We finally have a picture of the wigwag at Lebanon. Unfortunately,
time may have run out for this one. The last train passed this location on
Tuesday, January 25, 2000. The above photo was taken from that train.
(This wigwag was retired in 2008)
A video of this wigwag
was posted to YouTube
by "westr" - click on logo below:
Camron Settlemier adds more:
The above picture is a video frame capture of the Berlin Road wig-wags in what might be its last seconds of life. The view is from the floor looking out the rear of the caboose on the last run headed back to Lebanon. January 25, 2000.
This wigwag was retired in March 2007
This wigwag was finally "discovered" by Camron Settlemier in
January 2000. Story follows:
and just down the tracks, there she stood at another crossing! And what a nice location for one. Looks very much like a SP style lower quadrant wig-wag. While the base said "The Railroad Supply Co Chicago", the wig-wag itself is from Magnetic Flagman Co of Los Angeles. The wig-wag is located on Waterhouse Rd near the siding of Knappa, though no town exists there. The road is very rural and out of the way, although it does see a little traffic. Unfortunately the same can not be said of the Portland and Western railroad line, as there is no service past Wauna. P&W re-cleared the line to Astoria last year in the hopes of re-establishing service to Astoria, but that has not happened so far. It
looks like the wig-wag is in good shape and hooked up should a train ever come by."
For a map to Knappa, click here...
The "X" marks Knappa.
|Detail shot of banner. Many layers of paint are evident, as well as some kind of replacement lens hood. (notice no visor)|
Partial signal in Astoria.
All photos this page by Camron Settlemier 1/2000
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