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Sellers Rd. - Banks, OR

The last of the two wigwags in Banks, OR was finally retired recently, and has found a new home - yards from where it was in service for 80+ years. The Parks and Rec Dept. worked out a deal to restore and place the wigwag on display at the new trailhead of the Banks - Vernonia trail that runs along the long abandoned ROW that parallels the POTB (former SP). Sellers  Rd was re-aligned to meet Banks before the crossing, eliminating one crossing. The above photo was taken in 1968 during one of the weekly steam runs that took place in the '60's.

Photo by Jim Abney - 1968

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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, 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.

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Since May, 1999