Tombstone railroad signs?

Alvin of Grand Haven asked, "What do those 'tombstone'-like signs by the railroad tracks mean?"
Mark Brooky
Sep 2, 2013

ANSWER:

According to a local railroad employee who goes by the name Signal Maintainer as a Tribune online commenter, the tombstone-like markers along the track are either whistle posts (which have a black "W" on them and alert the train crew to an upcoming crossing, and lets them know to start blowing the horn for the crossing); or the old concrete mileposts that can still be found in some spots, which tells conductors what mile of the subdivision they are at.

"Sadly, both are quickly being replaced by modern metal signs as the old posts are vandalized or damaged, or deemed obsolete by crossings being taken out, or the boundaries of the subdivision being changed, thus throwing off the original mileage," said Signal Maintainer, who remains otherwise anonymous because of his job.

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Comments

ghresident

Hey Trib, its not Signal Master. Its SignalMaintainer........

Mark Brooky

Oh crud, you're right. I'll change that.

Thanks for pointing that out, ghresident.

christopher

I assume the W on these signs stands for WHISTLE. Is that correct?

LessThanAmused

"the tombstone-like markers along the track are either whistle posts (which have a black "W" on them and alert the train crew to an upcoming crossing, and lets them know to start blowing the horn for the crossing)"

I know it was early and all, but reading comprehension is still important. :-)

ghresident

oh snap......lol

g.vandersteldt

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Tchambers

What did Jason ever do to you? You know if he finds out who you are (and I may just post your info because I DO know who you are) he can sue you for defamation, right? All you do on here is follow him around on here, posting defamatory comments about him. That is quite mature of you!

And for your knowledge, telling others what signs mean on the railroad is totally legal, and in fact, the information is widely available on the net.

Grow up.

LessThanAmused

Careful Vandersteldt...you're getting close to achieving Stalker status.

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