by Otto Vondrak
So I assume that switch targets for the main line were colored green (normal) and red (reverse)... What about yard tracks and sidings not on the main?
Moderator: Otto Vondrak
DutchRailnut wrote:switch targets (other than main track) are white for straight route, yellow for diverting.Interesting, thank you!
Jack Shufelt wrote:BR&P,My point was that I was not sure whether they used any switch targets at all in ABS territory, I know that post NYC many mainline switches especially ones equipped with electric locks hasd no targets at all, maybe they should have but a lot of them did not. In New York Central days I worked Woodlawn - Grand Central Terminal but in Penn Central, Conrail and Metro-North I worked a lot of former New York Central territory. Most of my information also came from the October, 1956 rulebook.
You may be right on the white straight and red reverse being used on a branch main line somewhere but I am unable to confirm that in reviewing NYCRR ETT's for both Lines West and East, including the B&A. It would not have been in conformance with the Book of Rules for 1956 unless an exception was published in the ETT and I was unable to locate any exceptions issued during the late 50's or early 60's covering any division, except on the 30th Street Branch as mentioned earlier.
I have not researched anything after Penn Central took over so I cannot comment. My interest is primarily NYCRR.
The colors used by the NYC RR were covered by Rule 294 in the October 28, 1956 Book of Rules and there were no exceptions on the colors, ABS vs Non ABS Territory. Main Line Switch Targets - Fig. 211 and 212 Red, lined for Diverging Route. Fig. 213 and 214 Green, lined for the Main Track. Siding and Yard Switch Targets. Fig. 215 and 216 Yellow, lined for Diverging Route. Fig. 217 and 218 White, lined for Straight Track or Lead. Maybe the New Haven had a different arrangement. What were the New Haven Rules or Special Instructions that covered switch targets?