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Wed Jul 5 17:21:34 EDT 2017

We stopped one time at the first intermediate signal south of Waynesboro 
with the lead unit and a half past the signal and it was still 
displaying "Clear".

Jimmy Lisle

On 7/5/2017 11:49 AM, NW Mailing List wrote:
> Somewhere I have seen something to the effect that in steam days the 
> signal block in approach to a wayside signal was extended beyond the 
> signal a distance sufficient to insure that the cab of a steam 
> locomotive would be beyond the signal before the signal changed to 
> "stop." This was to insure that a distracted engineer would not look 
> up at the last second, see the newly set stop aspect and, being 
> confused,  throw the train into emergency.
> Maybe this practice also applied to the early diesel days on the N&W 
> when the long hood end of the diesel locomotive was designated as "front."
> Gordon Hamilton

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