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
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.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Railroads & Streetcars. A significant historical year for this entry is 1880.
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. The Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 300 Bush Boulevard, Sanford FL 32773, 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. Oviedo Turntable (here, next to this marker); The Dala Horse (a few steps from this marker); Old Folks Home (within shouting distance of this marker); Osteen Bridge Turner (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). 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.
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on February 10, 2012, by Glenn Sheffield of Tampa, Florida. This page has been viewed 528 times since then and 19 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.