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Trackmen's Lamps
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Trackmen's Lamps


Warning lanterns were used by the trackmen to signal oncoming trains, and track conditions. A red lantern was a signal for danger. This meant that approaching trains should avoid some obstacle or accident on the track. A green light, unlike our traffic lights, did not mean go ahead, but instead caution or proceed slowly. In other words the track was passable, but engineers should be prudent. White lamp meant all was well on the track. These lamps are dated to about 1920.