Tale of Two Semaphores
From Roseburg, Oregon to Rosenberg, Texas
last of the operational lower quadrant semaphore signals on the
Central Oregon and Pacific Railroad are being retired in 2004.
Since we are in the process of acquiring Tower 17 and wanted some
working signals to operate via the interlocker, the RRM board
approved the acquisition of these vintage railroad traffic signals
the logistics of moving two 1200-pound signals, 27 to 33 feet tall, in
one piece over a distance of more than 2300 miles is no small
feat. Fortunately, we have a great project manager named Jim
Vollmar who volunteers his time to help with these types of
issues. As you will see in the photos, Jim is a person of many
signals left Roseburg, OR on Tuesday morning, January 27, 2004 and
arrived in Rosenberg, Texas on the afternoon of Friday, January 30,
2004. The top left image shows the signals on the
flatbed parked outside the museum gate. The kind folks from
Home Lumber Co. supplied a heavy-duty forklift and an operator to unload the
signals for us.
The top right image shows the forklift
operator assisting with backing the trailer into the museum
property. Click on any image for a larger version and use
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image at left shows the forklift moving into place and at
right the first signal is being lifted enough to secure the pole
with a strap.
left, Todd the truck driver and Jim Vollmar help to secure the
first signal on the forklift. It was a nasty cold, misty, and
windy day to be outside, but Jim is unaffected...
right, the forklift operator double-checks the strap before
lifting the first signal off of the trailer.
right, the first signal is OFF THE TRUCK!!!
left, Jim Vollmar spots the signal onto the wooden mock-up for proper
right, RRM Executive Director Jana Smith helps relocate the
left, truck driver Todd provides balance so the second signal
will stay on the forklift! What a heroic "beyond the call
of duty" act!!
right, the second signal is on the mock-up just as the BNSF local
comes home to roost.
Vollmar has verified that the motors and mechanisms are operational,
and is tracing out the wiring. The signals will be sandblasted
and painted, and the concrete pedestals created, prior to their
installation, which may occur in the next 6 weeks or so. We
will keep you updated...