Steam Era Signal & Switchstand
The signal displayed here was made by the Union Switch & Signal Company of Pittsburgh, PA, sometime in the 1930's, and was used on the Pennsylvania Railroad's New York & Long Branch Railroad in New Jersey. It was donated to the Black River Railroad Historical Trust (BRRHT) by Rill Rapp of Holmdel, New Jersey.
Tall switch stands, like the one displayed here, were used to change the position of the tracks and thus enabled trains to switch tracks. They were used primarily along mainlines rather than in yards. The metal flag, called a target, let the engineer see, from a distance, which way the switch was set. Some tall switchstands
In years past, a dispatcher controlled these signals and switchstands from a signal tower next to the tracks; today, the dispatcher sits in front of a computer in a dispatch center.
The signal and switchstand were restored by Oliver Shortridge, Troop 99, as his Eagle Scout Service Project with the generous support of Mr. Bob Rowe of Rowe Electric.
Erected by Black River Railroad Historical Trust.
Location. 40° 26.134′ N, 74° 52.299′ W. Marker is in Ringoes, New Jersey, in Hunterdon County. Marker can be reached from County Route 579, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Ringoes NJ 08551, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Ringoes (within shouting distance of this marker); Academy af Arts & Science (approx. 0.3 miles away); Black River and Western Railroad (approx. 0.4 miles away); Site of St. Andrew's Church (approx. 0.4 miles away); Ringo's Tavern (approx. 0.4 miles away); Amwell Academy (approx. 0.4 miles away); Landis House (approx. 0.4 miles away); Servis-Quick Family Cemetery (approx. half a mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Ringoes.
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 27, 2012, by Alan Edelson of Union Twsp., New Jersey. This page has been viewed 461 times since then and 6 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on August 27, 2012, by Alan Edelson of Union Twsp., New Jersey. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.