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Conneaut in Ashtabula County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Old Time Ball Signal

 
 
Old Time Ball Signal Marker image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, August 25, 2013
1. Old Time Ball Signal Marker
Inscription.  When ball is in the drum it meant “Stop”. When ball is raised high it was a signal to “Proceed” — better known as the “Highball”.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Railroads & Streetcars.
 
Location. 41° 56.993′ N, 80° 33.491′ W. Marker is in Conneaut, Ohio, in Ashtabula County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Depot Street and Sandusky Street, on the left when traveling east. Marker and subject "Highball" signal are located on the Conneaut Historical Railroad Museum grounds, (former Lake Shore and Michigan Southern Passenger Depot), just east of the depot, beside the active railroad tracks. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 363 Depot Street, Conneaut OH 44030, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Hopper Car and Caboose (a few steps from this marker); Nickel Plate Road Berkshire Locomotive No. 755 (within shouting distance of this marker); Conneaut Historical Railroad Museum (within shouting distance of this marker); Western Reserve
Old Time Ball Signal image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, August 25, 2013
2. Old Time Ball Signal
(approx. half a mile away); Conneaut Viaduct (approx. 0.6 miles away); a different marker also named The Western Reserve (approx. 1.3 miles away); a different marker also named The Western Reserve (approx. 1.9 miles away); PA-OH Border Monument (approx. 2˝ miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Conneaut.
 
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. Conneaut Historical Railroad Museum
 
Also see . . .
1. Rail Road Ball Signal. Later versions consisted of a tall pole with pulleys at the top and bottom, over which was strung a continuous chain. Ball signals were often at locations requiring more than one indication, so several wire loops would be installed in the chain to accommodate additional balls. At night, the balls would be removed and be replaced by lanterns. (Submitted on August 11, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 

2. Highball Signal (Wikipedia). The term "highball" came to be synonymous with a clear right-of-way and for trains to proceed at full speed. (Submitted on August 11, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 11, 2020. It was originally submitted on August 11, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 73 times since then and 8 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on August 11, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.
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