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Model 5 Autoflag "Wig-Wag" Crossing Signal

 
 
Model 5 Autoflag "Wig-Wag" Crossing Signal Marker image. Click for full size.
By Lugnuts, July 19, 2020
1. Model 5 Autoflag "Wig-Wag" Crossing Signal Marker
Inscription.  Built by the Western Railroad Supply Company of Chicago, Illinois.

The Disappearing Banner Type Autoflag was designed to be placed at the side of the road, with the banner overhanging the roadway, plainly visible to approaching traffic.

This signal was installed at the Pennoyer Street grade crossing in Grand Haven in the 1920's by the Pere Marquette Railroad. It was replaced by more modern type signals in 1978.

The signal is now electrically activated and operates for one minute on the hour from 9 am. to 9 pm., Memorial Day to Labor Day.

It was donated to the City of Grand Haven by the Chessie System in 1982.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Railroads & StreetcarsRoads & Vehicles.
 
Location. 43° 4.054′ N, 86° 13.84′ W. Marker is in Grand Haven, Michigan, in Ottawa County. Marker is on Jackson Street east of North 1st Street, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Grand Haven MI 49417, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Pere Marquette Steam Locomotive (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Grand Trunk Western Bridge Approach Signal

Model 5 Autoflag "Wig-Wag" Crossing Signal Marker image. Click for full size.
By Lugnuts, July 19, 2020
2. Model 5 Autoflag "Wig-Wag" Crossing Signal Marker
(about 500 feet away); Pere Marquette Auto Box Car No 72222 (about 500 feet away); Pere Marquette Caboose No. A-986 (about 600 feet away); Grand Trunk Western, Wood Caboose No. 77915 (about 600 feet away); Grand Trunk Western Standard Coaling Tower (about 600 feet away); Grand Trunk Depot (approx. ¼ mile away); Depot Transportation Museum (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Grand Haven.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 4, 2020. It was originally submitted on August 4, 2020, by Lugnuts of Germantown, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 76 times since then and 10 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on August 4, 2020, by Lugnuts of Germantown, Wisconsin. • Mark Hilton was the editor who published this page.
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