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Missouri Wigwags  
Missouri Wigwags
Joplin
Liberty
Camden
Joplin
3rd Street

Last known Union Switch and Signal "DW" wigwag in the US still in service!
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Mark Springer caught it in action in May, 2006.


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Above photos by Eric Schmelz - May 2006
Gordon Garrett sends this photo (below) of what may be the only surviving US&S wigwag in the wild. Until now it was thought that  none existed except  in museums and private displays. While the photo was not taken recently (the building in the background  has since been demolished), Gordon visited this spot during mid January and testifies that the wigwag is still alive and well. This  is pretty big news and we hope  to have more photos of this rare beast soon. It is located on 3rd Street in Joplin, Mo. on the former Frisco line. Frisco was known for using this type of wigwag. Not only is this the last known US&S wigwag, it is also the last wigwag left in Missouri. 

Updated photos (above) by Eric Schmelz on May, 2006.

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Photo by Gordon Garrett



Liberty

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This wigwag was retired in the late 2000's, exact date unknown.

This one was located on 116th and Chandler, just NE of Libery. This was an ex-CB&Q
WRRS Harpes style wigwag. The line is now owned by BNSF and sees one local
per week, on Thursdays. This branch now terminates in Kearney, MO.

photo and info by Deek Deitrick



Camden
Note:
This wigwag was retired on 1/22/03.
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A westbound BNSF vehicle train blasts around the curve at Camden, MO. Camden is located along the BNSF-NS joint trackage east of Kansas City. 

Notice that this signal has a fairly new mast. I am looking for detail photos and pictures of this wigwag in it's original configuration. If you have any, please email me.

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Another view taken around June of 2000.

Photos by Bryant Kaden.


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