WIG-WAG signal incorrect placement. Why?

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sunktankahemani

Ferroequinoarchaeologist
That wig-wag has been in Pullman at that exact same spot for a long long time. If there was anything incorrect/out-of-sorts about its placement, i'm sure it would have been picked up on by the FRA/DOT/etc. ages ago.
 

sunktankahemani

Ferroequinoarchaeologist
Not having served any time in the engineering department, I don't know the answer to your question. I went to grad school in Pullman and i'm very familiar with this wig-wag and having served time with UP in the PNW, i'm familiar with the FRA & DOT inspectors in WA State. While it may not be according to Hoyle by today's crossing standards, it's been wig-wagging to its heart's content on Kamiaken Street for at least 50 years without drawing the ire of any FRA or DOT types. In any case, it will most likely be a moot point as the line between Pullman and the bridge that burned up near Colfax in 2006 is most likely going to be pulled up in the near future.
 

Robert Gift

former OL presenter
Hope thathe signal is not scrapped.

If just one signal, what is the most equitable placement of it?
(After seeing a single wigwag signal in two separate locations, I realized whathis placement was.)
 
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Robert Gift

former OL presenter
Most fair and equitable placement

To be most fair, if the single wig-wag signal is on youRIGHT as you approach it, it should be beyond the track(s) from your perspective.

If on your LEFT as you approach it, it is located on YOUR side of the track(s).
 

roee

Active Member
To be most fair, if the single wig-wag signal is on youRIGHT as you approach it, it should be beyond the track(s) from your perspective.

If on your LEFT as you approach it, it is located on YOUR side of the track(s).
According to who? Is there some Standard?
 

Robert Gift

former OL presenter
According to who? Is there some Standard?
No "standard" of which I know.
Driving on a street I saw my first wigwag signal on my left but on MY side of the track.
I suspected the strange placement to be a way of making it morevenlyisible to both directions of traffic.
Saw another single wigwag signal on my right but on the other side of the track.
Same placement scheme.
 

roee

Active Member
The one wig-wag I can think of in NorCal it is on the Right as you approach the tracks. i.e. before the tracks.
 

Robert Gift

former OL presenter
The one wig-wag I can think of in NorCal it is on the Right as you approach the tracks. i.e. before the tracks.
Bad Wigwag, bad Wigwag.
So is the one in Pullman, Washington, pictured in my link above.
Guessomeone did not read the installation manual withe Magnetic Flagman.

I believe the single wigwag signal I discovered in Riverside, California was on the left. Even though the track was removed, and what it guarded was cut-off and isolated, it wastill active!
I got itoperate late one night.
Squeaked for the entire duration of it's one-minute operation!
Saw an automobile up the road, so I removed the shunt.

It was here, where there were several tracks in a mini-yard.
(Scan right and you can see grade crossing signals operating!)
http://maps.google.com/maps?q=River...JH0NnBvC-ucPczro2XBlVA&cbp=12,180.39,,0,-2.08
 
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