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Spencer in Rowan County, North Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Magnetic Signal Company

Wig Wag Grade Crossing Signal, Model 11

 
 
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By Michael C. Wilcox, December 29, 2016
1. Magnetic Signal Company Marker
Inscription. The Magnetic Signal Company, formed sometime after 1910, received its first patent, on May 19, 1914. The Los Angeles-based company mainly sold its crossing signals to western railroads, such as the Santa Fe and Union Pacific. Pacific Electric Railroad was the first railroad to use the wig wag signal. Griswold Signal Company purchased Magnetic Signal Company and moved the headquarters to Minneapolis and continued produce these signals and replacement parts into the 1960s. Very few original wig wag signals still operate m the United States.

Displayed here is a Model 11, type KCR. This model had a special cage to protect, the swinging arm from damage at a grade crossing. A train approaching the crossing would activate this signal and continue to operate it until the train had cleared. At the same time, a warning bell would warn motorists of the impending tram. This signal could be activated by any of the three tracks it guarded at the crossing.

This exhibit was made through the generous support of the North American Railway Foundation (NARF)
 
Erected by North American Railway Foundation.
 
Location. 35° 41.277′ N, 80° 25.945′ W. Marker is in Spencer, North Carolina, in Rowan County.
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By Michael C. Wilcox, December 29, 2016
2. Magnetic Signal Company Marker
Marker can be reached from South Salisbury Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is located on the grounds of the NC Transportation Museum. Marker is at or near this postal address: 411 S Salisbury Ave, Spencer, NC 28159, Spencer NC 28159, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Signals (here, next to this marker); Food Lion LLC (within shouting distance of this marker); Food Lion Trailer No. 893615 (within shouting distance of this marker); Historic Spencer Shops (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Town of Spencer (about 700 feet away); The Muscle of Spencer Shops (about 700 feet away); Southern Public Utilities Co. 1927 Streetcar #85 (approx. 0.2 miles away); Spencer Shops Roundhouse and Turntable (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Spencer.
 
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Magnetic Signal Company Marker image. Click for full size.
By Michael C. Wilcox, December 29, 2016
3. Magnetic Signal Company Marker
Magnetic Signal Company Marker image. Click for full size.
By Michael C. Wilcox, December 29, 2016
4. Magnetic Signal Company Marker
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By Michael C. Wilcox, December 29, 2016
5. Magnetic Signal Company Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on April 1, 2017. This page originally submitted on April 1, 2017, by Michael C. Wilcox of Winston-Salem, North Carolina. This page has been viewed 106 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on April 1, 2017, by Michael C. Wilcox of Winston-Salem, North Carolina.
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