Sanford in Seminole County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
This type of signal was the communications link between the dispatcher and the train's conductor and engineer (see signal designations below). It was the dispatcher's job to regulate all the train traffic on the tracks to make sure that the trains did not run into each other.
If the dispatcher wanted a train to pull off on the next siding to allow a train to pass going the other way, or to allow a fast passenger train to pass a slow freight, he sent a telegraphic message to the station master at the next station to train was to pass. The station master then adjusted the levers in his office that positioned the arms of the semaphore along the track to relay one of the messages shown below. If a train were to slow down to receive orders without stopping the station master wrote the order and attached it to a rod with a hoop at the end. He held it up to the passing train
Today telecommunications between the dispatcher and the train have replaced the semaphore along much of the track; however red, yellow and green signals are still used to tell the engineer the condition of the track ahead.
[graphic: yellow light, black, yellow]
Receive train orders without stopping. Reduce the speed of the train to permit orders to be delivered safely.
[graphic: green, black, yellow]
Proceed. No orders.
[graphic: red light, black]
Stop and receive train orders.
Erected by the E.W. Marcel Family, Coastliners Railroad Club, Auto Train, and Paul M. Lukas Family.
Location. 28° 44.603′ N, 81° 17.949′ W. Marker is in Sanford, Florida, in Seminole County. Marker is on Bush Boulevard north of County Home Road. Touch for map. The marker stands outside the Museum of Seminole County History at the Seminole County Operations Center complex off of South Orlando Drive (US Route 17/92), on the north side of the Museum building. Marker is at or near this postal address: 300 Bush Boulevard, Sanford FL 32773, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. Oviedo Turntable (here, next to this marker); Old Folks Home (within shouting distance of this marker); Seminole County Courthouses (approx. 0.3 miles away); Lake Mary Historic Sites (approx. 1.7 miles away); First Presbyterian Church of Lake Mary (approx. 1.8 miles away); Belair Historical Marker (approx. 2½ miles away); Mayfair Country Club (approx. 2.8 miles away); Wagner (approx. 3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Sanford.
Regarding Fixed Signal. The rail line between Sanford and Orlando is no longer owned by CSX Railroad. It has been purchased by the Florida Department of Transportation, which will use the line for SunRail commuter trains.
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on February 10, 2012, by Glenn Sheffield of Tampa, Florida. This page has been viewed 449 times since then and 29 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on February 10, 2012, by Glenn Sheffield of Tampa, Florida. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.