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    Default Signal Head

    Has anybody created a signal like this?

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    It's kind of tough to tell, but it looks like a GRS Type G with the big snowhood. If so, I've got everything built but the snowhood, and that should be easy enough. What have you got in mind for them?

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    An interlocking with SLSF and RI.
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    Travis,

    That's a US&S TP-5 from around the 1930's. If you need measurments I've got one in the garage.

    -Tom

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    Some of them survived on the Cotton Rock well into the UP era as intermediates only; most interlockings had been replaced.

    Ive seen them with one giant 3-sided visor and others with the peaked roof 4-sided visor.

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    A TP-5? If you say so...

    I actually used measurements from the TR-2, which is quite similar in design (the primary difference seems to be mounting hardware). Now, I'm fairly sure Rock Island was a GRS customer, and I've only ever seen Type Gs with the snowshed hoods, but that doesn't mean US&S never made any TP-5s with hoods

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    Yes, it's a TP-5. The TR-2 was the earlier incarnation with a different top-of-mast mounting configuration, available side reflector and different conduit mountings which options are not available on the TP-5 due to the one piece steel casting. Also, the cast forked clevis pin lifting point on the back of the head is not present on the TP-5 having been replaced by a fixed integral cast steel lifting ring. I've often wondered if the Rock Island made their own one piece 'cobra' hood as I've never seen them on any other roads either. Incidently, the signal in the photo is a sister to mine having been installed during the same 1932-ish Rock Island US&S signaling project on the Burlington/Rock Island joint line between Dallas and Houston. The photo Cody presented, taken by my friend Gary Morris, is outside Waxahachie, TX at milepost 264 while my signal is standing about 100 miles south of here and will be passed by the same train later in the day. Some of these are still in place on this line operating for the BNSF.
    -Tom

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    Hmm...well, that's an odd duck, there...

    In that case, a picture or two may be helpful

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    Do you have Brian Solomon's book Classic Railroad Signals per chance?
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    Quote Originally Posted by ebnertra000 View Post
    Hmm...well, that's an odd duck, there...

    In that case, a picture or two may be helpful

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    Quote Originally Posted by cuontv View Post
    Do you have Brian Solomon's book Classic Railroad Signals per chance?
    -Tom
    No, but I do have an image or two showing regular TP-5s

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