Semaphores
4650/4651
Rogue River, 
Oregon

Resurrection

New Home for 4651

For years I'd entertained the idea of getting a Semaphore but talked myself out of it for various reasons (cost, transportation, erection, making it work).  When I heard 4650/4651 were coming out and that most of the previous obstacles could be overcome, I decided to just do it -- I'd never have another chance like this.  I prepared a pad complete with 1" bolts, properly spaced, and a yard of concrete to stabilize the 30 foot tall signal.  "Bring a cashier's check when we pull the Semaphore" was Rick's instruction for payment.

So up East Evans Creek Road went the entourage' of me in my pickup, the boom truck with the 4651 and Rick in his spanking new hirail.  My neighbor grinned broadly as the procession turned up the driveway.



 
 
 

Arriving at new home Up the driveway the boom truck stopped briefly to assure clearance under a wire to my woodshed.  I grabbed a quick shot of 4651's arrival.
Rick Replaces the Pinnacle Rick went right to work replacing the pinnacle he'd removed earlier for safe keeping.
Lifting 4651 In short order the boom truck set its outriggers and commenced to lift the signal.
Setting 4651 on at its new home The CORP crew made quick work of setting the Semaphore on the concrete pad.  Meanwhile, I struggled with a bad lighting situation to record the event.

In its removal and re-erection, the signal never touched the ground.

4651 Standing at new home Less than two hours after the boom truck was cranked up in Rogue River, Semaphore 4651 was standing tall among the trees in its new home 7 miles north of the Siskiyou Line.  After a brief look at my Siskiyou Pacific model layout, the crew headed back to town to remove the 4650. 
4651 Sunset 7 Miles north As the sun set on another day in Southern Oregon, the silhouette of the new arrival looms among the trees of Wimer. 
Lit Up -- From East Evans Rick had promised me he would hook up the Semaphore to be fully functional but both of us were very busy our jobs and it would be two months before the 4651 was energized.  Around Thanksgiving, I decided to at least fire off the lights.  After carefully tracing the wires from the mast, I connected them to the battery for a few evenings of lit blades. 

Finally, after Christmas, Rick fulfilled his promise and the 4651's motor whirred, gears spun and chains clicked as the blades dropped from Restricting to Clear.  The signal lives again.

(Photo note:  A Style B in the front yard offers all kinds of interesting photo ops including night shots of which I've tried very little.  This image is a crude attempt to show the Semaphore lit at dusk while dwarfed by the trees and hill.  Obviously, the technique is in need of refinement -- move the van, use a tripod, etc.  Suffice it to say, more and better pictures will be forthcoming.)

 

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Article on CORP Signals and 4651
Lori Armstrong, wife of longtime friend and CORP engineer Jim Armstrong, is a photographer for the local newspaper.  When she got wind of the blades coming out, she instigated a front page story on CORP signals in general and a certain railfan in particular <blush>.
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Semaphores for Sale

CORP is once again selling Semaphores.  Check out the costs and particulars for your last in a lifetime chance to have your very own.
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Semaphores
 A short FAQ on how to resuscitate a Semaphore.

All material © 2004 by Larry Tuttle

Many thanks to Rick Perry, Tom Hunt and the Central Oregon & Pacific Railroad for their kind assistance.


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