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Latest Narrow Gauge Ops on the IPP&W/RP&M 2016 OVGRS

Another great day at Fred’s, if you’re not there early you’ve missed the train! Chris commented he would have to get up earlier than he does during the work week to get a train. Also Steve and Seanna’s Railfan posts.

Ah, um…hasn’t anyone else noticed that the signals are…well. wrong?

Green goes on the top. (

Technicality! The dispatcher had given up and left his post!

On the IPP&W/RP&M the RED is on top…we are not concerned with any other railroads’ habits. We have our own standards, and make our own mistakes. The crews understand, and heed the signals…safety comes first.

Ok Dave

Not just on the IPP&W/RP&M it seems.

When returning from the sea, the color of the bouys is always “Red, Right, Returning.” Except in France, and places where France has had influence, it is “Led, Left, Leturning.” I learned that navigating the approach to Reunion Island, in the Southern Indian Ocean.

Does the same theory apply here? (

Aye matey, thought Sept 19 was talk like a Pirate Day. Then there is always the Irish connection.

Well, railroad signals usually have the green on top. It made it very handy where the streetcars ran on the, um, streets. That way you knew what signal was for automobiles (red on top) and what signal was for the streetcars (green on top).

One of the first railroad signals was a ball hoisted up on a mast. In the low position, it meant stop at the station. In the uppermost position, it meant to keep going (high ball it). So, for the railroads, go is up top, green, and stop is below that, red.

Here’s a video of the Saturday operations on the IPP&W.

I am no expert on Canadian Railway signals but found this series on You Tube on Railroad Signals. Found it very interesting, I have a lot to learn obviously!

Not “The Last” NG operation by any means…we do it again this coming Saturday, Weather permitting…!! (

Fred, is ya gonna fix dem signals? (

Fix ?..“Dem” signals are working as planned, thank you.

Fred, yes they may be working as designed/as planned. But the green aspect belongs on the top. Aren’t you the one that got all technical with how proper caboose markers should be, and what colour goes where?

Me ?..“Marker lights”…not the colours. Some railroads used red and yellow, others used red and green…or was it green and yellow…

I was critical of the difference between “Classification Lights”, and “Marker lights”, which many people have no clue about, and don’t seem to care.

As far as our signals are concerned; they may not follow prototype practices, but which prototype , would I want to follow, and how deeply should I get with just a simple signal system that serves a rather simple need, on our railroad, and seems to work rather well, without spending hours, and hours building it. The part of the hobby most important to the gang here is NOT building, or modelling to an exact prototype, or spending years on a simple signal system. The important thing is that it works for our needs, and it appears that the signals will stand up to the vigors of our climate.

Gee Fred. All I was saying is that the green should be on the top. I wasn’t asking you to redesign and rebuild the entire system.

Actually I was just poking fun at all of those people who get it wrong, and there are quite a few. I mean, those people will be all technical about a this air-brake pump, or a that type of boiler, or that such and such logo would not be on that piece of equipment, and then they get the signal colours in the wrong place.

…something like me on the subject of guard rails…!!! (

Yes Fred. And I actually do have rust painted aluminum rail, for making guard rails. Someday I need to figure out how to attach them to the Aristo plastic ties, that are currently in use on my railroad.