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A New Beginning-The AV Train Order Signal

 by Dan Myers

     On March 27, 2007, fifty years to the day of the closing of the New York, Ontario and Western Railway, the train order signal from the historic Wickham Avenue station began its new life.  

     Ravaged by thieves and vandals after the February 2004 fire, the 95-year old Union Switch and Signal Style-B Electric Train Order Signal stood gaunt, seemingly stripped of its importance as the last in-situ remnant of the railroad’s complex signaling system.

     Now, after a year of working with foundries, the fabrication and procurement of missing parts and a lot of elbow grease the signal has been restored to its original glory!


For more photos of the fire click on the link: http://www.goshennyfd.org/photos/2004/020204/index.shtml

Here's a link to the "Style B" maintenance manual.  These mechanisms were used on all automatic semaphores on the O&W:  http://www.semaphores.com/USSSB.PDF 

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