Block indicators in train order offices
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Wed May 17 06:55:35 EDT 2017
I have attached a photo of a block indicator that I believe was used in a
N&W train order office. I understand that the standard practice was for
these indicators to show a continuous light for both "EB" and "WB" that
would extinguish when a train occupied a block. Does anyone recall seeing
these in train order offices or depot agencies?
In areas where the N&W had double track in front of a depot, I suppose
there had to be a block indicator for each track. The general design seems
to reflect early 20th Century production, perhaps by the metal shop in
Roanoke. I worked at C&O stations during 1971-1973 Summers and none of the
depots on the Richmond Division had block indicators, so I don't think they
were used on all railroads. Perhaps the N&W manufactured its own
indicators for use at its agency offices.
f_scheer at yahoo.com
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