A Tale of Two Semaphores 
From Roseburg, Oregon to Rosenberg, Texas

The 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 of yesteryear.

Obviously, 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 talents...

The 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 the BACK button on your browser to return to this page.

The 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.



At 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...

At right, the forklift operator double-checks the strap before lifting the first signal off of the trailer.



At right, the first signal is OFF THE TRUCK!!!




At left, Jim Vollmar spots the signal onto the wooden mock-up for proper support.

At right, RRM Executive Director Jana Smith helps relocate the safety netting.




At left, truck driver Todd provides balance so the second signal will stay on the forklift!  What a heroic "beyond the call of duty" act!! 

At right, the second signal is on the mock-up just as the BNSF local comes home to roost.

Jim 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...