Susanville, Ca. 1987
This was located on Johnstonvile Rd (formerly US 395). This was once part of
Southern Pacific's Westwood Branch. The branch line from Westwood to Susanville was
last used in 1955, and finally abandoned in 1976. The line from Susanville to Wendel
(the section that this wigwag was located) continued to operate until 2004, when Sierra
Pacific Lumber Company in Susanville finally closed. The tracks were pulled up soon after.
This wigwag was retired not long after this photo was taken.
Photo by Roger Puta. Collection of Marty Bernard.
This site is totally dedicated to the vanishing "Wigwag Flagman" signal. There aren't many left. Here you can find out where they are still in service, both on revenue generating rails, as well as museums. Pretty much all that remain were built by the Magnetic Signal Company of Los Angeles. Some were built by Western Railroad Supply Company (Magnetic Autoflag) as well as the cumbersome Union Switch and Signal wigwag. Since most wigwags that are still in service are located on the West Coast, that is mainly what is covered here. I do welcome information from other parts of the country however.Currently there are over 75 pages full of photos, location information, technical, and restoration content on this site. You may want to bookmark this page because you probably won't get through it all in one sitting. New stuff is added almost daily. The purpose of this site is very similar to that of Semaphores.com, to track down what remains of these antiques that are still in service. I may expand to other forms of early crossing signals, depending on what kind of information I get in.
I am always looking for new information on wigwags and their locations. If you know of one still in service in your area, or even on display somewhere, please let me know . I'm also looking for any technical information that I can share on this site.
Since May, 1999