Title: Railway and locomotive engineering : a practical journal of railway motive power and rolling stock
Year: 1901 (1900s)
Subjects: Railroads Locomotives
Publisher: brand-new York : A. Sinclair Co
Contributing Library: Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh
Digitizing Sponsor: Lyrasis Members and Sloan Foundation
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ut a changeunobserved by many. It has lessenedthe work and responsibility of someand increased that of others. Take aroad, that runs on the signal system,such as the Pennsylvania, where atrain of inferior class has a right toproceed on a signnl displayed for atrack assigned to traffic in the direc-tion in which they are n-oving regard-less of overdue superior class trains.What does it mean? Just this. Thework and responsibility f-^rmerly as-sumed by the conductor is currently as-sumed by the train dispatcher andsignalman or operator. Con«;equentlythe latter is of far more importance than formerly. He also does a greatdeal of the flagmans work by protect-ing following trains by means of prop-erly displajing signals and routingtrains. This man has grave respon-sibilities to assume. He should be acool, well-schooled railroad man withgood paj and Great working conditions.Where traffic is dense and the trackis protected by signals, flagging is afarce. Consequently, absolute blocksare ni-oo^sarv.
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BRIDGES XE.R AUG. C.LIENTE,GUATEM.LA RAILROAD. .s to color for night indications:I believe white, green and red to bethe best. Yellow it seems to me inthe fog would be nothing but a dirtywhite, a hard light to see and more orless unreliable. But why not dispensewith colored lights entirely. TheWorld Signal Company, of Phillips-burg, Pa., have on the market today anilluminated background signal. Thisenables the position of the blade to beplainly seen at night as well as in day-time and is certainly superior to thepresent different colored night indica-tions. This signal can be placed muchlow-er on the overhead bridges than thepresent form of signal permits. It is a-larger object to catch the eye. Thelight shines on the background anddoes not reflect its rays in the cab-windows. It would do aw^ay with alarge number of lights, and permitthe engine crew- to more readily ob-serve the signals other than fixedsignals, that might be given, a difficulttask under present conditions on ac-c
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