MEC Switch Stand signals

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MEC Switch Stand signals

Postby RBrann » Wed Jun 24, 2009 10:32 am

MEC Railfans and Modelers,

I am modeling a portion of the MEC Lower Road during the 1950’s-60’s. I have questions about the aspects, names, and indications for manual switch stands along that line and within Waterville Yard.
The switch stand signals I have seen present a large green circle aspect. When the points are changes the aspect changes to an arrow (red on the Hallowell siding turnout, or yellow on the internal Waterville Yard turnouts).
Q-1: What is the name for each of the three separate aspects I have mentioned?
Q-2: What is the indication for the different aspects?
Q-3: What is the significance, if any, of the direction that the arrow points?

Thank you for your help.

Ron Brann
PS: Does anyone know where George Melvin may be contacted?

Re: MEC Switch Stand signals

Postby mick » Fri Jun 26, 2009 7:40 pm

The green target means the switch is lined for the normal route. The red or yellow arrow means the switch is reversed, or lined for the diverging route. What the "normal" position of a switch is would be listed in the Timetable, if it is a main line switch.
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Re: MEC Switch Stand signals

Postby RBrann » Sat Jul 04, 2009 7:56 am

Thanks for the valuable info. One other thing--is the direction of the arrow (the diverging signal) significant? Does it matter which direction it points?


Re: MEC Switch Stand signals

Postby ferroequinarchaeologist » Sat Jul 04, 2009 9:09 am

>>is the direction of the arrow (the diverging signal) significant?

The arrow points toward the diverging route. If you can find a late 1940s American Flyer tinplate catalog, you'll find a model of this switchstand as part of their S-gauge track switches.

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Re: MEC Switch Stand signals

Postby merrman » Mon Jul 27, 2009 8:19 pm

Traditionally, Red/Green targets were used on main line switches, and Yellow/Green were used on
switches not connected directly to a main line (aka inside switches).
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