some being blanked out as with their interlocking signals in most other situations.  This photo shows the bridge over the Platte river with a few spans missing.  Although it is not clear to the author if these are the original spans, the bridge was being restored and has since been completed for private, non-rail use.

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Picture 271--The boundary between Washington and Oregon is skirted over a certain space by State Line Road.  On a hill roughly between Walla Walla and Milton-Freewater, the road lends a view of a remote grain elevator on the Oregon side, and the skyline of Walla Walla, but from a safe distance, on the Washington side.

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Picture 272--(Same location as above.)

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Picture 273--Same location as above.  The most recognizable and probably the most historic building in Walla Walla–Whitman Tower–is visible.  Circa 2001.

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Picture 274--A Union Pacific trainman interfaces with an electric switch lock as seen from the water.

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Picture 275--Waverly, Nebraska circa 2001.  The signal bridge marks the end of a somewhat unusual center siding track serving traffic in both directions of the two-main-track line on the BNSF (previously Burlington Northern, previously CB&Q).  A road crossing at grade lies just beyond the signal bridge.  Apparently the center siding was not bonded, meaning that there were no bond wires on the jointed rail and hence no track circuit in the center siding.  This further means that there was no approach circuit for the crossing on the siding track.  A signal maintainer states that when the dispatcher sent a control to clear the signal for the siding exit movement, the effect in the circuits would first be to activate the crossing signals, causing the gates to come down.  When the gates were fully lowered the signal providing for the siding exit would then clear, from the gate mechanism circuit controller if the author remembers correctly.  It is not known if there was any time element relay involved as well.  This kind of check circuit between crossing and wayside signals is extremely rare in American freight railroading.

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Picture 276--A windmill and a rustic (or should I say, rusty?) crossbuck on the Rock Island near Hallam, Nebr.

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Picture 277--An all-wood (except nails and paint) crossbuck at the intersection of 19th & Y Streets, Lincoln, Nebr.  At the time of this photo, it served to warn passers-by of the dangers presented by rails that span only the pavement.  If not for this short span of rail, the fact would be nearly or entirely lost on the world that a track ever passed through this well-changed environment.  The track was certainly a spur serving some industry, probably by the Rock Island, the main tracks of which were the closest to this point of the three railroads that once existed in the area, and which still exist about a block or two away in the service of other industries.

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