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Danbury in Fairfield County, Connecticut — The American Northeast (New England)
 

Wilton Semaphore

 
 
Wilton Semaphore Marker image. Click for full size.
By Michael Herrick, October 9, 2015
1. Wilton Semaphore Marker
Inscription.
Wilton Semaphore
This semaphore, once located at the Wilton, CT. railroad station on the Danbury branch, played a vital role in keeping trains moving safely. Similar to a traffic light, the semaphore made sure one train wouldn’t run into another train farther up the tracks. The signal was located atop a tall pole so it could be seen by the train crew before they arrived in the station. It gave two signal indications. When the blade was horizontal, it meant “Stop”. When the blade was dropped, it meant “Proceed”. One blade was for trains coming north, the other was for trains going south. The light on the blade was to help the engineer see the signal at night.
The semaphore was controlled by the operator on duty inside the station, manually moving tube blades which were connected to a rod and lever system. A freight train could not pass the semaphore until it got all the paperwork, called “Orders”, from the operator. The operator would only throw the “proceed” signal back to “Stop” after the caboose had passed, so as not to confuse the conductor who worked in the back of the train.
The semaphore was retired under Metro-North Commuter Railroad in the late 1990’s, and was replaced by signal lights operated out of Grand Central Terminal.
 
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Wilton Operator's Shack image. Click for full size.
By Michael Herrick, October 9, 2015
2. Wilton Operator's Shack
Danbury Railway Museum.
 
Location. 41° 23.855′ N, 73° 26.982′ W. Marker is in Danbury, Connecticut, in Fairfield County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of White Street and Balmforth Avenue, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Located in the Danbury Rail Yard. Marker is at or near this postal address: 120 White Street, Danbury CT 06813, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. CV Flatcar (within shouting distance of this marker); Boston & Maine ALCO 2-6-0 Mogul 1455 (within shouting distance of this marker); NYC Crane, “GCT-1” (within shouting distance of this marker); Old Danbury Station (within shouting distance of this marker); Danbury Yard Turntable (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Danbury Fire Department (approx. 0.2 miles away); Danbury Fair Days (approx. ¼ mile away); Danbury – The Hat City (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Danbury.
 
Also see . . .
1. Danbury Railway Museum. (Submitted on October 11, 2015, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.)
2. Danbury Railway Museum on Wikipedia. (Submitted on October 11, 2015, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.)
 
Categories. Railroads & Streetcars
 
Wilton Semaphore and Operator's Shack image. Click for full size.
By Michael Herrick, October 9, 2015
3. Wilton Semaphore and Operator's Shack
Wilton Semaphore and Operator's Shack image. Click for full size.
By Michael Herrick, October 9, 2015
4. Wilton Semaphore and Operator's Shack
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 11, 2015, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut. This page has been viewed 227 times since then and 43 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on October 11, 2015, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.
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