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Railroad crossing « on: March 21, 2019, 06:08:07 PM » Author: Cole D.
Do anyone here like railroad crossings? Plus, do the crossing where you live, have lights and arms, just lights, or just a sign? Most of the one here that have lights, also have gates as well. And most have a mechanical bell, but some have an electronic bell. And the ones near the school all have a cantilever with two more sets of lights, plus a gate for the sidewalks.

Further out of town though, some of the crossings just have signs with no lights or gates. But I've seen some with lights and bell but no gates. Also there's a crossing near the factory where they make flower pots, and it only has a sign. But the train only crosses the road there, to pick up deliveries from the factory.
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Re: Railroad crossing « Reply #1 on: March 26, 2019, 08:11:59 PM » Author: icefoglights
I've found railroad crossings interesting for a long time, especially since there was a railroad track near where I grew up.

One thing I noticed was the varied styles of cantilevers.  Most I've seen have the fairly modern "box" style, many of which have a maintenance catwalk built in.  Two crossings back home originally had an old style triangular cantilever that just had one set of lights at the end.  I've seen a few of those style in the wild, but they seem to be pretty rare.  Another more common style I hadn't seen around home was a kind of tapered trapezoid shaped cantilever, which also look to be pretty old.

Most crossings around home have lights/bells, while some have cantilevers, and some have gates.  Some crossings have a set of advanced warning lights, which are yellow wig wag lights mounted under the yellow crossing signs.  Both crossings that have them are on 4 lane highways, and both crossings have an 3rd bus/hazmat lane for vehicles that have to stop before crossing the tracks.  I haven't seen these lights used very often in my travels, and their style varies wildly.  The ones at home are mounted just like the red wig wag lights.  A crossing I saw in North Dakota had them mounted one above and one below the sign.

Another unique thing I had seen was the lights themselves.  Most common are simple round lights (incandescent or LED), with a sun visor over them.  In installations before 1990, the Alaska Railroad used lights where the lens was mounted at the end of the sun visor and angled back toward the backer plate.  A 3rd LED style I'd seen, primarily on Union Pacific crossings are red LED signals with clear lenses.
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Re: Railroad crossing « Reply #2 on: March 30, 2019, 02:44:49 PM » Author: Cole D.
Most of the crossings here with canitlevers have those walkways and a ladder. Mostly those are at areas with more traffic. Although one crossing here that used to have a cantilever had no gate, but later they actually removed the cantilevers and installed regular lights and gates.  ???

I don't know if any here have those yellow early warning lights like you mention, but I think it's rare or non existent here.
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Re: Railroad crossing « Reply #3 on: March 30, 2019, 02:55:31 PM » Author: lightinglover8902
I do also like Railroad Crossing Lights. I believe they're low voltage still. But most of them here where I live have electronic bells, and some have incandescents on the arms and heads, and some have LEDs on the arms and heads.
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Re: Railroad crossing « Reply #4 on: March 30, 2019, 10:59:23 PM » Author: icefoglights
Here is a Streetview snip of a crossing I saw near Superior, Wisconsin that has the old triangular style cantilever.  Only difference I can remember is that this one has a small arm for the bell, while the ones that used to be near home had the bells mounted on the top of the pole.
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Re: Railroad crossing « Reply #5 on: March 31, 2019, 01:43:15 AM » Author: dor123
Google Street view of the railroad crossing at the end of Khalutsei ha-Ta'asiya street, Haifa.
Google Street view of the railroad crossing near Hutsot HaMifratz center.
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Re: Railroad crossing « Reply #6 on: March 31, 2019, 11:05:11 AM » Author: Cole D.
Here is a Streetview snip of a crossing I saw near Superior, Wisconsin that has the old triangular style cantilever.  Only difference I can remember is that this one has a small arm for the bell, while the ones that used to be near home had the bells mounted on the top of the pole.

Haven't seen ones like that here. Maybe they did at one time, but all I ever seen was the squared style.
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Re: Railroad crossing « Reply #7 on: March 31, 2019, 11:05:56 AM » Author: Cole D.
Google Street view of the railroad crossing at the end of Khalutsei ha-Ta'asiya street, Haifa.
Google Street view of the railroad crossing near Hutsot HaMifratz center.

Hmm, those look just about like the crossings we have here, other than the signs, it looks like it could be in the United States.
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Re: Railroad crossing « Reply #8 on: April 05, 2019, 10:53:02 PM » Author: Cole D.
The funny part is, since I've posted this, I've dreamed twice that I got caught at a railroad crossing and trying to get a video of the train. lol
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Re: Railroad crossing « Reply #9 on: April 06, 2019, 05:01:07 AM » Author: mefurd98
The ones around here have flashing lights and arms that go across the road, and the ones out in the country either just have a RR crossing sign or a stop sign.
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Re: Railroad crossing « Reply #10 on: April 06, 2019, 07:50:02 PM » Author: lightinglover8902
Heres some of the railroad signals in my area:

https://www.google.com/maps/@30.1471079,-95.6402077,3a,75y,351.14h,89.19t/data=!3m7!1e1!3m5!1s9KsKBQSCk4S15ocWMGrWyA!2e0!6s%2F%2Fgeo2.ggpht.com%2Fcbk%3Fpanoid%3D9KsKBQSCk4S15ocWMGrWyA%26output%3Dthumbnail%26cb_client%3Dmaps_sv.tactile.gps%26thumb%3D2%26w%3D203%26h%3D100%26yaw%3D321.96063%26pitch%3D0%26thumbfov%3D100!7i13312!8i6656?hl=en

https://www.google.com/maps/@30.0982266,-95.6137924,3a,43.2y,123.2h,96.56t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1sZ1EaPZbHs_VWnFHmy8ouzg!2e0!7i16384!8i8192?hl=en

https://www.google.com/maps/@30.0226844,-95.5707368,3a,75y,53.14h,93.3t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1sGEYwnH2jN7VKs5eWrfiBPw!2e0!7i13312!8i6656?hl=en
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Re: Railroad crossing « Reply #11 on: September 02, 2020, 10:59:39 PM » Author: Wireman
I find railroad crossing equipment very cool and interesting. I've always wondered what types of lamps are used for the red wig-wag lights as well as the ones on the gate arms? I'm sure they're all LEDs now but I'm wondering about the incandscent lamps.
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Re: Railroad crossing « Reply #12 on: September 03, 2020, 12:13:23 AM » Author: wide-lite 1000
The incandescents are 12v 18w  Lamp # 18S11/1SC I have a few somewhere .
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Re: Railroad crossing « Reply #13 on: September 03, 2020, 12:22:54 AM » Author: Wireman
The incandescents are 12v 18w  Lamp # 18S11/1SC I have a few somewhere .
I'm not sure but didn't some of the wig-wag lights use 12v 25w PAR lamps? I think I might have seen them in old GE lamp catalogs. If you find the lamps that you mentioned I hope you post pictures of them.
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Re: Railroad crossing « Reply #14 on: September 03, 2020, 01:30:28 AM » Author: fluorescent lover 40
I'm not sure but didn't some of the wig-wag lights use 12v 25w PAR lamps? I think I might have seen them in old GE lamp catalogs. If you find the lamps that you mentioned I hope you post pictures of them.

As far as I know, the lamps weren't PAR. 25w could be right though. I think 18w would be for the 8" lights and 25w would be for the 12" lights. Not sure about the gate lights though.
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